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Action-packed, inventive, and satisfyingly weird, Ken MacLeod's Stone Canal (the retroactively U.S.-released prequel to The Cassini Division) lets loose with a steady stream of challenging ideas and novel technology, taking on questions of free will, identity, and the nature of consciousness, all the while telling a bang-up story. Reminiscent of K.W. Jeter's best work, The Stone Canal certainly deserves a look. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wow. This is one of the hardest books I've ever read. It challenges you. I've been raised in a capitalist society (but is that the right way to do it? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Boniface Archer
Part two of the Fall Revolution series. The UK, or chiefly, London, is divided into culturally different ministates, with local rebellions otherwise brewing everywhere. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Bjørn Perlsø
Just not worth the time it took to read it. I kept on hoping for redemption of the plot, but the end feels like it was just hurriedly put together to wrap things up and is totally... Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Starr
Clearly science fiction, this novel explores the problems and issues associated with downloading a person's complete personality and memories to the cyberworld, doing it on demand,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Al Treder
Pros: Original, quality writing, with an eye for detail and a driving story arc
Cons: None whatsoever
"The Stone Canal" takes place in the same future universe... Read more
This book has two narrative threads: the current time (and recent past) and the distant future. The future thread starts strong and then drops off rapidly towards the mid of the... Read morePublished on December 24, 2009 by A. Wagner
Almost to the end, this novel reminded me of Robert Heinlein's writings (the best of them, I mean). Then it crashed in the last few pages, so I am a little dissatisfied with... Read morePublished on May 10, 2006 by Silmarillion
This was really a very interesting book to read! Lots of interesting ideas, mixing hard sci-fi with political aspects in a way that is very rare to find around. Read morePublished on May 15, 2004 by Michel Goldstein
Picking up this book mainly as a fluke, I was not expecting the story that awaited me. The most fascinating thing is the reality of thought and dialogue, mixed together in a... Read morePublished on September 2, 2002 by Janis