I read The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi because of recommendations and the Io9 book club. I'll have to keep an eye on what they're reading. I posted my review on my blog: http://margaretfisk.mmfcf.com/blog/?p=1059
I've since seen the movie, and while the novel was written from the screenplay, I think the novel allowed the story to come together better. Honestly, though I enjoyed the movie, I felt the story chosen for this second one was too complex for the medium of the big screen.
I just finished this book while away on a trip so I haven't written any thoughts down. My reactions to the book are complex though. Was it a good read? I'd have to say yes. He's a talented writer and that shows through. However, I didn't feel it was completely true to itself, almost as if Williams thought the story he'd begun wasn't good enough to see through to the end.