Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

I just finished Paolo Baciglupi's first novel "The Windup Girl" and I liked it as much as I liked William Gibson's "Neuromancer". The Windup Girl is set in a dystopian future Bangkok where global warming is threatening to flood the city, oil has been used up, pandemics run rampant in humans and plants, agriculture is controlled by corporations and political factions are tearing the city apart. The book has many interesting ideas, energy is stored in springs (compressed using human or animal power), and wars fought over bio-diversity. There's lots to think about after reading this novel and I don't want to spoil the joy of reading it.
You can buy from Amazon or get it from the Chicago Public Library

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