I am struggling to listen to the end of Pt 2. As an elderly sci-fi girl I wanted to be delighted. The subject is current; we should listen to its lesson. The characters for the most part are so cardboard and self absorbed. The actual windup girl is the only one that keeps me trying to finish. Other than her, I do not care what happens to any of them. Be thoughtful about choosing this book and only do so if you are patient. Perhaps I will change my mind as the story progresses.
This book needs to be played in fast mode and it is still a very slow pace. I wanted to like it but in the end I was just left with thinking it was a lot of time wasted. Very descriptive and bleak.
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
i tried to get into this book several times but it just didn't happen. don't waste your credit.
I saw this book in the bookstore and I really did want to like it. There were points where I almost got there but I just couldn't form any sort of empathy with the story or the characters. I know the intent was to comment on human nature as being ultimately clanish and self serving while at the same time ironically compasionate at times for inexplicable reasons but the shear vulgarity of all the humans protrayed left no room for hope or redemption.
Even Emiko, the new breed that will no doubt be the Eve of the inheritors of the planet, carries no hope for improvement to anything except immunity and physical prowess.
All that being said the writting was good and the characters were mostly well formed and the world was painted in detail.
Suspension of disbelief is required in buckets though since solar energy, bio fuels, geo thermal, wave current generation, wind power and any number of other technologies seem totally forgotten although methane convertors are mention as being fed by executed humans (I imagine in energy terms this is going Soylent "Green" eh?) while gargage fills alleys (Making Methane from protein would be much harder than from vegetation found in garbage).
The narration was dry and sedate and probably contributed to the overl depressing feeling of the book. I managed to make it through the whole thing and that is the only reason it has three stars instead of two. Probably more of a 2.5
Slinger of code. Eater of sushi.
Not much happens until about half way into the book. The first half is a series of disconnected vignettes with no obvious protagonist, storyline, etc. Some of the ideas presented are interesting, but not really explored or developed.
The story picks up eventually, with a series of protagonists emerging, and something approaching a story line. All in all it was just ok. It was well written, but suffered from just dropping us readers into the middle of events and a world without any kind of explanation or discussion on why we should care.
If you enjoy eclectic writing and obtuse plots and characters, you might enjoy it. For me, it was just 'meh'.
I would not try another book by Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Jonathan Davis
Pain staking slow pace
I would not recommend this book.
In terms of the performance I don't imagine when one Chinese person is speaking to another in Chinese they have such a heavy accent.
Also Many plot points hung on the fact that Hock Seng or Emiko could pass as Thai if they didn't say anything.