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The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur) (edició 2012)

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A physicist receives mysterious information about how to enable immortality in a city torn by the agendas of "fast ones," shadow players, jinni, and two revolution-minded sisters; while a thief on the edge of reality is aided by a sardonic ship to risk his freedom and find his patron.
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Títol:The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur)
Autors:Hannu Rajaniemi (Autor)
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Ending is a bit of a letdown, to be honest. ( )
  harroldsheep | May 21, 2021 |
I didn't finish. I even tried referencing a character/language guide at one point to help clarify all the vocabulary the author invented and it just wasn't worth the effort. It's not a bad book, I'm just not very interested in a fiction book I need to take notes on in order to understand the basic plot. ( )
  sarcher | Sep 15, 2020 |
“On the day the Hunter comes for me, I am killing ghost cats from the Schrödinger Box.”

I luuuuurve this opening line. His craft is exquisite, so far.

Update: The imagery is almost better than anything I've read in either sci-fi or fantasy. If you took out the better and deeper images from all thee matrix movies, threw them up against the wall with jinn and fairies and the greatest heist mysteries, heavily spiced it with near-impossible mathematical concepts and theorems that really need some deep explanations you're not going to even remotely get in this text, (save S. cat, but he gives a quick explanation for this one, although its been done in sci-fiction a lot already), you stir in planetary intelligences, diamond cities that crashed to earth, slow and quicktime peoples, AND warring sisters, then maybe you've got the first gorgeous fifty pages of this book. And don't forget to keep a copy of your mind before you read, or you might just lose a copy of your prime iteration. I want to give this 6 stars. Have I been waiting for something like this all my life since Singularity Sky? Maybe. :)

A quote:

"So. Sightseeing instead. How about watching a transhuman mind have a Hawking orgasm? From afar."
Mieli smiles. A warm rush of relief washes over her.
"I bet you say that to all the girls," she says.


The entire novel is poetry and math and all told with brilliant imagery. I've decided to bone up on my quantum physics, too, just so I can appreciate the story more. I may be relatively unique in this respect, because I don't really believe that general readership of sci-fi novels just "decide" to understand quantum physics in order to more fully appreciate a novel they had just read. Well, to be fair, I've read popular accounts in the past and have enjoyed them immensely, even if I pick up on less than one-tenth of the math. Ok, maybe I'm not that odd after all in wanting a greater understanding. At least, in this case, I feel really justified and encouraged after reading this brilliant work of math/fiction.

So I finished it and I can only say: Wow.

Well, I can say a lot more, because wow doesn't do it a third of justice. Or even an irrational third of justice.
What I will say is that these two books have now jumped to my top ten favorite books list. Together, because I don't want to cause other injustices to stories, and I have a very great feeling about the next book.

While I ought to recommend this book to everyone, I doubt it will be to everyone's taste. But then does everyone like Blake, Shakespeare, Manly P Hall's Secret Teachings of All Ages? Of course they should... But they are all very very different than this piece which might need to be its own genre from now on. I'm tempted to just transcend here and put an end to my misery.
Read em, peeps. Just read em, perhaps three times. You'll see.


Update, second read.

I laughed and I cried. I got more out of the whole story angle than I did the first time, all of the stories within stories, minds within stories, stories coming to life and eating your children, your children coming back from the dead to birth stories that would later eat the Earth and help the dead child become the God King of the Gogols? OH YES. Yes, yes, yes. A thousand times yes. He turned a fundamentally metafiction concept into a hypercube and spun it out with such verve and beauty as to kick my mind in its ass. I cannot say how much I loved this book. Again, much better the second time reading than the first, if possible, but I can't regret a single instant.
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I really loved this one. It's a fantastic followup to [b:The Quantum Thief|7562764|The Quantum Thief|Hannu Rajaniemi|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327950631s/7562764.jpg|9886333]and I can't wait for the conclusion. [a:Hannu Rajaniemi|2768002|Hannu Rajaniemi|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1300203018p2/2768002.jpg]weaves complex and compelling stories that keep me interested and dying to know what happens next. ( )
  JonOwnbey | May 28, 2020 |
I found this book to be as excitingly incomprehensible as its predecessor, 'The Quantum Thief', although from time to time - especially from about mid-way through - plot reveals surfaced that could actually be related back to our own time and world, or something recognisably close to it. This time round, we see Earth in the aftermath of some sort of cataclysmic war between AIs and uploaded consciousnesses. The boundaries between real and virtual worlds are even more blurred than in the first book. There are more characters in play here as well, though identities are fairly fluid and people do not always turn out to be who they say they are.

(I have to admit that I kept wanting to read "jinn jar" [a portable device for holding a disembodied consciousness] as "jam jar" which gave me an amusing mix of images.)

I suspect there are two ways to read this book; either work carefully through it, trying to unpick the actual meaning of each of the plot devices, or blast straight through, glossing over the weirdness and enjoying the story-telling and the characters. I took the second route and was fascinated by all the strangeness even though I wasn't following every twist and turn of the text - a bit like listening to an opera in a foreign language that you don't fully understand but enjoying the tunes anyway. ( )
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His likeness? How can I trace it? I have seen Arsène Lupin a score of times, and each time a different being has stood before me ... or rather the same being under twenty distorted images reflected by as many mirrors ...

Maurice Leblanc, The Arrest of Arsène Lupin
When we gaze upon a fractal, we must peer at a one-way mirror, unaware of the other mirror, standing somewhere far behind us.

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A physicist receives mysterious information about how to enable immortality in a city torn by the agendas of "fast ones," shadow players, jinni, and two revolution-minded sisters; while a thief on the edge of reality is aided by a sardonic ship to risk his freedom and find his patron.

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