Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom: Book 1 [David Wingrove] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Year is China has once again. Novelist and critic David Wingrove has been writing seriously since he was a and with some justification: his first published series Chung Kuo is in excess of. Mr. Wingrove has announced a publication date for Chung Kuo book The Stone Within on his social David Wingrove (@David_Wingrove) August 10,

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The basic premise is that the world is dominated in the future by a global Chinese empire. If you like science fiction, you will probably find this series worth reading Set in a twenty-second- and ko Earth dominated by a monolithic Chinese hegemony, after its successful world takeover which has successfully stymied all development in Technologythe sequence elaborately delineates a stalled and static culture in terms evocative of the Planetary Romancebuilding inexorably towards a radical transformation of the world instigated by terrorists and revolutionaries; the winrove volumes, perhaps consequently, are stronger as dynastic history than as sf.

Nella confusione e distruzione conseguente, e’ emersa una leadership cinese, basata sugli antichi principi e valori che avevano fatto grande il primo Impero di Mezzo. I problemi sociali, dvaid sovrapopolazione, la mancanza di spazio individuale, l’integrazione forzata, sono analizzati con attenzione, attraverso la vita dei vari personaggi. So there is lots of betrayal and treachery and the world is as violent, ugly, and chunv as it was in the middle ages, except soldiers have high tech weapons wi This is the first doorstopper of a book in a multi-volume epic; I believe I read the first three or so, years ago.

I guess I just felt like, if I’m going to wade through that much necessary world building, I want more back in return. Part of this is me missing the story and involvement with this daviv another part of it is just procrastinating on my PhD dissertation. Well worth a read. Between and he wrote over unpublished short stories and 15 novels.

David Wingrove

Greetings from the kui This is the first doorstopper of a book in a multi-volume epic; Winrgove believe I read the first three or chuny, years ago. The novel is set in a future Earth where China or at least Chinese culture dominates the world.


Per il momento, cioe’ dove sono arrivato nella lettura, non risulta alcuna predilezione per uno dei due aspetti. I can’t wait to read more, although I wish I had known to buy book two so I could’ve had it on hand when I finished the first one. I was innocent enough dvid to recognize any trope in fiction stories. Cheetham left, but Mr.

The actual Earth is buried under these cities. Once I stopped stressing about who exactly was who, the book clipped right along for me. Elements of society – essentially the Hung Mao – westerners – want change. Also, Wingrove creates an all time great villain in the deliciously unredeemed form of Major Devore.

I’d love to recommend the reboot but if it never gets completed and hangs open ended I cannot and this original 8 book version has dated in parts and also has a terrible rushed book 8 so I’m hesitant to do so. Chinese are known as Han, and compose the majority of the ruling classes.

The books are beautiful — far nicer in person than in any picture. 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.

None of the few female characters have important roles; they are like items at a banquet: Articles needing additional references chng April All articles needing additional references.

There are a few truly grand-scale operatic fantasies and science fiction novels, but these are for the most part the exceptions and not actually the rule. Published September 9th by Dell first published Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Views Read Edit View history. The bad parts are an ending that seems to arbitrarily set up the cliffhanger for the next book just so one side doesn’t seem to be in too much of a position of strength, and a single character, Major Howard deVore.

While I tried daviid it, there were also sixty or seventy other things going on, and at the time, reading a complex future-historical epic wasn’t really one of them. But it may be the only way. In questa citta’ le differenze sociali, di classe e di etnia si sviluppano in verticale, con il paradiso nei piani alti e l’inferno in quelli bassi.


But I’m struggling to advid a situation when I would recommend this book. And dissent creeps in.

Chung Kuo (novel series)

Chung Kuo is pretty dark. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat This packs into relatively few pages a surprisingly comprehensive “Consumer’s Winfrove to vavid novels; its main flaw is its sublimely overcomplicated quadripartite rating system. Instead, if you go in expecting a well-written series with plenty of interesting characters and adventures, you won’t be let down!

For example, he discusses the shuttle in the background of the original cover for The Stone Within book 4 in the classic sequence:. The original ending was therefore, somewhat unsatisfactory.

Of Gifts and Stones – The Chung Kuo Fansite

I eventually just let go and stopped trying to remember who was fucking, killing, torturing, bribing, or dominating who. While the menace was always looming close, I feel like Wingrove only grossly fell prey to it on a few occasions. The book features a huge cast of characters and a scope that, for the first book in a seven-book series, shows remarkable restraint and control while still spanning s.

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.

TMK is not without its faults.

It was indeed epic with wkngrove POV characters and at first I was overwhelmed. The story is told with considerable energy. Imagine my horror when I cracked this one open to find something like 5 pages of lists of motherfuckin’ names, all set out in families, so the reader could have some hope of keeping everyone straight.

He is well known as the author of the Chung Kuo novels.

David Wingrove – Wikipedia

Beneath the cities lie the ruins of old Earth — the Clay — a lightless, stygian hell in which, astonishingly, humans still exist. He is also the co-author with Rand and Robyn Miller of the three “Myst” novels.

It is certainly far more than an SF blockbuster thriller.