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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Sep 28, 2010

did not like it
Read from October 01 to 04, 2011

I couldn't finish this book, and I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one. Bacigalupi is an amazingly talented writer, I give him one star for that at least. His dialogue is exquisite and his premise is sound. However, he fails to tell a concise story that I care about. I'm 100 pages in, and I don't care about any of the characters at all. There's a sense of urgency for me, but only in wondering when the author was going to get to the plot and stop dicking around.

I also got tired of the repeated use of Thai words, with no indication of their meaning. This is a device I usually tell my critique partners to avoid like the plague. Also, the repeated use of PurCal and AgroGen and the other "calorie company" names was very excessive and became increasingly annoying. The same images of sweat and heat are used over and over to convey the climate.

I will give another book by Bacigalupi a chance, because he is incredibly talented, but I'm disappointed I paid good money for this book.
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