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The Fluted Girl | [Paolo Bacigalupi]

The Fluted Girl

Everything is possible in Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Fluted Girl". All you ever wanted is here, but it all has a price, and often the physical cost is way too steep. Cell knitters, Revitia treatments, and stolen body parts improve all aspects of the human body. And in Bacigalupi's decadent future world, the goal of all this is simply to enhance one's social standing.
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Publisher's Summary

Everything is possible in Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Fluted Girl". All you ever wanted is here, but it all has a price, and often the physical cost is way too steep. Cell knitters, Revitia treatments, and stolen body parts improve all aspects of the human body. And in Bacigalupi's decadent future world, the goal of all this is simply to enhance one's social standing.

Enter twin girls into this world of capitalistic dreams. With a lifetime of treatments behind them, they are now ready to take to the stage as human flutes in a performance that should delight everyone - everyone, that is, except the twins.

From the moment Shondra Marie's voice submerses you in this world, you will dread the final outcome. This is a tale that lingers well after the hour is up, and you are well advised to re-play it, just to catch all the hints and tricks Bacigalupi uses in making this such a moving tale.

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What the Critics Say

"With Marie's voice and Bacigalupi's guidance you are unable to leave this story until the final outcome has been spoken." (StarshipSofa)

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    Victoria ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 10-07-11
    Victoria ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    I love Paolo Bacigalupi's stories. This is an interesting and compelling short story about biological modification. Unfortunately, the tone of the reader's voice just about drove me crazy. The voices used for different characters were easily distinguishable, but they all grated on my nerves. Thank goodness it's short.

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    Kathleen Alexandria, VA, United States 06-01-12
    Kathleen Alexandria, VA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Performance was distracting"

    I love the way that Bacigalupi evocative word play when building plot and in revealing characters. He balances these two aspects very well. This short story is a little gem. However, I found this performance very distracting. It seemed almost a cold reading, the narrator rushing at times, and then pausing oddly.

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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 05-02-12
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    "Wow!!!!"

    Haunting, beautifully narrated and interesting to the surprise ending. I highly recommend this short story from an incredibly gifted writer.

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