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Slant by Greg Bear

Slant (1997)

by Greg Bear

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Series: Queen Of Angels (4)

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Didn't realize it was part of a series until coming here. I slogged more than half way through it before characters and terminology finally started making sense. Normally I'd get the rest of a series if I'd started one, but this one didn't grab me enough to do so. ( )
  shorte | Feb 26, 2018 |
Slant, is a aequel to Queen of Angels, but, I would say, is much less ambitious and also a much better book.
Policewoman Mary Choy is back, after a few life changes (divorce, move from LA to Seattle, job change). When she's called on to assist in an investigation of sex workers killed through botched back-alley nanotech operations, she does not expect to be launched into a far-reaching conspiracy to bring down society. But a billionaire investor's mysterious suicide, a virtual-reality murder, and an unprecedented epidemic of mental disturbances and general crime all seem to be somehow related...
With diverse characters that include a has-been porn star, a scientist with self-induced Tourette's syndrome, a renegade AI, and a heist mastermind without a past, Bear discusses many of the same themes as in the previous book, but in the context of a complex, entertaining and action-filled novel. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Bear's characters can suffer somewhat (for lack of depth) from the density of his plot, but this is a thought-provoking sci-fi novel. Nice to see "normal" people struggling with some of things Bear thinks we all may have to deal with very soon. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
High time for a quick read, I headed to the science fiction section at the used bookstore and picked up Slant, as Greg Bear has made it onto my list of trusted authors. Despite that, the first noteworthy thought I had reading this book was "Please, dear Greg, no more writing sex scenes!" I was a tad concerned when sex/porn turned out to be rather central to the plot, but the most cringe-worthy moment had passed and I was soon absorbed by the story.

Basic idea -- it's 60ish years in the future. The internet dominates modern life. It has advanced to allow direct plug-ins that let the user see, fell, etc. the experiences of others -- live or recorded. This has taken over the economy. Those who produce popular content make money, those who only consume struggle. Also important is that large sections of the population have been "therapied" -- destructive/non-functional brain circuits are physically repaired by nanites.

I would not place this among Bear's strongest works, though there are many interesting ideas here. Commentary on the internet, elitism, runaway capitalism. Bear's female characters are starting to feel a little similar, but at least they're smart, powerful, and allowed to have relationships with each other, so I'll give him a pass for now.

Give it a read if you're a fan of Greg Bear. If you haven't read him before, start with Darwin's Radio or Moving Mars. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
From an author whose other works are engaging and thought-provoking, this book was a disappointment. There were countless, intertwining plot lines, but many remained difficult to appreciate even as the book was coming to a close and some ended up irrelevant. The characters lacked the depth and substance to make me care about whether they survived or not, and some left me wondering what purpose at all they had in the book. A few intriguing ideas, but nothing worth 500 pages. ( )
  j3745 | Feb 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0812524829, Mass Market Paperback)

This is the sequel to Greg Bear's popular Queen of Angels, and, like most of this award-winning author's works, it's a stunner. Bear is right at home with the computer and nano technologies that underlie his near-future society. With most of the world's ills having been cured by nanotech, humanity is free to turn its explorations inward, to the mind. Advanced therapies have all but eliminated emotional imbalance, and things have never been better. But when public defender Mary Cho begins investigating a double-murder, she uncovers the truth: all of the high tech is failing, and things will never be worse.

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In the 21st century most of the world's population are Therapied model citizens. But a slow unwinding becoming ever faster in the heads of the Therapied attracts the attention of Mary Choy, policewoman and Martin Burke, therapist. Together they search for a solution.… (more)

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