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Between andwhen it was first submitted, the title was changed twice, becoming first A Spring Day at the Edge of the World and then finally Chung Kuo, under which title it was sold to 18 publishers throughout the world. The beginning of David Wingrove’s eight volume saga charting the collapse of a future earth civilisation where China has become the dominant power. Lots of intrigue, politics, violence, science, sex Look, he creates an interesting – if fairly unbelievable – world, but then he fills it with about half a billion characters many of whom never do anything interesting.

In short, it was a hard book to slog through. View all 7 comments.

Chung Kuo (novel series)

The Chung Kuo series ran to eight of nine planned volumes before the series was cancelled and the author had to prematurely finish the story in the eighth volume, which both he and readers found unsatisfying.

Yes, it is uncomfortable reading. Retrieved February 9, If anyone were to ask me what my favorite science-fiction series of all-time cnung, David Wingrove’s Chung Wingrobe series would immediately be my answer without hesitation.

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May 18, Booknerd Fraser rated it it was ok Shelves: The New York Times.

David Wingrove

If you’re looking for a Chinese epic, I would recommend Three Kingdoms. The story is told with considerable energy. This book was recommended to me over 30 chungg by a friend of my mother. It is a book I have read several times, and after my recent trip to China, have started enjoying it yet again.

Latest from the blog. As with most anything you read on the internet, take these rather strangely impassioned reviews with a grain of salt. Jun 25, Andrew rated it it was amazing.

This started off really interesting; the idea of the Chinese culture taking over the world, then essentially building a world on top of Earth was cool. La stratificazione sociale verticale comporta nuove situazioni che danno cgung alla storia. As in the first version, a literal underclass comes to inhabit the planetary surface, a daavid basement of the world-city and thus effectively Underground.

He also tends to show much more than tell, and even in a non-visual medium, this technique works incredibly well for him. Originally, only one prequel novel was planned for September Almost every major scene is set “somewhere else”. The pace is slow and it doesn’t help whenever the action scenes start, the author switch into another scene. With Triad bosses and assassins, emperors, whores and visionaries, Chung Kuo is part heroic epic, part technological thriller, part romance wibgrove a compelling tale of fallen empires and ordinary people unified only by the dark history of their time.

Okay, so the rundown is as follows. It was disgusting, and wrong, This started off really interesting; the idea of the Chinese culture taking over the world, then essentially building a world on top of Earth was cool. The only positive thing I can say about the book is that the writing and characters are all so flat and lifeless that wibgrove details of the book didn’t linger in my memory for too long.

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Other Books A range of books drawing on years of experience as a reviewer and critic of science fiction, including source books on fiction and films of the genre, as well as the Hugo Award-winning Trillion Year Spree.

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SF series with a Japanese-Samurai theme [s] 6 48 Jul 20, Her son, who was about the same age as me, had read it. On my way through Santa Fe with a friend of mine once, though, I stopped at a local bookstore to use the bathroom, and found a hardcover copy of Middle Kingdom.

Until, of course, a group of top-tier European businessmen– Pietr Lehmann, Edmund Wyatt, and Soren Berdichev– decide that they need to bring about change and “take back their destinies”. Each continent is ruled by a T’ang or essentially an Emperor.

That’s pretty much what happens the whole time, by the way. None of the few female characters have important roles; they are like items at a banquet: