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AuthorPeter Watts Entered2007-07-28 14:38:43 by bcrowell
Editedit data record FreedomCopyrighted, doesn't cost money to read, but otherwise not free (disclaimer)
SubjectP.Z - Fiction in English and juvenile belles lettres
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intellectual SF
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at (change 09 to current year)) on 2012-08-17 13:56:05, review #540
better than 80%
Although it has its flaws, this is the best SF novel I've read in the last few years. It's a philosophical exploration of consciousness and self-awareness, disguised as an adventure story. A few negatives: The minor characters felt flat to me. Some of the technology didn't seem to have been clearly thought out (e.g., it was never clear what was the purpose of the hardware occupying half of the protagonist's skull). Some of the technospeak was written without a clear understanding of what it meant (e.g., the many repetitions of the the idea of taking a "topology" and "rotating" it, which makes no sense, because by definition a topological space lacks certain geometrical properties, including the ability to be rotated).

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