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The Big Aha [Paperback]

Rudy Rucker

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8 Nov 2013
Biotech has replaced machines. Qrude young artist Zad Plant works with living paint. But Zad’s career is on the skids and wife Jane has thrown him out. Enter qwet—or quantum wetware. Qwet makes you high—and it gives you telepathy. A new psychedelic revolution begins. But hungry mouths begin popping out of the air and eating people. Zad and Jane travel through a wormhole to confront the aliens. And they meet something stranger than ever imagined…

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. huge fun. very imaginative. out of the box. and signif # of "aha" moments 15 Jan 2014
By DCST - Published on
This book races out of the gate, keeps good momentum until the third act, and then switches the entire script for a satisfying conclusion. i'm a fan. love his other work. In the companion "notes from the big aha" its clear that this was a journey of creativity and letting it all hang out there. it shows. lots of inventiveness & surprises. and seriously weird/awesome pivots in the characters and plot. it moves fast - enjoy every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and wonderful invention 23 Dec 2013
By Ratfactor - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The thing that hits you immediately with a Rucker book is the fun use of language. The made-up words that sound like they should be real words and the real words being used like made-up words start jumping out at you on the very first page of The Big AHA. The entertaining words ('gub', 'qwet', 'qrude', 'loofy') are half of the fun. Everything else is the other half.

I can't easily name a more entertaining first chapter of a novel off the top of my head, so this is currently my Gold Medal winner for Most Entertaining First Chapter of a Novel I've Read in Recent Memory. That's not an award I hand out lightly, you know.

Okay, so it goes without saying that this is a book of mega imagination. Lots of books start out that way but fizzle out halfway through. This does not. If anything, it starts off running and _ramps up_ to the ending. Rucker's stamina for invention is amazing! There are multiple dimensions, biological programming, states of alternate mental reality, telepathy, and much more -- and these things are not just tacked on for fun, they're absolutely fundamental to the story. Much of it is laugh-out-loud funny. Some of it is probably pretty scary if you think about it too much.

For a self-published book, I found very, very few errors. Just a couple really minor typos. I can find little fault with this book on a whole. It's extremely entertaining. Either you're going to like this kind of story or you're not. Either it will entertain you or it will irritate you. But it's very consistent and if you like the first part, you're going to like the next part and the next. So long, qrudes!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Rudy But not a 5 Star 22 Dec 2013
By spudboy100 - Published on
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Please take into account that everyone has their own taste and perceptions about literature, so take what I say, with a grain of reduced sodium. First, I would give 5 stars to Rucker's Books such as Saucer Wisdom, and Hylozoic, and 4 stars to Jim and the Flims. 4 for Jack and the Aktuals (sp?) 5 for Mathematicians In Love. If somebody here, has even a speck of feelings for the old timey religions (and I am not saying you should!) then the cosmology-theology-biology of AHA is a bit disappointing. But it did not ruin the novel, by any means. For any hints of this, as not to ruin the plot for anyone, all I need say is "All Hail The Magic Pig!"

The story line, to be concise, is a hybrid between a technology of gene modification, synthetic biology, in the decades ahead, ehich eventually, gets plugged into telepathy, and other worlds/dimensions. Nicely, bundled together, with the culture of the 1960's (man!). Do I recommend a buy for the novel? Hell, yes! Turn on, tune in, and download (man!).
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite 2 April 2014
By cattrelc - Published on
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This is not my favorite Rucker book. I have been reading his work for many years and have not found one of his novels that I haven't finished and enjoyed. This felt a bit recycled and somewhat slow at times. I still read the whole thing in less than a week but there was a slight letdown at the end for me.
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