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  •  Paolo Bacigalupi (4+ / 0-)

    Interesting comments about Paolo Bacigalupi's piece. I haven't read "The Alchemist". I admire much of his other work, but as you note, his other work is more SF than magical fantasy.

    Apparently "The Alchemist" is half of a two-fer, and the other half was written by Tobias Buckell. I get the impression the two authors are friends. I suspect Bacigalupi thought it would be interesting to experiment with co-writing with another author he likes. I notice Bacigalupi lists it on his web site with short stories rather than books.

    He has indeed stuck with his dark climate change and genetic tinkering themes in his more recent SF. You might want to check out his YA novels, Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities for comparison. My only disappointment with them is that they are somewhat toned down because they're aimed at youth readers. I think he's at his best writing more mature material. He's selling more and winning more awards for those two YA books, though, so I can understand why he would stick with that.

    Thanks for contributing your perspective.


    Most models are wrong, but some are useful.

    by etbnc on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:28:44 AM PDT

    •  I had seen... (5+ / 0-)

      ...a comment from Paolo...somewhere...when he was talking about writing YA as opposed to adult material.  And the primary difference, he felt, in his own writing, was that kids deserved, if not a happy ending, then a hopeful one; where adults -- not so much.

      I'd disagree -- I think everybody needs hope, and that it's my job as a novelist to provide a place for people to relax and recharge before they return to the increasingly scary and dangerous Real World -- but it was an interesting take on the writer's responsibility to his readers.

      “A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”~Thomas Mann

      by Rolanni on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:47:14 AM PDT

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    •  I'm a huge PB fan. (3+ / 0-)
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      Rolanni, RiveroftheWest, Limelite

      Also a YA fan. PB is the best current practitioner of both IMHO. I think I've read everything he's published now. My reviews of other PB books are on Goodreads, where I go by Paul Woodford.

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