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WWW: Wake (edition 2009)

by Robert J. Sawyer

Series: WWW (1)

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Member:hnau
Title:WWW: Wake
Authors:Robert J. Sawyer
Info:New York : Ace Books, 2009.
Collections:Your library, Paper, 2012 (inactive)
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Science Fiction, Zaunpfahl, @WR11, * Julian Jaynes, / WWW, #1

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WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer

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    Investment Counselor by Orson Scott Card (cattwing)
    cattwing: Wake, with its exploration of internet consciousness, reminded me very much of Orson Card's Ender's game series, in which he deals with the same subject and creates a similar character who I really enjoyed. This short story, "investment counselor" is where we first meet "jane," the internet being, but I would recommend reading his entire series - it was quite enjoyable.… (more)
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I liked the references to things I am interested in (microtubules, the bicameral mind, and others). I definitely read the sequel which I just heard about today. Good combination of plot and characters. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I wavered on what I'd give Wake, alternating between 3 and 4 stars. Ultimately, the story is unique, the characters very well done and the writing, I couldn't find any fault with so it gets four stars.

My mistake was trying to read this book at the same time I was reading another so it was hard to really get into it and this book you really have to focus on because you'll find yourself flipping back if you don't. I missed a couple of very key scenes, which I realized about half way through, and went back, then I couldn't wait to finish it.

I loved the protagonist and the way that Sawyer portrayed her is very realistic yet unique. And it would have been easy for him to go into the typical blind spiel; she can't do this, she can't do that and poor her, but he didn't do that. His creativity in creating a dynamic character with a disability that really doesn't hinder her at all, and in his depiction of her thoughts and feelings is what stuck with me. Such a memorable character is tough with 'regular' characters.

Anyway, check it out. I'm picking up the second in this series as soon as I can. ( )
  ReneeMiller | Feb 25, 2016 |
The story is great! I love the details he includes on how it is to be blind and the workings of the Web. This is my second Sawyer book and I'm so glad I found him. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Feb 24, 2016 |
I've been a fan of Robert J. Sawyer for years but haven't really delved deeply into his recent books. Am I ever glad I read this one! I actually listened to the audiobook version (so shoot me if you think that's not reading) and it was one of the best audio fiction experiences I've ever had. Usually, I don't like multiple narrators, especially if different people are reading for the same character but in this book, the multiple narrators didn't take away from the experience.

There is a scene where the book's main character, 15-year-old Caitlin, is told about and sees the first view of earth by man from space and there are actual recordings of the original astronauts at that exact time interspersed with Sawyer's narrative. That portion of the novel kept me riveted and I thoroughly enjoyed the story as well as the audio experience.

As for the plot and writing, I really liked both. I think Sawyer has always written characters very well, and I especially liked how he depicted and voiced Caitlin, the artificial intelligence who gains "consciousness" throughout this novel, and the Japanese researcher who created the tech that enabled Caitlin to acquire vision. I also enjoyed the handling of Caitlin's transition from a dark, sightless existence to one of vision. Her wonder and discovery of the world actually had me looking up at the autumn leaves on my walk home from work today. The other thing I think the author did very well is explain the uses of web tools and technology in a way that wasn't boring, technical and dry, at least not from my perspective.

There are storylines left unresolved, and I guess they are the hooks to keep me reading the next books in this series.

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  cjazzlee | Nov 13, 2015 |
This is the type of Sci-Fi I enjoy - sciencey stuff set in the here and now. I was a little bummed that the problems in China were not touched on at all in the latter half of the book, but as this is the first in a trilogy, I know all the storylines will eventually connect - and I hope Hobo's is a happy one!
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What a blind person needs
is not a teacher
but another self.

—Helen Keller
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For

Pat Forde

Great Writer
Great Friend
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Not Darkness, for that implies an understanding of light.
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"Please", she thought. "Let there be light."

She pressed the key.

And there was light.
Before had been better.
And then, and then, and then —

It was —

The gold mine.

The mother lode.
—and he firmly shook Kuroda's hand.
Hey, how do you find Canadian in a crowded room? Start stepping on people's feet and wait for someone to apologize to you.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441016790, Hardcover)

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When a Japanese researcher develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. Once the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something - some other - lurking in the background. And it's getting more and more intelligent with each passing day.

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Although Caitlin Decter is blind, she can effortlessly surf the Internet by following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness.… (more)

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