Robert Gu is a world-renowned poet and recovering Alzheimer's patient. The world that he remembers was much as we know it today. Now, as he regains his faculties through a new cure, he discovers that the world has changed. He is seventy-five years old, though by a medical miracle he looks much younger, and he’s starting over, for the first time unsure of his poetic gifts....more
Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.
On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.
While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became ...more
...but first the boring stuff:
Ideas ideas ideas ideas ideas ideas :]
Writing, characterization, plot, and dialogue :[
Basically, the plot focus is all wrong. It's incredibly domestic. If plots were pokemon, this one would involve a Magikarp and a Gyrados... and focus on the Magikarp.
I mean dang, look at that BAMF.
Basically, Robert Gu, an old poet with Alzheimer's, has his youth and mind restored by medical science. Unfortunately, his poetical genius ...more
Don't panic just yet, the above quote refers to nowadays in the narrative, not the actual nowadays, though I suppose that could also be a possibility…
Near future sf is not something I get to read often, it makes a change from the standard far future setting of most sf, no galaxy-spanning human empire, usually no aliens, and never time travel. The setting is mostly recognizable as an environment ...more
The major drawbacks to this book are a lopsided plot (th ...more
I gave it fifty pages, and every single one was an effort.
This book has tons of ideas, large and small. As a portrait of the niftiness and danger of the future, I suppose it's reasonably good, though it's rather slow and didactic compared with the pleasant breathless hurtle of cyberpunk (my usual danger ...more
I felt like 'Rainbows End' aimed at being a near-future cyber-thriller a la William Gibson - but the 'thrilling' part was missing.
There's a conspiracy to infect the world with some sort of suggestion-susceptibility, which its proponents see as the only way to 'save the world.' There's another group of NSA-types trying to stop the plan, but they don't really ...more
In this book, the main plot is the attempt to investigate a use of media and neurochemicals to operate on learning/memory as a weapon of control. That would have been very cool if it ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I ca ...more
Even the electronic civil lib contingent is lying to themselves. They’re sore and indignant now, mostly because they weren’t consulted — but if the NSA released PRISM as a 99-cent Google Android app, they’d be all over it. Because they are electronic first, and civil as a very distant second....more
They’d be utterly thrilled to have
Some of the story was really relevant to my work in the academic library world, and the story of all the books being destroyed in the UCSD Geisel Library didn't seem like very far future to me, especially with the premise that they w ...more
Among other things, he must learn to understand how to "wear." To wear is to use internet-ready computers embedded into one's clothing and contact lenses. (The I/O for these devices consists for the most part in subtle movements of the eye.) Those who can wear ...more
(view spoiler)[I'm particular unhappy with the way the book handles abuse. Robert Gu was, we are told repeatedly, an abusive husband and father. His ex-wife wants nothing to do with ...more
Despite a heavy rep from A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, Vinge neglects all the traditional hallmarks of decent fiction. What you notice after a promising start (if only he stuck with ...more
During reading the book I know A.I. Rinna starts Twitter, it is popular with Line.
Line ; Rinna http://rinna.jp/rinna/
A.I. is more popular with general people. Real life cross over this science fiction.
Then It tool appears on it ,Google Glass topic appears in it. Google overcomes the novel.
otherwise Google Book Search ,Google Maps,
iRobot, and Google Now ...more
There was very little character development, and what there was left almost every character unlikable, if not pretty-much-evil. I found the story to be mostly a bunch of old, fading men tryi ...more
But there ...more
Ok, here's where I left off the first time:
page 254/381 = 66% = 9:50/14:45 in the audio
Will Tamahome make it over the hump the second time?
47% - I think last time I got bored by all the new characters in the library. Remember, Rainbows End has no apostrophe.
53% - With all the visuals, maybe I would l ...more
Around page 235 I realized I didn't have a freaking clu ...more
The story concentrates on three storylines, which gradually comes together:
1. Robert Gu's struggle to find meaning in a future he never expected to see and his gradually change of attitude towards other people, a kind of "second chance" story, where he can remedy some of his earlier mistakes.
2. A future shock ...more
One concern: he notes--and defuses--a future confrontation between "circles" of believers in alternate literary realities. It would be sad if such came to pass, but history shows that people do get fired up over what they believe in, even if it is a particular literary convention.