Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Robert J. Sawyer.
©2010 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)
"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)
"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)
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
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I began thinking part 2 was pitched at young adolescents, but was gradually disabused of the idea. The concept, begun so well in WWW.Wake, took a while to reach the forefront in this instalment. Overall, the wait was worth the patience. In any event, the narrators are very good, particularly the Caitlin Dexter voice. It makes you want to have more elaborate credits so you can tell which voice is which narrator. Webmind is well done, too. Just enough of the juvenile to be believable, I thought. All up, I thought it a creditable Book 2, but Book 1 is still out front for me. I'm keenly looking forward to the concluding installment.
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.
Letting the rest of the world go by
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.
Robert's character are very convincing, and it is easy to empathise with them. During the reading process, and afterwards, you can't help thinking if such a thing was really possible.
An easy, fun read but also thought provoking in endless ways.
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