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The Windup Girl

Författare: Paolo Bacigalupi
Genre: Dystopia Sci-Fiction
ISBN: 9780356500539

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Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's calorie representative in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, he combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs long thought to be extinct. There he meets the windup girl - the beautiful and enigmatic Emiko - now abandoned to the slums. She is one of the New People, bred to suit the whims of the rich. Engineered as slaves, soldiers and toys, they are the new underclass in a chilling near future where oil has run out, calorie companies dominate nations and bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. And as Lake becomes increasingly obsessed with Emiko, conspiracies breed in the heat and political tensions threaten to spiral out of control. Businessmen and ministry officials, wealthy foreigners and landless refugees all have their own agendas. But no one anticipates the devastating influence of the Windup Girl.
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2012-08-16 20:45
I’m die-hard Crime Fiction Mystery fan. There is no doubt 'bout that!
But once in a while I explore other region on this vast world of literature testing, mostly, Fantasy and Science Fiction.

“The City and the City" is a SF novel that appealed me greatly since it was a crime Fiction Mystery based on an unknown world. I think China Miéville did a great job. The novel wan the Hugo Award for Best SF Novel in 2010. But "The City and the City" was not the only novel that won The Hugo award that year. It was a tie with "The Windup Girl"

With that in mind, the artwork which is fantastic and the fact that critics were talking of "The New" Willian Gibson, I'd to read the book.

Not being a Science Fiction expert, I’d say that "The Windup Girl" is not better than "The City and the City". Where China Miéville shows brilliancy throughout the whole conception and execution of the book, Paolo Bacigalupi shows greatness in creating a believable and perhaps not so distant dystopian world, but the story is so poorly executed it even becomes tedious.

They can call “The Windup Girl” a Bio-punk novel.
They can say that the book is a reflection of what “Neuromancer” was in the eighties.
The can tell you that Bacigalupi is a worthy successor of nothing less than Gibson.

They can say whatever the hell they want. ´Cause in my mind it doesn’t work that way!

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