I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)
the Empress of Mars. I hope it's much better.
the narrator reads Very Slowly. Perhaps for dramatic effect, perhaps he was very tired, I don't know. I set the playback speed to 1.5x normal because I just couldn't take it. At 1.5x normal it sounded almost like a normal speed narration. Unbelievably, it was still occasionally too slow.
Meh. The prose is ok, the book is well-written, the author obviously has talent. Otherwise frustrating.
I don't understand the point of the rape scenes. At least two separate rapes, hours apart in the book. There may be more, I still have 4 hours to the end. Maybe it all ends in one big final bang, just in case we forgot the first two. Anyway, unless you're a sexual sadist the highly detailed rape scenes add nothing to your enjoyment of the book, or to your deeper understanding of the plot. This serves no purpose. What's the point, is it for shock value? That's some feeble imagination if this is the only way you can think to make an impression to an audience.
And also, if you're raping, rape a male character, why don't you. Mix it up a little, be "brave". That would also be shocking but at least it would be new. And it would add just as much to the plot (in reality just as little) as the public gang rapes of this girl.
So basically my impression is that this book lost its way with some pointlessly detailed rape scenes and acts of sexual abuse, described in a way which didn't provide a natural concrete target for the reader to channel their outrage. When there's no target provided for your righteous indignation and outrage, that implies that the author doesn't think such a target would be necessary. Perhaps because outrage is not what the reader should/would be feeling at these scenes. However, I have no idea what he expected me to feel instead. Perhaps the idea was simply to frustrate the reader.
I'm not sure and editor ever took time to cut this book down to make it the short story it should have been.
More Frank Herbert
He chooses random times to inflect, slow down his speech patterns, sound off, and create emphasis where it is unnecessary. At one point he actually lapses into an English accent for a villain that displayed that at no point in the book ever before.
I was driving across the United States and I skipped almost 30 chapters of this book without missing a beat. I wish I was exaggerating. So maybe 30 chapters?
I think the author's intention was to show the interconnectedness of politics, dogma, history, nationalism, entrepreneurship and capitalism. I think he is out of his depth and what he sought to achieve in only one book Frank Herbert achieved in five books of Dune. I very much want to like this book but it lacks originality and is in fact more suited for the teen dystopic book section. Not the fantasy or sci-fi world at all.
This book's story line is difficult to follow, and there are multiple charactors to keep up with. The plot is interesting, if somewhat depressing. Again, this book contains very violent rape scenes that I do not think were required for the plot.
alot of variety
This book is dirty. Reading it will make you feel dirty.
The Preface of the book starts by the author explaining that he was writing it during epidemic. This must be why the book reads like there is a cover of scum on it. Everything seemed so downtrodden that I never finished listening to this book.
Possibly. The book may be better in print because you can skip or skim.
Possibly. Other books may be more interesting. The author's foreword stated that he came up with the idea for this book when he was stuck in his hotel room in Asia during the SARS epidemic. It clearly came from that miserable state of mind.
Can't say if he did - the book pretty much did it all.
Perhaps farther in the book - I gave up after about 7 hours of listening.
I found it very hard following the plot details (or major plot line at times) because it seems to me the author didn't really know which characters to develop so went with 4 if not 5 eventually. The first portion was very misleading about who would be featured as a major character, since ultimately it ends with relatively little attention given to the factory owner. Characters would be highlighted for a while, then you hear little or nothing for a hundred pages (such as the owner's main assistant). Perhaps in more skilled hands, developing several characters in depth might work, but I found it added nothing but confusion in this story, which began with an intriguing physical setting and political/economic context.
Not very likely.
The opening scene setting up this fascinating world
Perhaps if I read the hardcopy, I would have had an easier time keeping up with the frequently changing focus and point of view, though I have listened to audiobooks for many years.
Sci-Fi geek. :)
A different story. :)
I found this book very slow with not much excitement or closure.. The story was kind of bland. Not sure about this one.
I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
I loved Paolo Bacigalupi's The Alchemist. The story was vibrant and tight. But The Windup Girl was not so much so. The magnificent prose is still there. But the story seems to wander. Everything fits together, but the story is just ... eh.
There seemed like there were so many substories going on, but nothing that was really a main story arc to grab hold of me and keep it together. I found my mind wandering a lot and then having to rewind when I realized that I hadn't been paying attention for 5 minutes.
Not bad. Not great. Just average. Unique, but average.
Beautiful richly realized world, and a very interesting scenario, but the characters are not as richly realized; other than perhaps, the Windup girl herself. There are many other reviews which will delve into the pros and cons of the story. I will simply say this: Not one good thing happens to any of the characters anywhere in the story. Only the conclusion itself gives some small hope for one of the characters, but that's it. So if you would like to be uplifted, or excited, or engaged in any positive way; skip this one.
No. I have listened to lots of audiobooks and this isxvery difficult to follow. I rewound many times to better understand the storyline.
No. Forced myself through this book. Good story but not enjoyable to keep rewinding to follow. The names were very foreign sounding so very difficult to keep track of characters. Also crazy made up names for make believe genetically created animals..food and people...and gloomy.
I couldn't wait to be done with the book so I could enjoy sn audiobook again.