[Review] The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajanjemi

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 K.Z. Freeman 2 Comments

The more you think when reading this book, the worse off you'll be. The more you simply let go and realize things will come, leaving them as they are, the better this book will become. In this regard, it is an excellent exercise in letting go, as well as being a damn sexy read. Reading this book somehow feels very Zen.

It's a read that will either stamp you with "oh shit, let's see what happens next", or "meh, too much stuff". If you belong in the second category, then I don't know why the hell you are reading science fiction in the first place, but okay...

The best part about this book is how everything is in your face from the get go. The author is like, I won't bother explaining this to you, because why should I, just read the damn thing and figure it out yourself. Although everything is eventually explained, it is explained just enough. 

I wont bother with the plot because it is too awesome to explain even a bit and needs to be experienced instead. 

The prose is delicious.

The only problem I had were the dialogues, especially the main character's lines. They at times felt so cliché to me it became painful once or twice, I think I actually cringed once. He is like some overly witty dude that knows exactly what to say, as if he is in some movie and not an actual character. Luckily this didn't happen a lot, and most of the other dialogues were pretty great. Yet that feeling that the author wanted the main character to be this paragon on nonchalance always crept in, like he wanted desperately for the main char to be cool that it shows.

The social ramification of the technology in this book should not elude even the most inept reader.



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