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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Hardback edition (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575088915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575088917
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Its great virtue arguably lies in its very strangeness. (SFX MAGAZINE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct 2012
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"The Fractal Prince" picks up where its predecessor, The Quantum Thief, left off (so stop reading this now if you haven't read "Thief" and you don't want spoilers). Master criminal Jean le Flambeur (a sort of post-human Raffles) has been rescued from prison by mercenary Mieli, acting for the mysterious Pellegrini. Pursued by Hunters, he is about undertake an audacious job for his patroness.

That makes it sound as though the story is just more of the same: a murder mystery and a caper, folded with mind-bending, almost incomprehensible hard-SF technology (none of it explained even in passing) and a tangle of motivations, both human and post human. And one can enjoy it at that level, watching the strangeness unfold and admiring Rajaniemi's command of the science, the breadth of his conception, his sheer breakneck imagination. The nature of the characters, in particular, encourages this. Almost all are instances (sometimes, multiple instances) of original individuals, incarnated into more or less techologically advanced artificial "bodies" for various purposes. (Rajaniemi's far future seems to follow the same logic as, for example, Charles Stross's Saturn's Children - intelligences cannot be artificial as such, but must be developed/ grown as human though they may then be duplicated, rehosted and augmented on non-biological hardware.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Hughes VINE VOICE on 6 Jun 2013
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I like this book and its predecessor, but must admit to not following it completely. Science fiction is a mixed bag - some science mixed with fiction, but the science usually has to make sense, but I find the creation of words and ideas so frustrating in Rajaniemi's works that he might as well be talking in a different language. I finally managed to finish, but not sure what it was all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Edgar on 13 Dec 2012
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The first book (Quantum Thief) took a while to make sense, and settle down into a style you could decipher and appreciate as new and different. Once you "got it" it became a refreshing new angle on storytelling that I like. This book carries on from the first and is already in it's stride, so instant fun. For all it's newness though there is an underlying sense of Conan Doyle about it. Every so often everything falls into place because Le Flambeur does something only he knows about and you are left wondering how that happened based on the scant information you were given. And we are not talking about red clay on a shoe here! This is not to say it is too unpredictable. I like the fact I have no idea where it is going for a change!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR DAVID J CRIGHTON on 29 Nov 2012
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I felt that this book shared some of the exquisitely creative concepts demonstrated in the quantum thief but the execution was slightly muddled with the clarity of the storyline sometimes suffering. It is worth persisting since the last fifth of the book does tie things together but especially in the early parts of the novel it is easy to feel a little lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben G. on 10 Nov 2012
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An absolute tour de force of inventiveness.
Fascinating worlds, beautifully rich technology and great characterisation makes the Fractal Prince into a must read.
You'll need a little patience at first, but stick with the somewhat disorienting lore and language and you'll be richly rewarded. As the texture and subtlety of this well-realised reality gradually reveals itself you'll be gripped, swept up in the journey and completely immersed in the almost magical technology.
In fact, because it is so seamlessly stitched into the lives of the people we're following, you soon understand why Rajaniemi doesn't just explain it - that would break the reality of the world he's created.
Get hold of this and dive in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Baxter on 5 Nov 2012
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Like the first in the series this should be read in conjunction with the explanatory Wiki article. You won't be much wiser, but it might help.The thing is to treat it like pure entertainment, and just blow through it, enjoying all the phantasmagorical happenings as you go.Don't try too make too much sense of it for the first couple of attempts, as everything is as mutable as in a dream.Things are changing constantly, not just in a wheels within wheels way, but in a nested box fashion, sort of Sheherazade meets the Neuromancer kind of effort.Is this author the new star on the scene,or is it all just a big lump of over-hyped techno-candyfloss? Is this style of "new physics" based fiction the shape of things to come? Well yes, S.F's not all Halo and shoot 'em ups, but I've seen it done better elsewhere with the gibberish and technobabble a bit more amenable to willing suspension of disbelief.Was I entertained? yes,and this is a keeper that I'll hopefully continue to return to for some time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John W on 18 Oct 2012
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This book is difficult. The author is ruthless about not giving any help to the reader in explaining the meaning of technical and made-up words, or indeed just what on Earth is happening in the story.

Reading this is a bit like watching a really great movie (Inception, say) on TV during a thunderstorm - I was able to make out enough of what was going on to think it was pretty good, but frustrating because I wasn't always able to make everything out.

I don't understand what happened at the end - there was some kind of plot twist possibly introducing a new character, but I dunno. The ending promises a third instalment though, so maybe we need to wait a year or two to find out?

If you like sci-fi then like me you'll probably want to read this, because there is a definite something about it. I hope the author moderates his style in future though to accommodate the reader a bit more.
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