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The Water Knife: A novel de Paolo Bacigalupi
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The Water Knife: A novel (edició 2015)

de Paolo Bacigalupi (Autor)

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The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. When water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.… (més)
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Títol:The Water Knife: A novel
Autors:Paolo Bacigalupi (Autor)
Informació:Knopf (2015), Edition: First Edition/First Printing, 384 pages
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The Water Knife de Paolo Bacigalupi

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Es mostren 1-5 de 87 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A really good book but I wasn't in the right mood for it (even though I devoured it). I love all of his stuff but I think I like his other work, especially his short stories better. It has made me interested in reading Cadillac Desert. Paolo does a great job of painting the bleak world of his book and kept me trying to figure out what was going on until right before it happened. I'd definitely recommend if you're into dystopias or like his other work. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Superb near-future apocalyptic vision of the American Southwest as the waters dry up and the interstate battles begin in earnest. A genre work but as with Wind-Up Girl, it reaches rare heights. As the promo materials say, it's Chinatown for the 21st Century. Great characters, fluid writing, great thriller pacing. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
"They have no idea what they're doing. These are the people who are supposed to be pulling all the strings, and they're making it up as they go along."

This isn't societal collapse brought about by an explicitly malevolent government, but rather humanity shooting itself in the foot, over and over, acting out the tragedy of the commons.

The setting is realized with terrible plausibility, and it's these background moments-- refugees crowding water pumps, the breakdown of order-- which make up some of the strongest parts of the story. By contrast the big HBO thriller style moments, laden with spies and sex and firefights, seem to lack reality.

Which particular characters live or die seems less important in the face of entire states being wiped off the map, but that didn't weaken the strength of the book's message, the apocalypse occurring in slow but inevitable motion.

In the end, I can only say I was entertained reading this book, but I'm not looking forward to living it. Here's hoping things work out a little better in reality... ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
In the American Southwest, states and cities battle each other for pieces of the Colorado River. In this realistic possible future "water knifes" are the black ops who make sure sumptuous "arcologies" can bloom in the desert, so the rich can drink while the poor get dust.

I loved the concept and the realism with which Bacigalupi paints this world is frightening. Some of his writing is powerfully prescient. "If I could put my finger on the moment we genuinely f**ked ourselves, it was the moment we decided that data was something you could use words like believe or disbelieve around.” It is hard not to read this line without thinking of our current state of affairs.

However, this realism also hurts the book somewhat. This is a tale of a broken world with very broken characters who think little of stabbing each other in the back to stay alive. "Some people had to bleed so other people could drink. Simple as that." I get it, but it doesn't make for very sympathetic characters. In the end I found it hard to root for any of them.

So I liked the book, but definitely had mixed feelings. ( )
  ReaderWriterRunner | Jul 27, 2021 |
A good cli-fi thriller. It was a bit slow going at first, with a few expressions and abbreviations that needed a bit more explaining. Otherwise, a chilling look into a not-so-distant future of desertification, corporate dystopia, and structural / interpersonal violence that necessarily follow the privatization of the basics of life. ( )
  SocProf9740 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 87 (següent | mostra-les totes)
To some critics and commentators, climate change is also having a deep effect on literature, as more authors focus more closely on the actual and possible consequences of the subject in their fiction. The genre, if it can be called that yet, represents a loose affiliation that stretches back at least to J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World and includes such authors as Ian McEwan, Ursula LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson and Margaret Atwood. The Water Knife is perhaps the best, most-recent example of "climate fiction," and it expertly taps a wellspring of fascination and fear that runs beneath a culture ever digging a deeper hole for itself and the environment.
 
In The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi's best-selling, Hugo- and Nebula-winning debut, the author imagines a 23rd century in which the forces of commerce have run amok over the basic, biological building blocks of life. In his equally powerful sophomore novel, The Water Knife, he takes a similar approach to an inorganic substance without which human life wouldn't exist: H2O. But where The Windup Girl takes place hundreds of years from now in Southeast Asia, The Water Knife hits closer to home for U.S. readers. Its setting is the American Southwest, at a time in the near future when Britney Spears is toothless and old, the country is plagued by climactic calamities and the Southwest's dwindling water supply is controlled by robber barons.
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Bacigalupi plays on a grand scale, but he does so with a keen eye for detail... His big triumph, though, is never forgetting that The Water Knife is a thriller at its pounding heart. Even amid reams of deeply researched information about the economy, geology, history and politics of water rights and usage in the U.S., he keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.
afegit per grizzly.anderson | editaNPR, Jason Heller (May 28, 2015)
 
"But this is no pastiche; Bacigalupi weaves an engrossing tale all his own, crackling with edgy style."
 
"With elements of Philip K. Dick and Charles Bowden, this epic, visionary novel should appeal to a wide audience."
afegit per bookfitz | editaPublishers Weekly (Mar 16, 2015)
 
"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
afegit per bookfitz | editaKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2015)
 

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The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. When water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

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