Singularity Sky is a book filled to the brim with a myriad of different likable components. An amazing spectrum of ideas and concepts are discussed anSingularity Sky is a book filled to the brim with a myriad of different likable components. An amazing spectrum of ideas and concepts are discussed and spoken about by the author, all of them decent fun. Charles Stross's dance from light cones to faster than light travel to political collisions, to nano-assembly offer an intriguing and cutting edge view of a possible future in the 25th century, but at times doesn't leave enough breathing room for the plot or the main characters to develop freely. To some, this downside to Stross's story telling in this book may be overshadowed by his very diverse use of humor. Charles Stross doesn't rely or depend upon one technique or type of humor, but rather borrows from the sharp, cynical, sarcastic, erudite, and geeky forms of humor. Who else has been known to create characters that describe ships with phrases as unique as a "cubist's version of a rabies virus crossed with a soft drink can"?
To some, the padding around the story may be found more interesting the the plot itself, and to still others may find they enjoy the book in just the opposite way. In reading the book, one needs to be careful to not get too hung up on some of the more unfamiliar recent buzzwords of the scientific community, and to be aware that the author likes to jump into the middle of a complex situation and explain the background later. Additionally, the reader should prepare to leave with many questions unanswered and have plenty of time for speculation. The Eschaton (a key component in the book) for example, is never fully explained. Hopefully more insight as to the nature of the Eschaton is provided in the sequel titled Iron Sunrise.
This book should have just what many science fiction fans are looking for, especially if they enjoy delving into the more detailed technological side of progression and are not afraid to stop and give a moment to contemplate the words of the author whenever needed....more
You can compare it to the Da Vinci Code, in that it has the same sort of genre. The difference is that The Rule of Four has more character developmentYou can compare it to the Da Vinci Code, in that it has the same sort of genre. The difference is that The Rule of Four has more character development, and less thriller action. To me, the book seemed similar in pretense, but was smarter in the content. It had a scholarly feel, and not just a governmental action feel.
Beautiful analogies and allegories are utilized by the two writers to convey the character’s thoughts and musings. These were a pleasure to read and effectively added to the emotional rapport that the book built with me as a it’s reader.
Still, there are no high-speed chase scenes, no pentacles crafted from human blood, and no secret meetings held in the Louvre’s restrooms. This is not to say however that the book moved painfully slowly. Buildings did explode, and lives were lost, but most importantly, the excitement that the characters experienced when solving the next great riddle was translated and delivered right to the reader with utmost skill....more
Prey was a page turner. The beginning of the book grabbed me, and made me emotionally attached to a husband and his insecurities concerning the suspicPrey was a page turner. The beginning of the book grabbed me, and made me emotionally attached to a husband and his insecurities concerning the suspicious behavior of his spouse. Strange events started occurring—electrical devices began disintegrating, apparitions were observed, and teams of men in hazmat suits were spotted in the neighborhood. As the book continued, the connections between these curious events was gracefully revealed and made apparent. Also, as the book continued, there was less and less science-fiction as more fantastical and ungrounded plot twists and elements unfolded. This was an unfortunate change in writing, but only required a painless addition of suspension of disbelief before one could continue as before.
There were however, a few things that distracted me from enjoying the book completely. It appeared as if the book was written with a rushed scientific research or after too many late nights. Sometimes Chriton mixes up his words; his use of “piezoelectric” when he meant “photovoltaic” was a fairly grand mistake, and one that shouldn’t come from a man who, from the notes in the back of the book, appears to have a solid command over science and technology. And for those paying any attention, thermite doesn’t explode, it just burns very, very hot. I could go on and complain about how holding a lighter under the head of a fire sprinkler system only starts them going in the movies, but that's for another time.
Stated simply, Prey was a good book. It had a nice buildup, a slightly silly ending, was mostly accurate in it’s science, and served it’s purpose well to warn us of the dangers of nanotechnology....more