- Series: Jean le Flambeur (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (January 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765367661
- ISBN-13: 978-0765367662
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012
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About the Author
HANNU RAJANIEMI is from Finland and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is a director of a think tank providing business services based on advanced math and artificial intelligence. He holds a Ph.D. in string theory and is a member of the same writing group that produced Hal Duncan. He wrote The Quantum Thief in English.
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Personally, I am of the mind that the author has asked too much of many of his readers by not providing both context and grounding in the many fascinating concepts and quantum devices he introduces from the very beginning...kinda like throwing the baby in the water and seeing if it can swim. Other reviewers have opined that our author does not hold the hand of the reader, sort of like dumping one into the middle of an ocean without a life boat; or, that they were glad that our author does not go into some sort of "word dump" of information/explanation, though they do acknowledge the high degree of difficulty for the reader.
For me, it is a question of balance. One person's "hand holding" is another's guidance or foundation building. Personally, I do not think it wise to dump someone in the middle of an ocean without a lifeboat. Few, if any, will make it. A pond maybe, an ocean definitely not. First novel aside, I lay some of this on the editors or whoever provides guidance in such matters. Also, there may be a language issue. Nuance, subtlety etc. can be tricky. And, there is the left brain/right brain thing. I did notice that there was a bit more
in the way of information or explanation of these "quantum" concepts and "technologies" as one goes along; still, it seemed like very
little, very late...unduly burdensome and obtuse.
Also, the author seems to switch back and forth between 3rd person and narrative, without any warning or break for the reader...a little confusing. Still, though, some fantastic concepts, devices and levels keep me in there. Perhaps, if I had previously ingested what ever our brilliant author uses, if anything, it would be a smoother, more profoundly appreciated read.Having said that, I gotta say that the book sets up a brilliant, almost classical, sci-fi story which has some deeper philosophical themes. I finished it...I cannot say that it was a very satisfying experience because ( right now) I feel that I was spread too thin to come close to a deeper level of appreciation, let alone comprehension, of the author's social and philosophical commentary. On the other hand, perhaps this all qualifies as a more expansive quantum reading experience and we all know where that might lead.?
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I would buy another of this author's books because I did really like the original sci-fi concepts, and the story kept moving along and had surprises. But I would hope that the author gives us greater explanation along the way to fit all the pieces of the puzzle back together to actually achieve a clear picture.