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White Moon, Red Dragon (Chung Kuo) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1996

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co; Reprint edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440223083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440223085
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,013,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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the chung kuo series of 8 books is a brilliant read of politic intrigue murder assination sex twists and turns its is just a brilliant read which will keep you reading.
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WE ARE "STILL" waiting to receive this book We have emailed several times to amazon and still no book WE would be VERY GRATEFUL if you could resolve this problem as it has been a long wait now it was oreded on 31 Oct 2011 Many Thanks Donna Forsyth Chung Kuo ( David Wingrove BOOK 6
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903eed8c) out of 5 stars Picture living in a humongous crawlspace... 9 Nov. 1999
By R. L. MILLER - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
...underneath a city almost the size of a continent, and you've got "the Clay". We learned in earlier volumes that this was scientist Kim Ward's homeland. But now, in this volume, we get a closer look at the place--much of this book is set there. This is an "underworld" with none of the romance of the Sewers Of Paris as depicted in "Les Miserables". Two hundred years of the Seven's rule have created an underclass of people in both a social and a geographic sense, and it's beginning to boil up into a conflagration we couldn't begin to imagine in present-day ghettos and barrios. Meanwhile, the rule of the Seven has been on the skids since the previous volume--the only T'ang who's still a viable ruler may be the most decent of the original Seven, but that fact doesn't help a bit. Arch revolutionary Howard Devore--a Stalinesque type who as a cure for tyranny is worse than the desease--has come back from his exile on Mars. In the words of James Baldwin, it's "the fire next time", and next time is right now.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903f07a4) out of 5 stars Fantastic serie, bad book 31 May 2004
By Villemos - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love the Chung Cuo serie. Great sweaping concepts, detailed and vivid persons, super grip on technichal details and thrilling plots. And then I read "White Moon, Red Dragon".
The first 400 pages are the usual thrilling page turners and then it just starts falling apart. The development, which is normally harmonich and logical suddenly fails details and reasons are missing. Persons reacts illogical and against their established personallity. Plots are build and suddenly abandoned. Other are suddenly pulled in from the left without any plausable explanation. Psychic powers and supernatual phenomenas suddenly enters the game.
You constantly ask yourself; "But why?" and the answers never comes.
The books "climax" completes this trend; a sea is drained just so that an invinsable army can be landed by a space amada on the opposite side and marched through the now empty basin and (surprise, surprise) 8 indians from Mars without really doing anything creates a flood, saving the world while a 9th indian talks in tongues. How and why the book as so many other things completly fails to explain.
Maybe this is just a very clever plot, building to the ultimative climax in book 7... or the book is just bad. I tend to conclude the second.
I'm likely gona get no. 7 in the seris just to see if Wingrove gets his act together.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff7e0fc) out of 5 stars Wingrove's cycle builds to an impending climax. 23 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
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Wingrove's Chung Kuo cycle has been compelling for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its believability. Despite his daring intent to combine politics, science, sexuality and history into one dangerous mix, his tale has never sunk into the category of easily-dismissable science fiction. He has done this by refusing to follow the lead of popular SF trends; he has, for the most part, eschewed the technical-laden side of SF storytelling, preferring to anchor his tale to the human element.
"White Moon, Red Dragon" departs somewhat from that formula, however, in its greater reliance on technology to progress plot and to solve problems, almost deus ex machina. But the masterpiece of the previous five books encourages me to expect a sublime and profound climax in Book 7, followed by an audible denouement that will bring Wingrove's vast vision to fruition.
This book is but a preliminary step to that greatness. Though paler than its predecessors, it nonetheless reflects their glory and brilliance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903eb630) out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!! 15 Jan. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Filled with fast pace intrigue ,that kept you glued to each page ,book 6 countiued with the all the emotions that were so wounderfully expressed in all the prievous novels ,love,war,loylty,honer which ultimately led up to the disaterous confrontation between what was left of a fairly stable socity ,against total barbaric anarcy .I thought this finale war should have ended the seris ,but it seems mr windgrove has other plans .The big but is that he seemed to have run out of ideas the ending was to sudden after getting to the point of the grand climax then it all spirled down ward I was totaly disappointed ,however trusting in mr windgrove`s never ceasing to amaze me imagination the next installment ,should (I hope)make up for the disappointing ending in a otherwise excellent scifi novel.
HASH(0x8ff8766c) out of 5 stars One of the Great Undiscovered Series 17 Sept. 2010
By G. Simms - Published on
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In the history of SF, Wingrove's Chung Kwo series has really remained under the radar - and very undeservedly so. It has all of the best aspects of first-rate science fiction: plausibility, outstanding character development, and the detailed creation of a world which seems so possible, and remains logically consistent. And as is the case with the best of SF, Wingrove's work can be read as a stark analogy to some of the major issues facing humanity: war and peace, overpopulation and environmental destruction, privacy and individuality, freedom and security.

Here, Wingrove weaves a series of interrelated story lines taking place in the not-too-distant future, when China has become the sole ruler of the Earth, and a highly populated and strictly enforced caste system leaves billions dwelling in an artificial series of levels covering the entire surface of the planet.

Despite the autocratic (and invasive) oversight of the rulers, individuals with talent and ambition seem to be able to rise.

Having read this series when it first appears in the 80's, I decided to recollect used copies of the original so that I could re-read the entire series. In doing so, I discovered that there is a plan to republish the original 8 (with some new material which explains the time gap between the present and the first book), and publish the remainder in shorter segments, for a total of 20. The project is scheduled to start in 2011, and probably run over a period of years.

Another caution: the 8th and final book in the original series is extremely hard to find; most used book sites are asking $50 and up (if they have it at all).

But this is a wonderful, memorable series well worth reading.
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