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5.0 out of 5 stars Sufficiently advanced technology, 3 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
When engineering, computing and virtual reality become sufficiently advanced, perhaps it makes most sense to experience them as magical. This lyrical sequel to the Quantum Thief (which *must* be read first) continues to challenge and stretch the reader with extreme leaps of imagination into realms where bare code and human consciousness merge, opening up strange new realms of physics, both material and social.

The core character, an archetypal Loki figure known as Jean Le Flambeur, is a charming thief and trickster, a more urbane and fundamentally funnier reprise of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat, plummeting irrepressibly through solar system and virtual universe, and a nested set of certain death traps, to confound the complacent powers-that-be and thrill and delight the reader. A parting note in the Epilogue from this admirable rogue is a gem worth working up to - very, very funny.

The inventiveness of the scenery, the subtlety of the cultural palette, the humane characterisations and the depth of literary reference that Rajaniemi brings to bear on this story takes it to a different level than your standard high octane SF thriller, to rival the finest zoku jewel. Profound and exciting work.
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