The story was a bit slow to pick up steam. Once it did, it became dependably entertaining, but not overwhelmingly so. There were a lot of characters in this book and the story only very loosely ties them together. Though I was never bored, the story felt like a very long buildup to a payoff that never quite arrived.
The voice performance was very good, however.
Sci-Fi guys I guess.....maybe it got better in the 2nd half, but I quit listening in part 2. I just couldn't make myself care about this guy. The windup girl herself was a great character and if there ends up being some romance between them I might be sorry I quit. But it was just taking too long to go anywhere!
Yes...many! It was almost awesome. So much potential for a great book, but you can't wait until 3/4th of the book is gone for something to happen of interest.
This book is intricately well written. Its a little slow starting but totally worth it!
OK, someone! will complain about the sex parts; "Is it really necessary to have one of the central characters BE that sexual?" (Or if you like, "Suffer such explicit sexual humiliation?")
This is a future with Genetic Engineering Run Wild. This is a future in a time and place you can see, smell, hear and darn near touch. This is a location that is precisely today and absolutely in a distorted and warped future.
Reader read it well. Writer nailed the locus - and the characters.
A science fiction reader would enjoy this book. Some warnings though - you must be willing to overlook shortcomings in both story-telling, science, and word-smithing.
I have not listened to books by Paolo Bacigalupi before.
I have not listened to any readings by Jonathan Davis before.
Yes, I think it would make a visually interesting movie.
The story is a general comment on genetic manipulation in an interesting setting - gene manipulation has caused new diseases, affecting humans and agricultural plants. Fossil fuels are used up, necessitating using mechanical energy - generated by gene manipulated elephants winding great springs.Humans have generated a cloned copy of themselves - exaggerating wanted traits and including genetic markers making these "new people" easy to distingush from humans. The new genetic context is on the verge of a great change.
The story describes only cartoon characters, which is probably ok. Science fiction doesn't have to be great literature to be interesting and, perhaps more importantly, some readers will probably find this stylized description appealing. I can accept the genetic disaster but have a harder time with the science idea of societal pro(re)gression from fossil fuels to mechanical energy. (I know, I'm supposed to suspend disbelief...).
All in all, I don't regret spending time on this story. What do you think of genetic manipulation?
Detailed, realistic, entertaining
The tiger...sad...and yet a hero
Anderson; strong character
It was a surprise... I didn't know it would be so well written or performed. Took some time to understand the place and the characters.
Upon finishing The Windup Girl I realized that I liked the book much better towards the end than I did when I started it. I felt the book was very dull and dry.....full of mean-spirited characters. Then, along came 'The Windup Girl' Emiko.....and she made the book a much better story to read. I found myself being intrigued and interested in all that she said and did. She was so human-like and I wanted her to really be human because she was so much a better person than those living in the book.
There was a lot of horrible and disgusting abuse towards Emiko....especially a very savage rape scene that left me shuddering and sickened by it. It is interesting how human nature responds to something that is seen as less than the beings that we are......how we can abuse and use something or someone that we feel is trash or way beneath us.
I felt that the way the story was written.....all the characters were hard to discern if they were good or bad....each had good qualities that shined at times and then very poor qualities that would make the reader disappointed in their choices.
Overall......the book was confusing at times and you could never keep track of who was winning the war because the sides changed so much...it gave you an image of a world full of despair and people who would basically do almost anything to stay alive in it. I thought the book was dry at first but did pick up speed halfway through...but it really wasn't my favorite type of read.