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Watch: Book 2 In The WWW Trilogy (WWW #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  3,910 Ratings  ·  324 Reviews
Blind from birth, Caitlin Decter received the gift of sight with the aid of a signal-processing retinal implant. The technology also gave her an unexpected side effect—the ability to “see” the digital data streams of the World Wide Web. And within the Web she perceived an extraordinary presence, and woke it up. It calls itself Webmind. It is an emerging consciousness that ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Viking (first published 2010)
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Feb 07, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2014
“Catlin” tap tap tap “Catlin Decter?”


“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
I liked it better than the first book in most respects. It didn't have that magical feeling of discovery, both for Caitlin learning to see and for Webmind becoming, but it also didn't have as many annoying tics and rants. Caitlin didn't feel quite as much a real kid in this, she's just too much of a genius, too well-read and understanding, and her new friend Matt was worse because we didn't know him well enough for it to make sense. But Caitlin did feel real and immediate as a person; it's ironi ...more
Jun 18, 2010 Porter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the story this book tells. Unfortunately, there were several things in the book that kept me from actually enjoying the book, so I cannot give it more than 2 stars. As much as I wanted the story, I found finishing the book tedious.

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
Jan 24, 2011 Brandon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, technology
Part II of the WWW trilogy continues the story of Caitlin and the emergence of a consciousness within the internet. I enjoyed this book and kept wanting to read more but...[return][return]And this seems to be more true with every book Sawyer releases. There were times when this felt like a Canadian culture textbook, or a math textbook, or a physics textbook. His Canadiana becomes nauseating (and false in a lot of senses... believe it or not, but Canadians have heard of, AND READ, non-canadian au ...more
Sean Randall
Apr 19, 2011 Sean Randall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read Wake 10 months ago, my initial impressions were of a lot of disparate threads. The AI, the blindness, the chimp, the Chinese, just to name the first few that occur to me now. I gave it a 4 star rating, because I enjoyed it. I wonder now if my own defences, particularly on the blindness thing, caused me to not allow it the breathing space it deserved.

This instalment is certainly a 5 star offering. There are no fewer threads and subplots, everything's still going on and the American go
Apr 29, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Sawyer's second installment in his "WWW" trilogy picks up right where "Wake" left off but, thankfully, does not fall prey to middle book syndrome.

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
Sep 23, 2016 Mona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
Quite an enjoyable book.

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
Jun 21, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like all Sawyer books, I read them because I love the ideas, love the plot, and I just cringe at the characterizations and attempts at descriptions.

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
Chantal Boudreau
Now that Webmind has begun to interact with the rest of the world, and Caitlin is discovering what it means to be a sighted teenager, they are both discovering that there are many things out there of which they should be wary. The government begins watching them, aware that Webmind could have significant influence and power, with great repercussions if he chose to abuse that power. I liked this even better than the first book, preferring the focus on the social ramifications of Caitlin’s vision ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Tamahome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old school scifi, mundane scifi, AI scifi, YA fans
My status updates say it all:

"Maybe a little heavy handed and corny, but I still like it."

"learning lots about Canada"

"maybe now we'll see what happens to the monkey"
Profundus Librum
Nagyon jó a könyv. Ugyan olyan, mint az első rész, ami után alig egy évvel jelent meg egyébként külföldön. A sztori nem csak azért remek, mert jó az alapötlet, hanem azért is, mert zseniálisan vegyíti a tudományos-technikai részeket a teljesen hétköznapi nyelvezettel. A könyv legérdekesebb jeleneteiben részletes (és remek) példákkal magyarázza például a játékelmélet néhány alapvetését, mint a Tit for tat-et például vagy a Monthy Hall-paradoxont. Számítástechnikai diploma, de még egy sima matek-s ...more
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Matthew Hester
There are two things that Sawyer does right with this novel, and one thing he does wrong.
Unfortunately it is the one thing he does wrong which really stands out in the novel, to the point where the two things he does right can’t save it.

I’ll start first by listing the two things Sawyer does right.

1- He writes damn well.
This was mentioned in my review for the first book in the series, but since it’s a universal statement, I’ll say it again.
Sawyer knows how to write.
No matter what the subject matt
Dec 18, 2013 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In WWW: Watch Sawyer continues his narrative essay on the very under represented sci-fi concept of a benevolent AI. The story of Caitlin and Webmind continues and finally interconnects with Hobo (I hope the Hobo portion of the story isn't finished though). I'm looking forward to finding out how Webmind develops in the third book and whether "he" survives. I'm going to leave any more grand observations until I read the finial volume, but I'd like to note one of my favorite moments from the book:

Much better than the first one. Okay the characters are still lame, and Caitlan's erstwhile romance made me roll my eyes, a lot. Give the author some credit, at least something was going on during one of the information dumps of this book, but I'm not sure a steamy first make-out session between teenagers is really the way I would have gone. Who has an initial romantic encounter while nattering on about web theory? On the other hand, Webmind, the AI presence, has introduced himself to the world ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book continues right where the last one left off. The webmind continues to mature and so does Caitlin (boyfriend ...this drama is what I like least about the book, but it adds a sense of realism).

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
Andreea Daia
3.5 stars

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
Mike Finn
WWW: Watch (WWW, #2)WWW: Watch by Robert J. Sawyer

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
28/07 - This was even better than Wake! Watch wasn't quite as chock-a-block with techno-speak because the technology (Caitlin's eyePod, WebMind's appearance etc) had already been set up, so Sawyer didn't have to overload the reader with background information on how it all worked. This left more time for the story to happen, to progress. Webmind's voice was a little irritating to begin with because after reading everything the Gutenberg Project had digitalised he had a slightly skewed idea of th ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I listened to this on a long drive to a friend's house. Audible had put it on the 2-for-1 credit sale, where they had offered several second-book-in-a-series books. I read the first book of this trilogy three years ago when it was nominated for a Hugo Award.

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
Audrey Maran
Dec 11, 2013 Audrey Maran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not often that you find science fiction with a positive outlook on artificial intelligence. I think that is one of the main reasons that WWW:Watch intrigues me so much. The author does make a legitimately good case for an AI like Webmind, which is something that I naturally feel inclined to fear. Sawyer explains through the protagonist, Caitlin, why being constantly monitored on the internet is not such a bad thing for society. Being such a fan of monitoring, one might get the impression t ...more
Aug 23, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A bit less than 4 stars. Good enough I wouldn't feel hesitant about reading the trilogy's 3rd book - but I'm also not in a hurry.

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
Book #2 in this trilogy does the opposite of what a lot of typical middle trilogy books do - it actually drives the story forward with a lot of action, something that I thought was lacking in WWW: Wake.

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
...Overall I guess there were a few too many little annoyances in this book the make it as good a read as WWW: Wake was. Although that book does clearly contain some of the same bad habits as Sawyer displays here, it is a lot more muted in that novel. I will admit that my opinion of this novel may have been a bit coloured by reading the Neanderthal Paralax in the mean time though. Still, I do hope Sawyer can raise his game a bit for the final novel and prevent this trilogy from ending in disappo ...more
Cupof Tea
This is one of the best books by Robert J Sawyer I have read. I read the 400+ pages so quickly, it was hard to put down.

How can I resist a story about a 16 year old math geek girl with nerd parents and a Livejournal, coming to meet and teach an emergent AI conciousness to do good in the world. Plus multiple references to real comp sci guys, discussions of God and humanity, and Star Trek and Planet of the Apes geekery galore :D

Apparently "Rob" went to the Googleplex to brainstorm about AI technol
Gregg Kellogg
Oct 17, 2015 Gregg Kellogg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action accelerates in the second volume. Although Webmind has far too human-like behavior, Jordan makes a good case why and AGI/ASI needs humanity. The U.S. Government response to eliminate the AI seems inevitable, but I would hope more reason would enter into the equation if something like this did come about.
Ian Wood
Nov 25, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Haden Pike
Aug 13, 2014 Haden Pike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's no great secret that Caitlin and other researchers posit that Webmind is composed from internet packets whose Time-To-Live (TTL) counters never reach zero. Because they never reach zero, they hang around on the web forever. These packets behave like cellular automata. At a high-level, this means Webmind is rather fragile.

It is, however, a secret from a division of the National Security Agency called the Web Assessment Threat Containment Headquarters (WATCH). As the name implies, WATCH monit
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An interesting book of an emergent, conscious AI who experiences other humans through their interactions on the Internet. The story itself follows three different "story" streams: 1) Caitlin Decter and her discovery of Webmind (from the previous book), as well as her parents' and her doctor; 2) the US cyber-terrorism intelligence agency called "WATCH"; and 3) Webmind itself through Shoshana and her work with Hobo the hybrid Bonobo-Chimpanzee. Each chapter begins with Webmind's
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Robert J. Sawyer is one of Canada's best known and most successful science fiction writers. He is the only Canadian (and one of only 7 writers in the world) to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan.
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