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The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
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May 27, 12

Read from May 24 to 27, 2012

I really don't remember last time when I was excited in such way by a book.
The story is set in a post-human future, where the humankind had achieved digital immortality and god-like powers, and splitted into fractions, each with a different vision of its future. A thief, Jean le Flambeur, escapes a prison of one of the fractions and tries to find his memories on Mars, in a moving city of Oubliette, where he had hidden them from himself.
The story is stuffed (thanks to the author's physics background) with hot ideas from todays science and futurism - from quantum cryptography, quantum entanglement and nanomachines, to mind uploading, genetic algorithms and simulations of neural networks, but even if you are not familiar with this concepts it still has intresting characters and gripping plot. The Russian-French-Finnish inspired vocabulary is a bit irritating at first (this comic nails it http://xkcd.com/483/), but then it's becomes intresting to deduce the meaning of each word, and in the end the plot would explain everything along the way. And a Russian speaker would surely be delighted by a word Gogolcide in the end ;)
It's a mix of Vernor Vinge, Alfred Bester, Neal Stepehenson and Roger Zelazny (there is a nice nod in one of the characters quoting Corwin of Amber, on how he wants to die) and many more of the SF best, and surely the best debute in this genre for a long time. The book is a first part of a planned trilogy, and I can't wait for the next part.
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Hannu Rajaniemi
“The criminal is a creative artist; detectives are just critics.”
Hannu Rajaniemi, The Quantum Thief


Reading Progress

05/26/2012
36.0% "After a meh beginning, suddenly could not stop reading"

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