With such compelling and provocative novels as Red Planet Blues, FlashForward and The WWW Trilogy, Robert J. Sawyer has proven himself to be “a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation” (New York Times). Now, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author explores the thin line between good and evil that every human being is capable of crossing…
0.1 stars. If only Goodreads would let me.
This book isn't just the worst book I've finished in years, it's also utterly monstrous. I'm actually sickened that someone could write a book and their editor didn't say "Hold on, you're not going to put your name on this in public, right?"
Then there are these quotes from other reviewers here on Goodreads:
"And now I am really paranoid about who might be the psychopaths around me.... thank you Robert J. Sawy ...more
Quantum Night takes a smattering of fairly interesting speculative fiction ideas, and then proceeds to waste them in a story that is so childish as to be not credib ...more
The recap of the plot is above and I d ...more
I didn’t love this book as much as I love just about everything Robert J Sawyer writes, but given the current political climate in March 2016 it was very entertaining… and enlightening… and frightening!!
Before I get into its significant ethical and scientific flaws, I'll take a moment to point out that as a story, it also sucked. The characters were flat and gender stereotyped. The plot was nonsensical. All of the relationships in the book conveniently fit the needs of the plot; the dialogue was 95% info-dump; the main character was, besides an awful person (th ...more
I thought I’d try something new. I’ve been having a hard time being moved by anything I’ve been reading lately. As a result, I have not been writing any reviews. So, I thought I would try to apply a rating to the book as I move through it at 10% intervals. I already track how many pages I’ve read and my progress through the book and therefore, I thought this should not b ...more
There's a HEAP of interesting research behind this, and I don't blame Sawyer for thinking "there's a novel in this!" But I am left with the feeling that he bogged down several times, struggled, and eventually just forced it to be a novel against the flow of narrativium. It just isn't credible.
There are many individual pieces that are not in themselves incredible. They have resear ...more
The main character is a psychologist whose research area is psychopathy. The long and the short of it is that he and his mentor discover that there is a way to "switch" people from "normal" to psychopath to empathic. He posits that most ("normal") people do not actually have self-awareness, and uses this theory to explain mob mentality and trends. People don't exami ...more
And now I am really paranoid about who might be the psychopaths around me.... thank you Robert J. Sawyer.....thank you.. ...more
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No spoilers, here, but the concepts Sawyer brings in (via extensive research and conversations with great scientists, psychologists and political analysts, all list ...more
Any book reviewer will tell you that one of the greatest joys of the job is discovering a writer that had yet to be experienced. The opportunity to find an author whose work resonates with and entertains you is a precious thing.
One of the first such writers I encountered in my capacity as a reviewer was Robert J. Sawyer. The book was “WWW: Wake,” the first in a thoughtful and narratively engaging trilogy. From there, the Canadian sci-fi author had me hooke ...more
I've read or listened to quite a few of Robert J. Sawyer's novels over the years (Calculating God is a particular favorite) and I've rarely been disappointed but Quantum Night just didn't work for me. Sawyer's novels are always thought-provoking and this is no exception. Unfortunately, it proceeds from an interesting premise and then reduces humans to a ridiculously simple 3 types of consciousness. Once the characters settle on that worldview, it shapes their actions making ...more
This is a very difficult book to review because there were a lot of things I loved, and a lot more that I did not.
To start off, the concept the book is based on is quite intriguing, exploring consciousness, conscience, and morality all in one. Really enjoyed that aspect of the book.
It did take a bit to get through the first 70 pages and get used to the writing and the technical terms, but I feel the author did a good job of explaining things in simple terms, or at least as simple as ...more
This is hard-sf, so I’ll start with the speculative concepts. His primary concept comes from the effects of the hypothetically homogeneous quantum state of free electrons in neuron m ...more
In general I like Robert J Sawyer's brand of sci-fi writing where there is a basis of science that doesn't get in the way of an entertaining read. Books like Calculating God, FlashForward, etc but this book I did not like.
A good chunk of the book comes off incredibly preachy as the main character discovers the world is made up of 4/7 zombies, 2/7 psychopaths and 1/7 woke intellectuals. The lead character is one of the woke and seems like a stand in for RJS himself. The books seems ...more
What I did not like was its protagonist, who's obsessed with utilitarianism and, because of this, comes out as a bit of a jerk. And the ...more
I briefly met Robert J. Sawyer at Worldcon in Kansas City in August 2016 and told him I was a fan. When I mentioned that I'm a philosophy professor, he said I needed to read his latest book. Now that I've read it, I can see why.
As is usually the case with Robert J. Sawyer's work, this novel mostly takes place ...more
My first impressive of Sawyer's latest novel was mixed. I kept thinking I was reading Dean Koontz or something... Sawyer's usual optimistic Clarke-like hard scifi that I usually expect was n ...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in ...more