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The Shapes of Their Hearts

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In The Shapes of Their Hearts, a computer tape of the brain of a religious prophet has been allowed to merge with an AI; the result is both a religious icon on the planet Idun and a powerful terrorist. Anton Tso must come up with a way to stop the terrorism without killing God.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 3rd 1999 by Tor Books (first published November 3rd 1998)
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Alexandra
Sep 18, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Cyberpunk. I loves it. This is not one of the best, but it's definitely an interesting idea: someone has a new revelation from God, and recruits followers; for various reasons they leave for a new world, but this is complicated by said revelation, so original dude has a scan done of his brain and this scan lives on as a computer programme to keep giving visions and explaining the revelation. Et viola: deus ex machina where you take an I-don't-understand-Latin stance; a very literal ghost in the ...more
honestly mem
Sep 18, 2011 honestly mem rated it did not like it
A shallow and poorly formulated novel. Scott introduces ideas and suggests various character and plot developments, but almost without fail she does nothing to explore any of them in any real depth. Perhaps the most irritating for me was the tease at a possible queer romance between two men, one of them a POV character, which ultimately consisted of a couple people making a couple suggestive remarks, and nothing else.
Miranda
Sep 23, 2011 Miranda rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up, reviewed
I couldn't finish this book. I set it down multiple times to pick up something else. I would come back to it to struggle through a few pages again. Repeat ad infinitum.

I was disappointed, because the plot idea was a very interesting one to me. I think it just became bogged down with characters I didn't really care for taking the main stage. It also became very stagnant in terms of action.
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Scott studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, and earned her PhD. in comparative history. She published her first novel in 1984, and has since written some two dozen science fiction and fantasy works, including three co-authored with her partner, Lisa A. Barnett.

Scott's work is known for the elaborate and well-constructed settings. While many of her protagonists are gay, lesbia
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