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3.0 out of 5 stars Only so-so, February 4, 2012
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I downloaded this as an ebook based on some very good target marketing on Facebook. I have "friended" the SingularityHub page on FB. I was looking forward to reading this as I really like this type of book.

However, I was pretty disappointed in the book. This is not to say that this isn't a good first novel, but it's not a great one and I really don't think it deserves all the 5 star reviews.

Here is what I liked about it:
- the subject matter, always very interesting to see what people come up with for AIs and the Singularity.
- the price for an unknown writer's ebook
- it wasn't difficult to read, but the author's style needs to be honed

Here is what I didn't like about it:
- I often felt like I was being lectured to
- A lot of "telling" not "showing" in terms of situation
- It was just too difficult to suspend disbelief. Middle East peace based on emails? There was just too much dependency on the concept that no one actually talks to anyone else anymore. Especially, in politics.
- Characters lacked depth for example there was absolutely no sense that the head of Avogadro Corp was very upset at all about any of it. I think I get the personality that he was trying to create but I just don't think it worked.

Similar books that I liked:
Daemon by Daniel Suarez (very similar topic in some ways) Daemon
Accelerando by Charles Stross Accelerando (Singularity)
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge Rainbows End
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2012 6:16:22 AM PDT
Dorothy says:
I see that you mentioned Daemon...when I read the premise for this book, I couldn't help but wonder at the similarity to Daemon. I'm not sure I will purchase this, but thank you for relating the two books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2013 7:51:32 AM PDT
Coach D says:
I thought the same thing Dorothy. I loved Daemon. I have this book on my Wish-List. I might check it one of these days.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 3:38:34 AM PDT
MichaelM says:
Thanks for referencing Daemon, I really liked it and FreedomTM. And was looking for something similar. But the real reason I commented is I really like that you mention 3-4 other of your favorite books. It's surprising that there is really no good way to find people who share my same book interests. I've tried here, with their "People who bought this..." and goodreads, and something from the gnoosic people, just seem like a waste of time. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2014 8:28:13 AM PDT
Dorothy says:
You might try Bookcrossing.com

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 2:58:17 PM PDT
Angie Boyter says:
JM,since you are lukewarm on this book, you might not want to devote more time to the series, but I thought #2, A I Apocalypse, was more interesting. It made me do some thinking about advanced A I. You might want to try it. It is considerably more grounded in today than Accelerando, which appealed to me.
Also, I sympathize with your desire to connect with people who like to read the same things you do, and I HAVE found goodreads useful there. I have friended several people I already knew so that I learn easily what they are reading, but I have also "friended" a few "strangers" whose book lists look similar to mine.
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