Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I enjoyed Wake and Watch and keenly anticipated Wonder to the point that I waited a month before I picked it up. Although I found the re-cap at the beginning a bit tiresome, this is a small criticism, because as soon as we returned to the broken Chinese hacker, I was back on track and the storyline was humming.
As far as storylines go, this was a brave one. It's bound to offend someone. For one thing, I can't see it being highly recommended in some countries, but I guess that is one of the author's points.
I enjoyed the Caitlin Dexter character more, although I think it's still hard for dinosaurs like me to really relate to her. Barb' was easier for me to get a handle on. I also thought the autism angle an interesting one, although not quite the match for the clinical definition, I'm told by someone who reads DSM4 for fun. Again, the Hobo character had a great ability to provoke a mental segue (for me at least) to "2001" and "Planet of the Apes".
As with the previous two instalments, I thought the vocal performances were very good. The Mark Vietor double take was particularly amusing. Jessica Almasy is outstanding.
Although I feel this was pitched at a younger audience (20's to 30's), it was still entertaining and had an Asimovic "Foundation" like optimism. It was well worth the waiting and rewarded the reader of all three books.
This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.
I only finished this because I had invested in the previous books in the series. The author seems to have an agenda to push when it comes to human sexuality (especially teenage sexuality). It really distracts from the story. Also the rest of the story plays out in a fairly shallow way (IMHO). Not a great read, but it has its moments.
I absolutely loved all 3 books, and I loved the voice acting. I found Caitlin's voice actress simply perfect. I listened to the series in quick succession, and even the last book kept me interested right up to the last sentence.
All in all, great sci-fi
I am a huge fan of Robert J. Sawyer or at least I was till I read this book. I have met him several times and he signed my complete set of the Neanderthal Parallax. However, I was very disappointed with his effort here. While Flashforward was one of his best stories to date, I was sorry to see that it's success and industry's weak effort to make it a TV show caused Hollywood's liberal elite to have a negative effect on him. By the time WebMind makes his acceptance speak late in the story I had become tired of the liberal, secular diatribe that was continuously being trodden out. A majority of it had nothing to the story and just became annoying by the time you reached the end. In the past he has kept these issues at the ???food for thought??? level. There are several examples of this in Calculating God and the aforementioned Neanderthal Parallax where I would stop reading to sit and think about a point that had been made, but it here it crossed the line to just plain preaching/bashing.
I realize as an author it is his prerogative to write as he see's fit and I still look forward to his next story, but if this trend continues, I am sorry to it will be the last I read.
I thoroghly enjoyed this trilogy and was especially gratified that Sawyer was able to end it on a high note. "WWW:Wonder" has more than enough plot twists and surprises to earn a 5-star rating -- both for this book and for the trilogy as a whole.
Some readers may find Webmind more than a little reminiscent of Hollus - the alien for Sawyer's "Calculating God." But for those of us who also enjoyed the latter, Webmind has earned a well-deserved place in the pantheon of memorable RJS characters.
I liked the series very much.
If you liked the other 2 novels, you wont be disappointed.
Web-mind is cool !
This book was so politically biased and predictable I could not help but think it should be marketed to the tween audience. I have no interest in reading the other two previous books by this author.
I felt like I was being lectured to. Even if I agree with the authors philosophy, I still felt it was in my face. I don't like being preached to! I think almost 1/2 of the last book is preaching, including one 25 min. lecture. That was torture. If it wasn't the second to last chapter, I would have stopped listening then.
The story was good, but I think he forgot to finish hobo's part. The humans never even realized that he had web sight too, and was painting it. I waited for that the whole trilogy.
non, I think I would have liked to see some of the characters developed more.
The readers were fantastic, one of the best I have heard yet.