Quinn thinks hes a normal boy with an average life. That is, until he finds a trail of clues the father he barely knew left behind.
After Quinn unravels his fathers puzzles, he wakes up ... and realizes his world was nothing more than a ...more
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HARD WIRED is a surprisingly deep and philosophical book that meditates on what it means to be truly alive. Honestly, this is the kind of book where it's best to go in cold, but I'm going to discuss it with the mild spoilers that are mentioned on the Goodreads blurb and the back cover of this paperback copy, so if you're one of those people who thinks less is more, maybe skip my review.
Quinn thinks he is a normal teenage boy. He likes ...more
This is easily, absolutely, the best Artificial Intelligence book I've read in the past few years, in any genre and for any age demo. We start with teen Quinn who has the usual teen angst issues - friends, school, girls - and the usual teen experiences. MILD OBVIOUS SPOILER. In short order, though, we find out that Quinn is an artificial intelligence who has been cocooned in a virtual reality construct during the course of his ...more
During the first few chapters, Quinn charmed me. He's a geeky guy desperately crushing on a pretty girl in his class and spends most of his free time playing a game probably similar to D&D. It initially read more like a middle grade book to me - but not for long. Once Quinn discovers what he is, all sorts of thought-provoking questions come into play. Does he ...more
Holy hells, reboot my mainframe this was a READ.
I've never in my years of loving science fiction found such a lyrical read. The way that Len Vlahos relays Quinn's story and all the complicated computer science and neurological aspects to the reader is impressive. The lines flowed so smoothly and allowed me to devour this book in just a few hours. I craved coming to life as Quinn did, realizing the faults of his existence the same way humans ...more
I very much enjoyed Life in a Fishbowl (and the sneaky shoutout to it in this one) and this one was very enjoyable too. A couple of small time jumps confused me a little and something that was obviously designed as a huge surprise was telegraphed pretty early on. Overall, though, this was a great read and raised some very interesting topics. Also, that ending is basically torture and I very much want to know what happens afterwards!
The band broke up in 1987 and I followed my other passion, books. I've worked in the book industry ever since. And, of course, I ...more