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The Causal Angel (Quantum Thief 3) Hardcover – 17 Jul 2014

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  • 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)

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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)

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The latest novel from the most exciting new SF author of the last five years. 'Brilliant' GUARDIAN

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Excellent and well worth waiting for, the final instalment in the Le Flambeur saga. For fans of the first two parts, this book is probably required reading, but as a stand-alone piece of writing, you'd probably find it confusing to say the least. This isn't Elric of Melnibone, where each story stands on its own two feet, this is a highly complicated denouement of a fairly complicated trilogy.
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!
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Brilliant, stunning, innovative, creative, cohesive... staggered. Just finished reading this third instalment and I think the author has addressed all the weak point in the previous two books and come up with a true bit of hard core sci fi space opera with computronics, game theory, quantum mechanics, astrophysics and even a bit of biomechanics. Gone are most of the new age hippy magics and the really, really bad science. Whats left is at the edge of possibility - as it should be!

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.
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There are some fiction sequences where the parts can be read in any order, or even in isolation from each other. That's emphatically not the case with Rajaniemi's stunning trilogy, which reaches a, sort of, conclusion with "The Causal Angel.' I say "sort of", because my immediate reaction was that I'd have to go back and read the first two books again, then re-read the new one, in the expectation that it would make more sense. I doubt if I'm alone in this . Yes, it's a conclusion of sorts, yes, it's as overwhelmingly dazzling and confusing as the first two, and yes it does all make a sort of sense at the end, even if a few planets get destroyed along the way. It's less space opera than a kind of baroque, over-the-top collision between Jules Verne, Umberto Eco and Salman Rushdie. Does that make any sense? No, I thought not. Oh, go and read the damn thing.
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This is a great book. The charactors live in a post singularity worlds dotted over the solar system. Giant group minds orbit planets, and the Earth is mostly wasteland. The abiity to shape matter and space a reality, but it is a dark place where virtual gods fight for dominance. It is also a complicated tail of a theif. The main charactor fights a running battle between his master and other forces for the ultimate prize. I would suggest that this second book should not be started without reading the 1st, and the 1st book you should go with the flow and not try to hard to figure out the concepts. All will be revealed over the 3 novels.
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I was wondering how Rajaniemi was going to pull this one off. I think he managed it, but only just, and this is something he seems to acknowledge after the books ending by thanking fans for sticking with him.

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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