The Fractal Prince

The Fractal Prince The good thing is no one will ever die again The bad thing is everyone will want to A physicist receives a mysterious paper The ideas in it are far far ahead of current thinking and quite quite te

  • Title: The Fractal Prince
  • Author: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • ISBN: 9780765329509
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The good thing is, no one will ever die again The bad thing is, everyone will want to A physicist receives a mysterious paper The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying In a city of fast ones, shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution.And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is tryi The good thing is, no one will ever die again The bad thing is, everyone will want to A physicist receives a mysterious paper The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying In a city of fast ones, shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution.And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schr dinger box for his patron In the box is his freedom Or not.Jean de Flambeur is back And he s running out of time.In Hannu Rajaniemi s sparkling follow up to the critically acclaimed international sensation The Quantum Thief, he returns to his awe inspiring vision of the universe and we discover what the future held for Earth.

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    1. Oh mygodReading this diamond hard sci-fi novel is certainly not for space opera virgins. My mind is bleeding from the attempt. But then again nothing previously written in the genre (except volume one) could prepare one adequately for this frenetically paced, incredibly complex, fractally dense, relentlessly overwhelming work. It is post human, post singularity and post current imagination. Sui generis indeed, and the gentle reader is not provided with a easy roadmap. Or a lifebelt. It's sink or [...]

    2. “On the day the Hunter comes for me, I am killing ghost cats from the Schrödinger Box.”I luuuuurve this opening line. His craft is exquisite, so far. Update: The imagery is almost better than anything I've read in either sci-fi or fantasy. If you took out the better and deeper images from all thee matrix movies, threw them up against the wall with jinn and fairies and the greatest heist mysteries, heavily spiced it with near-impossible mathematical concepts and theorems that really need som [...]

    3. More post singularity thief nonsense in a wildly inventive future solar system.Look, the thing is. I like a story that skips infodumps as much as the next girl. The prequel had that great setup where you could actually steal time off of someone's life, and this book does the same trick of plopping you down into a culture and never actually explaining the rules so it takes a few hundred pages to figure shit out. He makes it worthwhile, because these settings really are great. But at a certain poi [...]

    4. (The review was originally posted in the blog Random's 23 Cents: mybiochemicalsky.wordpress)Step into the Palace of Stories, taste their body of fractals…I gobbled The Fractal Prince up in just a few days, hungry to devour as many pages as possible during my daily commute between tube stations. Or maybe trying to slow down and savor them, sorry to see the book come to an end. Anything inducing such paradoxical states of mind must be more than just good. The follow-up to The Quantum Thief is fu [...]

    5. Nothing pleases me more than when a novel refuses the reader exposition. Instead, they immerse you in the world and let you sink or swim. And let me tell you, that first gulp of air is so sweet. I read 'The Quantum Thief,' to which this book is the sequel. I was worried that, having already swam in that ocean of post-human lives, sentient machines, and cultures based solely on MMORPGs, that navigating these waters would be too easy. I was delightfully wrong. I had many gasps of sweet sweet air, [...]

    6. Dacă Hoțul Cuantic a fost o încântare prin noutatea multitudinii de idei expuse, de la acest al doilea volum aveam așteptări și mai mari: în primul rând să primim și noi niște explicații cu privire la acele idei, cu privire la ce s-a întâmplat în viitor de s-a schimbat atât de mult, încât a devenit mult prea straniu și de citit despre el, nu mai spun de înțeles; însă autorul păstrează vălul de mister și aruncă idei cu toptanul pe fiecare pagină, realizând un roman [...]

    7. One of the reasons I read non-fiction and classics is that they tend to challenge me more than the books I enjoy reading the most. I'll pick up science-fiction or fantasy because I want to escape, relax, and take a break. But too much, and I get bored.I did not have that problem when I read this book. Not one bit. Hannu Rajaniemi, though, has found a way to both escape and challenge my mind at the same time. The challenge is such that, as I have seen one reviewer note, I would not recommend Raja [...]

    8. I loved the previous book, but I read it too long ago to remember if I found it as hard to grasp as this one. There's several story-lines that play out simultaneously in very different worlds, and on top of that there's what feels like a very deliberate tribute to 1001 Nights in the use of nested stories and many of the universe's elements. Once everything is revealed, the layering and plot manipulations are simply grand, but I was well past the halfway point of the book before I felt like I had [...]

    9. This is designed as a series recap in preparation of Causal Angel. You can also use it as a review of both novels if you haven't read them (though I can't guarantee it's spoiler free). I've also included a glossary of terms found within the series as well as a short essay on Zoku-Sobornost relations: these two absolutely contain spoilers! Please note that I created it prior to reading The Causal Angel and it contains some inaccuracies as it doesn't include information revealed in the final book. [...]

    10. 4 Stars The Fractal Prince is a bit of a letdown to me after having reread book one tQT by Hannu Rajaniemi. It is like the first piece an incredibly ambitious and complex piece of hard science fiction that will challenge you as a reader to keep things straight or even to simply understand what he is talking about. As I mentioned in my review of book one, there is a Wiki page that goes into great detail on the vocabulary, the world, the creatures, and of course the science behind the story of The [...]

    11. Hannu Rajaniemi had managed to do something unique in SF: to write a hard-SF novel in a far-future, post-human, post-singularity world. No other SF writer has had the courage to immerse the science, the narrative and the prose, so deep in the far future. Adam Roberts was right in saying that "there's nothing quite like it in contemporary SF". It's not an easy book, but this is science-fiction at its best and an incredible piece of literature in general.

    12. So glad I reread this. There are still many things I couldn't quite understand, but this time I really enjoyed the ride and, as in The Quantum Thief, some concepts and the level of creativity really took my breath away.This time, I'm ready for the final book!

    13. “An awesome, epic hard-sci-fi follow up to The Quantum Thief makes sure that The Fractal Prince was one of my favourite books of 2012.” ~The Founding FieldsThe Fractal Prince was the last book that I finished in 2012, and it was a great year to end my reading on. As The Quantum Thief was one of my favourite novels of 2011, I seized the chance to read a copy of The Fractal Prince and I am grateful for Tor for sending me a copy to review – I just couldn’t put this book down, making it two [...]

    14. I think Rajaniemi's two novels, this and his earlier, The Quantum Thief teeter on the edge of greatness, almost but not quite living up to their promise. They are full of big ideas, a richly imagined future where new ways of being human play out across the solar system. He is uncompromising in chiselling exposition away, and his language often achieves an elliptical kind of lyricism, even when describing the sharp edges of some technological horror. Although, to my mind, it equally often seemed [...]

    15. The science fiction book club I attend looked at Karl Schroeder’s Lady of Mazes one month. One of the members stated that he didn’t much care for post-Singularity novels because there really wasn’t any way of predicting what would happen after all matter in the solar system or galaxy became computation. That, on the other hand, is exactly why I love those stories, as I was reminded by reading Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Fractal Prince, the awesome sequel to his awesome The Quantum Thief.When I [...]

    16. This is one of those books that I had a hard time putting down when inconvenient things like work, food and sleep got in the way. The Fractal Prince takes place mostly either on Earth or on the ship Perhonen. On Earth, a woman named Tawwadud is drawn into her family's political machinations in a small outpost town that is constantly being assaulted by wildcode. Tech functions a lot like magic in this place, and knowing the right word triggers and thoughtforms can protect a person from wild nanot [...]

    17. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuEste foarte adevărat ce zice Adam Roberts că nu mai găsești așa ceva în literatura SF contemporană, însă în momentul în care încerci o astfel de aventură inedită, vin și foarte mari responsabilități. Rajaniemi scrie foarte fain, iar teoriile pe care le avansează sunt atât de avangardiste încât te lasă cu gura căscată și te fac să te gândești dacă nu cumva chiar ar fi posibile ideile autorului. Din păcate firu [...]

    18. According to the blurb on the book jacket, Hannu Rajaniemi is a Finn transplanted to Scotland who directs a think tank that helps businesses by using higher math.If you think that’s a little confusing, try reading his two books, “The Quantum Thief” and “The Fractal Prince” (Tor, $25.99, 297 pages). Set a few hundred years down the road, the connected books (absolutely read “The Quantum Thief” first) take place in a world where virtual realities are pretty much indistinguishable fro [...]

    19. Continuing onward from The Quantum Thief, set in the same future of nanotechnology and AIs and a full occupied solar system.The thief and Mieli are still traveling on her ship, this time to Earth, to steal something for Mieli's goddess and the thief's old acquittance Josephine Pellegrini.Meanwhile, on Earth, Tawaddad is interrupted while entertaining a jinn by her sister -- she has to get busy, doing actual work for the family. A politically powerful ally had died last night, and she is needed.I [...]

    20. THE FRACTAL PRINCE is the follow-up to Hannu Rajaniemi’s THE QUANTUM THIEF, and, like its predecessor, is a complex, fast-paced tale of gentleman thief Jean le Flambeur battling gods in a post-singularity world that only a mathematician or physicist will feel completely comfortable. But this time, Rajaniemi adds a layer of Arabian Nights and the power of stories to this hard-SF tale.As you can probably guess from that first paragraph, THE FRACTAL PRINCE is not the easiest read. There is a reas [...]

    21. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Well, exposition is so scarce in Hannu Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur series that I found myself getting excited and highlighting passages whenever a modicum of the stuff ever did finally come around. Though while there's something challenging about being dropped into a strange world with no explanation, it can also be incredibly satisfying to stretch one’s mental muscles in the way that only such a sink-or-swim lack of background can provide.The Fra [...]

    22. This sequel to the Quantum Thief follows the same style as the 1st. New words are thrown about, and their meaning only explained much later. But we know a bit more about the characters and events mentioned in the 1st book.The story starts from the last book's end. The thief is going to Earth. While Mars was like ancient Greece, Earth is like the Arab stories. There are jinns in the desert that take over human minds. Adventurous men go out into the desert to steal these jinns (really just bodyles [...]

    23. The journey continues and it is a fun filled adventure. Two intertwining narratives drive the book. One from Earth and it's post techno apocolyptic jinni wildcode self and the other the Thief & Mieli as they plan a heist for Pelligrini.The universe that is being built here from the Planck level up is just amazing to me. I don't know how the author does it. Most of the time I can barely comprehend how you keep a host of characters cohesive enough to write a great book but this--a real solid g [...]

    24. A character's comment towards the end sums up the experience of this book for me: ' the data stream is a bit of a headfuck. If I go mad or spontaneously transcend in the next five minutes, I'm going to blame you.'Well, this is certainly a headfuck, and I think Rajanieni is going to have to account for a lot of exploding heads and/or spontaneous transcendence with this one. It is beautifully written and exquisitely crafted, and really has quite a simple by-the-numbers whodunnit plot.Tacked onto t [...]

    25. I think this is the longest it has taken me to read 300 pages. I have been so incredibly slack the last month, I really need to pick up the pace.I enjoyed this very much, but it suffers from the severe need of a glossary that the first one was guilty of. Nevertheless, the author does a good job of explaining just enough of everything that slowly, you figure out what's going on and what everything means. But the month or two break between book 1 and 2 for me certainly didn't help, nor did stretch [...]

    26. Admittedly even more confusing than the Quantum Thief, but even better in its ability to resurrect an old genre in a vivid and bizarre hard-SF transhumanist future. The ideas are awesome but they notably don't get in the way of the character-driven plot, as we learn much more about Flambeur, Miele and the Founders of Sobornost.It leaves a whole lot unresolved, which is to be expected of the second part of the trilogy. But consider yourself warned; the ending is not as abrupt as Quantum Thief's b [...]

    27. Ugh. I'm sorry I read this book. I went back and looked at my review for the first book and the big difference is that the second half of that book was readable. The conceit of this book is that we are inside some form of upload singularity with simulations and secret words and weird terminology. And some times characters become generic words and characters become other characters and its all freaking stupid and pointless.

    28. Best post-human societies ever. Also a ripping good yarn that examines the nature of stories with stories in a way that reminds me of Sandman. Passes the Bechdel test effortlessly. And Jean Le Flambeur deserves a seat on the Great Thieves of Fiction up with the Stainless Steel Rat and Lock Lamora.

    29. Less tech stuff and I loved the Arabian Nights portion of the story, but I still have NO idea what happened.

    30. Full of mind bending ideas and suppositions, but the plotting didn't work as well as the first book in the series. If you like adventurous sci-fi, I would give this a whirl.

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