A Quantum Murder (Greg Mandel #2)
Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch a ...more
A quantum Murder is as close as a contemporary book can get to cyberpunk but not really be cyberpunk. What I mean by that is that "cyberpunk" was mostly written in the 80s and 90s and has that feel and flavor. It got a lot of future predictions wrong and correcting those predictions kind of ruins the feel of what cyberpunk is. What I think The Greg Mandel series doe ...more
"stop giggling, Bladibla. Only bloody women giggle."
Let's think about that sentence for a while, shall we. I'm sure the male part of Hamilton's fanbase doesn't have the faintest idea of what the problem here is. Let's substitute "women" with Jews, and giggling with something else.
"stop doing that, Bladibla. Only blood ...more
However, the book also shares its prequel's flaws. The misogyny is ever so slightly less rampant, but still very much present. The world-building was a focus, but in such exotic(!) locations as Peterborough, flowery descriptions fe ...more
"A Quantum Murder" is better because Hamilton is kn ...more
They never explain how the time delay on the gun used on Nicholas worked. And why did it happen on the night that a) had such a strong storm that it rules out any outside invaders and b)the same night that Nicholas sees Isabel go into Kitchener's room. As Greg always says, "there is no such thing as coincidence". Maybe Nicholas really did do it and found a way to re ...more
The security system at Launde Abbey was premier-grade, yet a mercenary could still have got through, and plenty of people anxious to stop Kitchener’s work would pay the killer’s fee. But why would a professional waste time in ritually slaughtering the target?
Something doesn’t gel here. Was Kitchene ...more
9/12 hrs - 3 hrs left. I'm not totally bowled over. I hope what I think will happen doesn't happen. It seems more mystery-y and less science fiction-y than the 1st Mandel book.
All done. I think it's the least impressive of his books, and that's including Misspent Youth. Actually the murder solution wasn't what I expected. It seemed far-fetched. Maybe he left clues on the way, but I misse ...more
I guess I would classify it as proto-cyberpunk. It's set in a post-Global Warming England. The New Conservatives have come to power after the excesses of a leftist regime. (I find it curious that Hamilton took heat for suggesting a leftist regime - a fictitious one, at that - could ...more
Though slow in getting started, Hamilton's second science fiction mystery featuring psychic detective Greg Mandel turns into an interesting piece of detection. Like the others, it is set in a post-global warming, post-socialist dictatorship Britain, much of the novel taking place in an area fairly familiar to me, around Oakham and Peterborough. Seeing the familiar transformed as Hamilton has done here is quite strange; the idea that parts of B ...more
...and that's a good thing...Hamilton makes this more than just a near future thriller or even a run of the mill sci fi novel....by mixing genres he's turned A Quantum Murder into a good old fashioned whodunnit....just with better technology ;)
When an eccentric but brilliant physicist is brutally murdered by one of his very own students things get very complicated for Greg Mandell. Normally something of this nature would be totally off his radar now that he's living t ...more
It's a small inconsistency but it bugs me.
The story goes l ...more
its set in the none to distant future and global warming has caused sea levels to rise so that peterborough is now on the coast and most of lincolnsire is shallow water
oakham (like many places)is full of the refugees from that time and greg lives in a former timeshare complex (where incidently i used to work)
greg was part of a mili
Wow, that sounded like a horribly pretentious sentence. Hence my non-involvement with all that stuff *waves hands vaguely*.
Anyway, my main beef with this is Hamilton's portrayal of women, particu ...more
This being the second book in the Greg Mandel series, it is a little bit easier to follow, though I still feel that Hamilton threw in too many new and confusing terms and events for a book this size. Throws off the flow. However, it wa ...more
This is a bit of a 90 degree shift from the first Mandel book, which was all corporate intrigue and a bit technothriller. Here the story takes much less "real time" and thus it is developed with a bit more languor and detail, wit ...more
Some elements of the story were also stretching as well. While I can understand the space portion of the story, i think it could have b ...more
Julia is a much less likable character in this book, obsessing over boys and what the tabloids are saying about what she's wearing. She's largely incidental to the plot and just annoying.
The murder is an interesting one, but the key points in the plot are often predictable, and there really isn't enough suspense to qualify this as a great book.
Overall the world that Hamilton create ...more
I know there are exceptions to everything. The presence of Louis Wu is not what made Ringworld interesting. I couldnt name anyone but Kendy for the state and Gavin out of the Smoke Ring / inte ...more
A Quantum Murder
The Nano Flower
These three loosely connected novels share the same protagonist, Greg Mandel. He is a psychic former soldier who now works as a sort of private investigator/mercenary. Greg comes into contact with a billionaire named Julia Evans, a very interesting characted in herself.
Although they can be read as straightforward SciFi crime novels, there is much more depth here. The location, a post ecodisaster England recovering from climate change ...more
Hamilton gives us another competent thriller in his usual page-turning, easy to read prose style. Not an award-winning classic, but an enjoyable whodunnit nevertheless.
I'm a big fan of the commonwealth series, which definitely led me to reading these while i wait for the next.
you can catch a "jesus wept" here (as well as ftl drives, wormholes and more)
i enjoyed this one, deftly wrapped a murder mystery up in a scifi novel.
and whoever mentioned the bad covers, agreed.
for temporal void - to bad the American version isn't out til ...more
This book is a very satisfying 'who-done-it', with lots of plot twists and MacGuffins aplenty. I'm excited to learn that I still get to experience new Mande ...more