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Zig Zag

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  960 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
While an advanced physics graduate student at one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, Elisa Robledo, a young physics professor was invited to join a select research team working on manipulating String Theory, making it possible to witness images of the past as if they were live and actually happening. According to the team's research, breaking down particles of ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Rayo (first published 2006)
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Γκέλλυ
Mar 18, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Τα νερά στα οποία θ αρμενίσω κανείς πρωτύτερα δεν τα έχει σκίσει».
Με την παραπάνω φράση από τον «Παράδεισο» του Δάντη, ο Somoza ξεκινά ένα εξαιρετικά καλογραμμένο μυθιστόρημα για τον χρόνο, συνδυάζοντας την επιστήμη, τα ηθικά διλήμματα που πηγάζουν από την χρήση της και τις γνώσεις του για την ανθρώπινη ψυχή.

Η Ελίσα Ρομπλέδο, καθηγήτρια θεωρητικής φυσικής, κρύβει ένα παλιό μυστικό από την εποχή που ήταν μαθήτρια του επιστήμονα Νταβίντ Μπλάνες. Οι έρευνές τους πάνω στη «θεωρία των χορδών» καθιστ
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Amy
Aug 26, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crichton lovers
Shelves: 2007-books
If you like Michael Crichton, you will like this book. I am learning quite a bit about String Theory so far. I'm having trouble putting it down too. The action moves quickly.

Wow! What an exciting book. The ending surprised me and I love that. I hate it when I figure it out before I get there. The science was fascinating and understandable. I had to stop and think about it at times, but it was not "over-your-head" kind of theoreticl physics.
Carolina
Jul 10, 2016 Carolina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Este libro es la mezcla entre el comienzo de una porno, una película de terror y scifi y el resultado es tan desastroso como suena, porque al querer ser tantas cosas juntas, para mí, no termino siendo ninguna.

El comienzo es largo y aburrido, en especial toda la etapa universitaria que se me hizo eterna, porque todo el tiempo te están prometiendo este gran y oscuro secreto del que Elisa está huyendo, pero llegas a la mitad del libro y todavía no estas donde lo “interesante” sucede. Y cuando por f
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George
Mar 10, 2015 George rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Πολυδιαβασμένο στην Ελλάδα μυθιστόρημα, που κυκλοφόρησε για πρώτη φορά στην χώρα μας το 2006 και από τότε έχει κάνει αρκετές επανεκδόσεις. Σκεπτόμενος τα είκοσι ευρώ που θα μου κόστιζε όμως, περίμενα μέχρι να το πετύχω κάπου φτηνά και έτυχε πέρυσι τον Ιούνιο να το βρω στο Μοναστηράκι με πέντε ή έξι ευρώ!

Τι να πρωτοπώ για την πλοκή; Από που ν'αρχίσω και που να τελειώσω; Σε γενικές γραμμές έχουμε να κάνουμε με μια ομάδα επιστημόνων που κάπου στο 2005 είπαν να περάσουν από την θεωρία στην πράξη, π
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Jeannine
Aug 09, 2011 Jeannine rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-horror
As others have said, this book's concept of seeing into the past is so interesting that I just long for better treatment of it. For example, from the book:

"Let's suppose we ask the satellites to capture a sequence of the Nile delta. They do it, send it to us, and a computer processes it and obtains a series of maps of the pyramids. After streaming the beam of electrons through our synchrotron, we recover the recently formed particles, and then another computer reconstructs them and captures the
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My Inner Shelf
J’enchaîne les bonnes surprises depuis le début de l’année. Je découvre Somoza avec La théorie des cordes et j’en suis folle. Un mélange de thriller, d’horreur et de Hard science et nous y voilà, une merveille !
L’action se situe dans un futur très proche et met en scène une équipe de physiciens et autres savants victimes de leur découverte. Je suis plus que friande du thème du temps et du passé, qui est ici traité d’une manière qui est pour moi tout à fait innovante. L’aspect SF est un prétexte
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J
Jun 14, 2011 J rated it liked it
BEWARE. I DON'T FLAG SPOILERS. BUT I DON'T PUT MY REVIEWS OUT ON ANY FEED, EITHER.

Jacket description is accurate: this is a blend of science, sci-fi, horror and mystery.

String theory of time is center stage - a team of physicists is trying to view the past by unraveling time strings. But their safety all unravels when one ambitious team member tries to unravel a RECENT time string, which is a no-no, as recent time is "unstable."

A menace fr. the past starts stalking the team members. Their projec
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Carlos Bourgeon
Bueno ya lo terminé, la verdad es que me lo lei casi de un tiron y me ha gustado bastante, pero es un libro con trampa, y me explico:

Es obvio que la accion se desarrolla a partir de un evento de la mas pura ciencia ficcion (aunque muy creible y basada en teorias comprobables), pero la trama principal es de las mas puras Novelas de Horror, genero este que me gusta tanto como el CF (o mas quizas).

Puedo decir que quienes no les gusten las novelas de horror quizas no disfruten mucho de este libro,
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Jeff Hrusko
Jul 30, 2011 Jeff Hrusko rated it liked it
This is one of the best SciFi books I've read in a very long time. The theory presented in the book is original, and very well thought out(at least to my pseudo-scientific brain). The character are fairly multi-dimensional, and there is actually a sexiness to the book. Which is to say the least rare in SciFi.
Mike Vaughnwilliams
Jun 10, 2009 Mike Vaughnwilliams rated it really liked it
Overall a very compelling mystery and near-future science fiction turned to horror. The author only gradually reveals the full scope of this experiment that goes horribly wrong as the characters are revealed through flash backs that ultimately brings them to a reckoning. Hard to put down.
Mike
Aug 11, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone

I picked up this book assuming it was some kind of Science Fiction-cum-mystery novel. It’s not exactly that. It does have a strong SF element, but it has equally strong elements of horror and suspense. Apparently the author does like his death and mayhem. He certainly provides plenty of it here!

Even though Zig Zag was a very different book than I anticipated, I did enjoy reading it. The suspense/mystery kept me guessing right up until the final reveal. The villain wasn’t the person I felt it was
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Alibiserver
As I read Somoza’s Zigzag, I had the feeling that what I’m currently writing right now (and thinking about it) fell in the similar vein though treading a wholly different concept. Soon, the pages raced on, not until I scratched my head at the ending.

Now, don’t get me wrong; it doesn’t mean that when my hands race at the pages in excitement I highly rate the book. Many books had done that to me, either the effect really out of excitement or only out of the sheer desperation to finish it. I had th
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Συναρπαστικό. Φυσική, χορδές χρόνου, διαστήματα Πλανκ και δε συμμαζεύεται. Ένα μαγικό ταξίδι στον χρόνο και τις συνέπειες της ανθρώπινης περιέργειας. Κι εκεί που έχεις αγωνία, ενδιαφέρον, σου πετάει και το εξωπραγματικό (θα μου πεις όλο είναι εξωπραγματικό αλλά τι να λέει...). Ένα κακό τερατάκι, ένα σκοτεινό alter ego που κυνηγάει τους επιστημονες που πειραματίζονται, συνέπεια των ερευνών τους. Αληθοφανές, δεν το αφήνεις από τα χέρια σου αλλά θα μπορούσε να έχει άλλη εξέλιξη ή δομή, όχι τέρατα κ ...more
Ivlas
Apr 02, 2016 Ivlas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo empecé tras leer un comentario que decía que se trataba de uno de los libros que mayor miedo le había producido. Y efectiv...no, no da NADA de miedo, cero (0). Pero aún así, se trata de una novela de ciencia ficción más o menos apañada que empieza mejor de lo que acaba, pero que mantiene cierto interés a lo largo de sus 500 y pocas páginas.
Elizabeth
Jun 10, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Ooh this was a thriller. It starts in the middle of a crisis, goes back to tell you how the horrors came to be, then drives straight through to an Inception-y conclusion, unraveling secrets on the way. The whole premise is based on a lot of theoretical physics (which may or may not be accurate), and much of it went over my head. I'm good enough with science and willing to allow some temporary suspension of disbelief (good ol' TSOD, as my 8th grade English teacher used to say), so I was good. How ...more
R.L.
Jun 26, 2016 R.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greek review bellow the English one.

This is an interesting book, I guess thriller, terror, science fiction genre (and I rarely read this genres!). It held my attention with its intriguing plot, many twists and turns, some decent physics and science thrown in and some ethical dilemmas, although I believe that some parts were not too convincing and the book could be about 20% shorter than it is.
I bet this novel could be a good inspiration for a decent related movie.
3 1/2 out of 5.


"Η θεωρία των χ
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Alemanita
Un 3,5 en realidad. Este libro sólo se puede resumir como «física y terror». Qué miedito he pasado a ratos...
Michael Swenson
Mar 08, 2015 Michael Swenson rated it liked it
The novel Zig Zag written by Jose Carlos Somoza is an interesting depiction of the informative life of Elisa Robledo. Since reading the first chapter, you are left wondering what is really going on. What is going on, one question you will be wondering. Why is she so quiet so secretive? You will have to read on to find out.

Elisa’s life was generally normal, she is a theoretical physicist working as a professor at Alighieri University in Madrid, Spain. Her life was good, though she had few friends
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Jelena Zivanovic
Očaravajuće napeto! Misterija/horor.
surfmadpig
"Το παρελθόν των άλλων μπορεί να είναι δικό μας παρόν."

A satisfying, quality thriller. I remember being torn between reading on to find out what's to follow and wanting to put it off during the nighttime. And I'm not the kind of reader who gets scared easily.

Apparently Somoza's a psychiatrist, which might explain his great aptitude for playing with the reader's head, but he's also a great author, this is not cheap stuff.
John Wunder
Apr 09, 2012 John Wunder rated it it was ok
A super fast-paced book with an interesting premise, but ruined by a lot of fetishism and an incessant focus on keeping the thrill up by holding out on revealing things just a little too long. Not that holding out on the reader is bad for a thriller, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't spend 90% of the book wondering what was happening because the only description was that it was horrifying.
Terri
Aug 01, 2009 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I've always been interested in quantum physics and this was the perfect suggestion for me by one of my patrons, Rod....thanks so much, Rod!
Yeah, there were parts so over my head it made me laugh but parts also cut deep into the heart of my mind. A great read, even if you don't understand the possible concept.
Kristina
Jul 03, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Книгата ме завладя напълно, много интересно и оригинално, бих казала, представен сюжет, беше обърнато достатъчно внимание на личностите на героите. Имаше напрежение в действието, което не ме остави намира. И елементът хорър не беше малко, общо взето беше вкарал различни жанрове, за да се получи букетът "Зигзаг", много се усещаха уменията по психология на автора. Има наука, което обаче изобщо не е представена скучно, предвид, че физиката съвсем не е моята област, то аз четох с интерес, въпреки, ч ...more
Graham
Mar 07, 2014 Graham rated it it was ok
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mark
May 29, 2009 mark rated it did not like it
A WASTE OF TIME. I read a 1/3, then zigged and zagged through the rest to the end. Time is too valuable to waste on this. Perhaps that is evident when the author summarizes the pathology of phySICists (pg.112). Think about it --the atom bomb.
Lee
Jan 31, 2009 Lee rated it it was ok
I was reminded that authors are inconsistent. This book was in what I think of as the "Catholic horror" genre. The DaVinci Code is another. They keep you truning the pages allright, but....
Silvio Curtis
Novela de suspenso y terror con intentos de ciencia-ficción. La protagonista Elisa Robledo, es una física que trabajó hace diez años en un proyecto secreto en una isla tropical que terminó desastrosamente. Ahora una fuerza maligna con tintes aparentemente sobrenaturales y sexuales está persiguiendo a los sobrevivientes. Parte de la novela narra los intentos del equipo de cooperar para escapar del peligro, y parte es un retrospectivo del proyecto original a través de los recuerdos de Elisa. Parec ...more
Lecori Carbajal
Apr 17, 2014 Lecori Carbajal rated it it was amazing
Es un libro maravilloso. La forma en que narra los hechos y sus descripciones de los mismos es fantástica.
Es envolvente y claro, te lleva de la mano a cada segundo y no se pierde en ningún momento. Es como el pasea de la montaña rusa, sabes que algo va a pasar y te prepara pero realmente nunca estarás preparado del todo, excelente lectura, tengo escenas bien grabadas en la memoria que probablemente nunca dejaré ir.
Te pone los pelos de punta y te atemorizada de un modo esplendido, una lectura qu
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Christopher McKitterick
Not a great book, but the central idea is so cool that I'm willing to bump it up to 3 stars.
Mihaela
Jan 19, 2016 Mihaela rated it it was amazing
Много ми хареса! Много!
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José Carlos Somoza is a Spanish author born in Havana, Cuba. In 1960 his family moved to Spain after being exiled for political reasons. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychiatry, but he gave up medicine in order to be a full-time writer in 1994.
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