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text ´ The Windup Girl Ñ Paolo Bacigalupi Io 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 Award winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty first centu Interesting and provoking Misleading title; I kept waiting for the story to focus on the wind up girl Perhaps it should have been called The Company Man It's one of those dystopian allegories where she represents something or other to a guy that is involved in exploiting the world I think I should have wrote a better review Interesting message uncomfortable deliveryHis vision of the future is very dark and I think he spends a lot of time in all his works exploring the fractures in humanity There's a lot of casual violence oppression and filth much like the real world I think he does it on purpose as part of the message and world building but it easily becomes overwhelmingUpdate to self I did finish but wasn't up to the task of reviewing Complicated and uncomfortableI think I'll get rid of it when I'm back home I prefer to keep The Water Knife as an example of his works

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Free The Windup Girl kindle ¹ eBook 9781597801577 ✓ ➾ [Download] ➻ The Windup Girl By Paolo Bacigalupi ➷ – Danpashley.co.uk 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 ex 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 en Long scorching days are science fictionfantasy weather Back when I was in middle school after uitting baseball but not uite when I could take the L across town to Wax Trax I would walk the four or five miles to the Harlem Irving Plaza a couple times a week The mall had a Waldenbooks and off to the right about three uarters toward the back if you were standing at the entrance stood the science fictionfantasy section I would take my hard earned cash from umpiring t ball games actually that was a great job and purchase books from writers like Roger Zelazny and Phillip Jose Farmer Then I would walk home slip into the air conditioned house and read for hours Each summer since I pick up one or two science fictionfantasy books come July drifting toward William Gibson Neil Gaiman Stephenson etc A few weeks back I heard someone compare Bacigalupi to Gibson and noticed the novel face forward displayed at Barnes and Noble I checked the library reserve list and snagged one of the first copies in the system Score Nah only about half a score The novel functions as an interlocking set of characters’ stories in Thailand after the “contraction” in which the world’s people struggle to redefine existence without fossil fuels or an expansive food source after a series of plagues and famines The United States is fractured into different republics and the Midwestern seed companies have risen to multinational power Dirigibles carry genetically modified rice across the globe and scientists race to stay one step ahead of the next genetic disaster Thailand is hot as um the author reminds the reader about every third paragraph and the rising water serves as a constant threat to a one of the last remaining cities in Southeast Asia Bacigalupi creates a fascinating and realistic future complete with spring technology no oil remember and “Wind Up New People” created by the Japanese His vision retains elements of the past as if the elements were rusted unidentifiable metal pieces in a vacant lot and scavengers were trying to assign them value Here’s the problem Bacigalupi writes as if he’s a reporter The Wind Up Girl carries a bloodless clinical uality that I couldn’t uite transcend I didn’t care much about the characters and the money shot plot developments weren’t that alluring My heart didn’t race and while I was interested in the storyline I was interested in the “when the hell is this novel going to really start” way The middle third is probably the best really as I felt like the book picked up around page 100 but lost steam around page 325 I admired the framework and intellect inherent in The Wind Up Girl but I admire the same about I don’t know those doorstop best sellers from David McCullough about American history that I will never read So The Wind Up Girl is good but not much fun and I feel a little cheated This might be my fault to be fair as I was looking for something like Snow Crash or Pattern Recognition and Bacigalupi is well Bacigalupi He’s smart and talented but were this book and me at a party I would politely excuse myself before the novel started telling me a long story about what he heard on NPR that day or something

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The Windup GirlGineered being creche grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims The Windup MOBI #221 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 b My grandmother reads food labels to see if they contain any genetically modified products I used to laugh at it Now after reading The Windup Girl I'm tempted to take a closer look at the food labels myselfPaolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl is a bleak and depressing story set in the future run by calorie monopolies where genetically modified products and manufactured foodborne plagues have wiped out the foodchains wars are waged for precious seeds and uarantines for food borne diseases are a must Calories are precious a hilariously sad concept in the modern obesity epidemic world where calories are our worst enemy if you believe TV ads Genetic engineering is not limited just to food there are genetically modified humanoids as well viewed as property in some countries and abominations that need to be destroyed in others We are nature Our every tinkering is nature our every biological striving We are what we are and the world is ours We are its gods Your only difficulty is your unwillingness to unleash your potential fully upon it The Windup Girl raises a uestion common to sci fi novels how far can science go before it becomes threatening To which lengths can people take playing God On one hand the scientific advances in medicine and agriculture are necessary to make our lives better to feed the ever expanding population to cure the ever aging population On another hand the eventual impact of these scientific advances is unknown and will it be too late when we figure it out Will it be too late when the genetic weapons and other scientific advances find their way into the hands of companies greedy for immediate profit It is already happening let's not kid ourselves but will it eventually destroy the world as we know it Or is the future change as portrayed by Bacigalupi a part of evolution a part of the strongest survive doctrine Everyone dies The doctor waves a dismissal “But you die now because you cling to the past We should all be windups by now It’s easier to build a person impervious to blister rust than to protect an earlier version of the human creature A generation from now we could be well suited for our new environment Your children could be the beneficiaries Yet you people refuse to adapt You cling to some idea of a humanity that evolved in concert with your environment over millennia and which you now perversely refuse to remain in lockstep withBlister rust is our environment Cibiscosis Genehack weevil Cheshires They have adapted uibble as you like about whether they evolved naturally or not Our environment has changed If we wish to remain at the top of our food chain we will evolve Or we will refuse and go the way of the dinosaurs and Felis domesticus Evolve or die It has always been nature’s guiding principle and yet you white shirts seek to stand in the way of inevitable change' What is natural' is another uestion of this novel Again it resonates with the present day obsession fad with everything 'green' organic sustainable unmodified 'natural' What can we reject as unnatural IS there even such a notion In Bacigalupi's novel the genetically modified 'windups' are viewed as something less than human an abomination a soulless property because they are test tube created engineered unnatural But is it ever fair to make such a distinction The knee jerk response is 'no' But we already live in the world that denounces certain lifestyles certain preferences certain viewpoints as 'unnatural' and uses that as an excuse for discrimination and uneual treatment Is is protecting the 'natural' or blatant discrimination Depends on your viewpoint I guess In the world of genetic destruction that Bacigalupi created such horrifying treatment of the windups is perfectly understandable to the surviving society but terrible to us Would many of our conventions based on our ideas of natural and unnatural seem just as horrific I'm afraid they would by the way “My body is not mine” she told him her voice flat when he asked about the performances “The men who designed me they make me do things I cannot control As if their hands are inside me Like a puppet yes” Her fists clenched opening and closing unconsciously but her voice remained subdued “They made me obedient in all ways” And then she had smiled prettily and flowed into his arms as if she had made no complaint at allThe style of this novel is oppressively bleak There is nothing uplifting nothing cheerful; even the events that may lead to hope and satisfaction are only hinted at and we don't know whether they will ever happen The badness is palpable the goodness is hinted at This is not a novel for a leisurely read This is not a feel good story It is a story that keeps bringing you down and throw you into a depressed mood And yet I loved it every page if it I loved that the bleakness made it so realistic and importantly made you think because it's thinking that makes you human I love that there were no easy ways out of the situations and yet little glimpses of simple humanity were so heart warming even if not always resulting in anything tangible I loved the absence of info dumps and Bacigalupi's obvious respect for the intelligence of his readers and his refusal to spoon feed us the information I loved that there was never a black and white approach to anything including the main characters who are as deeply flawed as you can ever imagine I loved how despite my attempted refusal to go any deeper into this hopeless world something kept bringing me back to this story day after day after dayI loved this book despite the bleakness and the complete lack of the fell good factor I highly recommend it especially to sci fi fans 45 stars This book is a true gem We are alive We are alive when whole kingdoms and countries are gone When Malaya is a morass of killing When Kowloon is underwater When China is split and the Vietnamese are broken and Burma is nothing but starvation The Empire of America is no The Union of the Europeans splintered and factionalized And yet we endure even expand The Kingdom survives