The Quantum Thief
Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy- from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he's confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to g...more
I made a podcast episode with the author where he explains all …moreIt is a complex and amazing book but also requires a dictionary of Rajaniemi's terms :)
I made a podcast episode with the author where he explains all terms and concepts - without spoiling the story: https://medium.com/full-worlds/hannu-...(less)
Reading The Quantum Thief was like that.
Being a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, I am no ...more
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, ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
Note: The re ...more
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 ...more
One thing though, you have to hit the ground running from the first page because Jean Le Flambeur waits for no one. The first pages may catch you unaware and you will have to push through all the new terms and names thrown at you left and right, but don't worry because so ...more
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 wo ...more
This was an incredibly complex science fiction story that explored concepts of memory and privacy in very unique ways. Admittedly, aspects of this novel went over my head, but I still really enjoyed the aspects that I could wrap my head around. The main character reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes character, which I really enjoyed. My favourite section was the part when Isodore was trying to solve the mystery surrounding the murdered chocolatier. While I did not fully connect with the cha ...more
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 ...more
This book completely blew my mind the moment I finished reading and kept me dazed in a book hangover for weeks afterward. I was blown away by the complex worlds (and worlds within worlds) the author created and I wanted to experience them over and over again. But now that those effects are wearing off, so are my feelings regarding the book's ingenuity and the author's ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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?!
Highly recommended for Banks, Hamilton, Herbert fans. And many more besides.
[2020 reread edit]
This really is one of my all time favourite High Concept SciFi novels. It's an unrelenting stream of far out tech and cultural experimentation taken to extremes. The Oubliette is by far my favourite future society. Their privacy laws are even more relevant th ...more
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 ...more
The elements of the story include a dense and fine mix of cu ...more
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 ...more
It was a difficult book to grasp as the new world was never really explained and you just had to learn what a whole bunch of strange terms like Oubliette, Tzaddikim, Sobornost meant as you went along ...more
The majority of the story takes place on Mars in the very distant future. We follow three characters. One is a thief who ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Oulu, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Ca ...more