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by Vernor Vinge
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Books 'n Stuff
Books 'n Stuff rated it 6 years ago
I've heard alot about Vernor Vinge before, he's a leading voice in futurism and singularity discussions, but I've never read any of his books before this. Synopsis: Robert Gu was America's best loved poet before he developed Alzheimers (also a total asshole), but when future medicine brings him an...
Amadan na Briona
Amadan na Briona rated it 7 years ago
Although I did not love this book as much as his Zones of Thought space operas, Vernor Vinge has yet to disappoint me. Rainbows End is not really a cyberpunk novel, but "post-cyberpunk." It takes place in a world that looks a lot like ours, if you just extrapolate out the technology. (Almost) everyo...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it 7 years ago
In a world where wearable computers are the norm, where people can overlay virtual worlds on the real and where *sob* books are being scanned and shredded, world-famous poet Robert Gu returns from alzheimer's. He goes back to school and his granddaughter helps him deal with getting up-to-date while ...
traciloudin rated it 7 years ago
The main character was annoying in the beginning, and there were times the main storyline seemed to lose sight of the original problem. But overall the future was very realistic, including the cultural changes. And that's what kept me riveted even when a couple scenes seemed slow. The ending was sur...
davdittrich read
davdittrich read rated it 8 years ago
Osho rated it 8 years ago
A lot of hard science and world-building anchors this novel in the near future--an as-yet-unreached future, but one that's plausibly at hand. Robert Gu is an enjoyable protagonist and his actions, including a variety of betrayals he perpetuates, make sense in relation to his character and the events...
Clouds' Cloudscapes
Clouds' Cloudscapes rated it 8 years ago
Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’...
Ceridwen rated it 10 years ago
Omigod Omigod Omigod Omigod!I finally won a First Reads giveaway book! And it's Vernor Vinge, and not some crap thing I requested because I was desperate! *hyperventilating*------God, look at how young I was, up there all happy about my First Reads win! I'm still happy - thanks for the free book! Bu...
SF Fan Man
SF Fan Man rated it 11 years ago
Now and then there comes a book that takes you out of the mundane and ordinary, even for a highly visionary genre as science fiction, and drops you into a new reality, redefining expectations and reigniting hope that maybe there is something to look forward with written novels.For me, these books we...
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it 11 years ago
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