The Quantum Thief

The Quantum Thief

by Hannu Rajaniemi
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The Quantum Thief 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty great book with a lot of interesting concepts. It was so full of new ideas that often there wasnt enough time to explore all the implications of the ideas fully New and interesting author who takes science fiction to the limit. Often the new vocabulary takes some time to internalize, but once done was a pretty great read. Definitely worth trying
Rolanni More than 1 year ago
I'm in neither in the "My god; it's brilliant!" or the "It's too complicated to read/too brilliant for me to comprehend." camp. Briefly, and under the bling, which is considerable, it's a fairly straightforward story of a man who is valuable to someone very powerful, who therefore springs him from prison, using an unwilling cat's paw to do the job and also ride herd on him. However, before the project for which he was freed can go forth, the prisoner must return to his old stomping grounds and recover his memory. Shenanigans ensue; a mystery is solved; and the set-up for the next book is put into place. The characters are understated, but perfectly comprehensible and sympathetic. I found the thief to be annoying, but not unbearably so. Yes, the author uses made-up words and doesn't explain them; it's not really a problem, doesn't impede the story, and I can't imagine that an adult reader of science fiction would be put off by the vocabulary. So, not a bad read; I'm not sorry I read it, and I would recommend it to readers of science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good, but can be frustrating for a while. You are not really given any explanation for the first 100 pgs or so, just thrown in and have to learn...however i think, after finishing, that this helps the reader identify with the main character more (he is just as confused for a while and cant remember some important stuff) I did not give it a full five stars because for me, i wanted to keep reading, but also wanted to be done because i could be frustrating. Im sure i missed a ton. Great book though...def worth a read...good start to a trillogy.
LostAnvil More than 1 year ago
It took some time, but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first third can be difficult because of the amount of unexplained vocabulary, but once you get the terms down (or at least the gist of it) it's pretty much straight forward from there. There are also some online dictionaries to help as well, which I highly recommend. Since this is going to be a trilogy, I'll forgive the author for the complex foundation, but would have likes a few explanations here and there; which is what kept me from giving it five stars. I loved the concepts, the technology, the structure and the story line. Also, I appreciated how the author didn't give too much depth to the characters. Some hard sci-fi novels work better this way. If you have an open mind and some patience, this is well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The imagination + understanding how math and quantum work. Kudos
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story set within the complex otherness that is quantum space. You never can fully know how what goes off in this brilliant work about the never dull, seldom understood uncertainties so rampant within quantum space. The best thing about thr story is its engaging dialogue anfd fanciful storyline that pits a master thief against a seasoned detective. What might go wrong does so with deft adherence to uncertainty, improbable as that may sound. Homage is paid to many including the first family of hot air manned balloon flight, and the latest in sentient space vessels. Add in a few more problematic, probabilistic entities and the like, and you have the thief whose stock in trade is dealing with the monetary value of horologic constructs. A uniquely fascinating read, if you can suspend your disbelief that what can go wrong, will do so with only a slight degree repidation at the mere thought of this conundrum. Suffice it to say, the cat is probably the most fanciful of characters, survivor of Schroedinger's box, and who barely makes it into the book, maybe...A fun read with a highly probable uncertainty about what the prison really is. And that is just the start of the improbable uncertainties! The detective aspect of the story is probably its least uncertain aspect, and it is definitely at half of the reality ou can see and believe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice read, wonderful world-crafting! I enjoyed this story tons and am looking forward to the next.
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Wonderfully mystery novel set in a hyper technological future. Like Zelazny in Lord of Light, the reader is dragged into the byzantine milieu of the solar system some centuries hence. We are anchored by the familiar humanity of relationships, murder, and greed as the protagonist literally discovers himself as the plot is unwound.
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Quantum Thief is a fun if at times dense read with a good mix of action, sci-fi and intrigue. LOTS of complex terminolgy and physis references, so be prepared to do some lookups or daze out through descriptions of technology. Far enough in the future to feel more science fantasy than hard science fiction, but fun nonetheless. Will probably be reading the sequel.
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ZeroCore More than 1 year ago
This book is a lot like a classic video game. The learning curve when you start reading it is high, but once you start to figure out the terminology and the concept it becomes addictive. The book almost forces you to keep reading it. It hints at happenings and has as many twists as a well made roller coaster.  Anybody who like books like Snow Crash, Necromancer, or Ready Player One I'm pretty sure will like this book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed it. And the sequel comes out in 3 days :)