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Despite the detractions, I enjoyed the book immensely and found the ending surprisingly poignant.
It helps to have a technical background and basic understanding of computer science IMHO to fully appreciate this book.
When I first read it, I had been mostly reading Nanotech science fiction, which is definitely great.
Interesting initial plot concepts but loses its way later in the book. Spends a lot of words describing computer processes that are hard to visualize. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Peter
This was written in the '90ies? Unbelievable! It's very actual now in 2015 when AI and full-brain copies are being discussed as a potential evolution of humans. Cool. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Guido Meak
This is a book about an idea. The characters are somewhat flat, and the plot is cobbled together. But it's still a 5-star book because this book challenges your perception of... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ben
the story was very interesting but there are too many big words sometimes that i don't care about! i want to skip to the story and action scenes but i didn't because i was afraid i... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Dense as hell but worth it if you keep up. Egan if you read this, I enjoy your crazy mind, what is next?Published 1 month ago by Matthew don
The content of the book is fantastic. Great read. It's the construction of the book, however, that keeps me from giving 5 stars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott Hornberger
It is filled with great ideas. a little slow and dense with jargon, but ultimately satisfying. I think I'll read some more Egan.Published 2 months ago by Nick
The book exists in two parts. The first is a journey of discovery to the central conceit of the second part. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My first Egan book and it was amazing. Conceptually complex and challenging. The AI, VR and comp sci stuff was smart and convincing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kahner