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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.
This is great philosophical science fiction. It made me put the book down a few times and just think about rebuttals to the main position presented by one of the characters... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Joseph W. Wezorek
Another Egan classic. Great exploration of continuum and simulacra.Published 1 month ago by Ron Kropp
I wanted to like Permutation City far more than I did. I liked the premise of body scanning to create AIs to continue living online after you die. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas Duff
Engrossing what if ! Uses a lot of the writer's art to mix reality. at times, I thought I was in the virtual world!Published 2 months ago by Claude c Hartman
A great read. I found some parts technical and difficult to follow, but the concept is thought-provoking and imaginative!Published 3 months ago by James Torquin
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. You don't need a lot of AI knowledge to fully grasp the story, but knowing your way around a computer would help. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caraleisa
Very well written, speculative/philosophical sci-fi. I don't feel like writing a long review, but all of Greg Egan's works will make you think. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is exactly my kind of story, but the main plus to this book is: THE WRITING is fantastic. I'm jealous. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Charles
I liked the premise and wanted to love the book - but it seemed to take forever to go anywhere.Published 7 months ago by Brian Lee Houston