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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Jul 02, 2010

Read from June 21 to July 02, 2010

Incredibly smart and well-written, but not at all likeable. Not that a book has any obligation to be likeable, but I gravitate more toward books I can "like" or even better: LOVE.
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message 1: by Laini (new) - added it

Laini Incredibly smart and well-written, just not very *likable*

message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber What do you mean by that? I need to know. Was the character not likable? Or was the story just a bummer?
:) Amber

message 3: by Laini (new) - added it

Laini Hi Amber! No one was really relatable, there was incredible brutality and darkness, misery, despair. The "windup girl" herself is likable but suffers so terribly, relentlessly, that it's painful. Well-written, incredibly imaginative, and I just wouldn't want to inflict it on anyone :-(

message 4: by Amber (new)

Amber thanks. I am thinking of my own book, and I worry about being too dark sometimes. But I also see romance and funny (even if some is 'dark funny'.) It is good to keep this in mind. Readers need a break to really feel the rest, maybe...

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