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3.0 out of 5 stars Shiny, January 8, 2009
This review is from: The Silicon Man (Cortext.) (Paperback)
I had an uneasy feeling about this book when I read the introduction. This book (published here in 1997) is part of a series of Wired Books (from Wired Magazine) that changed the world. That's a tall order. The other books in the series have the same self-inflated sense of self worth. (The other books aren't so bad, it's just that they aren't exactly Nobel Prize level fiction.) But the thing that made me feel uneasy is that compared to the other books which are slightly better known, the author is also a contributor to Wired magazine, which smells just a bit incestuous.

As for the book itself, it has it's moments. For a 1991 work of fiction some of the ideas were pretty good at the time (but now dated.) Platt, the author, has thought a lot about the details of how to upload a mind into a computer, and some of the moral and philosophical implications of it. The end was an interesting twist, which was good to see. But I really had a bit of an issue with the writing style itself. It just wasn't so dynamic. It read more like a perfect textbook example of how to write a novel. Some pieces of the plot seemed somewhat a little to convenient. Characters were introduced the same way each time and after a while a few of them were a little two dimensional for my liking. The character I like the most was Dr Gottbaum's daughter Yumi, but she only figures in part of the book. But we never really get into some of the motivations, side thoughts or neuroses of some of the characters (but it's all we see of the others.)

I picked up the book in a discount bin at a discount book store, so I thought it was okay for what I paid for it. And I'm a sucker for a shiny cover.
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