— Barnes & Nobles Book Club – Unabashedly Bookish, Bacigalupi constructs a sobering and nuanced of future Bangkok teetering on the edge of disaster. Bacigalupi is obviously deeply fascinated by Thai fruits (ngaw). ( Log Out /  The Japanese come into play through the engineered Windup Girl who is entangled in the whole debacle. The Windup Girl, Emiko, is probably the most identifiable character, which says a lot. He is a farang, an economic hitman and the AgriGen representative in Thailand. The Windup Girl hosts a diversity of characters, each with their own agenda, operating as separate entities, rather than as a whole cast working toward a sole objective. 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.

Many of The Windup Girl’s characters bear the same last name as Thailand’s most prominent families. I enjoyed the challenge of reading and understanding.

— Io9, The Windup Girl will almost certainly be the most important SF novel of the year. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The naming of his characters is also interesting and hasn’t been fully explored by anyone. This Study Guide consists of approximately 51 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - Emiko, a windup girl who works as a sex slave for Raleigh, tells Anderson what one of her customers told her about the seedbank and Gi Bu Sen, and Anderson tells her about the village in the north filled with New People after which Emiko dreams of escaping to the village. Meanwhile, Emiko, the windup girl of the title, suffers abuse at the hands of Raleigh, the owner of the Ploenchit, a gentleman’s club, where Kannika, a kind of female pimp, abuses her. The novel’s gritty tone, provocative story line, and sympathetic characters evoke a world that is frightening real. Hofsstadir Guesthouse – A Paradise in Iceland, “Just for Fun” Photo Exhibit, 9 – 16 Nov 2014.

Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The Windup Girl won several awards in the US and was listed as the ninth best fiction book in 2009.

— SF Signal (Five out of Five Stars), [an] extraordinary, virtuoso, shock-immersion rendering of [a] transformed world. — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), East meets West in a clash of cultures brilliantly portrayed in razor-sharp images, tension-building pacing, and sharply etched characters. Unlike many dystopian authors, Bacigalupi knows that at our core humans always struggle against any challenge. I enjoyed the novel.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Resistance from local Bangkok authorities results in a civil war that left the city in ruins – a struggle which seems to continue on even towards the end of the novel. — SciFi Wire, The Windup Girl is obviously about the geopolitics of the present… and yet Bacigalupi never slides into moralism or judgment. It’s possible that Hock Seng, the Chinese yellow card, could have been named after the early generation of Chrathivat to have settled in Thailand. While we may not consistently do right, we consistently hope to do better. All his characters have their flaws and heroic moments… Ultimately that’s what makes this debut novel so exciting. He owns and operates the SpringLife factory, but this is only a cover for his true mission which is finding the location of the Thai seedbank. Along with Carlyle, Anderson negotiates with Akkarat for access to the Thai seedbank, but he also becomes infatuated with Emiko. The Chirativat and Bhirombhakdi. He is a Hugo and Nebula Award winner, and a National Book Award finalist. There, he encounters Emiko. This is a very large cast of characters. Global Warming has raised the ocean levels to the point where pumps work continuously to keep Bangkok above water. ( Log Out /  His Thai name was Samrit Chirativat (according to Wikipedia, his Chinese name is Hock Seng) and he was one of the founders of the Central department store in Bangkok back in 1947. ( Log Out /  Because of this, they act more like people than characters and behave in an accordingly human fashion that can only be described as predictably unpredictable. The Chirathivats migrated from China and today are best known as the founders of the Central department store, among other businesses. It’s a sci-fi book but what makes it interesting is that it’s set in Bangkok, Thailand, which is usually the setting for suspense/thriller/murder genre fiction and is less commonly depicted as a bioengineering hotbed. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. — BookPage, Bacigalupi is a worthy successor to William Gibson: this is cyberpunk without computers. Events take place in 23rd century Thailand. In reality he is not revered like a deity as the book suggests. — Winner, ALA 2010 Reading List Awards, …an exciting story about industrial espionage, civil war, and political struggle, filled with heart-thudding action sequences, sordid sex, and enough technical speculation for two lesser novels. Because THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS’ NEST is the final novel of a trilogy, a lot of character development took place in prior novels. Barnes & Nobles Book Club – Unabashedly Bookish, 2009: Won the Nebula Award for Best Novel, 2010: Won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, 2012: Won the Seiun Award for Best Foreign Language Novel of the Year (Japan), 2013: Won the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for Best Foreign Novel (France), 2012: Won the Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Novel (Spain), 2012: Won the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for Best Foreign Novel (Germany), 2011: Won the Cena Akademie SFFH Award for Book of the Year (Czech Republic), 2011: Won the Cena Akademie SFFH Award for Best Science Fiction (Czech Republic), 2009: Nominee for the Goodreads Choice Award for Science Fiction. The 500-page novel The Windup Girl became available in Thailand in 2011 – two years after its first print in the United States. — Library Journal, Best Books of 2009, Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut novel The Windup Girl is nothing short of an instant dystopian classic – replete with genetically engineered elephants, clipper ships and dirigibles. Bangkok’s reputation as the red light district is well explored, reflected through the sleazy Raleigh who imports Emiko the Windup Girl as a novelty for patrons. 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. The division between yellow and red shirts is reduced to the white shirt in the book. The Windup Girl is obviously about the geopolitics of the present… and yet Bacigalupi never slides into moralism or judgment. Anderson Lake is one of the main characters. If anything, The Windup Girl is an entertaining read not to be taken too seriously where Thai politics is concerned. As a windup, Emiko straddles the divide between human and robot. © 2020 Windupstories.com. ( Log Out /  — Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow, Grimy post-ecocrunch near-future dystopia in which peak oil peaked ages ago, and the most cherished source of energy is measured in the tightly regulated calories… If you like worldbuilding, this novel’s vision… makes Blade Runner look like it was shot on plywood backdrops in someone’s garage — SF Reviews.net (Four Stars). 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. There are over 100 named characters in THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS’ NEST.

The Bhirombhakdis are the founders of the first Thai beer and brewery under the name Singha, although their businesses have diversified over the decades. He weaves them with the West’s hunger for commercialism, splendidly represented through the brutality of the calorie company man who’ll stop at nothing to achieve his mission. This Study Guide consists of approximately 51 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Windup Girl. Change ). It’s not a far cry from the violence that paralyzed downtown Bangkok in 2010. Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand.

All Rights Reserved. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In this inhospitable environment, a disparate group of characters calculates how to survive. The Windup Girl’s author, Paolo Bacigalupi from Western Colorado, did an excellent job at inventing a dystopic Bangkok by meshing the various elements of Thai culture together. — Library Journal (Starred Review), Disturbing… beautiful, fast-paced, exciting…and also a novel of hope. According to academic, Bangkok is a sinking city, but let’s leave that to the very distant future. The Phra Seub amulet … A wildlife conservationist, today Sueb’s eponymous foundation still pursues his legacy. Many of The Windup Girl’s characters bear the same last name as Thailand’s most prominent families.

— Publishers Weekly, Best Book of 2009, Postmodern Bangkok springs to life in Bacigalupi’s brilliant dystopian tale of culture clash, recalling the best of China Miéville and Neal Stephenson.

Anderson Lake is one of the main characters. — Techland, Bacigalupi’s powerful debut warns of dire ecological collapse and the evils of colonialism in an eerily plausible near future Thailand. It’s rare to find a writer who can create such well-shaded characters while also building a weird new future world. The Windup Girl’s plot is actually much more complex.

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