Filled with excitement and Vinge's trademark potpourri of fascinating ideas, Rainbows End is another triumphantly entertaining novel by one of the true masters of the field.
©2006 Vinge Vernor; (P)2007 Macmillan Audio
"This [is] top-drawer hard SF - fast-paced, packed with action, intellectually challenging and, above all, capable of invoking SF's grail: a genuine sense of wonder." (Publishers Weekly)
The premise of the story was great, but the multiple plots are disjointed, characters unsympathetic...to me the fact that this won a Hugo award is an indictment on how Hugo's either hit dead center, or miss by miles.
This book started off very well. I was quite excited with where it was going; about halfway I felt it derailed. It was still worth the listen.
brief action section was very engaging.
hard to say why, but found the beginning dragged and the end anticlimactic
unlike many sci-fi books there was a bit of character development, so kudo's for that
perhaps, as other reviews suggest this is not his best work
narrator gave a creditable performance, especially the surly protagonist
was expecting more from hugo winner
The back and forth of silent messaging did not work for me with the narration. Perhaps if I were reading it it would have been easier to follow. Although much of science fiction is a vehicle for what can be as far as technological advances, it seemed to me that the backdrop of UCSD and the story were contrivances solely for the exploration of what could be. I really had a hard time becoming emotionally involved with the characters. Interesting to note though, the sixth floor of the Geisel library has been cleared of books. Maybe part of this peek into the future is closer than one might think.
I would have likeg to know who the Rabbit was. I think there is s whole story there.
The delicious irony of listening on my Android device, sitting on a subway car, my fellow passengers engrossed in their own various electronic distractions, to a distopian neoluddite B-plot about saving phyisical books from digitisation only leaves me wondering why I didn't just go in for the hard copy of the book to begin with. I found it somewhat refreshing that the author chose not to dwell excessively on the novelty of the AI character, given that by now it's such a well-worn sci-fi trope. Thankfully, this is more a story of character driven interactions than the orgy of futurism that it appears on the surface. The protagonist's Hero's Journey does its job in leaving me with the appropriate warm fuzzy feeling. While little about the story strikes me as boldly unique in the way that "True Names" did in the intetnet's infancy, it's still an engaging plot. For a 2006 release, some details already feel slightly dated -- for one, the author largely misses the emergence of social media that would have been taking shape around the time of writing.
Unfortunately, the reader's oblivious Chinese mispronounciation takes me out of the story completely. If you're considering this book, I'd strongly encourage you to go with the dead-tree-and-ink version.
Conceptually fascinating, but the plot gets too bloated and bogged down in the geopolitics and cyber security details of the new world. Some of the peripheral characters and subplots are just plain uninteresting, and make the whole thing less enjoyable.
It felt like a novel constructed to illustrate the details -- both broadly interesting and painfully specific -- of this conceived near future, at the expense of good writing, character development, and plot structure.
I expected more from a Hugo award winner. The story was okay, not terrifically imaginative, and maybe a bit too rich in computer hardware fetishism for my taste.
It's not that I hated it, I just feel like I wasted my time listening to this when there are still some Paolo Bacigalupi and China Mieville books that I haven't "read" yet.
The introductory fram of the first 15 minutes was SOOO compelling and exciting that I was really unprepared for the small, personal redemption narrative that is really the heart of the book.
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
This is a great book - by far my favorite Vinge novel. The technical ideas are very plausible and the characters are engaging. The performance is wonderful - especially how the reader captures the old Robert. I did think the ending was a bit of a let down - I was left wanting some more resolution. But it was very good anyway. I highly recommend this book.
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