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(Jean le Flambeur #1)

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Häikäisevä, monitahoinen tieteisooppera

Jean le Flambeur on mestarivaras, huijari, josta tiedetään vähän mutta jonka teoista on kuultu kaikkialla. Hän teki kuitenkin yhden virheen ja maksaa siitä nyt virtuaalisessa dilemmavankilassa, jossa vangit pelaavat loputtomia kuolettavia pelejä tuhansia itsensä kopioita vastaan. Kunnes Mieli-niminen nainen tarjoaa hänelle mahdollisuu
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Hardcover, 440 pages
Published 2011 by Gummerus (first published 2010)
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There are authors who don't cotton to hand-holding, and then there are authors who drop you off in the middle of Times Square on New Year's Eve, distract you with a party favor, and then run the other way as fast as they can. Maybe you'll eventually find your way in the throng, even if you are tear-streaked and sniffling by the time you do (did I mention you are 5?). Maybe at the end of it you've learned something (most likely that there are a bunch of people in Times Square who desperately want ...more
Petrik
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only for hard sci-fi readers
Shelves: physical-books
3.5/5 stars

No spoonfeeding, nil exposition, bizarre, high concept, and compelling.


Jean Bizarre Adventure, this should be the title of the series. Let this review be an example of the author’s storytelling style; zero exposition and fast-paced. This is a short book, around five hours read because it cut every single world-building information usually contained in SFF books. Rajaniemi didn't spoonfeed his readers. He’ll push you off a cliff with his high concept, then instead of giving you a rope,
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Dan Schwent
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 2012
After being busted out of the Dilemma Prison by an Oortian warrior named Mieli, legendary master thief Jean Le Flambeur is taken to the Oubliette, one of the Moving Cities of Mars, and is tasked with the ultimate heist. Opposing him is a brilliant young detective named Isidore Beautrelet. But there is more to each man's quest than meets the eye...

My summary doesn't do the book justice. There are so many ideas crammed in it's slim 331 pages. Before Le Flambeur can even get started on his quest, h
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Lyn
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2014 my family went to Ireland and we had a great time. While there we had the opportunity to watch some Gaelic hurling. It’s a field game played by a bunch of tall, weather beaten Irish guys and is a kind of mix of field hockey, lacrosse, rugby and aggravated assault and looks rough as hell. It was fun to watch, had lots of action, one team won at the end of it and I really never fully understood what was going on.

Reading The Quantum Thief was like that.

Being a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, I am no
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Bradley
I am very surprised and delighted by this novel. I half-expected an idea or a theme from Stephen Baxter's Flux, but was thoroughly captivated by such a deeply thought-out world and a complex plot. I didn't find many issues with plot discontinuity, as such. There were quick scene changes that might have benefited by a more overt transition or two, but that is a minor issue compared to the tapestry of worlds within worlds that this author has written. Very enjoyable characters, and the twists are ...more
Megan Baxter
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Quantum Thief is bursting with so many ideas that it is an exhilarating read. What it needs is just a little more finesse, a slightly better pace for doling out information, for letting us play in this wonderful playground he's created. It is so complete, but so alien, and I needed just a little bit more of a guide. I like to flatter myself that I'm not an unperceptive reader, and I certainly don't mind it when authors don't tip their hands all at once and want me to work for it.

Note: The re
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Doc Opp
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a class on quantum physics from the Swedish Chef? If so, this is the book for you. It almost reads like English. You can almost understand it. There are tantalizing glimpses of incredibly creative ideas and memorable characters. And then you get sentences like:

He set his gevulet to q-bomb the sapornov. Nano gogols shot through the web of the quantum lattice, setting a self-replicating sequence into his assailant's exomemory. Only 2 terrasecond
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Carol.

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Quantum begins with a thief in prison, endlessly reliving The Prisoner's Dilemma. Ah, but this one is different, mainly because he doesn't learn. An enhanced woman and her sentient ship break him out for reasons unknown, but before they can get far, the chase is on. In payment for freeing him, the woman and her hidden benefactor have something they want him to steal. Next stop, Mars, where he has to discover his prior identity in an idealistic, privacy focused society. Meanwhile, a young man wor
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Jason
5 Super big stars

3 times is a real charm with this masterpiece. After two rereads my love for this book is even more...


"Being about to become someone else is a thrilling feeling, a tickle of possibility in my gut. There must have been times when I flicked from one identity to another, posthuman, zoku, baseline, Sobornost. And that makes me want to be the god of thieves again, more than anything."


This is an unusual case for me in that I really found that I loved and appreciated this book so much
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David Katzman
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a blast! This book was highly entertaining. It’s set in a far distant future with technology so advanced that the milieu truly lives up to the dictum that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The world-building here is vaguely based on principals of quantum physics, nanotechnology, AI and digitized consciousness. Much of it is very likely impossible, but just as some authors like Tolkien had the gift for naming in fantasy, Rajaniemi has a gift for describing fan ...more
nostalgebraist
There Will Be Invisibility Lotion For Ugly Lovers

This belongs to the "post-singularity" sub-genre of science fiction. "The singularity" was originally a name for a conceivable point in the future beyond which science fiction writers cannot extrapolate. Basically, the idea is that if we come to understand the human mind well enough to improve it through technology, and in particular our improvements make them better at the cognitive task of improving minds, then they'll be able to make even bette
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aPriL does feral sometimes
O_o

I used Google to find out the meanings of some words and names because they are non-English. Plus, I read the first 100 pages, then I went back and started reading from the beginning once more.

Speaking for myself, if I hadn't studied programming and database concepts in college, and currently maintain a subscription to New Scientist magazine, I would not have understood most of this book. Not only does it throw you bodily and without apology or explanation into a future world of digital li
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Mimi
Offered for free on Tor. com (https://www.tor.com/2018/05/15/downlo...) from May 15th to 19th (US only).

But if you can't get this giveaway, the book is on sale for $2.99 across all ebook sites this month.

* * * * *

Loved it the first time. Still love it the second time around. This is one of my absolute favorite reads of all time. Still haven't finished the trilogy though, but should probably get on that soon.

* * * * *

A fascinating read about a fascinating world filled to the brim with fascinatin
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Tanmay Tathagat
Sometimes in the matter of a sentence or two, a book can achieve a moment of pure beauty, which can elevate it to something beyond just a heist novel, Hard SF or any other conservative branding. Example:
I take her hand. She embraces me. She beats her wings and we rise up, through the glass sky, away from guns, memories and kings.
Similar sentences and passages of great beauty and wonder pepper this the narrative of this debut novel-which would be a great debut novel, if the people the sentences
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Free until May 18 for members of Tor.com’s eBook of the Month Club! You can sign up (also for free) and get the book here!

A Finnish Sci-Fi story whose main character is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, con artist, and trickster! Betrayal, revenge, and jealousy galore!

A book recommended for "for readers who love Star Wars, heists, Charles Stross, and never knowing what the ^%#& fish is going to happen next!"

What more can you bloody shrimping ask for, my Little Barnacles?!

Neal Asher
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a way this was more like a fast tour of the post singularity world rather than a story set in it. I’ve been reading science and science fiction for a very long time, but I often felt the need to hold up a finger and say, ‘Hang on Hannu, if you could explain –’ … but no, he’s gone like a tour guide on speed. The ideas hit you like cars in a motorway pile-up giving you no time to deal with them, absorb them. And, of course, while the ideas are hitting you like that you’re not properly processin ...more
Ashley
What the hell even is this book.

Like, don't be fooled by the gorgeous cover and the sassy blurb on the back cover, or even the simplicity and witty intrigue of the prose if you happen to glance at the first page. This book is HELLA CONFUSING. But, like, in a super interesting and entertaining way? That I can't really explain?

This is not a book for the casual sci-fi reader, first of all. If you like heist stories and stories about con men, you will probably have an okay time, but so much of the s
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Skip
This book was hard to define: I think cyberpunk may be the most apt classification. At heart, the novel is a mystery, but the reader is never quite sure who committed the crime nor for that matter, who are the good guys and bad guys. A thief, Jean Le Flambeur is rescued from prison, and brought to Mars to regain his memory and assist with a crime. Meanwhile, there is a brilliant detective (Isadore Beautrelet), who is brought on to stop Le Flambeur. Isadore, of course, has problems in his persona ...more
Lisa Reads & Reviews
The first chapter was one of the best I've read in a long time. Initially, I found it a bit of a struggle to adapt to the concepts and visuals, but the challenge was worthwhile. I ignored the glossary and list of characters on Wikipedia because I trust a good show-don't-tell style of writing. At times I had to re-read sections that twisted and fried my mind, but I consider that fun, if and only if, the reward is gratifying. And it was.

The elements of the story include a dense and fine mix of cu
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
GR ate my first review, but no matter, it was a bit of a mess. This book is hard to explain to someone who hasn't read it.

In the world of The Quantum Thief, several species have made Mars their home, most living in what is called The Oubliette. Through quantum technology, people can choose what others can know, see, or remember about them. The entire planet is made of architecture that is constantly moving and changing in order to escape the phoboi, which are always trying to reinfest the landsc
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Lightreads
I really think that selling on the strength of only a few thousand words for a rumored exorbitant amount of money is one of the worst things that can happen to a debut novel. Because let’s be honest here: nothing is that good.

Including this, a trippy and imaginative post human romp about a thief who can (and does) literally steal a moment of someone’s life away, and the detective chasing him. There is a lot of good stuff here, but it takes a while to come into play. Because seriously, when the o
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YouKneeK
The Quantum Thief is the first book in the Jean le Flambeur science fiction trilogy. I can see where people might enjoy this book as it has some pretty creative world-building and a lot of action, but for some reason it really didn’t do much for me. I enjoyed it more in the beginning when I was learning about the world and the characters, but I lost interest as things went on.

The majority of the story takes place on Mars in the very distant future. We follow three characters. One is a thief who
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Victor Tatarskii
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 backg
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Maria Dobos
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tare ciudată a mai fost cartea asta, de multe ori nici nu eram sigură că înțeleg ce se întâmplă. De fapt, nici acum nu cred că am înțeles tot ce s-a întâmplat.
sologdin
The ultimate in nerd-boiled, maybe.

Protagonists are an Arsene Lupin and an Auguste Dupin, plus a Finnish soldier with a sentient ship (soldier and ship are great). Villains appear to be the Sobornost, which is an ancient orthodox Christian concept associated with slavophilia in the Russian Empire, a concept of the Old Right proper--nasty stuff, similar to Dostoevsky’s pocvennicestvo ideology. No surprise that the old Russian Empire is the model of the villain here, considering author is Finnish.
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Emily
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was just way too confusing, even at the end, I still wasn't really sure what was going on. I'm not stranger to weird books that throw you into the deep end - I have read all the Malazan books, the Book of the New Sun, Hyperion and others, but this one just annoyed me. I really wanted to love it, but in addition to the confusing story line there were many "current culture" references that were really jarring. For a book that is taking place in the very distant future it makes no sense f ...more
Justine
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
An amazing book. I am so glad this was the monthly pick for the SF&F group because I don't know that I would have come across it otherwise. The story is fast paced and well written with so much imagination, and filled with characters who are colourful and full of life and personality (including the ship). The final scenes reminded me of something out of a well written Dr. Who episode with lots of twists and turns and all kinds of interesting tech involved. A wonderfully stylish SF novel.
Peter Tillman
A-, good but confusing. I should reread it sometime.

Quite a range of reactions here! And the criticisms of his writing style are fair. Hey, first novel...

The reviews to read here:
Neal Asher's: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Dan Schwent's: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
And the essential Glossary for the series, advertised as Spoiler-free:
http://www.karangill.com/glossary-qua...
Mike
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF afficionados will like it best
I’ve been struggling with how to begin this review. Let me put it this way, “This book is not for the faint-of-heart”. And, just what do I mean by that? It’s fast-paced, it’s very imaginative, it has strong characters, and it immerses the reader in itself. Enough with being cryptic.

As usual, I try to avoid giving too many details that could be spoilers (even though such information is readily available). In this review I veer towards a little more detail just to illustrate a point or two. They’r
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David
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People not listening to this as an audiobook
The Quantum Thief is a brilliant novel, but I'm only giving it three stars. My rating is slightly unfair, so let me explain.

I generally rate books according to how good I thought they were (inasmuch as "good" can be objectively evaluated), and how much I enjoyed them; these two factors are usually closely related, but not always. The Quantum Thief, as many other reviews make clear, is an idea-dense novel. Right from the first chapter, you get terms flung at you without explanation: oubliette, Ge
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