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WWW by Robert J. Sawyer
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Apr 03, 12

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bookshelves: sf, ya-children
Read in March, 2012

The book is engaging, but a bit stilted. Actions and dialog come off as not quite authentic. Some of that is because the author is slipping in all kinds of scientific concepts and other ideas (autism! prisoners dilemma! evolution! spam! Stephen Hawking! up to and including politics and religion), both accepted facts and opinions. I don't mind it too much, as my opinions tend to be similar to his. But characters also think, say, and do things that don't seem realistic. Not to pick nits, but a nerdy outcast high schooler guy is not going to be a great kisser on his first kiss. In the same vein, I had to suspend disbelief about thoughts and actions of the newly-conscious AI, the chimp/bonobo, and various humans. What bothers me most is middle-aged male authors (Sawyer's not the only one) writing adolescent female sexual awakenings. Squick!

Still, worth reading.
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