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Crescent City Rhapsody Paperback – 14 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 1st Impression edition. edition (14 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857988884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857988888
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,294,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

A visionary take of the century long development of nanotechnology ¿ the prequel to QUEEN CITY JAZZ

About the Author

SALES POINTS * QUEEN CITY JAZZ was chosen as one of the eight best novels of the year by the New York Times * ¿A startlingly original and energetic imagination¿ Paul McAuley Goonan is one of the rising stars of world SF Regarded as Goonan¿s best novel yet Mass market edition many months in advance of US mass market

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This was an enjoyable if not particularly satisfying read. The premise is intriguing enough - that a "pulse" from outer space knocks out most of earth's advanced technology, forcing the world to confront a major political, social and economic re-think against the backdrop of this pulse as proof of extraterrestrial intelligence. But this premise is then squandered in two-dimensional characterisation and a confused, chaotic plot. The disparate strands of the characters' experiences do not add up, but simply fragment the narrative. Its like three or four separate novellas lumped together into a novel, but without a connecting thread or explanation that makes the story more than the sum of these parts. For example, much is made of the possibility of the pulse containing a message, but in the end even this ccentral plot point is left unclear in resolution. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is not a book that I would read again, or consider bringing anything new to the genre.
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An excellent page-turning book that will keep you occupied until you've finished it. Anyone who enjoys science will love the way the multi-narative storyline develops over many years-an excedingly good buy.
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Despite this I kept turning the pages because some of the narrative was interesting. I did find convoluted sentences confusing and it was annoying to have to read, then re-read, then re-re-read paragraphs. On the plus side I was grabbed by the idea that if elecromagnetic communication was not possible we might resort to a chemical (c-mail?). All in all - Kathleen Goonan is developing a writing style that bodes well for the future and I'll certainly read her books again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! 22 Jun. 2016
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Outstanding. Excellent sci-fi that leans in a hard direction. Generally believable, even if it is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sf the way it is supposed to be written 20 Feb. 2000
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In 2012, the electromagnetic impulse that shuts down worldwide communications makes the Northeast blackout of four plus decades ago seems like a blown light bulb. Computers become silent. Studying that void, DC astrophysicist Zeb Aberly concludes that the impulse was not a freak of nature, but a signal from an intelligent ET source. Instead of accolades and kudos, Zeb is forced to run for his life, ultimately ending up in New Orleans.
While the pulses continue to wreck havoc, infants born after the disaster start showing strange physical and mental abilities. In New Orleans, someone assassinates mob chieftain Marie Laveau, her spouse, and child. Nanotechnology brings Marie back to life, but her family was beyond repair. Marie vows revenge. She also tries to build a safe haven with the help of outlawed technological geniuses like Zeb, but time is running out as the new world order plans to stop her and her Crescent City.
CRESCENT CITY RHAPSODY, the third novel in Kathleen Ann Goonan's "Nanotech" series (see QUEEN CITY JAZZ and MISSISSIPPI BLUES) is a wonderful futuristic tale. The story line speculates on the path science and technology may take mankind down in the next decade or so. The action is non-stop in this bleak but fascinating novel. The charcaters are fully developed, but what makes this tale and its predecessors so good is the author's ability to paint a grim landscape that feels genuinely possible.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Look at the Stars the Same Again 21 Feb. 2000
By Charlotte R. Dixon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Crescent City Rhapsody absorbed me in a way no other novel has in recent history. Kathleen Ann Goonan has the gift for creating complex, interesting characters who people a richly developed plot that takes an intriguing, if terrifying look at the future. Far and away the best of the trilogy, and I liked the other books a lot, too. As a professional writer, I'm a tough customer, but I really loved this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entralling and mentally engaging 2 Dec. 2006
By Eclectika Neurotika - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm mystified that people thought this book was too long, not based in reality enough (hello?? science FICTION, anyone??) to be plausible.

Personally I felt that it paced well, engaged my mind and provided both characters and story that were not only sympathetic and interesting but at the same time compelling.

Is Ms. Goonan's vision of the future realistic enough? Is it based on too many wild assumptions and implausibilities? I don't know. What I do know is that it raised interesting philosophical issues around mankind's rampant charge into unknown technologies and the possibility of not only technological disaster, but of the social and policitical ramifications of such events.

If you're looking for a primer to science, this is likely not it. If you're looking for an interesting human story in a plot based on scientific possibility, this might be for you.

One caveat to this review is that I didn't realize it was the third in a series of four books, so I've started with this book--I don't bring any baggage or pre-knowledge to the book from the other books in this series.

Its highly likely that I'll go back and read the rest of the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Never has a plot been more poorly developed 16 May 2004
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OK, where to begin? The ONLY reason this tale merits more than one star is the tremendous idea on which the book is based and the arrangement of material into symphonic movements. The tale: An alien energy pulse (EMP) knocks out sophisticated electronic systems, all governments go bonkers and a woman in New Orleans has a plan to save the world. What follows is an unmitigated disaster on almost every element - characterization, plotting, authenticity, social comment, name it.
There is enough here for three books: Voodoo, globetrotting, New Age nonsense, dire environmental warnings, unconvincing characters, nanotechnology, biotechnology (two fields the author continually crossbreeds) and space travel. And that doesn't include the UN military force (a la black helicopter) or the socio-economic comments that sound like Daffy Duck attempting Mandarin.
The sheer number of stories prevent any of them from standing out. The evil government forces are never seen, heard from nor given a chance to explain their actions. Marie (our erstwhile heroine) is attempting to set up a new type of human society, Crescent City, somewhere in the Gulf that will operate "without a government" according to bio/nano technology - as if these fields contained moral truths for humanity. The author seems clueless about the real world and of course the action is totally illogical and improbable.
Let's see: A Tibetan learns the secret of the messages, cities secede from the United States, the future revolves around nanotechnology, jazz, New Age tripe and a "mixture of socialism and capitalism." My pet peeve (and not just here despite the breakdown of society, the return of barter and barbarism, and the presence of conflicts, science and scientific advances continue unabated. That is NOT the way the world works. THis is just so pathetic. We start a slow slide reaching the nadir on the last page. Not Recommended unless trapped in an elevator.
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