- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (17 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575088966
- ISBN-13: 978-0575088962
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Causal Angel (Quantum Thief 3) Hardcover – 17 Jul 2014
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A widescreen-baroque grandeur... A maddening, dizzying and dazzling novel (SFX)
Hannu Rajaniemi is without question one of the smartest and most exciting writers working in science fiction as we speak, and I can't wait to see what he does next. (Tor.com)
The bottom line for The Causal Angel and the Jean Le Flambeur series: it's evocative and can be mind-bogglingly at times but this creates a highly addictive air around it, and once you get through to the fine details you will be amazed. This is must read science fiction. (The Book Plank)
With The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi set a new standard for science fiction that dared to imagine a post-human future. With its sequel, The Fractal Prince, he successfully built on his narrative foundations to add a greater depth to his characters - not least the gentleman thief Jean le Flambeur - and an added strength to his ideas. So it's something of a relief to report that the trilogy's conclusion, The Causal Angel, doesn't disappoint. (The Skinny)
It's all things to all people, opening up to deliver whatever you want from it - action and adventure, memorable characters, rich stories and weighty themes. This is what Science Fiction should aspire to. (SF Crowsnest)
The author, who has a PhD in string theory, uses the tropes of the genre to present cutting-edge explorations of post-humanism, quantum physics and cybernetics. The plot is pell-mell, the theory intellectually challenging, and Flambeur appears as a fully rounded human being, with hopes and desires, strengths and flaws. (The Guardian)
The latest novel from the most exciting new SF author of the last five years. 'Brilliant' GUARDIANSee all Product Description
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So, does it work? In parts, I would say yes, but I would also say that the requirements of the plot tend to dictate what happens to a much greater extent than in the first two episodes, which gives it for me less exuberance than the first and second sections of the story. Nonetheless, this is operatic scale sci-fi at its best, and I loved it!
OK - this is not for the faint hearted. It could be read in isolation, but you would gain a lot more from reading the first two. The universe Hannu Rajaniemi is a complex one with many competing factions, and it is very difficult to either (a) get your head around it or (b) let it flow around you and see it as a backdrop to the main text (I choose this because it would take me too long to do (a)). In parts it can be a REAL struggle to get through, but persevere and you are rewarded with some enlightenment (on entanglement) at the end (usually).
Much as I hate to say it, I hope this story line ends here. The character of the thief Jean le Flambeur should carry on with different adventures, different stories and different heists, bit I feel this novel represents a closure of the main plot. Personally I would like to see Pixel brought back (she was sooo cute).
Summary: Great story, but reading books 1 and 2 woud increase your enjoyment signifcantly.
The book flits from location to location in virtual space far more than I would have wanted it to. In the first book we get to spend time really getting to grips with the Oubliette on Mars, and in the second the city of Sirr on Earth. I was hoping for the same treatment with Supra City on Saturn, but it doesn't really feel like Rajaniemi gave the location enough time to develop and impose itself on the reader in the same way that Sirr and the Oubliette did thanks to the constant switching between characters and locations in the 'spimescape', 'virrs' and various other digital locations.
The important questions are answered, but while Rajaniemi managed to avoid infodumps in the past it does feel like he's had to resort to using them for some of the really big answers that have been building up over the series, and it would have been nice to have seen these resolved more gradually throughout the book.
All in all I did really like it but I couldn't help but feel that Rajaniemi was trying desperately to do the fans of this series a service by wrapping up rather than weaving a more focused story, which could have been a lot less 'flitty' and a lot more grounded in a new location like Supra City.
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NB: this is actually book 3 of a trilogy.
Best sci-fi book I have read in a while, and a shameless tribute to Maurice Leblanc and his Arsene Lupin. Read more
Badly printed copy with vertical lines running down the page. Made it impossible to enjoyPublished 3 months ago by Raffaz
There are a few pages that have lines printed vertically across the page, does not affect the reading though.Published 3 months ago by rbbt123
An amazing full on scifi adventure, original ideas, great characters and stunning rammifactionsPublished 6 months ago by Evil Within
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Having found the first two books rather impenetrable, and being greatly irritated by their meaningless scientific pseudobabble, I wasn't intending to get this. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr. K. H. Cobb
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