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Unfortunately, Sawyer "treats" us to a number of perspective shifts at almost random intervals. Some of tho I enjoyed parts of this very well. Some of those develop into something. Some of them disappear half-way through. Some felt like he was trying to be all deep and stuff trying. So while interrupting the story I cared about, they also felt kind of off-puttingly pretentious as well. Those were annoying, but worse to me were the huge logic problems with the sci-fi aspects of the story—the emergence of a self-aware web entity of some kind.
Now this wouldn't have been so bad, except that Sawyer boxes himself in a bit. You see, one of the PoVs that we get is from this entity as it begins to discover itself. Which means he robs himself of being able to black-box how things happen. Details in spoiler tag, though none of this is really surprising. Which means that an entity that is born digital can't interpret digital encoding but can interpret the messages the optic nerve sends to a human brain. Wait, no, it can interpret the messages the optic nerve sends to a human brain that have been digitally encoded to traverse the internet.
Sawyer lost me entirely here because he spent so much time explaining the digital stuff and that part is all pretty accurate and reasonably well explained without bogging down the story. But because that's accurate, being so very, very illogical on the entity being able to "see" out of Caitlin's eye just blew me out of the story. Every time it came up, I had to expend effort refraining from having arguments with Sawyer in my head. And that's before having it catch a single letter's encoding from a page on the internet that's meant to teach children to read. Or a big ole picture of the letter?
I could get into the programming of it, and yeah, maybe somebody has done this, but that Caitlin should find the one idiotically bit-conscious website for teaching the alphabet in the world strains credulity to breaking. I stuck with it for Caitlin, but sometimes that was hard.
She was worth it, though. Lovely girl, great character, and a lot of fun to spend some time with. Fortunately for me , the ending of this book is extremely satisfying. I think I'm much happier with my own imaginings of what happens next without having to worry about Sawyer stepping on himself again, or transient PoVs that I don't care about. Feb 04, Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it Shelves: groups-buddies , readbooks-male-author-or-illust , zz-4star , speculative-fiction , reviewed , z , fiction , novel.
This was an incredibly fast read, and I really enjoyed the story. I loved the premise. I loved all the subplots, event though some of them are abruptly dropped, at least in this first book; it is a trilogy. All the parts of this book did make sense to me though and they did all converge well. After the first several pages, I completely enjoyed Caitlin Decter, an almost sixteen year old girl who has been blind since birth, and then gets an opportunity to have an operation that might allow her to se This was an incredibly fast read, and I really enjoyed the story. After the first several pages, I completely enjoyed Caitlin Decter, an almost sixteen year old girl who has been blind since birth, and then gets an opportunity to have an operation that might allow her to see.
I found her to be likeable and interesting. I was fascinated with all the Helen Keller quotes and information about her life. But, Caitlin and the not so mysterious entity Caitlin is able to see first , are the most compelling characters. It might not be great literature, but I found it thought provoking. This is my first Robert J. Sawyer book. His website is at sfwriter. This book is the first book in a trilogy and, while it works okay as a standalone book, I am curious about what happens next.
I will most likely read the second and third books, although I might wait to see whether other Goodreads members rate book two as highly as they do this one. Mar 31, Alex Telander rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in From an author who has written a number of books and has won just about every award a science fiction author can comes one of the most original and fascinating novels to be published in a long time. WWW: Wake is the first in a trilogy about a blind girl, Caitlin Decter, who undergoes new and theoretical surgery in Japan to bring back her sight.
With an implant in one eye, signals are sent From an author who has written a number of books and has won just about every award a science fiction author can comes one of the most original and fascinating novels to be published in a long time. With a new patch, she begins to see something that is not real life. Then with another patch update, Caitlin begins to see through the eye with the implant and her life is changed. The book ends at this point, along with something very strange going on in a China, and an ape who is somehow able to paint pictures of people.
Sawyer has done a fantastic job of researching the science, but also throws in lots of references that any savvy Internet user will recognize, appreciate, and be amused about; as well as putting the readers in the mind of a blind person and how they do the amazing things they do each day. For more book reviews and exclusive author interviews, go to BookBanter. Sep 13, Alan rated it liked it Recommends it for: Comfort-seekers. Robert J.
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Sawyer is a prolific author known for writing popular, workmanlike science fiction, and WWW:Wake is no exception. His work is also not especially adventurous I enjoyed reading this novel although be warned: it's the first in Yet Another Series , but it was something of a guilty pleasure. Sawyer's take on the well-worn theme of a nascent artificial intelligence could have been entitled When H. Was Web 2. Was One , Robert A.
Ryan The Adolescence of P-1 , D. Jones Colossus et seq. Sawyer's newer take on the trope does seem fairly plausible, perhaps because it does take into account some more modern aspects of network architecture, cellular automata and the like, but he really doesn't break any new ground here. And his kitchen-sink approach to the novel's backstory isn't much help either.
Frequent Wikipedia-like paragraphs on Julian Jaynes, and others on Stephen Wolfram, to name two, are jarring interruptions. Sawyer doesn't seem to have been able to resist showing off the research he did in order to write this book Nevertheless, I am a sucker for the theme, familiar though it is, and I quickly found myself warming to Sawyer's protagonist Caitlin, a teenaged girl with a bent for math and a fish-out-of-water appeal as she finds herself transplanted from Austin, Texas to Toronto. Caitlin's also blind, but in a unique way that turns out to be amenable to a computational fix.
The side effect of the fix—and Sawyer does a fairly good job of portraying this, actually—is that Caitlin becomes able to visualize the Web directly, in a way that sighted people can't. This gives her an edge when detecting the anomalies that turn out to be the awakening Web. I'm damning this book with faint praise here, and I probably shouldn't—if you like this sort of thing, you will definitely like this book; it's a well-done example of its type.
I couldn't help wanting more out of WWW:Wake than a few hours' entertainment If machine consciousness were to arise in our generation, where would it take root? WWW: Wake posits the world wide web as the fertile ground, with its vast architecture and ready access to data and processing power. And, with supreme ambition, Sawyer tells this birthing tale through the "eyes" of a blind teenager.
Here we have a tale told with deliberation on the evolution of consciousness, both biological and digital. The main protagonist, Caitlin, takes up most of the narrative setup and progr If machine consciousness were to arise in our generation, where would it take root? The main protagonist, Caitlin, takes up most of the narrative setup and progression, as the reader is situated in her worldview, then moved through an experimental process that gives her sight and to her first encounter with the Webmind.
The author builds this in true scientific method, starting from familiar concepts, and painstakingly detailing his thesis from fact into fiction, from Google to Jagster. This is a style that the author not only applies to the story of Caitlin, but also to other elements of the book, including the evolution of the Webmind and the discovery of advanced intelligence in non-human primates. The result of this style is that the book starts sluggishly in the SF sense , and takes a while to build narrative momentum.
From the research-y nature, it appears Sawyer set out with a deeper message than just the tale of awakening. He does allude to it in the ending of the book which I will not spoil for you. But there are two more books in the series with which to elucidate these ideas which hopefully I will get to in time. There was a chilling segment where Sawyer describes how agencies, such as the NSA, monitor or spy on the internet data stream.
Coincided with the day's headline. Easily a 4 star read; no surprise that this was nominated for several awards. Recommended for readers who like their science fiction prepared with hefty doses of cool but real science and with logical, deliberate development. View all 10 comments. Apr 05, Mike rated it it was ok. I'm never quite sure why Sawyer wins all the awards he does. I'm not entirely clear on why I read his books every once in awhile. I think I am over him and his pontificating, and then a couple of years later, I delve into another of his far-fetched tales and get wrapped up in his storyline.
He can really tell a story. I knocked off this novel in about 6 hours of reading. The book is about a blind girl who has a rare sight disorder.
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She can actually see the eyes and optic nerves work but the in I'm never quite sure why Sawyer wins all the awards he does. She can actually see the eyes and optic nerves work but the information won't process in the brain, so she is functionally blind. A Japanese doctor contacts her family to tell them he has developed a software device that will decode the information coming from the eyes so the brain will see.
When they first try it, the girl still cannot see. But since she is hooked into the Internet for software updates, she starts to see things happening in the framework of WWW. There is where the backstory kicks in. The Web is alive and is becoming self-aware.
This is another of the attempts by evolutionary atheist biologists to pinpoint an evolutionary purpose in the idea of God. Sawyer's earlier series on Neanderthals was a more forceful thrust in the eye of the theists As with so many of today's science fiction writers, the uses his plot to put forth his view of how the world should be. This book got on my nerves with its contrivances. First, there is no explanation for how the Net could come alive.
Second, there is no explanation for how a year old girl could be the Annie Sullivan in teaching the Net to learn of its own existence. Then there is no explanation behind the science of how she can see the Net at all or anything else for that matter. It is a collection of "what ifs". What if a sightless girl could see? And what if the Net were alive? And what if that aliveness the Net achieved were like what Jaynes thinks happened 3, years ago to humanity? And what if I stopped reading Sawyer's books? At least one good question in the lot.
May 26, James Scholes rated it it was ok. I started reading this book because of the talk about it on Twitter. At first I scanned through the text, thinking it was a joke. Being visually impaired myself, I was overwhelmed by the attention to detail as far as the main character being blind was concerned. The author has obviously done his research into JAWS, Braille Displays, etc, and once I started actually reading the novel I managed to put aside my original opinion in favor of adopting a different view. It occurred to me that the amoun I started reading this book because of the talk about it on Twitter.
It occurred to me that the amount of detail regarding blindness had been used by the author in place of the amount of detail he could have included if he had chosen to write about a sited character. Once I had adopted this view, I did not find it hard at all to start enjoying the actual storyline. When I do read mainstream books, this is the type of book I read, so the plot appealed to me.
And once I'd started reading, I couldn't stop. Not because I was astonished at the quality of writing, or at the huge variety of vocabulary used. In fact, not even because of the plot, as I still believe the storyline to be decidedly average. But it was the type of book that I had to read in large chunks, otherwise I would have lost interest very quickly. And that is why it has only received a 3 star rating from me. Many people chose to be offended by the portrayal of visual impairment in this book. And while I see there point for the most part, the fact remains that this is a work of fiction, and that no matter how much research the author may or may not have completed before writing this text, he will never be able to accurately portray blindness from the perspective of a blind individual.
He is not blind, and has grown up in a sited world. No amount of Googling or interviews can change that. View 1 comment. Jun 03, Scott Sigler rated it really liked it. Sawyer does an excellent job making the main character real and compelling. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series. Warning: Action-adventure fans, this one is not for you. Jun 20, Maurinejt rated it it was ok. I spent half of this book wondering why so many people loved it. Did anyone who nominated it for a Hugo actually read it? Fess up, people.
Seriously, it was that off. The most generous explanation I have is that maybe his other books are brilliant; I had never read Robert Sawyer so I had no preconceptions. When I love an author, I tend to make excuses for work that isn't good unless it continues to be substandard, then I get irrationally angry with him or her. Maybe the good reviews I spent half of this book wondering why so many people loved it. Maybe the good reviews came from loyal fans. WWW: Wake is about a blind American teenager.
And neither the American, the blind, or the teenager part are very believable. One point that bothered me is that Caitlin keeps using the Canadian slang "washroom". Americans don't say "washroom", we say "bathroom". She was from Texas and just had moved to Canada; her speech patterns wouldn't have changed so fast, especially given the limited interaction she has outside her family.
Some of the descriptions of being blind are plausible, but the basics are off-base. She ignores her tactile sense or smell, which both would have been paramount. She seems shocked later in the book by revelations of the items in her house, most of which I felt she would have explored by touch.
From what I understand of the completely blind, they know where everything is in the area they inhabit, and spend a lot of time touching objects and even faces of loved ones if possible. I mean, why not? That's how they "see". For instance, Caitlin is shocked when she discovers there is a window on the stove. Wouldn't she have felt the front of the stove at some point and realized the texture changed, etc, and there was something of significance there? Smell is a sense rarely dealt with in the book I don't actually remember it mentioned at all but maybe I missed it , again from what I understand it is very important to the blind because it helps them create a sense of place, and to recognize individuals.
And she does NOT behave like a teenager. She behaves in the way every parent of a teenager wants their teen to behave, like a mini adult. She interacts almost exclusively with adults, she only cares about adult issues, and is obedient and thoughtful. Yeah, she is brilliant at math, but that doesn't make the rest of being a teenager go away.
Teens are about exploring independence, and Caitlin spends entirely too much time playing mother-may-I with her parents; especially following her sheltered childhood coupled with her intelligence. It almost reaches the point where the book isn't really about her, that she's just adjunct to the super-smart and all-knowing adults around her. She also doesn't have any real friends. It seems a little sick to me. And speaking of the all-knowing adults, let's talk about the massive, dry, and boring information dumps.
Caitlin works with a colorless middle-aged Japanese researcher Kuroda who is trying to give her sight. He stays with her in Canada mostly to lecture her about how the web works so we understand upcoming plot points. And I found myself wondering, what if the researcher was a twenty year old hot shot who really felt superior to Caitlin so there was this verbal fencing back and forth during the explanation?
What if this was an older, jaded woman who is obviously grooming Caitlin for nefarious ends and the young girl is thoroughly charmed? Or, more simply, what if we were just told only the very necessary ideas without a lot of pomp? The explanations felt like someone's dissertation dressed up with field specific terminology, but actually the ideas are very easy to understand if they had been written to be understandable. Throwing a lot of fancy words at us doesn't make it impeccable science.
Yes, I am quite sure she had read the papers, and articles and knew all the terminology. But she chose not to use all that, and instead present her idea simply and well. To take the comparison a bit further, her main character was also a genius teenager. But Meg was definitely a teen first, mathematician second.
I think the best thing I can actually say about the novel is that the actual idea was interesting. And there were bits throughout that worked. WWW:Wake suffers not from mundane plot or bad characters but from an overall laziness and lack of imagination. Dec 30, Gensan rated it really liked it. I grabbed an ARC of this the other day and am pleased to say that I enjoyed it immensely.
My first Robert J. Sawyer experience was calculating god , and to this day it is one of my favorite quick reads - it's crossed the country in countless carry ons. Until now I haven't been as fond of his other works. I always find his ideas fascinating, but I don't click with his characters - and since his novels are very much character pieces as well as imaginary voyages into the unknown that creates a slight I grabbed an ARC of this the other day and am pleased to say that I enjoyed it immensely. I always find his ideas fascinating, but I don't click with his characters - and since his novels are very much character pieces as well as imaginary voyages into the unknown that creates a slight but annoying disjoint.
This time the characters were almost secondary in my attention, if not the author's intent to the ideas that the were unfolding. The basis of the novel is sight. Oh, and the spontaneous creation of intelligence in the internet. The intermingling of these two themes is fun and the way they contrast is also striking, the innocent teenage girl teaching the even more innocent intelligence. An Anthropologist on Mars is an anthology of essays about human cognition and perception including some concepts in actual cases lifted directly into the novel.
I hope it is something more involved than a simple www. I'm inteested enough to be eagerly awaiting a copy of the second. May 26, Nicholas Whyte rated it did not like it. The prose was not particularly awful, and the plot mostly makes sense; the story of the blind girl gaining sight for the first time resonates almost neatly with the story of a conscious intelligence developing in the internet.
It is, of course, a flawed book. Caitlin writes a livejournal which sounds nothing like any teenager's livejournal I have read. The AI character, absorbing all the knowledge of the www, is unfazed by linguistic differences or by the difficulty of telling truth from fiction, and deduces middle Canadian morality from Project Gutenberg and I hate cute disembodied artificial intelligences almost as much as I hate cute robots. There are two subplots, one about China and one about intelligent apes, which go nowhere they may be setting up for the two coming volumes of the trilogy, but I must judge this volume on its own.
Most damning, Caitlin, whose life has been utterly constrained by her own disability, does not even notice her father's somewhat different disability until two-thirds of the way through the book; which seems utterly out of character for the sort of person we are told she is. May 28, Diana Sandberg rated it liked it. Gosh, real old-school sci fi, not fantasy; makes me quite nostalgic. I gather that Sawyer is enormously popular and, indeed, one of the best selling authors Canada has ever produced. One is drawn on in the reading not by empathy but by intellectual curiosity.
Innate good taste, I guess. View 2 comments. Jan 04, Michelle rated it it was ok. Book was good, but I found the style a little difficult at times. If it was written for adults, then there was too much teenaged content. But as a teen novel which it is, at least in our library system , I found it a little too complicated and advanced for what I would expect most kids would want to read. It was a strange mix, and seemed to flip flop from teen novel to adult content over and over again. I was confused about why storylines were created and dropped.
I realize this is the first bo Book was good, but I found the style a little difficult at times. I realize this is the first book in a series, but the storylines weren't ever even fully developed. They were technical which I usually appreciate , but then didn't seem to really contribute to the story. What the heck did the details about the avian flu have to do with anything?! I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone.
I didn't let my kids read it due to the occasional foul language and sexual comments. Which, by the way, had no reason to be included in the book. They just didn't mesh with the novel in any way whatsoever. I have two questions: 1. Just how much info-dumping does Robert J. Sawyer need to do per novel?
What was the point of the chimpanzee??? Seriously, do we really need to know the history of Google's search engine? Do we need to be told that Lenscrafters can make glasses in an hour? This book would have been half the length it is without info-dumps of stuff aimed at people who probably wouldn't be reading science fiction in the first place. The story itself is interesting enough, if not complete e I have two questions: 1. The story itself is interesting enough, if not complete enough, but it's too cluttered with background detail that should be fairly common knowledge.
Half the time I was reading it, I felt like I was being "educated". I think this is supposed to be Sawyer's attempt at a young-adult novel, but the main character just didn't ring true. I suspect that most teens would just walk away from this one. I only gave the book 3 stars because of the concept. Writing-wise, it's a 2. View all 11 comments. Apr 07, Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction , read.
Told from the viewpoint of a blind young woman, and never loses that perspective, even after she gains 'websight'. Plenty of pop-culture references, hopefully won't make the book 'stale' in 10 years.
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The message is a positive one. Another excellent book from Robert Sawyer. Jan 27, Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. In , the Great Disruption shook the world. An unexplained solar storm struck the earth, shifting it four degrees south on its axis.
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No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife. Naturally Tan by Tan France 16th May. HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships, a veteran of groundbreaking expeditions to the ends of the Earth.
In , it disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In , it was found. This is its story. The highly anticipated new book from the internationally bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways 'You'd be crazy not to read this book' The Sunday Times ' Underland is a magnificent feat of writing, travelling and thinking that feels genuinely frontier pushing, unsettling and exploratory' Evening Standard 'Marvellous Neverending curiosity, generosity of spirit, erudition, bravery and clarity This is a book well worth reading' The Times 'Extraordinary I turned the last page with the unusual conviction of having been in the company of a fine writer who is - who must surely be - a good man' Telegraph 'Poetry, science, a healthy sense of the uncanny and a touch of the shamanic are the hallmarks of his writing This is a journey that tells the story not just of nature but of human nature.
And there is noone I would more gladly follow on it' i 'Startling and memorable, charting invisible and vanishing worlds. Macfarlane has made himself Orpheus, the poet who ventures down to the darkest depths and returns - frighteningly alone-to sing of what he has seen' New Statesman. In Underland , Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.
Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly' Independent on Landmarks. Newly translated eighty years later, it is ripe for rediscovery as it comes to Penguin Classics. The Porpoise by Mark Haddon 9th May. A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father.
She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world.