The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl

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Recipient of the Sturgeon Award, Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the environmental journal High Country News. His non-fiction essays have appeared in and High Country News, and have been syndicated into numerous western newspapers. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • Newberg, United States
  • English
  • 1597801577
  • 9781597801577
  • 133,740

Rating details

50,321 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 26% (12,891)
4 39% (19,532)
3 23% (11,740)
2 9% (4,288)
1 4% (1,870)

Our customer reviews

Compelling, terrifying, horrifying and beautiful. The Windup Girl is the first book I've read in 20 years to take me to a world I haven't been to before. I don't want to give too much away about the story, so let's just say the backdrop is: Peak oil has come and gone, empires have fallen and all energy is created by calories. I would however, like to talk about the characters a little. Here you are treated like an intelligent human being by the author, and presented with characters that transcend the usual one dimension. Each has her or her flaws and you need to work to overlook their character defects to get to know the real person; there's no simple "good guy" and "bad guy". Also, there isn't really an obvious main character. Why does there have to be? It's refreshing to read something that strays from the norm and instead focuses on a bunch of people struggling to survive. If you really want a hero, just judge them for yourself and pick one. The best thing about this book for me was that it reminded me of reading books for the first time when I was a kid, when every world was new and every story an original. Try it!show more
by Dan Walsh
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