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Crescent City Rhapsody (Nanotech #3)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  186 ratings  ·  15 reviews
What would it feel like to live through a biological revolution? Many science fiction writers chronicling a vast technological shift lose sight of the people who would have to deal with it. Not so Kathleen Ann Goonan, whose Crescent City Rhapsody is the third of her Nanotech Cycle novels. Each of her characters is profoundly real, and the things that happen to them are as ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published 2000 by Gollancz
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Morris Nelms
Kathleen Ann Goonan, the author, majored in English Literature and Philosophy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Her writing is eloquent, thoughtful, and often profound. Her love of jazz and music in general gives it yet another dimension.
Her main interest in this book is in biotechnical advances, which have the potential to make and unmake our world in ways that strain credibility. Yet I believe she's done her homework, and that a large percentage of what she writes about here can indeed happen
This book is an attempt to translate jazz music into a science fiction novel. I think it is quite successful at that and I fully appreciate the artistry that it required. The only problem is that I don't really like jazz.

The story follows many separate characters over the course of twenty or so years from around 2010 to 2030. Each chapter follows a different set of characters and is set a year or two after the preceeding chapter. There's no real plot to speak of, very few of the characters overl
This book was interesting; sort of a cross between no technology and too much technology, which makes for an interesting premise.

I did not feel lost, what with this being the third book set in this universe. The author writes it in such a way that there's no feeling of missing history in order to set up the novel.

The part I feel torn about is that while I do like a book with a full cast of characters, there almost seemed to be... oh, about three too many characters in this one. Or about 300 les
I hoped that I would like Crescent City Rhapsody more than I did Mississippi Blues, and thankfully it turned out that I did. The third installment in Goonan's Nanotech Cycle was a much more solid story than its predecessor, thanks to tighter characterization and a lot less delving into paragraphs of Telling Rather Than Showing Technonanobabble.

There were fewer instances of her lyricism this time around, but at least for me the portrayal of several characters I liked helped make up for that. I've
Mitzi McMahon
I wanted to like this more than I did. There are some very interesting characters and story lines (Zeb and his brilliance-tinged-with-mental-illness; the strange and amazing abilities of the children in utero during the initial Pulse), and these are what kept me from shelving this mid-book. But, ultimately, there were too many different threads and too much time spent on the ones that didn't interest me. The author tries to tie them all together by the book's end, but it wasn't enough for me to ...more
The book was interesting, but failed to make me care about the characters or the plot. I think that the slow pacing and flipping back and forth between radically different storylines (both with non-sympathetic protagonists) did me in. I just couldn't finish it, even though I liked the world that she created.
Interesting,but could have been better.Too many characters,unnecessary romances and sex scenes,incomprehensible techno babble,sudden time skips,and too much elaboration.Could have been told just as well with half the page count if all these were trimmed.
very interesting tale of possible future ... lots of interweaving characters. this was one of the few books i've ever encountered where i wasn't sure if i was enjoying it, but yet i was enthralled enough to keep reading.
Rick Smith
Not a bad stab at Technological Singularity without electronics. 'New Age' isn't really my cup of tea though.

Would've rated it three stars were it not for the phrase 'this is a map from light-years ago'. Yuk!
Jun 22, 2012 Susun rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susun by: library freebie
Not one of my favorites. It was too disconnected for me, and I had trouble interpreting her phrasing.
So many great ideas, so many fantastic places, but I wish I had a character to really connect with.
I took this with me on vacation and didn't put it down the whole time.
Crescent City Rhapsody by Kathleen Ann Goonan (2000)
One of my favorite books during middle school.
Karen Ireland-Phillips
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