I would selectively recommend The Windup Girl. To those with strong stomachs, this is an escape from our reality. Paolo Bacigalupi's discriptions of a dystopian world is well conceived, with global plagues of man, flora, and fauna. He created new weaponry, energy sources, cartels, and social organizations. I found the the character development as interesting as his world as a whole.I would caution those who are sensitive to explicit sexual cruelty to feel free to jump over sections of this book, knowing that you didn't miss anything that would diminish the substance of the book. I would have preferred the graphic sexual scenes to "fade to black" and resume with the already well written anguish of Emiko, who couldn't help herself due to her genetic engineering.
I I felt for Emiko's tender feelings which were well developed throughout the book. Her inability at first to stand up for herself when her engineered buttons were pushed was anguishing. She desired to have self-determination. And her shame overpowered her programming to please others. She grew stronger throughout the story and became an integral part of the storyline. I didn't understand the title of this book until I was three fourths of the way through the story.
Jonathan Davis did a inspiring job through the myriads of characters, and especially as he presented Emiko's feeling to us. Kudos to Jonathan!
I definitely would like to see it on the big screen, as long as they cut the graphic sexual debauchery from the movie as I mentioned earlier. It was uncomfortable to listen to and I can't imagine seeing even 1% of it on screen.
I have to admit as others have, that the first half of the book was a bit confusing, even with the excellent character development. I had to backtrack multiple times to figure out what just happened to whom and try to figure out what it had to do with the story. Even so, everything did fall into place. And I don't have an alternative option for Paolo' choices. I liked the book. I was intrigued throughout the book. I listen to books in spurts each day, and then on the weekend I listened for eight to 10 hours while I work at home. During the long stretches of listening, I didn't mind needing to break for dinner or take other time-outs due to the intensity of the book. I enjoyed the book, story, and especially the Jonathan's reading.With my children, all grown up now, I kept reflecting on how the Windup Girl was engineered to be respectful and obedient to a fault. Just as we all attempt to train our own children to be. I saw in Emiko, what we would be like if we were never allowed to stand on our own two feet. She had disabilities, that at times were taken care of with caring concern, and times with impatience for the work they required, just like the real world. I empathized with Emiko's needs, and dreams. I applaud her endurance.Good Book!
The whole series is well developed and entertaining. The love triangle was also a good distraction from the carnage of the games, and twists and turns in the plot. Throughout the series, the reader is pulled in many directions. I loved the ending. I listened to the whole series twice, once when it came out and again to get ready for the movies.
Katniss Everdeen, because of her willingness to step into harms way to protect her family, friends, and the innocent. She stepped up to fulfill her role for the cause of freedom, but didn't simply capitulate. She made demands of her own. She represents loyalty as well as integrity.
I thought that Carolyn's over-dramatic representation made Katniss seem weak and fearful. I don't think that she represented the the author's interpretation of the brave, resourceful, strong, protective, young lady, who had such fearless resolve. I listened to "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire" read by Erin Jones, and got hooked on the series. When I purchased Mockingjay from Audible, read by Carolyn McCormick, I felt like Katniss was constantly pleading with everyone, and her thoughts oozed of "poor me, poor me". I had to quit listening. I waited until I could find the audio book read by Erin Jones before I finished the series. If you want a well read version; listen to the book as read by Erin Jones.
The book brought out all of my emotions. Suzanne Collins was masterful in combining humor, fear, joy, suspense, and action.
I highly recommend Mockingjay as well as the rest of the series. I hope Suzanne Collins continues to bring us more of the same. I would like a different reader for any future books.
My wife and I really enjoyed this book. We are Dean Koontz fans forever. Dark Rivers of the Heart intertwines Big-Brother, high-tech, ultimate evil, innocence trampled, and the truth that freedom has a price; it is not a given. The characters are superb. The notion that "Love at first site" can happen to anyone was a wonderful twist to a story that grabs you and never lets you go, even when the book is done. We hope that there will be a sequel to this book. This is as entertaining as the Odd Thomas series, but with a lot more action. This is definitely a keeper.
I teach Computer Science and really enjoyed this book. The narrator is wonderful. No character is safe; which makes the action even more intense. You don't know who will survive, who is good, and who is bad. The concept of infecting millions of computers with your daemon project to protect it from being dismantled reminds me of the SETTI project which utilizes the processors of many off-site workstations all over the world to distribute the load. And tapping into the world wide networks of security cameras, PC cameras, etc to help keep track of your friends and enemies is frightening.
I would recommend this book to anyone. You don't need a degree in computer technology to enjoy this book. We are all exposed to techno-babble everyday on TV and in the movies. Just enjoy the story and glaze over the detailed technology blurbs if you need to and you'll be just fine.
This episode really puts you in the "Old West" Sci-Fi style. I loved the way he brought the "Salem's Lot" priest to life. There is no stopping King. I became attached to the towns people and felt their courage and was touched by their losses. Highly recommended!
Best so far. Roland became human. We were finally able to see into the heart and the mind of the gunslinger. This one keeps your interest from the begining to the end. How does King do it?
More exciting than the first 2. Lots of action and detail. The city of LUD was interesting. The computer, Blane was haunting.
Even better than the Dark Tower 1. It makes you wonder what goes on in Stephen's head. What ever it is, it's bizzarely interesting.
Very well written. Typically Stephen King. The images are so well described that you believe that you're standing right there.
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