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by Paolo Bacigalupi

Free eBook The Windup Girl download ISBN: 0356500535
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Publisher: Orbit; First Printing edition (December 1, 2010)
Language: English
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
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The Windup Girl is a biopunk science fiction novel by American writer Paolo Bacigalupi. It was his debut novel and was published by Night Shade Books on September 1, 2009.

The Windup Girl is a biopunk science fiction novel by American writer Paolo Bacigalupi. The novel was named as the ninth best fiction book of 2009 by TIME magazine, It won the 2010 Nebula Award, the Campbell Memorial Award, and the 2010 Hugo Award (tied with The City & the City by China Miéville for the Hugo Award), both for best novel

Cover art by Raphael Lacoste. Cover design by Eugene Wang. Interior layout and design by Ross E. Lockhart. ISBN: 978-1-59780-157-7.

But The Windup Girl is a very accomplished piece of writing, all the more impressive given that it's Bacigalupi's first novel

But The Windup Girl is a very accomplished piece of writing, all the more impressive given that it's Bacigalupi's first novel. Its strongest feature is the worldbuilding – the intricately believable portrait of a future Thailand fighting back from environmental collapse. Crops are regularly devastated by genetically engineered blights, cities threatened by risen sea levels. The Windup Girl has been compared to William Gibson's seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, and it's easy to see why. The plot-twists, the bursts of violence and a noir stylishness are all here.

Paolo Bacigalupi is an award-winning author of novels for adults and young people. The final book in the series, TOOL OF WAR, Paolo Bacigalupi is an award-winning author of novels for adults and young people

Paolo Bacigalupi is an award-winning author of novels for adults and young people  . The final book in the series, TOOL OF WAR, Paolo Bacigalupi is an award-winning author of novels for adults and young people. His debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Internationally, it has won the Seiun Award (Japan), The Ignotus Award (Spain), The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Germany), and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France).

He clasps her to him more tightly. I've missed you," he whispers. Come with m. She slips free and takes him by the hand. Leads him toward their bed. She pulls aside the mosquito netting and slips under its tenting gossamer. Clothing rustles, falling away. A shadow woman teases him from within. You still smell like smoke," she says. Jaidee pulls aside the nets. Don't forget the whiskey

Title: The Windup Girl. Author: Paolo Bacigalupi. Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia. Why did I read this book: Ever since I heard of The Windup Girl and saw it on numerous Best of 2009 lists, I have been dying to read this book

Title: The Windup Girl. Publisher: Night Shade Books Publication Date: September 2009 Hardcover: 300 pages. Why did I read this book: Ever since I heard of The Windup Girl and saw it on numerous Best of 2009 lists, I have been dying to read this book.

There he meets the windup girl - the beautiful and enigmatic Emiko - now .

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. This book is like its own exotic setting, the city of Bangkok itself, its complex plot and fascinating characters cook in the heat. The post-apocalyptic. Paolo Bacigalupi is a multiple award-winning SF author whose debut THE WINDUP GIRL has been one of the most acclaimed novels in this area to appear in recent years. He also writes critically acclaimed, award-winning short stories in addition to novel length fiction. Paolo currently lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi. Publication date: 2009. Noted short story writer Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories) proves equally adept at novel length in this grim but beautifully written tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation. Jaidee Rojjanasukchai of the Thai Environment Ministry fights desperately to protect his beloved nation from foreign influences

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Tygrarad
This is a unique novel. Some people have claimed that it is steampunk rather than science fiction. I admit, there are steampunk elements but the novel has a sound basis in speculative fiction. The world of the novel is not an impossible world, as has been my experience with steampunk.

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.
Nuadador
Interesting book with great characters and a nice jump into Thai culture and language with a bit of a sci-fy twist---hard scy-fy in my opinion. The books appears to be based on sound ethnography and history of the region along with sound science being stretched or extrapolated to a 'near-future' setting in which most characters, in all of their predicaments, take all kinds of risks to gain some semblance of their various 'old ways' and places now seemingly gone or rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror. A beautiful book of action laden with numerous palpable description, to the point of actually smelling the streets or the dunk or feeling the rumble of the FEW ''old' gasoline/diesel cars left. Read it and get ready to travel the canals of Bangkok in a genetically modified future world!
Braswyn
This book is incredibly well researched and the amount of time and thought that has obviously gone into the world-building is truly awe-inspiring. The writing is generally good from the perspective that there is an amazing and complex story which is communicated well and clearly without a lot of pure exposition. This is even more impressive given that the story comes with a strong warning about our own, not-so-distant, dystopian future of environmental collapse and corporate government. Paired with the story's morality play sense of right and wrong, this could get preachy but doesn't.

The book is set after the rise and subsequent fall of globalism, in a time when international trade is really just rebuilding itself. The Kingdom of Thailand sits as a rare, independent nation amidst a sea of global warming collapsed environment and gene warfare induced famines and diseases. And inside it, the Trade Ministry and the Environment Ministry are waging an idealogical war. Is isolation, a weird form of 'nature-ism', and fear of the outside keeping the country safe? Or do they need the mega-corporations' genetically modified grains to safely feed their people at the cost of being indebted to those mega-corps? And just like the proverbial butterfly that sets off a hurricane, one illegal wind-up girl accidentally ignites the dynamite of change.

Bacigalupi does so many things right -- the atmosphere, setting, dialog, completely unique story, etc. -- but he appears to lack trust in the reader. It's true that he has a complex location and a complex cast of characters operating inside a very rich cultural environment. Basic workings of the environment are often repeated to the point that it's difficult as a reader to get really engaged. It is not until the last third of the book, where the action really picks up, that Bacigalupi appears to be too busy trying to get across everything that's happening that he forgets to keep re-explaining things and the reader's engagement is really achieved.

Additionally, this book is rather poorly edited. I read the hardback edition and there were a somewhat distracting number of simple typos (spelling, number or gender matching, extra words in a sentence that clearly should have been deleted).
Jwalextell
Baclgalupi's story is set in Bangkok Thailand, one of the last surviving centers of human population. All petroleum has been used by a thoughtless civilization and the primary energy source is animal motion transferred into "kink springs". Plant and animal DNA has been manipulated to create new foods as well as animals as well as gene engineered people. Devastating diseases and plagues have invaded the planet killing most other food sources.

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.