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November's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Please join us as we discuss The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, winner of the 2010 Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell awards for Best Novel and the Locus and Compton Creek Awards for Best First Novel. The biopunk science fiction novel was also named the ninth best fiction book of 2009 by Time Magazine. Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). Additionally, there will not be an automatic reminder e-mail for this event, so please add it to your calendar if attending. If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From Publishers Weekly:

Noted short story writer Bacigalupi ( Pump Six and Other Stories) proves equally adept at novel length in this grim but beautifully written tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation. Capt. Jaidee Rojjanasukchai of the Thai Environment Ministry fights desperately to protect his beloved nation from foreign influences. Factory manager Anderson Lake covertly searches for new and useful mutations for a hated Western agribusiness. Aging Chinese immigrant Tan Hock Seng lives by his wits while looking for one last score. Emiko, the titular despised but impossibly seductive product of Japanese genetic engineering, works in a brothel until she accidentally triggers a civil war. This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year.

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    Interesting perspectives! For a book about which I was only mildly enthused, the discussion helped give me a slightly better appreciation. I still didn't like it all that much - but, I ended up being a little less dismissive! Good discussion...everybody's responsible and respectful input is always valued and appreciated; and your expansive interpretations with well-supported comments "embiggen" me (to humbly borrow from the "Simpsons")!

    November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I knew there was reason this book caught my eye in the library. Haven't finished it yet. Hope you guys had fun.

    November 25, 2012

  • Kelena M.

    This was my very first experience with a book club and I really enjoyed the discussion. I will definitely be attending future meetings.

    November 25, 2012

  • Bill K.

    The discussion was interesting like always. It's great hearing the views of folks other than me. I always hear points that I would never thing of, causing me to look at the book in a different way. It's also funny to hear all the different tracks the conversations take before we get back to the book. It was really enjoyable.

    November 25, 2012

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! With this discussion less than a week away, I'd appreciate it if you would update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 19, 2012

    • Jeremy D. H.

      I'm still game, really looking forward to talking about this one.

      November 19, 2012

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