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The Windup Girl | [Paolo Bacigalupi]

The Windup Girl

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.
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Publisher's Summary

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories.

There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of The Calorie Man (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and Yellow Card Man (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these poignant questions.

BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, author Paolo Bacigalupi explains how a horrible trip to Thailand led to the idea for The Windup Girl.

©2009 Paolo Bacigalupi; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2010
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2009
  • Best Books of 2009, Publishers Weekly
  • 10 Best Fiction Books of 2009, Time magazine
  • Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy 2009, Library Journal

"This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year." (Publishers Weekly)

"The Windup Girl will almost certainly be the most important SF novel of the year for its willingness to confront the most cherished notions of the genre, namely that our future is bright and we will overcome our selfish, cruel nature." (Book Page)

"A classic dystopian novel likely to be short listed for the Nebula and Hugo Awards" (SF Signal)

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    I crossed the half way mark hoping things would get better as per earlier reviews. Going to throw in the towel. The story line had potential on so many fronts. I gave it one star because I liked the title

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    David yardley, PA, United States 02-01-11
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    Was too tedious to listen to, full of cliches, To the point where I stopped listening half way through the first part of the recording. Not credible to someone who likes and empathizes with this part of the world. Obviously written by a tourist. Should be entertaining nevertheless for whom doesn't mind the inanities of the environment.

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    I found this book boring in the extreme and couldn't even get past part 1. I managed 5 hours hoping it would change but at that point I figured life is too short to be wasted on any more. The characters were bland and uninteresting and nothing about this book or story made me want to hear more. Very disappointing.

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    This took SO long to say not much. It's confusing because he doesn't explain the terms used so you're never exactly sure what they're doing. Also tended towards soft porn many times. If that much detail was given to other aspects it would have been much better.

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    I don't get it. Why has this book received such praise. It went on and on about things of such little interest. By the end of the book I just didn't care. I must have missed something, because I sure don't get it.

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    Robin West Bloomfield, MI, United States 08-21-10
    Robin West Bloomfield, MI, United States 08-21-10
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    James Honesdale, Panama 05-19-10
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    For this listener the story was so-so (at it's best). The narration was low & slow. It was a tedious listen for me. Seems almost every book that the critics rave about disappointment me. It did help me get a full nights sleep however.

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