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Alternately goofy and dark, The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl tells the story of a singular woman, and a life lived at an exponential pace. Get A Copy. More Details Edition Language. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. I got this book with the Immerse or Die Storybundle and I think I got my money's worth out of just this book. It was ambitious in the best way, a story about the singularity that focuses on the essence of being human. Jul 18, Eric Mesa rated it really liked it Shelves: laser-challenge. This book is a great example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover I got it as part of a Storybundle deal and passed it over a few times. It just didn't quite feel like something I would enjoy.
For me, this book was everything that Ready Player One was not. Some of those are overt - the author calls out Pratchett early on. Others are more implicit like the writing style similar to early Neal Stephenson or later cyberpunk elements that recall Gibson while not to my knowledge aping it. The last chapter also recalls stories by Asimov and Clarke The language of the characters and the parodies of I haz cheezeburgers type things are minimal enough that I don't think it'll end up dating the book in the future.
So it had the write writing style and tone. It was also a great story of personal growth of the characters, including many of the side characters. Many of the tech changes that the world goes through seem even more likely today than they did when the book was first written.
Like more and more fiction is starting to realize - we're slowly being automated out of jobs without the world of plenty envisioned by Star Trek. On my way back home from a trip during which I was reading this book on the plane I wanted to pre-order some Olive Garden takeout since we'd cleaned out the fridge before our trip.go here
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The phone call reminded me twice at least maybe 3 times that I could cut a human out of the loop by using the web to order. And stores are trying to get more aggressive about both self-checkout and RFID-based walkouts. Also, the eventual political story is SO much more plausible today that it's scary! Like I wanted to stop reading because I could see it happening for real. There are only two things that kept it from 5 stars for me.
The book is divided into parts 1 and 2, but I think it might have made more sense to divide it into more parts. Because I kept getting to what seemed like narrative dead ends, but knew I had a lot more book to go.
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But the following chapter would spring in a completely new direction. So just for a bit more cohesion. Anderson was probably just paying homage to cyberpunk books and movies which, themselves, were paying homage to the metaphorical fights that Professor X would have on the thought planes with villains. Or like Inception symbolizing the safe to contain secret information But given the two entities that were battling, it seemed Maybe I was just too tired, but I kept falling out of the story in the last few chapters because of it. That said, I thought it was well-told with engaging characters.
Also, the story works very well and the ending makes sense, even if it is slightly early Stephenson-esque. If you like the narrative style of Douglas Adams or early Stephenson and enjoy SF, you'll have a good time with this one. May 12, Fredrik rated it it was ok.
I wish I could say I loved this, because the concept is great: The life-story of the world's first uploaded conciousness, and the influence she has on the world. There's a solid core of excellent science fiction here. The problem is mainly that that it's so overspiced with geeky pop-culture references it ends up dominating everything.
Look, I enjoy seing references to things I like enjoy, and used well that can help making characters relatable. However, when overdone it reduces them to meme-machi I wish I could say I loved this, because the concept is great: The life-story of the world's first uploaded conciousness, and the influence she has on the world. However, when overdone it reduces them to meme-machines, and this story falls dangerously close to that line. Another issue is the reliance on cool imagery, to a large extent rooted in World of Warcraft-inspired style.
Told in a visual format, this could have been a joy to behold. As a work of written fiction it sadly gets a bit too tedious and long-winded and lacking in depth. View 1 comment. Sep 11, Mike Billington rated it it was amazing. Geeks and Gamers will love this book. I am neither a Geek I'm not even sure what a Geek is, I just know I'm not one nor a Gamer but I loved this amazing book that is part adventure, part war story, and part science fiction with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
The fact is that author Bryce Anderson, while showing off some impressive knowledge of how the virtual world actually works, is one heck of a storyteller. He must be because - despite the fact that I am someone who treat Geeks and Gamers will love this book. He must be because - despite the fact that I am someone who treats his laptop as little more than a glorified typewriter, still writes letters by hand with a fountain pen, no less and doesn't know a bit from a byte - I thoroughly enjoyed following Anderson's intrepid heroine Helen Roderick through the pages of this novel.
I admit that I bought this book primarily because the author's blurb starts out by saying that once she died, Helen thought her life would be simple. That caught my attention right away: I mean, dead girl? Simple life? To my surprise Helen doesn't shamble around searching for bodies to chew on; instead she becomes a virtual person after she freezes herself and somehow I don't really understand the mechanics of this enters a computer. Or her brain does. Or her personality and memories or In fact, at one point it becomes so complicated that she's trying to save the planet - literally - from Suffice it to say that it was very easy for me - first cousin to a Luddite - to get so wrapped up in the story that hours would sometimes pass while I was reading it.
At one point I was so engrossed that when my telephone rang and I had to stop reading to answer it I was actually angry. Anderson includes a lot of technical information in this book but he does it in a good way and by that I mean he didn't make me feel stupid.
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That's a gift because there are authors out there who - consciously or not - can make me feel really stupid about the science-y things they write about. His characters - and there are a bunch of them - are well drawn and even though this is a novel about some pretty fantastical people I found them to be very "real" in the way they responded to one another. I even grew to have a grudging respect for the villain because Anderson was careful to let me know just what drives him it?
The narrative is pretty seamless and although this is a long novel, I never felt overwhelmed by it. There is just enough humor - including Anderson's often hilarious footnotes - to lighten the tension and just enough tension to pull the reader in. All in all, a wonderful story beautifully told and a book I highly recommend. No, I hadn't read a description here or on the back of a book or anything else. So with that in mind This was a great book!
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