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The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
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May 22, 2012

it was amazing
Read from May 22 to July 05, 2012

Wow. Thus far this is the most exciting, compelling, well-written, and full-of-fresh-ideas SF novel I have read in YEARS!!
Rajaniemi's writing style reminds me of the best of Dan Simmons, Gene Wolfe, Paul McAuley, and William Gibson, only he is very much his own stylist. I loved every aspect of this novel: the incredible wealth of mind-blowing ideas, how these ideas are presented, the narrative pacing, the narrative structure (flips from first person to third person omniscient often within the same chapter; the alteration between thief and detective), the skillful presentation of far-future ideas/technologies/sentient beings, the equally skillful development of the characters, the complexity ofthe plot, and perhaps the icing on the cake-- a very satisfying conclusion to a very complex story. I would read this again, soon. It stands firmly in my top SF of all time. [Note: I won't summarize any plot elements here. There is a glossary of terms for the book on Wikepedia, but I don't recommend accessing it until you areat least halfway through-- figuring out his language and universe for yourself is half the fun! SO COOL!!]
I truly don't understand how this wasn't on the short list for the Hugo....

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