WWW: Watch (WWW #2)
“Is this Catlin Decter?”
“Hi Catlin, this is Stephanie. I just read the second book in the WWW. Series and I had to see if I could make contact with you trough your implant under your left eye that enables you to see the real world and the web. I hoped I could work my way in and, what do you know, I did it. May I ask you a few questions?”
“I liked the concept of this book, the series is unique and, overall, I enjoyed the book but there was one...more
This instalment is certainly a 5 star offering. There are no fewer threads and subplots, everything's still going on and the American go...more
If you've not read the first installment, there will be SPOILERS ahead for it. Can't really talk about book two without giving away the end of book one.
"Wake" ended with Caitlin Decker contacting the growing intelligence emerging on the World Wide Web. The second novel explores their growing friendship and the responsibility Caitlin feels to hel...more
The concept is lightly sci-fi, without too much of the fi. Slightly cyberpunk without the punk and pleasant to read but with enough content to keep you at it for a while. The core of the story is about the relationship between two individuals; Caitlin, who was born blind but has been fitted with a newly installed retinal implant which allows her to see the world, she can also ‘see’ the data of the net. Though the book calls it the world wide web. The other individual is...more
In my review of WWW:Wake, the first book in this series, I compared it favorably to another book with a smart young protagonist, Little Brother. I said that in comparison, Doctorow looks like he's trying too hard to be hip.
I must now say the same thing about Saw...more
I love that sawyer is canadian and sets his books in canada, except for the parts where he points out every stereotype about Canadians there is. And he's always describing things via brand names. No one goes to get a drink, they specifically go to get a pepsi; why? Is there now product placement in books? Once in a while, fine - but when the bulk of...more
We get a little deeper into morals and such as the human friends of webmind struggle with how to help "him" be altruistic. I found it interesting how the teachings of Jesus are reinterpreted through a secular worldview in order to make them useful to webmind. Other approaches are also examined and...more
There are some parts that are better in the second installment than Wake, and other parts that are worse. I think the plot is overall better: the involvement of the governments which try to shut down Webmind is realistic and fetching. I wish there was more hammering in that direction.
Unfortunately, and this is the main issue I have with this novel, Webmind, who was a striking character in Wake, is sort of bland in in this book. His strive to evolve and self-discover is almost gone. Als...more
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This continues the tale of Caitlin and the emergent AI Webmind. This is a fun book, easy to read, packed with ideas and with characters you care about.
This book is slightly more static than the first in the series. It allows itself the time for the protagonists to lay out their arguments and explore the issues.
If you are a sci fi fan, you will definitely get this book. If not, well you'll either become a sci fi fan or move...more
In the first book of this series, Caitlin has gained sight for the first time, and ends up also being able to see the world wide web from her implant. Not too long after, she starts communicating with WebMind, an unknown consciousness brought...more
The book touches on interesting topics. On the other hand, Watch deals with government policy to eliminate emergent AI's (as a potential threat). Yet, it does little more than portray this AI as friendly. The book has little to say about issues raised in SF & science about "laws of robotics" and other precautions for AI's. The book repeatedly refers to a theory tha...more
Sawyer's writing isn't the strongest, but I enjoyed that he's written an AI story where the AI isn't trying to take over the world or kill humans or any of the typical AI-gone-wrong scenarios.
I am wondering what could possibly be in the 3rd book of the trilogy, though. Books #1 and 2 felt like th...more
I picked up the third book, Wonder as soon as I saw it on the shelves at the book store, but somehow I'd missed Watch when it was released, and for a long time I couldn't fi...more
The three books in the trilogy constitute a single story, and can't really be read independentl...more
I chose not to review these three installments of the WWW trilogy separately as it is clear that they are three parts of one complete story as opposed to, say, Margaret Atwood’s “Addam trilogy” in witch each installment is a parallel narrative.
The first part “WAKE” is a scenario based upon a blind young girl who, due to chance circumstance of being chosen to have an experimental device installed behind one of her eyes so that she can gain sight, becomes in effect, one component that permitte...more
I contemplated adding this book to my "Philosophy" shelf as well as the SF shelf. Underlying the continuing, entertaining story is a subtle investigation of the question, "What is the evolutionary value of consciousness?". Sawyer does, at least, give you his view on the matter and I am inclined to agree with his position. (Some authors like to just raise such questions and then never actually deal with them in a substantive way. I hate that kind of intellectual teasing.) But Sawyer also doesn't...more
Caitlin isn’t an ordinary teenager. Blind from birth she excelled in school as a math wiz and was able to surf the web by visualizing it’s complex pathways in her mind. Now Caitlin is the recipient of newly developed signal-processing implant that restores her sight in one eye. In the process she also finds she can communicate with something else that is emerging on the web; something...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in...more