The Middle Kingdom (Chung Kuo) (Chung Kuo Series) Paperback – 18 Oct 2012
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"One of the masterpieces of the decade." --"Washington Post"
"The achievement of a master world-builder." --"Omni"
"Imagine a collaboration between James Clavell and Frank Herbert and the result might be something very much like Chung Kuo . . . smart, involving, entertaining." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
..".an excellent novel and series that I can't recommend enough." --BookGateway.com
About the Author
David Wingrove is the Hugo Award-winning co-author (with Brian Aldiss) of The Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction. He is also the co-author of the first three MYST books - novelisations of one of the world's bestselling computer games. He lives in north London with his wife and four daughters.
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But there is growing discontent in Chung Kuo. Wealthy industrialists and ambitious scientists want change and growth to prevent stagnation. The enforcers of order will not stand for this. When the Minister of the Edict, whose job it is to prevent any drastic change to the order of things, is assassinated, it becomes clear that a war is coming. The War of Two Directions, which could spell a new dawn for humanity or spell its utter extinction.
The Middle Kingdom is the third novel in David Wingrove's revamped Chung Kuo mega-sequence. Originally published in eight volumes in the 1980s and 1990s, the series was abruptly cancelled and the author forced to write a highly unsatisfying quick ending which satisfied no-one. With new publishers Corvus at the helm, Chung Kuo has been recast in twenty volumes, including an all-new beginning and ending. The first two novels, Son of Heaven and Daylight on Iron Mountain, showed the foundation of Chung Kuo and the destruction of the world before, serving as scene-setting prologues. The Middle Kingdom, picking up a hundred years later, is where the story itself really gets started.Read more ›
Unlike the other reviewer, my Kindle book was perfect with all chapters present.
If you've read the original series...still buy the new books, you'll love the story all over again and these new versions are even better than the originals.
The story is terrific and very original (and not a little frightening due how prophetic the premise seems to be becoming!). They are incredibly ambitious works and are always interesting and exciting. Can't wait for the next one - already have it on pre-order.
If you are a fan of Frank Herbert, James Clavell, Peter F Hamilton, David Feintuch, Orson Scott Card etc (like me) then give these a try. The series is like Dune meets Shogun...
For fans of the original series who are unsure whether to read these new versions, I was in the same boat but decided to try them and am so glad I did. There is plenty of new material in here and the re-writes improve the excellent originals.
Looking forward to the remainder of the series and also hopefully some other new original novels by a great writer in David Wingrove...
I like like the way the story develops and new characters come to fore.
A good read, look forward to the next book
Such a pity since the first two books held my attention and worked on a really interesting theory and twist of events.
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I love the humanity a well as the science parts, most of which seem very likely.
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