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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly powerful, though not for the faint-hearted
Don't believe the detractors, this is one of the most far sighted, visionary and original pieces of SF to emerge in the past 20 years.

Accelerando takes the reader into a future not so far from our own in subjective time (most of the book is set less than 100 years in the future) but through, as another reviewer said, tackling the idea of the technological...
Published on 27 Aug 2007 by protorp

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3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary and overcomplicated grammar, but technologically brilliant. Needs a glossary.
Let me try to explain the 3 star rating.

On one hand, the technology used and described in the book is fantastical and brilliantly researched. It is not visionary as some reviews would have you believe - a quick browse on Wiki shows that all of the ideas in this book have been thought of already, but don't let that detract you in the slightest. It's a...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Singularities as moderately bad things?, 4 Aug 2005
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Dr A K Midgley (Exeter, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Accelerando (Hardcover)
Charlie Stross provided a memorable phrase to indicate how noticeable a problem Vernor Vinge had caused SF writers with his Singularity. (Picture an unignorable object in a punch bowl.)
This novel starts here, and goes there, and on the way it skirts a variety of manifestations of Singularities, few of which turn out well for people we are led to think of as being somewhat like us.
The cat on the other hand ...
It is not an Eschaton novel, and on the whole I prefer Singularity Sky, which is not really a Singularity novel, but it is good, interesting and moves the genre forward another small step. Or two.
If you wonder about it, read it, I did, on his website, and simultaneously bought the paper novel.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon stop overcharging for Kindle e-books, 3 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Accelerando (Kindle Edition)
Amazon you need to respect your customers - stop abusing your monopoly over Kindle e-book distribution by overcharging. It should NEVER be more expensive to buy the e-book version than a hard copy version. Can you imagine how galling it is to receive endless spam e-mails from you telling me that the hardback version of a book is cheaper than the electronic version. And pay your taxes like everybody else.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A pretentious dog's breakfast, 24 Jun 2007
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J. Lang "hooeboy" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Accelerando (Paperback)
This book is a confused and confusing mess about characters which the author seems intent on making as obscure and inarticulate as possible. The plot is almost non-existent and appears to be a series of set-pieces designed to show off his virtuosity at whimsical tech-speak. You may, like me, have recently become aware of the phenomenon known as the Technological Singularity and might be tempted to buy it? Don't - you will be sorely disapppointed. There may well be good science fiction about the Technolgical Singularity out there but this isn't it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Imitation without style, 28 Sep 2007
This review is from: Accelerando (Paperback)
Possibly operating on the theory that if Alastair Reynolds could make a career out of imitating Bruce Sterling's Schismatrix, Stross has produced this dull, lifeless, witless pastiches of such Sterling short stories as Maneki Neko and Bicycle Repairmen, throwing in the usual Vingean catchphrases. Singularity, blah, neural blah, blah-blah-blah.

Worst of all, it's poor even when its lack of originality is ignored - it's book of things happening for no apparent reason, inhabited by characters so puppet like they belong on Tracy Island.

In summary: bad, very bad. I'm annoyed that any of my time has been wasted on this book.
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