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.
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"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 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
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I am not sure this series has enough plot to support 3 books. Not much happened in this middle book, and I was disappointed in the lack of story line. I will listen to the third book after reading the reviews first to see if it has some substance. The premise is good but too much 'teenage girl stuff' took away from the plot. I am guessing it should have been a 2 book story, but that isn't Sawyer's style, is it?
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
Yes, the story is very engrossing. Lots of interesting threads.
Wondering what would happen next.
Unfortunately, I was most moved to cringe every time the narrator mispronounced
A very interesting examination of consciousness in many contexts and at many levels.
I completely enjoyed "WWW: Wake" and was really looking forward to this book. However, the author almost ruined the story by wandering off on pro gay and anti God tirades in the book. I am in no way against an author putting what they want into a story to make a point as long as it has something to do with the story, which these tirades didn't. It was very obvious that they were put in for the authors own agenda. In fact he seemed to go out of his way to insult and belittle people who have a belief in God. The reason I really liked the first book was to see the growth of Caitlin and Webmind, as they discovered the world around them. So I was looking forward to seeing them in this book overcome the close-minded and bigoted attitudes of a society afraid of them, not to being bombarded by those same attitudes from the author. As to gay lifestyles and belief in God I leave that up to the individual, and find it very disappointing that the author chose to use this wonderful and potentially great story to promote his own agenda. But like I said He almost ruined the story. The story survived,barely. I got through this one despite it's short comings and have started the third book, hoping the author used more self control than in this book, because I really do want to know what happens to Caitlin and Webmind.
Moving on to book 3 crossing my fingers
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