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China Mountain Zhang Paperback – April 15, 1997
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“A first novel this good gives every reader a chance to share in the pleasure of discovery; to my mind, Ms. McHugh's achievement recalls the best work of Delany and Robinson without being in the least derivative.” ―The New York Times
“It's a rare writer who produces a novel this good....I can't think of a book that offers a more lived-in future. The people are impulsive, changeable, and very real. Lovers of fine fiction, SF, and otherwise, will treasure this deeply humane book. Five stars.” ―Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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Top Customer Reviews
Other readers posting reviews have objected to the plot, to the society and politics, to the various relationships. I found this book like a series of biographies. What this book lacks is not plot but length. (I want more.) I found the politics, a blended world of socialism, capitalism, and racism, to be very interesting. I found the relationships interesting. A couple deals with homosexuality in their relationship. A single woman deals with disfigurement, internalised self-hatred, and date rape. A couple on Mars have to get past economic issues to further their relationship. Through it all, the author speculates some imaginative technology.
I loved this book when I first read it, and loved it when I re-read it ten years later. Whereas I usually donate my used science fiction to the local library, this is a book that I have hung onto. I hope to reread it in another ten years, or so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are a number of things about this book that bother me that other reviewers have covered - poorly developed and distant characters, lack of plot, disjointed chapters. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Liz B
One of the most thoughtful and beautiful books I ever read in sci fi, this is the kind of near future character driven sci fi I adore, as a thirty something asperger from the third... Read morePublished 3 months ago by julio cesar figueroa castillo
I enjoye the book overall. The structure of several interlocking stories with different protagonists was interesting. I felt a bit let down by the ending though. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Conrad
This is a wonderful and beautifully written character study with a fairly superficial SF gloss. That isn't a criticism - I read a lot of SF but found this novel far more engrossing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason
The late twenty-first (or early twenty-second) century is what I think of Oklahoma being like in the middle of winter, not very exciting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve C
China Mountain Zhang is one of the most unusual science fiction books I've read in a while. There are no epic battles or time travel or bending of the rules of physics. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Genevieve D.
I finished this book thinking "THAT's why I read science fiction." Such an excellent story, McHugh does a really great job envisioning the entire world... Read morePublished 21 months ago by S Angua
I am rather ambivalent about this novel. It blew hot and cold for me-- the individual story arcs felt no more than loosely connected and, after reading, there was a lingering... Read morePublished 23 months ago by MC