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One of my favorite things about Audible, are the surprises you find if willing to take a chance on mixed reviews.
This has been the best treat so far. My thanks to the readers who didn’t get it.
Having never even heard of Vinge, I was totally captivated by his near future extension of present day trends, and, the new tech he invents.
Story line and world view worked well together, no excessive fluff explaining concepts, but enough back story to keep everything together.
This is now one of my top 5 books, I just hope this glowing review doesn’t spoil it for a future treasure hunter.
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A fantastic listen, full of great characters and ideas. If you like Neal Stephenson, William Gibson or Greg Bear (just to name a few) you will enjoy this book. Considered a post-cyberpunk masterpiece.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
I liked the cranky anti hero aspect, and a return from degenerative mental decline was a good start, but thought vernor got a bit carried away with the all pervasive media, and 'belief circles' just got a bit vapid. Characters always felt a bit safe. Good vision though.
this book was a lot of fun. I loved all the futuristic technology which seems entirely plausible if still a bit far off. I thought the plot was a bit ridiculous in the end. But the journey there was enjoyable.
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Robert Gu, a poet laureate with Alzheimer's, has his youth and mind restored by medical science. Unfortunately he has a 90's mind in a 2020 world and no longer can write poetry. He goes back to Fairmont High School to learn how to navigate the heavily networked world and "wear" the new technology. The awkwardness of the arrogant Gu is wonderful and the future tech and world is great. The plot develops into a mystery conspiracy adventure with Gu's 13 yo granddaughter and assorted oldies (each adapting their past lives to the new world).
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