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Crescent City Rhapsody

(Nanotech #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  17 reviews
What would it feel like to live through a biological revolution? Many science fiction writers chronicling a vast technological shift lose sight of the people who would have to deal with it. Not so Kathleen Ann Goonan, whose Crescent City Rhapsody is the third of her Nanotech Cycle novels. Each of her characters is profoundly real, and the things that happen to them are as ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published 2000 by Gollancz
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Mitzi McMahon
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I wanted to like this more than I did. There are some very interesting characters and story lines (Zeb and his brilliance-tinged-with-mental-illness; the strange and amazing abilities of the children in utero during the initial Pulse), and these are what kept me from shelving this mid-book. But, ultimately, there were too many different threads and too much time spent on the ones that didn't interest me. The author tries to tie them all together by the book's end, but it wasn't enough for me to ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
very interesting tale of possible future ... lots of interweaving characters. this was one of the few books i've ever encountered where i wasn't sure if i was enjoying it, but yet i was enthralled enough to keep reading.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Why don't we write about nanotech anymore? This book, while it certainly has many failings, creates a fascinating mashup of biotech and nanotech in a future where an unknown alien signal wipes out ... well, the electrical grid. Kind of. But people find a way around that super fast. Rich people, anyway. Hm. In any case, a fascinating premise for a book which fails to deliver on character development, plotting, and ... well, atmosphere. The world felt empty, and the depictions of mental illness we ...more
Sarah Rigg
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize I was jumping into the middle of a series, but you don't actually need to have read #1-2 to enjoy this one. In this book, a pulse comes from outer space and interferes with radio communication, causing worldwide havoc and forcing the governments of the world to find alternative means of communication. Additionally, children who were conceived at the time of the first pulse grow up to have altered brains that give them special abilities but also leave them writhing in pain when r ...more
Dec 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I hoped that I would like Crescent City Rhapsody more than I did Mississippi Blues, and thankfully it turned out that I did. The third installment in Goonan's Nanotech Cycle was a much more solid story than its predecessor, thanks to tighter characterization and a lot less delving into paragraphs of Telling Rather Than Showing Technonanobabble.

There were fewer instances of her lyricism this time around, but at least for me the portrayal of several characters I liked helped make up for that. I've
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book is an attempt to translate jazz music into a science fiction novel. I think it is quite successful at that and I fully appreciate the artistry that it required. The only problem is that I don't really like jazz.

The story follows many separate characters over the course of twenty or so years from around 2010 to 2030. Each chapter follows a different set of characters and is set a year or two after the preceeding chapter. There's no real plot to speak of, very few of the characters overl
Morris Nelms
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Ann Goonan, the author, majored in English Literature and Philosophy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Her writing is eloquent, thoughtful, and often profound. Her love of jazz and music in general gives it yet another dimension.
Her main interest in this book is in biotechnical advances, which have the potential to make and unmake our world in ways that strain credibility. Yet I believe she's done her homework, and that a large percentage of what she writes about here can indeed happen
Morgan McGuire
Feb 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
The book was interesting, but failed to make me care about the characters or the plot. I think that the slow pacing and flipping back and forth between radically different storylines (both with non-sympathetic protagonists) did me in. I just couldn't finish it, even though I liked the world that she created.
Rick Smith
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not a bad stab at Technological Singularity without electronics. 'New Age' isn't really my cup of tea though.

Would've rated it three stars were it not for the phrase 'this is a map from light-years ago'. Yuk!
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Interesting,but could have been better.Too many characters,unnecessary romances and sex scenes,incomprehensible techno babble,sudden time skips,and too much elaboration.Could have been told just as well with half the page count if all these were trimmed.
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
So many great ideas, so many fantastic places, but I wish I had a character to really connect with.
Karen Ireland-Phillips
This series worth a second look.
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
I took this with me on vacation and didn't put it down the whole time.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Susun by: library freebie
Not one of my favorites. It was too disconnected for me, and I had trouble interpreting her phrasing.
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