I work in a research lab which studies rodent models of human brain disorders.Many of the themes and people in the book I have heard of and read some of their work. It was good to hear about this work from RK who approaches the brain and mind from a computer based understanding as opposed to my biologically driven perspective.
The most compelling aspect of this book for me was the creative analogies that RK uses to describe the processes that govern neural computation, many of which serve as the basis for modern computers. Similarly, modern computer engineering and design has helped us reverse engineer some of the complexities of the brain. Simply fascinating.
Not sure if it's a 'scene' but the description of the cortical column and the consolidation and allocation of memories in the brain was my favorite part.
As a huge fan of the first two METAtropolis books, I expected nothing less from this final installment. After listening to these books in rapid succession, it was nice to get the closure on these overarching characters and plot lines. As an aside: I'm a huge proponent of the basic concept of these books. I think it's very intelligent to set up futurist science fiction in this world as opposed to a completely synthesized one. After all, these 'future cities' will be built upon or just modified versions of today's major metropolitan areas. I guess it gives the stories a strangely authentic flavor.
Yep! After the inital METAtropolis book, I slammed through 'Cascadia' at the same speed. I love how the authors take time to set up the cities and places that these stories take places in. I guess that is a big selling point for me: literature that takes the time to create a descriptive setting for the characters to interact with and exist in.
Definitely the setting. I have never lived anywhere near the pacific northwest, and so the sum total of my conceptual experiences stem from Twin Peaks. I enjoyed the rich portrayals of what I assume to be a beautiful part of the US. And as always the characters and plots are outstanding.
Honestly the top, at least right now. This was the second book I downloaded after the freebie 1st credit. I downloaded this book and listened to the whole thing in one shot! It made a 10 hour road trip melt away like nothing!!!
Ba'shar (sp?). As a recurrent character, he brings his talents/strengths into many different types of situations and just crushes it!
When I realized I was listening to the final story in the anthology, I almost did cry. This was before I realized there where two more METAtropolis collections available.
Listen to this series!!! It is amazing, and I'm going to let a few more months pass and then probably pound through the METAtropolis series again!
I probably would. Many of the initial novels in a series can serve as a stand alone work if they are written well enough, and this is one of them. RJ introduces an extremely expansive and complex world in this book by giving just enough to the reader to want more.
I have read this book in paper form. It took a few weeks due to length and the full course load's worth of other reading I had to do, so the plot progression became entangled at a few points (for me at least). Opposing narrators help me to switch gears between the multiple subplots at work in this book.
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