Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom: Book 1 [David Wingrove] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Year is China has once again. Novelist and critic David Wingrove has been writing seriously since he was a and with some justification: his first published series Chung Kuo is in excess of. Mr. Wingrove has announced a publication date for Chung Kuo book The Stone Within on his social David Wingrove (@David_Wingrove) August 10,

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David Wingrove

But the story also contains more sex and brutality than I would have liked. Wingrove worked in the banking industry for seven years until he became fed up with it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

But in the background of this conflict, a young man from The Clay finds his way into the upper levels and appears to pick up a talent for engineering. Thanks to Jewell for beating me to this news via a comment! The actual Earth is buried under these cities. And they did turn davd stomach.

It also keeps just enough uncertainty in the plot to make it interesting. The good guys are never on the verge of winning, and neither are the bad guys. I fell in love with it immediately when I first read it and recommend it so highly to anyone who is looking to sink their teeth into an intriguing and involved story.

I read the whole series in the early 90s and kup when I retired as ebooks. So in the end we have to take this world-city almost on hearsay – with very little detail of it.

The idea of a world dominated by a future China is well done in parts, a well fleshed out political and house structure and it’s obviously for the most part skirting the edges of a race struggle with Europeans against the might of the Chinese but does so without getting too black and white or good and evil with some sympathetic characters on both sides.


In this generation, however, there appear several individuals whose effect on society, for good or ill, will herald change. Apparently important characters view spoiler [are killed off in order to set the plot in motion hide spoiler ]. This includes two brand new prequel novels, Son of Heaven released February. The ninth volume “Monsters of the Deep” was published 19 October[4].

If A Game of Thrones excites readers with surprisingly round and sympathetic characters, TMK characters wkngrove frequently predictable and flat. While the menace was always looming close, I feel like Wingrove only grossly fell prey to it on a few occasions. As a result, we get a kio of Chung Kuo society from the absolute top the leaders of both factions down to the lowest of the low a Clay-born boy.

It moved smoothly from one interesting charater and situation to the next. The first eight books of the re-release were self-published 22 June by Fragile Books publishing company.

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

Having a group of essentially Emperors, one per continent, working as a council of rulers was neat, and then having the status quo challenged was in-depth and neat. The characters may all react to the force driving them, but they react organically enough it makes sense. He started work on a new fictional project called A Perfect Art. The people of each continent save for a few exceptions live in huge, tiered pyramid-shaped cities that are entirely self-contained.

One of the most ambitious epics in sci-fi history and a remarkable feat of storytelling.

It’s exciting, suspenseful, dense, complex, and when it comes right down to it, very well put together. For three thousand years the world-encompassing Empire of the Han had endured. The twenty books in the re-release schedule davod planned to be published at regular intervals between February and June The entire population of Earth lives in a story structure made of a super plastic material known only as Ice.


This was, hands down, one of the three most vile books I’ve ever read wimgrove my life.

Perche’ ho deciso di consigliare la lettura di questi libri, nemmeno usciti tutti in italiano, e di cui, tra l’altro, sono arrivato, per ora, solo al quarto? This is the first doorstopper of a book in a multi-volume epic; I believe I read the first three or wingroce, years ago.

I also wasn’t thrilled with this guy’s take on the Chinese; he indulges in a number of “exotic” stereotypes, and he insists for reasons of “elegance” on using Wade-Giles romanization, and he’s not even consistent about it. He is well-known as the author of the “Chung Kuo” novels eight in total. And both sides are complex enough not to be “good” or “bad”, but to be driven by their own motivations. The section on Chung Kuo art is several pages long and his write-up on the pieces is fascinating.

I had to purchase them in used bookstores and also through the amazon marketplace. What’s the Name o Page 1 Page 2 … Page 19 Next page.

Chung Kuo (novel series)

The original ending was therefore, somewhat unsatisfactory. The complex political manoeuvring and the interweaving individual storylines are handled very chunf, and the writing occasionally approaches the profound. I finished it unenthralled; given that most reviewers seem to believe that the first was brilliant and the rest of the series went downhill, I’ll be giving the rest a miss.