- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (19 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575094079
- ISBN-13: 978-0575094079
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,584,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What happens when the internet comes alive? An SF thriller of terrifying possibilities.
About the Author
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.
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I'm glad that I did. Thankfully, while he does get the technology wrong on so many levels, the story is indeed a good one, and we also have believable characters and sound dialogue. That papers over the technological cracks that would otherwise have spoilt it for me. There is another weakness though - the ending leaves far too much dangling. Of course, there's a sequel, so no doubt things will get tidied up there, but I so much prefer series where each individual episode at least tries to work on its own.
Recommended, apart from to sad sacks who insist on rigourous hyper-correctness in their fiction.
If this is the start of a new series, I will definitely be following it.
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.
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This was the first time i read a book by this author. It was a very good read!Read more