(urth) Chung Kuo
kierkegaurdian at gmail.com
Wed Jan 1 18:16:35 PST 2014
I'm nearing the end of volume 1, and like it. There are only so many ways
the story can go, however.
On Jan 1, 2014 8:34 PM, "David Stockhoff" <dstockhoff at verizon.net> wrote:
> 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
>>> 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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