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The Causal Angel (Quantum Thief 3) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Hannu Rajaniemi

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With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark for SF in the 21st century. And now with his third novel he completes the tale of his gentleman rogue, the many lives and minds of Jean de Flambeur.

Influenced as much by the fin de siecle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of wild future and deep conjecture on the nature of reality and story.

And now we find out what will happen to Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung through the solar system.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 434 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 301 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0765329514
  • Editeur : Gollancz (17 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Part science fiction, mostly fairy tale. And all great. 22 juillet 2014
Par scott - Publié sur
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First, a bit of a warning: "The Causal Angel" is the final entry in the Quantum Thief trilogy, and is very tightly coupled to the two books that preceded it. There is probably little or no point in trying to read this if you have not read the first two; if you have read them recently, so much the better as there are lots of references to plot points that appeared to be minor in the first two works.

Having said that, what "Angel" offers up is in some ways more of the same: lots of dense prose, interesting characters, and heaps of wildly imaginative technology. The plot follows (primarily) Jean le Flambeur as he attempts to steal a device that will prevent the Sobornost and the All Defector from destroying most of the solar system in their pursuit of the Great Common Task. The vocabulary is as clever as the previous books, but requires the reader to be as deeply steeped in internet culture and lingo as the author to fully make sense. Zokus, virs, and the Great Game to mention but a few tumble straight out of modern internet culture--and at times I think Rajaniemi and Cline (Ready Player One) have a common muse.

The plot is as wild and imaginative as the previous works--but this time out we can a bit more explicit character development, which is a welcome thing. Jean clearly grows up here--for instance (minor spoiler) when the city of Sir is recreated on a plate floating in Saturn's skies--this seems dangerously close to altruism for our narcissistic thief! Likewise Miele gains additional depth, and we even get to appreciate that the Founders are not unidimensional master villains.

If anything, Angel is more approachable than its predecessors as the characters are richer, and more multidimensional. The vocabulary and the "science" is now familiar. And this is where the book really starts to distinguish itself. The previous work resembled "Arabian Nights" with a massive quantum twist to it--this book is even more explicitly a fairy tale offered up through the language of hard science. When Asimov said that a "sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" he might well have been thinking of a book like The Causal Angel. Here the science is so far out there that it truly resembles magic (the Ekypyrotic gun, and the Kaminari Jewel are obvious examples). And Rajaneimi even has a rejoinder for Asimov that is hilarious in its own right!

Fortunately, Rajaniemi's obvious love of stories and story telling enables him to successfully carry this off--it is just not that important whether this is amazing science fiction or a wondrous fairy tale--because first and foremost it is a wild, lovely, beautifully imagined and touching tale. And in that sense, what we have is a bit of irony: a story that goes further into the wild science of picotech and branes, ends up being a more human story. Because the fantastic science is so utterly fantastic that it becomes magical, we are left to treasure the story and the characters in it. On the other side of science fiction lies a fairy tale that is wondrous and beautiful. In the end it doesn't matter if you are stealing the rings of Saturn or magic beans as long as the story is good. Rajaniemi's story of Jean is not just good, it is great. Read it and cherish it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A perfect ending to a perfect series 19 juillet 2014
Par Greenrat - Publié sur
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"He claims that in precisely 57 minutes, he is going to steal a ring of Saturn"
Mieli finds herself among zoku at Saturn, Sobornost, infected by the All Defector gathers its gogols for an attack and Jean needs to infiltrate the Gun Club at Iapetus to steel his ship... Wait, are you lost? Then go find the first one, Quantum Thief, and buy it, because this vir is only for those with enough entanglement.
Book series often disappoint when a grand-scale idea or setting could not be wrapped up successfully, leaving you with a disappointing meh instead of a grand BOOM. Rajaniemi brilliantly avoids it: Causal Angel exits with a planetary-scale Gotterdammerung war, mind-twisting heists and a tender bittersweet ending. It's a Hauer's "Tears in Rain" monologue expanded into a book - a model space opera. But this is also the most clear and straightforward book out of three - if you got the ideas and vocabulary from the first two it would be as easy and enjoyable sailing as possible for a Le Flambeur series book. My only disappointment is in some unconcluded lines and unexplored opportunities (we don't meet any more Founders, etc). In the end this a perfect drug of a book - it leaves you with a huge withdrawal, longing for more, more, more.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great ending to the series, even if not as strong as the first two. 25 septembre 2014
Par SerpentSatellite - Publié sur
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Fitting end to the series, although a little weaker than the previous two titles.

Sticks to the hard-sci-fi, and made up word themes of the firsts, the largest issues being - as creative as the book still is - it doesn't add anything into the series.
The first creates a shockingly original world and characters, and possibly even more shockingly, the second novel builds on that, but adds entirely new scenery and high concepts.
This one sticks mostly to things established already in the first two, and therefore can feel a little bit more derivative.

Still, an effective and brilliant ending to the series, I was completely satisfied with the novel and the ending. I can't say that of a lot of series.
We get to see a LOT more of the Zoku/video game related clans, and fortunately I found those aspects fascinating.

If you haven't read the first, don't do yourself a disservice - go read them first. Although you could get some enjoyment out of this one, still, I'm sure, the author relies heavily on deep science, and throws his imagined concepts at you using in-world (ie: made up) terms that you are expected to eventually infer the meanings of from context.
Since I went one entire previous book with entirely the wrong idea about one of the major items discussed, I assume figuring some of these things out picking up the story at this point would be an exercise in futility!

One of the best series I've ever read. Period.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It all ends with Opera 24 juillet 2014
Par Jussi Hermunen - Publié sur
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The emphasis is heavily on some structures from the first part, with the sequel working almost as just a platform to this. Nevertheless, the third part was an enjoyable read, and to my mind a more cohesive story than the previous one. Perhaps lacking some of the arrogance of it, but nodding more towards traditional storytelling. In some ways it feels the author is redefining space opera, with the scale growing ever larger as the story progresses.

The narrative readers have come to expect from the author is still present, and though easier than the previous installments, this is still a demanding read. Maybe the Causal Angel is a little bit more forgiving, as the concepts are laid on the previous parts.

The text has some subtle nods to Stross, Lovecraft and Pixar within the text, which might cause a smile or two among the readers. Even small bursts of laughter, as the pages keep turning.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Confusing is you dont have all the concepts fresh in your mind. 29 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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It has been a while since i lasted visited the universe created by Hannu Rajaniemi.
I read the first two books one after the other, and I think that is the best way to go about reading the books.

I bought this one as soon as it was published, and I had a very hard time reading it because I had forgotten
a lot of the special terminology/names that is used so extensively.

Even half through the book I cant keep track of what is going on.

Is the character a real person, or just a computer simulation. Or is the person a real person, but right now the person is two levels
deep in a simulation. If the person is a simulation, what practical use is a big spaceship.
The person is inside a simulation and is a prior Ort and Sobernost, but now is a Zoku, then then participates int the great game
but apparently also has a body, but where is it? Or is it a virtual body, that then is virtualized again when going into a game
being at least 2 level deep.
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