Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Windup Girl

I am off today to Paonia, Colorado, to help my old friend Blake bottle some of the wine he has been fermenting since this past summer. He and I grew up with a menagerie of colourful characters, and although we were all blown by the four winds across the globe, we have managed in fits and starts to keep up with each other.

Tonight, in between his bouts of writer's cramp, I hope to link up with one of our gang, Paolo Bacigalupi. I was already going to write accolades about his book, Pump Six and Other Stories, which is as entertaining as it is frightening. But in the meantime, the prolific little bastard has finished another one, called the Wind Up Girl, which has been named by Time Magazine as one of the top ten best books of 2009.

Check out his site, buy the book, and be amazed. His dystopias offer a glimpse into our future world. In the words of Publishers Weekly: (Starred Review) “A Complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best… clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year.”

Even science fiction neophytes will love this intense and engrossing book. It should be called science future. I have lifted his cover for this post, click on it to buy it on Amazon.

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