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All in all, way too much backstory, and my hopes for the final third of the book to get good were in vain.
I bought it as a kindle book and am not sure if that had anything to do with it but its one of the most boring reads I've ever come across.
The problem is that the book is so focused on being believable and realistic that it is never entertaining just grim.
Greg Egan always pushes the envelope and this tale is no different. Often, sci-fi authors just jump past the tough parts of technological change. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jost4566
The book's a little slow, but it ends up in an ethical discussion which is valuable and thought-provoking: We shouldn't create "artificial intelligences" which suffer,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roger Mastrude
I liked it well enough, but prefer Walter Jon Williams' Dagmar Shaw series and Cory Doctorow's novels for more exciting treatments of similar themes.Published 14 months ago by digitalsynner
The SF book club selected this book and we were not disappointed. As avid SF readers we are a tough audience. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Grace O
I was expecting arid transhumanist gee-whiz, but Egan delivered a touching narrative of believable people living with limits and boundaries.Published 15 months ago by Unbathed
What's up with Egan's latest fascination with the middle east? Since being interested in the topic his work has gone way down hill. This book included. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ryan Schreiber
Liked the story. It's mainly about human augmentation Aritificial Intelligence and virtual reality. Good reading and not to futuristic. WimPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Greg Egan has shown some great development as a writer over his career. Without dropping the mind-blowing ideas he skillfully has learned to blend emotion into his narrative... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gil Pinheiro