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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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May 03, 2010

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bookshelves: dystopia, speculative-fiction, steampunk
Read in May, 2010

I never really got into this, and had to parcel it out in small doses, like a chore. I might go back to it someday, because there were parts I liked, and I thought some of the descriptions were really vivid and interesting, and I think some of it is just the mood I'm in lately.

I'm not even sure I finished it off, because I had the ebook and me and my reader have been going through a rough patch (I think we're friends again now), but it was a while ago, anyway, and aside from the brief snatches of description that I loved, I can't remember this very well now. I didn't really get to care about the characters or understand them in the way I like to, or get super-absorbed in the world. I found the start pretty slow, and didn't really find my feet in the world quickly enough: yeah, the reader's got to figure it out for themselves, but if there's too much omitted, it's tough and the mystery gets less, not more, enticing.

It's interesting, though, and I think I will come back to it with fresh eyes when I've chipped away further at the to read mountain.
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message 1: by Amy (new) - added it

Amy Feel exactly the same about the chore-like small doses. I keep trying, though!

message 2: by J. (new) - rated it 1 star

J. Heh, yet again I look at your review of a book I just finished and it reflects how I felt so well. I felt exactly the same way about it feeling like a chore in the end.

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