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Comments to The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Submitted by Gerry M. Allen (Mar 05, 2010)

I must agree with this reviewer about this oddly well-received first novel by Paolo Bacigalupi. The prose is dense but not immersive with the annoying habit of ringing endless changes on simple words -- gene engineering comes to mind. The characters are drawn with care but in mid-air, unconnected to each other or to the tale. The plot meanders, stops, fizzles a bit then runs completely out of steam near the end. Throughout we have an old-fashioned McGuffin, too much like Colonel Walter Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, rotting in the jungle, dispensing wisdom. I do not read books based on the potential for the author; reviews of hope are simply faith.


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