l'enfer c'est les autres
The author states in the forward that he thinks of this book has his best book ever. It's clearly the best book of the three in the series.
I loved the meta reference to the narrator of this Audible book, Mark Vietor, being the perfect voice for which the self-aware entity, WebMind, chooses to speak as when he presents himself to the world. Very funny, and a nice compliment to one of the narrators of the book.
The author has a lot of different things he wants to teach the listener and uses this book to flush out those topics. The nature of consciousness, how Darwin's Dangerous Idea permeates everything we know and understand, emerging properties arise from complex systems that originate from incredibly simple procedures, and so on.
I appreciate these books because my wife and I listened to them on a long car ride and I really don't like fiction, and my wife really doesn't like non-fiction and these are definitely a compromise between the two. She gets to learn about the world in the guise of fiction and I get to learn empathetically through the experiences of others while delving into the nature of being about being (Dasein) and how the other must first experience presense in the world in order to realize existence.
I don't even know how to express my own personal "WONDER" in relation to my experience listening to these books. All three of them are fantastic. I want a WebMind! I want him for me and for "us". This author is a genius. The way his mind works is unimaginable to me. His messages, his politics, his humanity, his creativity, his complexity and his talent are beyond compare. The story is wonderful. I absolutely love the narrators on this book. Kaitlin’s narrator is sooooooooo talented! Kaitlin herself is a fascinating character. I just love the way he wrote her. I'd love for my teenagers to be like her. She is just so REAL. I have read Mr. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax (NP) series and Calculating God (CG). They are great stories also. I knew I'd like NP, and after I finished those three books, I was pretty sure I'd like CG but I wasn't sure at all I'd like the WWW series. I'm just not technically inclined and the topic as described was a little bit intimidating. BOY WAS I WRONG. It's just such a great story. I hope the Chinese government reads it.
Now, my hardest decision is which one of Robert Sawyer's books to download next. :-)
PS - I think it is so smart for him to include references to Audible in WWW. What a great plug for a great service!
I get the impression that this middle book of the trilogy was actually written after the third had been finished. it's a grab bag of the author's political views tossed in with equal parts of scenes that are used simply to bridge the gap and create a trilogy after the main tale has been told. one example of this is a soul searching philosophical discussion between the teenaged main charaters--as she sits on his lap and after their tongues have stopped intertwining--that the president of the united states is the defacto leader of the free world and: the president is making a big deal of wearing an american flag on his lapel on the campaign trail this time because
This is the continuing story of the artificial intelligence discovered in the interspices of the web. Its focus is the defeat on an attempt by the US intelligence agencies to destroy the AI.
Science fiction at it's absolute best. Perhaps even better that the first of the series. I haven't gone through a novel so quickly in a long time.
Mr Sawyer is obviously obsessed with the Planet of the Apes. If you can get passed it then it's a great book. I am not sensitive to his political leanings and can appreciate the immense complexity of his plot and details. That is what I enjoy about his writings. We worth doing the whole series.
I thought that audiobook was very good. I liked her narration. there was lots of interesting ideas. The AI is also great. im 27 yrs old guy who likes Si-Fi. bye
Disgusted by the never-ending profanity, homosexuality, promotion of teen promiscuity, pushing of evolution and anti-Christian rhetoric. Could have skipped the first half of the book because of all the garbage the author was spewing. He should have spent more time on the plot instead of propaganda. Had a very weak ending. Will not even listen to the next book even though I already purchased it.
Yes I believe I would after some time. Often I get new messages from a book the second time I read it. I usually give it several months before I read a good book again.
Good character development, WWhen explenations are given, they sound plausible. The author knows his subject, his suroundings - location, doesn't talk down to the reader.
Of course I like the harilon but, the whole family seem real. The Japanese scientist also has an interesting is interesting.
Many moments, it's hard to find just one.
Ok, I have read many books by Robert J. Sawyer, some on the CNIB Library and some others on Audible. I knew that he was a great author. I had been putting off the WWW series because I thought it was likely just a blind story book. I have no problem reading books about people that are blind but, I sometimes find myself rejecting books that others think "would be good for me". I finally decided to give the first book a try, I'm glad I did.
My only question is, after the ending in the second book "Watch", how can "Wonder" top that?