Monday, May 10, 2010

The Fluted Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi

Novelette

Number of words : 9300
Percent of complex words : 11.7
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 14.1


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 10.3
Flesch : 63.8
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.9


PEOPLE

Lidia

The Fluted Girl who tries to hide. An altered human.

Stephen

A servant who attacks Belari.

Madame Belari

Ruler of this fief, and an actress.

Burson

Modified man of Belari's with camouflage abilities tracks Lidia down.

Mirriam

A woman in the fief.

Tania

Madame Belari's servant.

Vernon Weir

A man that fancies Belari, also an executive for a company that pays her.

Nia

Lidia's sister Fluted Girl.

Michael and Renee

Belari's cooks.

Claire Paranovis

An employee of SK Net.

Mgumi Story. Kim Song Lee. Maria Blyst. Takashi Ghandi.

Media elites.


PLACES

Chennai

City in India.


TECHNOLOGY

Tingle

A feel-good drug.

Cell-knitters

Medical repair tech.

TouchSense

Technology to use on an actress for consumers.


ORGANISATIONS

Pendant Executive

A media company.


VEHICLES

Aircars

Flying cars.


MEDIA

Kabuki

Japanese dance theatre style.


FOODS

Sweetmeats

Sugary delicacies.


PLOT

Lidia is a modified human. Her body has been changed that the appropriate touches will make her produce music, the same goes for her sister Nia.

The political system she lives under is fiefdom, so she has little choice. Her ruler, Belari, is having a big do, and the Fluted Girls will be a major entertainment. The girls also are a way for Belari to become independent herself, if they make her a lot of money after their years of modification and training.

Lidia tries to hide, but no joy. Belari's chameleon hiding servant tracks her down before she can poison the food that will be served at the dinner. She has gone that far because Belari has actually cooked one of her servants that attacked her, and she will serve him at the dinner as part of the meal.

However, Lidia manages to hide the poison. She gets the opportunity to have a strawberry to eat, and poisons it to kill herself in defiance. However, at the last moment an idea strikes, as she offers the strawberry to Belari as a sign of servitude.


3.5 out of 5


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