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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.
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 7 days 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 15 days 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 months ago by VS
It was a well-paced and lovingly crafted story. A very good way to inspire the imagination in anyone who loves fiction, whether they're into science fiction or not. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jarek Curtis
This book has some major flaws: for the first half of the book you can't tell where the author is going, and I don't buy the premise for the second half of the book at all. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Baselt