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Brin successfully interweaves plot lines as numerous as our hero's ditectives and doggedly sticks to the rules of his created dittotech while Morris's "realflesh" and clay manifestations slowly unravel the dangerous secret behind Maharal's disappearance. As Brin juggles his multiple protagonists and antagonists, he urges the reader to question notions of memory, individualism, and technology, and to answer the schizoid question "which 'you' is 'you?'" Brin's enjoyment is evident as he plays with his terracotta creations' existential angst and simultaneously deconstructs the familiar streetwise detective meme--complete with a multilayered ending. Overall, Kiln People is a fun read, with a good balance of hard science fiction and pop sensibility. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Very interesting premise. Well written and suspenseful. Bogs down philosophizing in the last chapters.Published 1 month ago by jab2067
Easy and captivating reading
Makes you really wonder how things would be if it happened.
It is my first book of this author but I will read more.
great basic premise, handled well....got a bit too mystical for my taste near the end but I enjoyed the story.Published 2 months ago by D.O.R.
I really enjoyed the philosophical questions raised in this book. It lost my suspension of belief a little toward the end.Published 3 months ago by M. Casey
It's one of the better pairings of science fiction and detective fiction. The golem premise seems a bit wonky at first, but Brin manages to make it seem plausible enough. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert P. Poole
The core concept that Brin creates here of short term disposable "ditto" copies of people is so thoroughly fleshed out in this book that I was continuously amazed and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Guy Marsden
I absolutely loved this novel. It was the perfect mixture of a futuristic sci-fi/detective thriller, with a philosophical overtone that was approachable and entertaining. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew Haight
Great book - lots of interesting "what if" technologies (although not really technically fleshed out) - as well as examinations of their social impact. Read morePublished 7 months ago by wwhite
Too many plot conveniences; too little characterization. This could have been a very good short novel but instead reads as if the author had been paid by the word.Published 8 months ago by Just another reviewer