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  • 331 pages
  • The Quantum Thief
  • Hannu Rajaniemi
  • English
  • 15 November 2015
  • 9780575088887

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  1. unknown unknown says:

    There are authors who don't cotton to hand holding and then there are authors who drop you off in the middle of Times Suare on New Year's Eve distract you with a party favor and then run the other way as fast as they can Maybe you'll eventually find your way in the throng even if you are tear streaked and sniffling by the time you do did I mention you are 5? Maybe at the end of it you've learned something most likely that there are a bunch of people in Times Suare who desperately want you to attend a comedy show and are a little stronger for it Or your mind has snapped and you have been reduced to a blubbering shell shocked simpleton Fifty fiftyHannu Rajaniemi is clearly the latter type and I'm still not uite sure what my trek through this book has done to me Not since Neuromancer has a sci fi book left me uestioning how a bunch of words could be strung together in logical well crafted sentences and still not make any sense Both books made me feel dumb and slow and a bad reader I don't think this is my fault but I also doubt it was the writers' intentionSee they both create richly imagined new worlds out of reassembled bits and pieces of what we recognize as reality mixing things up with new gadgets and technology and the repercussions of fictional disasters And they just plop us down into these worlds and never ever tell us what is going on I totally get avoiding exposition dumps and telling versus showing but seriously this book hurt my brain There are concepts key plot concepts that the characters take as rote parts of their everyday lives that are introduced on page 1 and not clearly explained until maybe 75 percent of the way through the book The primary antagonists are roughly sketched at best and even though all the characters know who they are and what they're about we don't get anything but hints up until the epilogue But it's not just that technology is referenced again and again before we get an idea of what it does For about half the book I wasn't sure if it was happening inside of a computer or not See what I mean about feeling dumb?But it's ok for a few reasons One Hannu Rajaniemi lays down some of the sharpest prose I've encountered in genre writing dense without feeling mannered spare and yet evocative This is a short novel by space opera standards and he shows those bloated uasi epics how it's done Of course snipping out all that exposition is a good way to start Two the plot is a fairly straightforward Whodunnit mixed with elements of One Last Job with a thief and a detective suaring off sprinkled with a Mysterious Backstory and some small r romance When books make me work this hard I don't mind if I can see some of the structure poking through It's nice to have a clue if it's going to be able to support my weightThree the SFnal ideas here are pretty great Novel twists on familiar concepts including a nifty take on the uploading consciousness into the cloud trope are just the start; there's also this wonderful riff on our growing concern for privacy through the invention of a system that allows you to control what you share with people all the time You can walk down the street cloaked in privacy so anyone passing won't recognize you unless you want them to You can even edit what parts of a conversation someone will be able to remember which removes a lot of the potential awkwardness from one night stands Lots of sci fi has explored they way memory shapes reality but Rajaniemi manages to find a fresh angleSo should you read this? I'd say it depends on A your comfort level with having no idea what the hell is happening for hundreds of pages and B your familiarity with the genre Because while not the trickiest book I've ever read this is hardly elementary school SF That's what you get when you let Finnish mathematical physicists write books

  2. Lyn Lyn says:

    In 2014 my family went to Ireland and we had a great time While there we had the opportunity to watch some Gaelic hurling It’s a field game played by a bunch of tall weather beaten Irish guys and is a kind of mix of field hockey lacrosse rugby and aggravated assault and looks rough as hell It was fun to watch had lots of action one team won at the end of it and I really never fully understood what was going onReading The uantum Thief was like thatBeing a fan of sci fifantasy I am not unaccustomed to the first 30 40 pages of a new book having some “what the hell is going on?” feelings That feeling stayed with me beyond 50 pages weird book; I even considered invoking my 100 page rule and putting it down but it started to grow on meSimilar to the writing of Ann Lecke and Alistair Reynolds this is an example of a far future setting where the line between human and computer simulation has grown seriously blurred There is a thief similar to other roguishly fun burglars in literature throughout the centuries and there is a clever inspector chasing him What sets this far apart from other books is the maddeningly complex and thinly explained science It’s as though author Hannu Rajaniemi a clearly extraordinarily gifted writer demonstrates that he is smart and expects his readers to catch onThis is very popular many readers did Maybe I would have liked it if I were a programmer mathematician or some kind of IT consultant I reach for the calculator to pay my pub tabAt the end of the day I did like it it was fun It also makes me reconsider my thoughts on Poul Anderson’s Harvest of Stars which I though was just really weird but may have been decades ahead of its time

  3. Petrik Petrik says:

    355 starsNo spoonfeeding nil exposition bizarre high concept and compellingJean Bizarre Adventure this should be the title of the series Let this review be an example of the author’s storytelling style; zero exposition and fast paced This is a short book around five hours read because it cut every single world building information usually contained in SFF books Rajaniemi didn't spoonfeed his readers He’ll push you off a cliff with his high concept then instead of giving you a rope he’ll shoot you with a bazooka to make sure you fall down even It falls down to the reader to understand what concept and terminologies he’s talking about from the narrative and the plotPicture The uantum Thief by Marc SimonettiThe characters were great and uniue The world and concept of the book were brilliant and imaginative The story can be confusing at times because like I said the author didn’t bother to explain any single terminologies The terms gevulot was very important to the story and it didn’t get explained until 70% of the book; it was in explained in two short sentences Like This I really should hate this book but I don’t know why I found myself completely immersed in it due to the theme of the book—identity love memories digital uploading—and its fast paced plot that’s written with engaging proseI just finished the first book and I already think that this seems like a trilogy that needs to be read at least twice in order to attempt to understand everything maybe even thrice I’ll continue to the next book and see how I feel about this series over all For now I recommend this trilogy strictly only for hard sci fi readers How about that for a review told in Hannu Rajaniemi style? You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  4. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    After being busted out of the Dilemma Prison by an Oortian warrior named Mieli legendary master thief Jean Le Flambeur is taken to the Oubliette one of the Moving Cities of Mars and is tasked with the ultimate heist Opposing him is a brilliant young detective named Isidore Beautrelet But there is to each man's uest than meets the eye My summary doesn't do the book justice There are so many ideas crammed in it's slim 331 pages Before Le Flambeur can even get started on his uest he has to steal back his old memories Isidore on the other hand has a lot of issues of his own like his odd relationship with one of the tzaddikim powerful vigilantes who work to keep the Martians safe from unseen enemies and an eually odd relationship with his girlfriend Before I get any deeper into this review I have a few things to mention I bought this book the day it became available and then let it sit on my shelves for almost nine months The reason was pretty simple all the reviews I read mentioned that Hannu Rajaniemi throws the reader into the deep end of the pool He doesn't explain a lot of his concepts leading the reader to decipher the meaning of words like 'blink gevulot uplink exomemory and many others soley by context Having read both John C Wright's Golden Age trilogy and Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun in 2011 I was a little apprehensive Should I have been? No While it takes a little getting used to I felt The uantum Thief was easier to understand than either of the earlier works I mentioned It's written in a breezy style reminiscent of Maurice LeBlanc's Arsene Lupin a work that this one owes a great debt to Not only is Jean Le Flambeur based on Lupin Lupin is even mentioned in the text Where was I? Oh yes The world Rajanieme creates is a very interesting one While the author used the Lupin tales as a blueprint it feels like he fleshed out his creation with bits pilfered from books like Hyperion The Golden Age Neuromancer and many others welding them all together with his background in uantum physics This is one of those books that has so many big ideas flying around you can hardly keep track of all of them Hell I'm already forgetting things I wanted to mention Maybe I'll just list them 1 Time is used as a currency When you run out of time you die and the Resurrection Men come for you After a period of time with your consciousness inhabiting a robot body and doing routine maintenance on the City you get a new body2 Tzaddikim patrol the streets keeping the general population safe3 By 'blinking you can recall anything that happened anywhere in the Oubliette using the exomemory It's like the internet only better and with slightly less pornography4 Privacy is a big deal By using a gevulot you control the flow of information to other people5 There's a glossary of terms used in The uantum Thief on Wikipedia It would have helped immensely if I'd had it when I started but probably would have made the read a less rewarding experience The principle characters are an interesting bunch I'd say the book approaches a number of ideas per page ratio comparable to one of China Mieville's works It's primarily a heist tale but there's plenty of action I sure wouldn't want to be in Miele's way There's a point where sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic The uantum Thief comes pretty close to that point on many occasionsThe ending met all my expectations both in regard to actions and revelations about the overall setting If I hadn't already known The uantum Thief was the first in a trilogy boo I would have been slightly disappointed While the uantum Thief looks like a science fiction novel it's really a heist story about a criminal and the man tasked with catching him If you can handle being in the dark for part of the time this is one hell of a read I wouldn't say I like it as much as Hyperion but it's definitely WAAAAAAAY up there in my science fiction hierarchyAdditional thoughtHannu Rajaniemi looks a lot like Jason Bateman of Arrested Development fame Look them up and see for yourself

  5. Bradley Bradley says:

    I am very surprised and delighted by this novel I half expected an idea or a theme from Stephen Baxter's Flux but was thoroughly captivated by such a deeply thought out world and a complex plot I didn't find many issues with plot discontinuity as such There were uick scene changes that might have benefited by a overt transition or two but that is a minor issue compared to the tapestry of worlds within worlds that this author has written Very enjoyable characters and the twists are fully supported by the main premises I found myself thinking of new twists that could be supported by his frame and was surprised by that I hadn't thought deeply enough about I think I'll enjoy reading this novel again and not too far in the future First I shall read his second novel and see how much craft he's crammed into his writing with such giddy fractal twirls I understand that this novel isn't for the general audience but I'll tell you straight IT SHOULD BEIf you like this then I recommend Charles Stross's Singularity Sky and Saturn's Children and especially Accellerando Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash and Diamond Age and Cryptonomicon and Anathem I would be remiss to leave out other cyberpunk masters but let's face it the good stuff is in the post cyberpunk worlds dealing with all of the complicated ideas and deeper developmentsThe deeper exploration is where this novel really shines From a strictly craft point of view I loved the poetry in the techno babble that verges on a simple techno babel and almost teeters into complete cognizance Actually I lie The uantum foam and dots made me giggle I loved every second of itGreat book Second read was even better than the first especially after getting to know all of the terms and players I loved the poetry in the text the visual imagery the reuirement for every reader to throw themselves and their souls into the story only to come up gasping for air not uite realizing that the water was highly oxygenated and we could have been breathing it all alongI laughed times this second read I am almost to the opinion that everyone ought to read this book or better yet this trilogy at least two times through before making a serious opinion of it Only after thoughtful consideration have I finally come to the conclusion that this meta tale this monolith of story this dire light this cutting of an epic gordian knot has got to be one of the classics of literature It is dense No doubt about it But it is ever so much rewarding than I had ever expected it to be

  6. Doc Opp Doc Opp says:

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a class on uantum physics from the Swedish Chef? If so this is the book for you It almost reads like English You can almost understand it There are tantalizing glimpses of incredibly creative ideas and memorable characters And then you get sentences likeHe set his gevulet to bomb the sapornov Nano gogols shot through the web of the uantum lattice setting a self replicating seuence into his assailant's exomemory Only 2 terraseconds before he'd become a uietBasically the book takes place so far in the future that the technology is incomprehensible to modern standards And the author doesn't try to explain it He just thrusts you into his world like dropping a caveman into Manhattan and lets you try to make sense of the world as the plot happens around you It takes a hearty and stubborn soul not to give up There are a lot of really cool ideas in the book but it's so hard to make sense of that it's hard to recommend

  7. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    The uantum Thief is bursting with so many ideas that it is an exhilarating read What it needs is just a little finesse a slightly better pace for doling out information for letting us play in this wonderful playground he's created It is so complete but so alien and I needed just a little bit of a guide I like to flatter myself that I'm not an unperceptive reader and I certainly don't mind it when authors don't tip their hands all at once and want me to work for itNote The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  8. nostalgebraist nostalgebraist says:

    There Will Be Invisibility Lotion For Ugly LoversThis belongs to the post singularity sub genre of science fiction The singularity was originally a name for a conceivable point in the future beyond which science fiction writers cannot extrapolate Basically the idea is that if we come to understand the human mind well enough to improve it through technology and in particular our improvements make them better at the cognitive task of improving minds then they'll be able to make even better minds which in turn could be able to make even better ones and so forth in a feedback loop of increasing intelligence Once this process starts up the enhanced human experience will uickly diverge from the ordinary human experience in ways that are basically by definition impossible for us to predict or perhaps even understand So you can't write stories about what it will be like to live after the singularityOf course once someone makes a proclamation like that people are going to want to try to suare the circle So now it's become uite common for people to write science fiction in which human or human like minds can be uploaded into software and casually modified and improved and redesigned for various tasks Of course the problem of the singularity is still there How would a vastly capable mind experience life? One approach to this problem would be to try to convey the very ineffability of this experience by using fractured confusing difficult writing But for cultural reasons SF loves its transparent prose this approach has not been widely followed Actually if anyone knows of any good examples of this approach I'd love to hear about them The common approach is alas to simply ignore the problemSo for instance in The uantum Thief there are lots of cool post human technologies but human culture seems to have been stuck in a time capsule ever since 2010 AD People on Mars have a technological privacy system called gevulot that mediates their interactions just like on Facebook you can control who sees what so that only certain people can see your face and others can access some of your memories at will cool and the female lead Mieli has a psychic link to the human level mind of her sentient spaceship Perhonen cool But what do Mieli and Perhonen talk about? He is flirting with you Perhonen says Oh my god He so is Of course he isn't He has no face Mieli feels a tickle that tells her that the tzaddik is scanning her Nothing that will penetrate the camouflage layers beneath her gevulot but it serves as another reminder that the natives have than just bows and arrows Neither do I and that has never stopped me Never mind What do I do? I can't tap into the thief's feed without him scanning me He's a do gooder Ask him for help Stick to your cover silly girl Just try being nice for a change 114I'm not sure I can put into words just how weird this is Every moment of Perhonen's dialogue not just in this exchange makes her out to be a chatty twenty something woman who could have stepped out of a 20th century sitcom She talks freely about flirting and in fact flirts with some of the male characters despite the fact that I don't how to put this without making it sound incredibly silly which in fact it is she is a spaceship As she says she doesn't have a face her body is a butterfly like spaceship with glittering wings Wouldn't that change your experience of life just a bit? There are one or two nods in the book to the idea of ship human romance but um how does that even work?And then we have the fact that after the singularity when you can remake the stuff of Mind at will people are still talking like rom com characters from the present day You mean romance isn't going to be a little interesting when our minds have been turned into machine software and can remold and upgrade each other? Elsewhere someone calls Perhonen a beautiful ship and she responds Thank you but I'm not just a pretty face The joke covers a fundamental absurdity if minds can inhabit spaceships as easily as human bodies why do they still talk jokingly in human centric terms like pretty face rather than actually changing the way they think about the relation between mind and body? Why isn't there a language of beauty that actually encompasses the various forms that sentience can now take? I can accept cheesy dialogue like the above from Doctor Who aliens but come on This is supposed to be hard science fiction The author blurb mentions Rajaniemi's several advanced degrees in mathematics and physics as though to say this guy actually knows what he's talking about unlike your average sci fi bullshitter Maybe he does when it comes to certain of his ideas about physics and cryptography but that's where the plausibility ends This future is as hard as melted cheeseWhile I'm on the topic of hardness here's a description of a techniue used by mind pirates to upload their targets' brains You infect the target with a virus that makes their neurons sensitive to yellow light Then you stimulate the brain with lasers for hours capture the firing patterns and train a black box function to emulate them Excuse me? Given the number of possible firing patterns and their non negligible duration wouldn't that take like thousands or millions of years or something? During which time the brain is of course changing in response to all this stimulation like brains do so you're really getting a blended together snapshot of a bunch of different brains? And then you get a giant look up table of firing patterns which will take what a galaxy's worth of computer memory? And what the fuck is a black box function? Some sort of artificial neural net? But the training would take forever What the hell is this shit? Someone get Rajaniemi a few advanced science degrees statUm anyway There are plenty of other examples of Rajaniemi's refusal to imagine actual cultural development There are all the flirtybadass remarks the characters sling back and forth which mostly sound like they're from bad TV shows A character expresses delight that Perhonen is handy with pop culture references as though there will be such a thing as pop culture when humanity has colonized the whole solar system and has fractured into numerous tiers and types of minds There's the one single subculture that Rajaniemi actually describes in detail which has grown over the course of centuries out of an MMORPG guild and now consists of people who act like 21st century nerds out of cultural tradition and go on raids with actual flesh and blood monsters they refer to as epic mounts The scenes involving these people are hilarious but of course this is a huge cop out references to 21st century culture free Rajaniemi from having to imagine anything newOkay okay I get it Rajaniemi isn't interested in writing a sensitive evocation of future cultures he's interested in writing a fun detective vs mastermind story But he fails at that too for the opposite reason everything is too different Rajaniemi tries pretty hard to disorient the reader with lots of futuristic concepts and terminology and I approve of this in the abstract but it really doesn't work well with the kind of story he's telling To enjoy such a story I need to be able to follow the detective's thoughts and appreciate the mastermind's cleverness But Rajaniemi's technologies are too vaguely described to ever make the rules clear so that understanding never coalesces People are constantly doing fiddly little things with each other's gevulot and performing semi incomprehensible actions that are described with lots of words like Sobornost tech and dots and pseudomatter and cognitive rights management software and eventually it is made clear to the reader that a given action is supposed to be a crucial insight or a clever move but it's never really clear why The experience of reading about these technologies is like that of a computer ignoramus listening to a lecture about computer security basic gists like the bad guys are gaining control of the system may get across but you still don't know exactly what is possible and what is impossible what is audacious and what is routine what is clever and what is foolish As a result despite taking place in the far future it is less not dazzling than an ordinary detective storyI almost gave this three stars because the last 70 pages or so were really cool and made me curious about what would happen in the seuel But serial fiction always does that kind of thing and I'm sure if I read the seuel it would be bad in the same way right up until its end which would try its hardest to get me to buy the third one I'm just confused about why this book got so much hype I'm interested in science fiction and I definitely like some subset of it but sometimes I don't understand the judgments made by the genre's culture Is this really one of the best things anyone's done with science fiction lately? I sure hope not

  9. carol. carol. says:

    uantum begins with a thief in prison endlessly reliving The Prisoner's Dilemma Ah but this one is different mainly because he doesn't learn An enhanced woman and her sentient ship break him out for reasons unknown but before they can get far the chase is on In payment for freeing him the woman and her hidden benefactor have something they want him to steal Next stop Mars where he has to discover his prior identity in an idealistic privacy focused society Meanwhile a young man working for a version of the secret order keepers is driven to solve crime puzzlesHm interesting my summary makes the book sound far coherent than it was The world building and total immersion style reminds me of Zelazny but without the lovely poetic imagery Maybe a little like Mieville in playing with concepts of societal structure privacy and identity but Mieville has coherent plotting The character of Jean reminded me a great deal of Locke Lamora I suppose it's an archetype; a construct of the clever urbane thief Overall a decent read that feels like the author was working a bit too hard to prove how clever he is I can't say that I'd recommend it to most readers

  10. Fran Fran says:

    It's hard to leave a review about this book without also talking of all the wonderful secrets it holds hence spoiling some of them for future readers Let's say this is good mystery but also an excellent science fiction novel One thing though you have to hit the ground running from the first page because Jean Le Flambeur waits for no one The first pages may catch you unaware and you will have to push through all the new terms and names thrown at you left and right but don't worry because soon you won't even notice them as you navigate a Mars that is eually futuristic as it is real At this time it may seem obvious but I really liked this book and if you like science fiction the kind that really has science in it and things that feel possible if improvable I'm sure you'll enjoy it tooOne last word of caution don't let the beginning scare you after a few pages you'll take to this Mars as a fish to water just bear with it for a little while letting all those new images percolate into your consciousness

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The Quantum Thief❴BOOKS❵ ✯ The Quantum Thief Author Hannu Rajaniemi – Jean le Flambeur is a post human criminal mind burglar confidence artist and trickster Jean's routine of death defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership Perhonen Sh Jean le Flambeur is a post human criminal mind burglar confidence artist and trickster Jean's routine of death defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership Perhonen She offers him a chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self.

About the Author: Hannu Rajaniemi

Charlie Stross amongst its members Early works included his first published short story Shibuya no Love in and his short story Deus Ex Homine in Nova Scotia a anthology of Scottish science fiction and fantasy which caught the attention of his current literary agent John JarroldRajaniemi gained attention in October when John Jarrold secured a three book deal for him with Gollancz on the basis The Quantum MOBI :Ê of only twenty four double spaced pages His debut novel The uantum Thief was published in September by Gollancz in Britain and in May by Tor Books in the US A seuel The Fractal Prince was published in September by Gollancz and in November by TorFI Hannu Rajaniemi on Edinburgissa Skotlannissa asuva suomalainen tieteiskirjailija joka kirjoittaa sekäs suomeksi että englanniksi Rajaniemi on opiskellut matemaattista fysiikkaa Oulun ja Cambridgen yliopistoissa ja väitellyt säieteoriasta filosofian tohtoriksi Edinburghin yliopistossa Hän on perustajajäsen matematiikan ja tekniikan konsulttiyhtiössä nimeltä ThinkTank Maths Opiskellessaan Edinburgissa Rajaniemi liittyi kirjoittajaryhmään joka järjesti tekstien lukutilaisuuksia Hänen varhaisia novellejaan on ilmestynyt englanniksi Interzone lehdessä ja Nova Scotia antologiassa Näistä jälkimmäinen kiinnitti Rajaniemen nykyisen kirjallisuusagentin kiinnostuksen vuonna Vuonna Rajaniemi solmi kustannussopimuksen kolmesta romaanista brittiläisen Gollancz kustantamon kanssa Valmiina oli silloin ainoastaan romaanin yksi luku Esikoisromaani The uantum Thief ilmestyi syyskuussa Hänellä on näiden kolmen romaanin julkaisusopimus myös yhdysvaltalaisen Tor kustantamon kanssa Suomeksi Rajaniemen esikoisteoksen julkaisee Gummerus nimellä Kvanttivaras.