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18) The Golden Transcendence

Sorry, but I've got a hundred pages into it and I'm giving up. The unlikeable protagonist is locked in mental battle with his adversary using various nanotech and other superpowers, and I suddenly realised I didn't really care which of them won (indeed, as Ian Hislop said about the Mohamed al-Fayed vs Neil Hamilton libel case, I almost wished they would both lose). There are loads of other books on my shelves that I want to read more than this, so I'm putting the trilogy on BookMooch, unfinished.

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frumiousb
Sep. 24th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
I had a similar reaction to the first novel in his series. I'm going to give one more book by him a try, and then give it up for bad business if I don't like it better.
mylescorcoran
Sep. 24th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
I read and quite enjoyed the first in the trilogy, read and only half-enjoyed the second, and have decided not to bother hunting up the third.

It doesn't help that I've subsequently been exposed to the author's odd net presence. As you say there are loads more books I want to read more, and I don't even have a fifth of your reading speed.
brightglance
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
I've gone off this author for different reasons, as mentioned here.
andrewducker
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well, you've saved yourself from despising the ending :->
nwhyte
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
That bad, is it?
andrewducker
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
*SPOILERS AHOY*
Assuming that nobody is going to read this far without having either read it, or given up...

If my memory serves me rightly, the ending bases itself on the idea that (a) the AI Minds can instantly understand every facet of something and come to the right idea*, providing that they aren't being lied to, and that Freedom is logically and absolutely better than Servitude, so that when, at the climax, Our Hero tells the mad AI ship that it has been enslaved and lied to, it instantly understands that it should, instead of serving its creators instead be Free. Because logic dictates that people should be Free. Or something.

Mere moments before this, one of the other main characters points out that this is nonsense - that what people want has nothing to do with logic, and that morals are all relative. But this is swept entirely under the carpet, when our hero turns out to be entirely right, and a new Golden Age is swept in.

I actually really enjoyed the writing for most of the trilogy - it was fun and interested and had some twists and turns I wasn't expecting. I just expect better thinking from a writer who claims that thinking and logic are vitally important.

But then again, he recently converted to catholicism, claiming that "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics."

*Mr Wright clearly not having heard of Godel.
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