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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (30 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441843507
- ISBN-13: 978-1441843500
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,708,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wake (WWW Trilogy) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Mar 2010
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What happens when the internet comes alive? An SF thriller of terrifying possibilities. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Robert Sawyer is one of only seven SF writers ever to have won the three major awards for best novel - the Hugo, the Nebula and the John W. Campbell. He has also won the top SF awards in Canada, China, France, Japan and Spain. The author of 17 novels he was born in Canada in 1960 and lives in Ontario. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, if you're sensing a `but', you'd be right. The book opens in the viewpoint of the worldwide web and for me, this particular `character' failed to convince me until right at the very end when the writing and delivery was finally plausible. I have no problem with the idea of the Net becoming self-aware, indeed, I think that Sawyer does a masterful job in stacking up a tenable set of circumstances that jolt it into consciousness. What bothers me is the depiction of the Net `character'. In my opinion, the writing, with the choice of vocabulary, phrasing and thought process just did not sufficiently reflect the reality of what `It' is. I'm aware that it was a fiendishly difficult task to pull off and, ironically, if Sawyer had been less able at setting up such a realistic scenario, then this weakness would not be so glaringly obvious. Apart from this one reservation, the book is an intriguing exploration into what causes self-awareness--and I'm quite sure that during the other two books in the trilogy, 'Watch' and 'Wonder', Sawyer will continue to offer thought provoking insights into the consequences of a sentient being running the world wide web.
As with Flash Forward its beautifully sculpted. The characters a triumph especially with the care and consideration of the protagonista which I really love with an overall story arc that just flows from the page into the readers imagination. Add to this an attention to detail and research that really will make you grasp without the utilisation of an info dump and I think that Robert will be a name to flag as perhaps one of the future names to judge the genre by.
Imaginative, Creative and hopefully one that will inspire readers to reach for thier dreams in much the same way Clarke or Asimov have for previous generations.
If you're a geek and don't care too much about poetry, you'll like it.
There are some very good points about the internet, and its evolution toward a sentient being is something anyone interested in sci-fi, h+, tech trends etc, is inevitably attracted to.
If you love good literature and in books you look for poetry, then it'll disappoint you.
The characters are shallow, and few details are given about them. Even when they're given, they tend to stick to eye colours and superficial stuff like that. The book is a never-ending sequence of actions, as you would see in an action movie. In fact, it feels more like a script than a book. It's very visual, and leaves nothing to the other senses. No character ever seems to have time for pondering and introspection, since everyone is trapped in this lunatic cage of constant action. There is no poetic image in over 1,000 pages. It feels like it's being written by a scientist with no artistic gift.
This is a successful book, and its author is a successful author. Why?
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A sympathetic view of the awakening of sight in a previously blind girl, mixed with detailed descriptions of aspects of 'webology', done in such a way that the narrative unfolds... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jo
I liked the concept of this book. The idea of a entity coming into existence on the internet is an interesting idea. Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Ted
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a matematics genius-and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2011 by Book Addict
There's an interesting premise in this novel by Robert Sawyer that seeks to explore the nature of self-awareness and its origins. The story centres on a young girl Caitlan. Read morePublished on 25 April 2011 by M. Cantrell
The premise of this story - a blind girl gets a Device to make her see, and ends up being able to see the structure of the world wide web - was a real turn-off for me. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2010 by D. R. Cantrell
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This was the first time i read a book by this author. It was a very good read! Read more
This is the first book of Sawyer's I have read and...bear with me...the first time I've felt compelled to pen a review. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2010 by Bougle
This is the first of the 2010 Hugo Award nominated novels I have read and I'm left a little, just a little, disssapointed. Read morePublished on 19 July 2010 by D. Malcolm