- File Size: 1198 KB
- Print Length: 544 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9350092743
- Publisher: Night Shade Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2009
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006TKP2B2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About half of what I read is everything from nonfiction to westerns. The other half is sci-fi and fantasy.
Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Taylor Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jack Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, William R. Forstchen, Diana Galbadon, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.
Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
The "new people" have been designed to serve the remnants of mankind as sex slaves, specialized labor and warriors. One new person female sex slave (a windup girl) discovers that her creators have accidentally given her some unexpected capabilities that give her an advantage over old style humans.
I came to read Paolo's books with "The Water Knife" and enjoyed it so much I searched for his earlier works such as this.
Windup Girl is not an easy novel to read. It's long, there are a lot of characters, the world is complex, people's motivations are diverse as are their personalities. The local, future Bangkok, also takes some time to adjust to, at least for me since I have never been to Bangkok. It takes a while to sink into the world and know your way around. That is, as well as any of the characters do at any rate, which is not very well. Everyone has a different view of what's going on and is keeping secrets from all of the other characters. No one is simple. No one is easy to relate to. The Windup Girl, Emiko, is probably the most identifiable character, which says a lot.
I enjoyed the novel. I enjoyed the challenge of reading and understanding. I enjoyed the author's depth of understanding of this alien landscape. The use of Thai words and concepts gives the world substance and character.
While I am giving it five stars -- which it deserves -- I caution potential readers that this is not a book for everyone. If you're looking for something light and uplifting, this isn't it.
One last point, a negative one, there is a huge unresolved issue at the end of the book. Normally I can forgive authors for not clearing up every little thing, but this was like getting punched in the face. Come to think of it, I think I'll knock it down to four stars just for that.
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