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Days of Bitter Strength (Chung Kuo Series , No 7) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Chung Kuo Series , No 7
  • Mass Market Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440225655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440225652
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The magnificent epic of the future continues .  .  .

"May well be one of the masterpieces of the decade."
--The Washington Post Book World

"A remarkable literary achievement."
--The Chattanooga Times

"An instant classic.  .  .  Equal parts Blade Runner and Shogun."
--Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)

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The magnificent epic of the future continues . . .

"May well be one of the masterpieces of the decade."
--The Washington Post Book World

"A remarkable literary achievement."
--The Chattanooga Times

"An instant classic. . . Equal parts Blade Runner and Shogun."
--Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)


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All good things come to an end and I'm satisfied.
Pamela Olcott
I have also just finished Book 8 in the series (in an imported hardcover edition) and believe fans will not be disappointed with the climax of this brilliant series.
Norman Guadagno
And particularly in Book Seven, too many matters are over-simplified, with a story-line to far off-track.
Giovanni Oteri (oteri@iper.it)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norman Guadagno (norman@homemail.com) on August 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
Wingrove brings us one step closer to the final chapter of Chung Kuo with Book 7. The pace quickens dramatically with this volume, and the true nature of the opposing forces in the universe becomes clearer. I was impressed by the significant development we see in central characters, and the final collapse of the civilization we met in Book 1. At the center of it all, Kim Ward and Ben Shepard continue to be fascinating and clearly opposing characters. Their development over the past six books -- never having met -- and the positions they represent come to an interesting point in this novel.
Days of Bitter Strength delivers the promise of this series at its best.

I have also just finished Book 8 in the series (in an imported hardcover edition) and believe fans will not be disappointed with the climax of this brilliant series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I liked the way this book was done. Once again the Chung Kuo series manages to capture my attention. However, i feel that David Wingrove lost something in writting this, and the end of the last book. Some aspect of realism or such was lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abacan_Empire@yahoo.com on April 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
I found the hexalogy from 'Middle Kingdom' to 'White Moon, Red Dragon' very well constructed and full of solid, believable plot. Occasional tangents from the apparent storyline were seen, but I was always pleased when they returned to the straight and narrow. Indeed it did give me 'a sense of destiny being fulfilled' (Tom Hutchinson). I especially enjoyed the continuity from the first book to the sixth of the Shepherd family, the raising of Stefan Lehmann, and the sudden return(s) of DeVore. Even little, almost cliched details delighted me ("flames, dancing in a glass" are the first words of Book 1, the last of Book 3, and recur throughout).
All this was spoiled by Days of Bitter Strength. It seemed to me that all of David Wingrove's previous careful planning had not prepared him for this, and this novel makes many, many assumptions which we are not told about before. Basically put, the change from 6 to 7 is too great! Various characters die in the background (Nan Ho), many more are almost unrecognizable from 6 (Pei Kung), and most irritatingly of all, the 'China of the Rhine' seems little different from the 'City of Levels' before. Whilst I accept that there is very good ground for making a point of humanity's evil core, I still felt extremely misled by the end of 6: the arch-villian DeVore was defeated by a technology present from Book 1 (very good), the anti-hero Lehmann was thwarted in his misguided crusade (tragic, lots of pathos and a catharsis), and the Emperor swore in his darkest hour to give up his power and rule justly (also very good--except that it's a barefaced lie).
Perhaps I am being impatient in passing judgment before reading 8 as there are many unresolved story leads, but I cannot help feeling that this seventh book is the average child in what is otherwise a family of geniuses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norman Guadagno on May 10, 2000
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Wingrove brings us one step closer to the final chapter of Chung Kuo with Book 7. The pace quickens dramatically with this volume, and the true nature of the opposing forces in the universe becomes clearer. I was impressed by the significant development we see in central characters, and the final collapse of the civilization we met in Book 1. At the center of it all, Kim Ward and Ben Shepard continue to be fascinating and clearly opposing characters. Their development over the past six books -- never having met -- and the positions they represent come to an interesting point in this novel. Days of Bitter Strength delivers the promise of this series at its best. I have also just finished Book 8 in the series (in an imported hardcover edition) and believe fans will not be disappointed with the climax of this brilliant series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fraize@wizard.net on March 3, 1998
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David writes another fabulous tale, but seems to have quickened the pace to bring the second-age of Chung Kuo to the forefront. The Tang's great cities have crumbled, Ben Shepherd's China on the Rhine experiment is doomed, DeVore returns again with yet another way of destroying the world. Kim makes rockets out of planets. I almost want to say "STOP! TOO MUCH!" This book could have been two. Contrary to popular belief(and as is written at the end of 'Days'), David's 8th book 'The Marriage of the Living Dark' is available in Great Britain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
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I loved the whole series and unfortunatly David Wingrove can't write them as quickly as I can read them. I read the whole series and got to the last book. No. 7 and just couldn't beleive the ending. I was told that was the absolute ending and couldn't believe it. I will be getting the next book as soon as it hits the shelf.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2001
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Don't bother with this book or its sequels. David Wingrove started out great with this series, but he got lost somewhere. By the end of this opus the author blatantly uses a "deus ex machina" . I felt betrayed because of all the time I spent reading the last 3 books.
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By A Customer on August 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
If you're willing to invest the time and effort to read David Wingrove's Chung Kuo series you will not be disappointed. It is one of the true epics of the genre, and his willingness to kill off main characters (along with hundreds of others) makes this series difficult, if not impossible, to predict. This latest volume continues the story of the fall of the old order and the beginning of the rise of the new, with a sense of just what the "War of Two Directions" means finally beginning to emerge. Many familiar characters pop up again, although in some cases they will be hard to recognize, as years have passed since the end of the last book, and new characters whose importance is yet to be determined are introduced as well. Overall this is a fitting continuation to a grand series, with few parallels in the anals of Science Fictio
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