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Mesg #167 "Book #4: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi"
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Date Tue Jan-19-10 10:04 AM
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This book has an idea-driven plot, with interesting foundations: 1. All the oil in the world has run out so a greatly diminished population has to do with renewable power sources - such as mainsprings in cars, guns, etc. Much of the work previously done in the golden age of oil, is now done by human or animal labor. 2. Plagues have run through the world - developed by scientists, they have wiped out much of the crop production. Other genetically modified insects have wiped out the forests by goggling them up. There are any number of diseases that kill humans, or by killing crops have killed humans by starvation. GM companies in the US have both developed these plagues and genetically modified, sterile crops that resist them. Evil.

In order to deal with manual labor issues, genetically modified animals called 'Windups' have been developed. The plot revolves around a foreigner, a windup girl, various ministries in Thailand and refugees.

The writing is OK, repetitive in many places. Where I kinda get left off is the violence in the last third of the book. I'm a peacenik; I don't think the physical violence at the end really needed to advance the plot. However, I think the book is worth reading because of the ideas, and the near-futureness of it. It really could happen.

  

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Chanpheng's reading in 2010 [View all] , chanpheng, Fri Jan-01-10 11:47 PM
  Book #1: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, chanpheng, Jan 03rd 2010, #1
Book #2: Brasyl by Ian McDonald, chanpheng, Jan 12th 2010, #2
Book #3: Wanting by Richard Flanagan, chanpheng, Jan 19th 2010, #3
Book #4: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, chanpheng, Jan 19th 2010 #4
Book #5: Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver, chanpheng, Jan 23rd 2010, #5
Book #6: The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, chanpheng, Jan 31st 2010, #6
Book #7: Way Station by Clifford D. Simak, chanpheng, Feb 04th 2010, #7
Book #8: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, chanpheng, Feb 26th 2010, #8
Book #9: Arresting God In Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay, chanpheng, Feb 28th 2010, #9
Book #10: Beating Back the Devil by Maryn McKenna, chanpheng, Mar 03rd 2010, #10
Book #11: The Children's Book by A.S.Byatt, chanpheng, Mar 07th 2010, #11
Book #12: The City by Clifford D. Simak, chanpheng, Mar 13th 2010, #12
Book #13 Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus, chanpheng, Apr 09th 2010, #13
Book #14 Alejandro Blue by Monica Ali, chanpheng, Apr 09th 2010, #14
Book #15 Mara and Dann by Doris Lessing, chanpheng, Apr 09th 2010, #15
Book #16 Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, chanpheng, Apr 09th 2010, #16
Book #17 Slant by Greg Bear, chanpheng, Apr 09th 2010, #17
Book #18: The Accidental by Ali Smith, chanpheng, Aug 07th 2010, #18
Book #19: Factory Girls by Lesie Chang, chanpheng, Aug 07th 2010, #19

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