Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy- from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he's confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him. Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turnedsingularity lights the night. What Mieli offers is the chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self-in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed. As Jean undertakes a series of capers on behalf of Mieli and her mysterious masters, elsewhere in the Oubliette investigator Isidore Beautrelet is called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, and finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur.... The Quantum Thief is a crazy joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people communicating by sharing memories, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as MMORPG guild members. But for all its wonders, it is also a story powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge, and jealousy. It is a stunning debut.The Quantum Thief is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title. One of Library Journal's Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied....
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The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur #1) Reviews
I am very surprised and delighted by this novel. I half-expected an idea or a theme from Stephen Baxter's Flux, but was thoroughly captivated by such a deeply thought-out world and a complex plot. I didn't find many issues with plot discontinuity, as such. There were quick scene changes that might have benefited by a more overt transition or two, but that is a minor issue compared to the tapestry of worlds within worlds that this author has written. Very enjoyable characters, and the twists are ...more
The ultimate in nerd-boiled, maybe.
Protagonists are an Arsene Lupin and an Auguste Dupin, plus a Finnish soldier with a sentient ship (soldier and ship are great). Villains appear to be the Sobornost, which is an ancient orthodox Christian concept associated with slavophilia in the Russian Empire, a concept of the Old Right proper--nasty stuff, similar to Dostoevsky’s pocvennicestvo ideology. No surprise that the old Russian Empire is the model of the villain here, considering author is Finnish. ...more
The Quantum Thief is bursting with so many ideas that it is an exhilarating read. What it needs is just a little more finesse, a slightly better pace for doling out information, for letting us play in this wonderful playground he's created. It is so complete, but so alien, and I needed just a little bit more of a guide. I like to flatter myself that I'm not an unperceptive reader, and I certainly don't mind it when authors don't tip their hands all at once and want me to work for it.
Note: The re ...more
My enjoyment of this book was damaged by the publisher's blurb. Why make such a big deal about how he's the Next Big Thing in "Hard SF"? I was continually distracted by the fact that this really doesn't qualify as Hard SF, which imo shouldn't be subject to "Clarke's Law" ("any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic").
Anyway, I don't know that Rajaniemi makes any such claim for himself, and the story was novel and exciting. Unfortunately I also had a rather hard time kee ...more
Offered for free on Tor. com (https://www.tor.com/2018/05/15/downlo...) from May 15th to 19th (US only).
But if you can't get this giveaway, the book is on sale for $2.99 across all ebook sites this month.
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Loved it the first time. Still love it the second time around. This is one of my absolute favorite reads of all time. Still haven't finished the trilogy though, but should probably get on that soon.
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A fascinating read about a fascinating world filled to the brim with fascinatin ...more
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a class on quantum physics from the Swedish Chef? If so, this is the book for you. It almost reads like English. You can almost understand it. There are tantalizing glimpses of incredibly creative ideas and memorable characters. And then you get sentences like:
He set his gevulet to q-bomb the sapornov. Nano gogols shot through the web of the quantum lattice, setting a self-replicating sequence into his assailant's exomemory. Only 2 terrasecond ...more
5 Super big stars
3 times is a real charm with this masterpiece. After two rereads my love for this book is even more...
"Being about to become someone else is a thrilling feeling, a tickle of possibility in my gut. There must have been times when I flicked from one identity to another, posthuman, zoku, baseline, Sobornost. And that makes me want to be the god of thieves again, more than anything."
This is an unusual case for me in that I really found that I loved and appreciated this book so much ...more
I used Google to find out the meanings of some words and names because they are non-English. Plus, I read the first 100 pages, then I went back and started reading from the beginning once more.
Speaking for myself, if I hadn't studied programming and database concepts in college, and currently maintain a subscription to New Scientist magazine, I would not have understood most of this book. Not only does it throw you bodily and without apology or explanation into a future world of digital li ...more