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Posted on Feb 18, 2010 in News, The Windup Girl | 3 comments

THE WINDUP GIRL named by TIME Magazine as a best book of the year

I meant to post this earlier, like, two months ago, when it happened. But I always get distracted. In any case, yes, TIME Magazine named THE WINDUP GIRL as one of the top ten fiction books of the year. Not just science fiction, mind, but fiction, generally. Which feels pretty good. Some other fabulous reviews below:

TIME Magazine: “Bacigalupi is a worthy successor to William Gibson: this is cyberpunk without computers.”

Techland: “It’s ridiculous how good this book is.”

Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2009: “Bacigalupi’s powerful debut warns of dire ecological collapse and the evils of colonialism in an eerily plausible near future Thailand.”

Library Journal, Best Books of 2009: “Postmodern Bangkok springs to life in Bacigalupi’s brilliant dystopian tale of culture clash, recalling the best of China Miéville and Neal Stephenson.”

Barnes & Nobles Book Club – Unabashedly Bookish: “Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut novel The Windup Girl is nothing short of an instant dystopian classic – replete with genetically engineered elephants, clipper ships and dirigibles.”

Winner, ALA 2010 Reading List Awards: “Bacigalupi constructs a sobering and nuanced of future Bangkok teetering on the edge of disaster. In this inhospitable environment, a disparate group of characters calculates how to survive. The novel’s gritty tone, provocative story line, and sympathetic characters evoke a world that is frightening real.”


  1. Congrats! Well-deserved!
    I don’t normally read dystopian sf, and I just read this because it was a “group read”, but I was surprised at how great it is. Looking forward to reading Pump Six.

  2. I’m reading it right now finally and I told my yoga class today all about the book. It fit in nicely with my theme of channeling human energy. Book is totally kickass by the way!

  3. Congratulations on your wins. You’re an amazing writer and visionary. I look forward to more of your work. Wish I could write as well as you, my friend.



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