(urth) Chung Kuo

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Jan 1 17:33:58 PST 2014

On 1/1/2014 7:19 PM, David Duffy wrote:
> On Sun, 29 Dec 2013, Antonin Scriabin wrote:
>> Has anyone here read the Chung Kuo series by David Wingrove? It seems
>> intriguing. I was wondering about the reading order, since it is being
>> re-released in a 20 volume version that adds a lot of content to the
>> original 8 volume sequence. I have the first three volumes of the 
>> original
>> sequence, and if I like it, I want to read it in the best order.
> I didn't think think the plot justified the length, that the 
> technologies needed seemed unnaturally constricted in scope (if one 
> can do X, then Y would be just as easy - if it was fantasy then I 
> wouldn't have this problem), and a few rather nasty scenes. The "meta" 
> worry I had, which might seem weird to some, was whether Chinese 
> culture was being adequately represented - I dislike obvious 
> retellings of historical events (Napoleonic wars anyone?), and of 
> stereotyping of non-European societies. There are a few set pieces 
> from the series that stick in my memory though.
> _______________________________________________

I also read only The Middle Kingdom, and had he same concerns---not 
weird at all.

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