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Wake (WWW #1)
A Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author joins Ace with a stunning new science fiction epic.
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math, and blind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality she perceives the landscape of the World Wide Web-where she makes contact with a mysterious consciousness existing only in cyberspace.
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A congenitally blind teenager is fitted with a neural implant to restore her sight, but first it lets her see the internet, where something is coming alive.
There are a lot of things wrong with this book: cardboard writing, pacing issues, characterization of a tee ...more
It’s disconcerting to pick up a novel that speculates on the future and find one plot element concerning an outbreak of a new form of the f ...more
I loved the premise. I loved all the subplots, event though some of them are abruptly dropped, at least in this first book; it is a trilogy. All the parts of this book did make sense to me though and they did all converge well.
After the first several pages, I completely enjoyed Caitlin Decter, an almost sixteen year old girl who has been blind since birth, and then gets an opportunity to have an operation that might allow her to se ...more
He can really tell a story. I knocked off this novel in about 6 hours of reading. The book is about a blind girl who has a rare sight disorder. She can actually see (the eyes and optic nerves work) but the in ...more
Sawyer's take on the well-worn theme of a nascent artificial intelligence could have been entitled When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was Web 2.0—already a familiar riff ...more
The main protagonist, Caitlin, takes up most of the narrative setup and progr ...more
This book is just bad craft, bottom line. It's horribly written, the politics seem precious and the wink-wink attitude he takes towards mentioning certain political movements just pissed me off. If you want to write a political book, great - but at least be intellectually honest with me and come out and own it.
Also, it's offensive. He wouldn't know a teenage girl if one came up to him and kicked him in the head. Seriou ...more
1. Just how much info-dumping does Robert J. Sawyer need to do per novel?
2. What was the point of the chimpanzee???
Seriously, do we really need to know the history of Google's search engine? Do we need to be told that Lenscrafters can make glasses in an hour? This book would have been half the length it is without info-dumps of stuff aimed at people who probably wouldn't be reading science fiction in the first place. The story itself is interesting enough, if not complete e ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed my first taste of R. Sawyer and I may very well come back and amend this to a 4 once I have finished the trilogy!!!
Not too far fetched (which I appreciate) and the characters are all very likeable (Caitlin, the ape, the Ja ...more
Like all old-school sci fi, the basic what-if scientific idea is the whole raison d’etre of ...more
As a rule, I try not to let portrayals of the blind influence my thinking one way or another. There were certain things that made me pause - the assertion that raising a blind child is overly difficult, for instance. I don't remember my folks going ou ...more
In book "A", we have a young teenage girl in Canada who has been blind from birth who is contacted by a mysterious doctor who informs her she's the perfect candidate for a radical surgery that might restore sight.
In book "B", we travel to China where we w ...more
I grabbed an ARC of this the other day and am pleased to say that I enjoyed it immensely. My first Robert J. Sawyer experience was calculating god, and to this day it is one of my favorite quick reads - it's crossed the country in countless carry ons.
Until now I haven't been as fond of his other works. I always find his ideas fascinating, but I don't click with his characters - and since his novels are very much character pieces as well as imaginary voyages into the unknown that creates a slight ...more
I was confused about why storylines were created and dropped. I realize this is the first bo ...more
Of course, I fell in love with Calculass - the fifteen year old math genius who is given technology meant to let her see the real world for the first time. If she really had a LiveJournal blog, I would be a regular reader.
I loved the web-native view of the net, which captures what it fee ...more
These books define what I think of when I say "Science Fiction." They have a young person's perspective of possibilities. In this case, the young people are represented by a sixteen year old girl from Texas who moves to Canada, a Bonobo-Chimpanzee learning sign language and a consciousness which emerges from the packets of data flowing on the Internet. ...more
I don't think I will ever much enjoy a Sawyer novel, but this one irritated me less than most of his books. The prose was not particularly awful, and the plot mostly makes sense; the story of the blind girl gaining sight for the first time resonates almost neatly with the story of a conscious intelligence developing in the internet.
It is, of course, a flawed book. Caitlin writes a livejournal which sounds nothing like any teenager's livejournal I have r ...more
This is a "deep thought" kind of book, while at the same time is very entertaining. There is not a lot of so called action, like shoot outs on moon bases (which I kind of lik ...more
In comparing it to Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, the latest book I've read which also features a tech-savvy youth as the protagonist, it seems like Doctorow was trying too hard to be hip.
The one complaint I have about this book is that it's not a novel -- it's just the beginning of one. (This book is the first of a planned trilogy.) This book ...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in ...more