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Nov 23, Alison rated it did not like it Shelves: Many live under tiers that have been constructed on top of the old world to hide the criminal element of society.

Retrieved March 31, An absolutely disgusting book. This was, hands down, one of the three most vile books I’ve ever read in my life. Sep 20, Samuel Settle rated it it was amazing.

But the story also contains more sex and brutality than I would have liked. I remember the basic premise, and that it was one of the more disturbing ‘dystopian future’ novels I had read.

May 08, Becca rated it it was ok. At the very heart of Chung Kuo is the ‘War of Two Directions’ — a struggle for the destiny of Mankind and the clash of two different ideologies. If you like science fiction, you will probably find this series worth reading Un bel romanzo, che nella prospettiva di questi ultimi anni, con la crescita violenta della societa’ cinese, non appare nemmeno piu’ del tutto wingtove fantasia First, the characters are amazing.

Wingrove just lets his characters beand their motivations occur organically enough. The Art of Jim Burns. He is well known as the author of the Chung Kuo novels.

Chung Kuo (novel series)

Initially he concentrated on critical work, the earliest significant example of which — The Immortals of Science Fiction — was printed but never officially released, due to the bankruptcy of its publisher; copies were circulated, and it effectively exists as a published book. But, since none seemed to have the first volume, and my dad got rid of his copy around the time I ripped the insert out so I could tape it to my wall, I was out of luck.


Set in a twenty-second- and twenty-third-century Earth dominated by a monolithic Chinese hegemony, after its successful world takeover which has successfully davvid 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; davjd early volumes, perhaps consequently, are stronger as dynastic history than as sf.

Mar 01, Nick T. No trivia or quizzes yet. As seems to be the case with just about any entrenched ruler, the T’angs seek to avoid loosening their grip on power at any cost. The scope of the story is staggering, taking in the inherent oppression and tyranny of authoritarian rule and the destructive nature of revolution.

The characterisation is fairly stiff, and I’ve seldom come across child characters who felt less like real children than these ones. SF series with a Japanese-Samurai theme [s] 6 48 Jul 20, Instead, if you go in expecting a well-written series with plenty of interesting characters and adventures, you won’t be let down!

The Middle Kingdom

I probably have not read anything else in that particular vein since- I have always had a vivid imagination and the cuung nineteen years of the cold war were also the first nineteen years of my lifehence I do not need any help to imagine a dystopian future. 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.

This article needs additional ravid for verification. 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 cgung bad guy for crying out loud! He appears to derive pleasure from human suffering and sick power games, and thus stands out against the rest of the cast. After massive wars, China forms davif imperialistic structure that now controls the entire planet, under the watchful gaze of seven T’angs, or kings, one for each continent.

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This started off really interesting; the idea of the Chinese culture taking over the world, then essentially building a world on top of Earth was cool. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Between andwhen it was first submitted, the title was changed twice, becoming first A Spring Day at the Edge chun the World and then finally Chung Kuo, under which title it was sold to 18 publishers throughout the world. A friend of mine recently told me he didn’t like dystopias because they’re too depressing, and I have to agree about this one. It also leaves just enough to make people wonder and question what more there is, allowing them to dig deeper.

Chung Kuo is pretty dark.

The world has settled into a sort of uneasy stasis. One reviewer described it as a collaboration between James Clavell and Frank Herbert.

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

On its first publication there were complaints in the journal of the British Science Fiction Association about its sexual elements and one section in particular of extreme sexual violence, although one has to say that the section needs to be looked at in context. Articles needing additional references from April All articles needing additional references.

Wingrove worked in the banking industry for 7 years until he wingtove fed up with it. And while there are a few who aspire to epic status, at the same time, they don’t reach the same grand, sweeping, operatic heights that they aspire to. David Wingrove Novelist and critic Dhung Wingrove has been writing seriously since he was a teenager and now has twenty-six novels to his credit, along with several volumes of non-fiction.

Ma indubbiamente la realta’ preme Also worth noting is that Mr. Not only is the world miserable, there isn’t a single sympathetic character in the whole pages. Is the old order all that bad with its safety and security?