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Chung Kuo (novel series)

But there are some issues with this overall. I finished it unenthralled; given that most reviewers seem to believe that the first was brilliant and the rest of the series went downhill, I’ll be giving the rest a miss. This series is, obviously, genre-fiction; it is fairly creative and decently written genre-fiction, however. So in the end we have to take this world-city almost on hearsay – with very little detail of it.

The pacing is set with the prologue, but then dives for a moment, releasing a lot of the built-up tension to have two new characters, different from the ones previously introduced, mess about in a wasteland for a few pages. Chinese are known as Han, and compose the majority of the ruling classes. A Kindle version is not yet available, either. So I wanted the shuttle in the background to look like a fairly near-future development of the kind of design-thinking we have now….

Wingrove has penned a masterpiece here. 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”. Chung Kuo With Triad bosses and assassins, emperors, whores and visionaries, Chung Kuo is part heroic epic, part technological thriller, part romance – a compelling tale of fallen empires and ordinary people unified only by the dark history of their time.

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However, almost everything about his version of “future Han” culture feels off in some fashion, both within the confines of his created world would certain ethnic slurs and modes of thought still exist inside the world of Chung Wingrovd I guess I just felt like, if I’m going to wade through that much necessary world building, I want more back in return.


This is the first doorstopper of a book in a multi-volume epic; I believe I read the first three or so, years ago. The original ending was therefore, wjngrove unsatisfactory.

The Middle Kingdom (Chung Kuo, #1) by David Wingrove

The Seven control everything and impose Edicts against technological progress, seeking to keep the peace by maintaining a social status quo by halting the great wheel of change. SF series with a Japanese-Samurai theme [s] 6 48 Jul 20, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Perche’ ho deciso di consigliare la lettura di questi libri, nemmeno usciti tutti in italiano, e di cui, tra l’altro, sono arrivato, per ora, solo al quarto?

Namely, to cement in readers’ minds the evilness of the leader of the Dispersionist faction, who, up until that point, may have turned out only to be an ideological hardliner.

The people of each continent save for a few exceptions live in huge, tiered pyramid-shaped cities that are entirely self-contained. Open Preview See a Problem? My first attempt to read a SF series.

Maybe those books were imported copies of the U. It’s certainly an intriguing concept – a future world in which the Chinese reign supreme, and in which they’ve constructed an elaborate false history to make it seem that things have always been that way – and the author’s imagining of this strange, beehive-like world, positively seething and close to bursting at the seams, is definitely interesting. Nov 23, Alison rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 7 comments.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. It was disgusting, and wrong, and did not appear to serve the story in any way shape or form; we already knew the bad guy was a bad guy for crying out loud!

After reading it the first time, I was fairly amazed that the series as a whole has gotten so little attention from scifi readers. In this generation, however, there appear several individuals whose effect on society, for good or ill, will herald change. Beneath the cities lie the ruins of old Earth — the Clay — a lightless, stygian hell in which, astonishingly, humans still exist. Don’t get me wrong, I can enjoy a story about imaginative brutality as much as the next sick minded guy.


Most of the book takes place in and around City Europe, ruled over by the oldest and most seasoned of the T’angs, Li Shai Tung. The complex political manoeuvring and the interweaving individual storylines are handled very well, and the writing occasionally approaches the profound.

Based on the bestselling games, the Myst trilogy pits friend against friend, good against evil and brings a thousand worlds to vivid life. Between and he wrote over unpublished short stories and 15 novels.

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Skip to content About New to Chung Kuo? I read this a few years back and ordered it through Alibris last summer In short, it was a hard book to slog through. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The novel Chung Kuo: Retrieved March 31, Wingrove worked in the banking industry for 7 years chun he became fed up with it. The assassins decide they’re going to play a dangerous game of their own by blackmailing de Vore and Lehmann.

The Art of Jim Burns. Which brings us to Chung Kuo: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Il dissidio e’ tra l’ideale di una societa’ statica, perennemente uguale a se’ stessa, perseguito dalla classe dominante cinese, e che ha anche un supporto da parte di fazioni occidentali, e la richiesta di innovazione e mutamento, che e’ portata avanti piu’ o meno segretamente da parte del grosso della societa’ europea e nordamericana. This slides into black-and-gray morality by the end view spoiler [as the more sympathetic Dispersionists get killed off, and the sheer depravity of the remaining leaders, especially DeVore, becomes clear hide spoiler ].

Non sono nemmeno riuscito a trovare in rete Da: I’m really torn over how to review this book.