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The Quantum Thief chapter 1 The Quantum Thief, meaning The Quantum Thief, genre The Quantum Thief, book cover The Quantum Thief, flies The Quantum Thief, The Quantum Thief 8cadf986d5854 Jean Le Flambeur Gets Up In The Morning And Has To Kill Himself Before His Other Self Can Kill Him First Just Another Day In The Dilemma Prison Rescued By The Mysterious Mieli And Her Flirtatious Spacecraft, Jean Is Taken To The Oubliette, The Moving City Of Mars, Where Time Is A Currency, Memories Are Treasures, And A Moon Turned Singularity Lights The Night Meanwhile, Investigator Isidore Beautrelet, Called In To Investigate The Murder Of A Chocolatier, Finds Himself On The Trail Of An Arch Criminal, A Man Named Le FlambeurIndeed, In His Many Lives, The Entity Called Jean Le Flambeur Has Been A Thief, A Confidence Artist, A Posthuman Mind Burgler, And His Origins Are Shrouded In Mystery, But His Deeds Are Known Throughout The Heterarchy, From Breaking Into The Vast Zeusbrains Of The Inner System To Stealing Rare Earth Antiques From The Aristocrats Of Mars In His Last Exploit, He Managed The Supreme Feat Of Hiding The Truth About Himself From The One Person In The Solar System Hardest To Hide From Himself Now He Has The Chance To Regain Himself In All His Power In Exchange For Finishing The One Heist He Never Quite ManagedThe Quantum Thief Is A Breathtaking Joyride Through The Solar System Several Centuries Hence, A World Of Marching Cities, Ubiquitous Public Key Encryption, People Who Communicate Via Shared Memory, And A Race Of Hyper Advanced Humans Who Originated As An MMORPG Guild But For All Its Wonders, The Quantum Thief Is Also A Story Powered By Very Human Motives Of Betrayal, Jealousy, And Revenge


10 thoughts on “The Quantum Thief

  1. says:

    There are authors who don t cotton to hand holding, and then there are authors who drop you off in the middle of Times Square on New Year s Eve, distract you with a party favor, and then run the other way as fast as they can Maybe you ll eventually find your way in the throng, even if you are tear streaked and sniffling by the time you do did I mention you are 5 Maybe at the end of it you ve learned something most likely that there are a bunch of people in Times Square who desperately want you to attend a comedy show and are a little stronger for it Or your mind has snapped and you have been reduced to a blubbering, shell shocked simpleton Fifty fifty.Hannu Rajaniemi is, clearly, the latter type, and I m still not quite sure what my trek through this book has done to me Not since Neuromancer has a sci fi book left me questioning how a bunch of words could be strung together in logical, well crafted sentences and still not make any sense Both books made me feel dumb and slow and a bad reader I don t think this is my fault, but I also doubt it was the writers intention.See, they both create richly imagined new worlds out of reassembled bits and pieces of what we recognize as reality, mixing things up with new gadgets and technology and the repercussions of fictional disasters And they just plop us down into these worlds and never, ever tell us what is going on I totally get avoiding exposition dumps and telling versus showing, but seriously, this book hurt my brain There are concepts key plot concepts that the characters take as rote parts of their everyday lives that are introduced on page 1 and not clearly explained until maybe 75 percent of the way through the book The primary antagonists are roughly sketched at best, and even though all the characters know who they are and what they re about, we don t get anything but hints up until the epilogue But it s not just that technology is referenced again and again before we get an idea of what it does For about half the book, I wasn t sure if it was happening inside of a computer or not See what I mean about feeling dumb But it s ok for a few reasons One, Hannu Rajaniemi lays down some of the sharpest prose I ve encountered in genre writing, dense without feeling mannered, spare and yet evocative This is a short novel by space opera standards, and he shows those bloated quasi epics how it s done Of course, snipping out all that exposition is a good way to start Two, the plot is a fairly straightforward Whodunnit mixed with elements of One Last Job, with a thief and a detective squaring off, sprinkled with a Mysterious Backstory and some small r romance When books make me work this hard, I don t mind if I can see some of the structure poking through It s nice to have a clue if it s going to be able to support my weight.Three, the SFnal ideas here are pretty great Novel twists on familiar concepts including a nifty take on the uploading consciousness into the cloud trope are just the start there s also this wonderful riff on our growing concern for privacy through the invention of a system that allows you to control what you share with people all the time You can walk down the street cloaked in privacy, so anyone passing won t recognize you unless you want them to You can even edit what parts of a conversation someone will be able to remember which removes a lot of the potential awkwardness from one night stands Lots of sci fi has explored they way memory shapes reality, but Rajaniemi manages to find a fresh angle.So, should you read this I d say it depends on A your comfort level with having no idea what the hell is happening for hundreds of pages, and B your familiarity with the genre Because while not the trickiest book I ve ever read, this is hardly elementary school SF That s what you get when you let Finnish mathematical physicists write books.


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    In 2014 my family went to Ireland and we had a great time While there we had the opportunity to watch some Gaelic hurling It s a field game played by a bunch of tall, weather beaten Irish guys and is a kind of mix of field hockey, lacrosse, rugby and aggravated assault and looks rough as hell It was fun to watch, had lots of action, one team won at the end of it and I really never fully understood what was going on.Reading The Quantum Thief was like that.Being a fan of sci fi fantasy, I am not unaccustomed to the first 30 40 pages of a new book having some what the hell is going on feelings That feeling stayed with me beyond 50 pages weird book I even considered invoking my 100 page rule and putting it down, but it started to grow on me.Similar to the writing of Ann Lecke and Alistair Reynolds this is an example of a far future setting where the line between human and computer simulation has grown seriously blurred There is a thief, similar to other roguishly fun burglars in literature throughout the centuries and there is a clever inspector chasing him What sets this far apart from other books is the maddeningly complex and thinly explained science It s as though author Hannu Rajaniemi, a clearly extraordinarily gifted writer, demonstrates that he is smart and expects his readers to catch on.This is very popular, many readers did Maybe I would have liked it if I were a programmer, mathematician or some kind of IT consultant I reach for the calculator to pay my pub tab.At the end of the day, I did like it, it was fun It also makes me reconsider my thoughts on Poul Anderson s Harvest of Stars, which I though was just really weird, but may have been decades ahead of its time.


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    3.5 5 starsNo spoonfeeding, nil exposition, bizarre, high concept, and compelling.Jean Bizarre Adventure, this should be the title of the series Let this review be an example of the author s storytelling style zero exposition and fast paced This is a short book, around five hours read because it cut every single world building information usually contained in SFF books Rajaniemi didn t spoonfeed his readers He ll push you off a cliff with his high concept, then instead of giving you a rope, he ll shoot you with a bazooka to make sure you fall down even It falls down to the reader to understand what concept and terminologies he s talking about from the narrative and the plot.Picture The Quantum Thief by Marc SimonettiThe characters were great and unique The world and concept of the book were brilliant and imaginative The story can be confusing at times because, like I said, the author didn t bother to explain any single terminologies The terms gevulot was very important to the story and it didn t get explained until 70% of the book it was in explained in two short sentences Like This I really should hate this book, but I don t know why I found myself completely immersed in it due to the theme of the book identity, love, memories, digital uploading and its fast paced plot that s written with engaging prose.I just finished the first book and I already think that this seems like a trilogy that needs to be read at least twice in order to attempt to understand everything, maybe even thrice I ll continue to the next book and see how I feel about this series over all For now, I recommend this trilogy strictly only for hard sci fi readers How about that for a review told in Hannu Rajaniemi style You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest


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    After being busted out of the Dilemma Prison by an Oortian warrior named Mieli, legendary master thief Jean Le Flambeur is taken to the Oubliette, one of the Moving Cities of Mars, and is tasked with the ultimate heist Opposing him is a brilliant young detective named Isidore Beautrelet But there is to each man s quest than meets the eyeMy summary doesn t do the book justice There are so many ideas crammed in it s slim 331 pages Before Le Flambeur can even get started on his quest, he has to steal back his old memories Isidore, on the other hand, has a lot of issues of his own, like his odd relationship with one of the tzaddikim, powerful vigilantes who work to keep the Martians safe from unseen enemies, and an equally odd relationship with his girlfriend.Before I get any deeper into this review, I have a few things to mention I bought this book the day it became available and then let it sit on my shelves for almost nine months The reason was pretty simple all the reviews I read mentioned that Hannu Rajaniemi throws the reader into the deep end of the pool He doesn t explain a lot of his concepts, leading the reader to decipher the meaning of words like blink, gevulot, quplink, exomemory, and many others, soley by context Having read both John C Wright s Golden Age trilogy and Gene Wolfe s Book of the New Sun in 2011, I was a little apprehensive Should I have been No While it takes a little getting used to, I felt The Quantum Thief was easier to understand than either of the earlier works I mentioned It s written in a breezy style reminiscent of Maurice LeBlanc s Arsene Lupin, a work that this one owes a great debt to Not only is Jean Le Flambeur based on Lupin, Lupin is even mentioned in the text.Where was I Oh, yes The world Rajanieme creates is a very interesting one While the author used the Lupin tales as a blueprint, it feels like he fleshed out his creation with bits pilfered from books like Hyperion, The Golden Age, Neuromancer, and many others, welding them all together with his background in quantum physics This is one of those books that has so many big ideas flying around you can hardly keep track of all of them Hell, I m already forgetting things I wanted to mention Maybe I ll just list them.1 Time is used as a currency When you run out of time, you die and the Resurrection Men come for you After a period of time with your consciousness inhabiting a robot body and doing routine maintenance on the City, you get a new body.2 Tzaddikim patrol the streets, keeping the general population safe.3 By blinking, you can recall anything that happened anywhere in the Oubliette using the exomemory It s like the internet, only better and with slightly less pornography.4 Privacy is a big deal By using a gevulot, you control the flow of information to other people.5 There s a glossary of terms used in The Quantum Thief on Wikipedia It would have helped immensely if I d had it when I started but probably would have made the read a less rewarding experience principle characters are an interesting bunch I d say the book approaches a number of ideas per page ratio comparable to one of China Mieville s works It s primarily a heist tale but there s plenty of action I sure wouldn t want to be in Miele s way There s a point where sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic The Quantum Thief comes pretty close to that point on many occasions.The ending met all my expectations, both in regard to actions and revelations about the overall setting If I hadn t already known The Quantum Thief was the first in a trilogy boo , I would have been slightly disappointed.While the Quantum Thief looks like a science fiction novel, it s really a heist story about a criminal and the man tasked with catching him If you can handle being in the dark for part of the time, this is one hell of a read I wouldn t say I like it as much as Hyperion but it s definitely WAAAAAAAY up there in my science fiction hierarchy.Additional thought Hannu Rajaniemi looks a lot like Jason Bateman of Arrested Development fame Look them up and see for yourself.


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    I am very surprised and delighted by this novel I half expected an idea or a theme from Stephen Baxter s Flux, but was thoroughly captivated by such a deeply thought out world and a complex plot I didn t find many issues with plot discontinuity, as such There were quick scene changes that might have benefited by a overt transition or two, but that is a minor issue compared to the tapestry of worlds within worlds that this author has written Very enjoyable characters, and the twists are fully supported by the main premises I found myself thinking of new twists that could be supported by his frame and was surprised by that I hadn t thought deeply enough about I think I ll enjoy reading this novel again, and not too far in the future First, I shall read his second novel and see how much craft he s crammed into his writing with such giddy fractal twirls I understand that this novel isn t for the general audience, but I ll tell you straight IT SHOULD BE.If you like this, then I recommend Charles Stross s Singularity Sky and Saturn s Children and especially Accellerando Neal Stephenson s Snowcrash and Diamond Age and Cryptonomicon and Anathem I would be remiss to leave out other cyberpunk masters, but let s face it the good stuff is in the post cyberpunk worlds, dealing with all of the complicated ideas and deeper developments.The deeper exploration is where this novel really shines From a strictly craft point of view, I loved the poetry in the techno babble that verges on a simple techno babel and almost teeters into complete cognizance Actually, I lie The quantum foam and Q dots made me giggle I loved every second of it.Great book Second read was even better than the first, especially after getting to know all of the terms and players I loved the poetry in the text, the visual imagery, the requirement for every reader to throw themselves and their souls into the story, only to come up, gasping for air, not quite realizing that the water was highly oxygenated and we could have been breathing it all along.I laughed times, this second read I am almost to the opinion that everyone ought to read this book, or better yet, this trilogy, at least two times through before making a serious opinion of it Only after thoughtful consideration have I finally come to the conclusion that this meta tale, this monolith of story, this dire light, this cutting of an epic gordian knot has got to be one of the classics of literature It is dense No doubt about it But it is ever so much rewarding than I had ever expected it to be.


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    The Quantum Thief is bursting with so many ideas that it is an exhilarating read What it needs is just a little finesse, a slightly better pace for doling out information, for letting us play in this wonderful playground he s created It is so complete, but so alien, and I needed just a little bit of a guide I like to flatter myself that I m not an unperceptive reader, and I certainly don t mind it when authors don t tip their hands all at once and want me to work for it.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a class on quantum physics from the Swedish Chef If so, this is the book for you It almost reads like English You can almost understand it There are tantalizing glimpses of incredibly creative ideas and memorable characters And then you get sentences like He set his gevulet to q bomb the sapornov Nano gogols shot through the web of the quantum lattice, setting a self replicating sequence into his assailant s exomemory Only 2 terraseconds before he d become a Quiet.Basically, the book takes place so far in the future that the technology is incomprehensible to modern standards And the author doesn t try to explain it He just thrusts you into his world like dropping a caveman into Manhattan, and lets you try to make sense of the world as the plot happens around you It takes a hearty and stubborn soul not to give up There are a lot of really cool ideas in the book, but it s so hard to make sense of that it s hard to recommend.


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    Quantum begins with a thief in prison, endlessly reliving The Prisoner s Dilemma Ah, but this one is different, mainly because he doesn t learn An enhanced woman and her sentient ship break him out for reasons unknown, but before they can get far, the chase is on In payment for freeing him, the woman and her hidden benefactor have something they want him to steal Next stop, Mars, where he has to discover his prior identity in an idealistic, privacy focused society Meanwhile, a young man working for a version of the secret order keepers is driven to solve crime puzzles.Hm, interesting my summary makes the book sound far coherent than it was The world building and total immersion style reminds me of Zelazny, but without the lovely poetic imagery Maybe a little like Mieville in playing with concepts of societal structure, privacy and identity, but Mieville has coherent plotting The character of Jean reminded me a great deal of Locke Lamora I suppose it s an archetype a construct of the clever, urbane thief Overall, a decent read that feels like the author was working a bit too hard to prove how clever he is I can t say that I d recommend it to most readers.


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    It s hard to leave a review about this book without also talking of all the wonderful secrets it holds, hence spoiling some of them for future readers Let s say this is good mystery but also an excellent science fiction novel One thing though, you have to hit the ground running from the first page because Jean Le Flambeur waits for no one The first pages may catch you unaware and you will have to push through all the new terms and names thrown at you left and right, but don t worry because soon you won t even notice them as you navigate a Mars that is equally futuristic as it is real At this time it may seem obvious, but I really liked this book, and if you like science fiction, the kind that really has science in it and things that feel possible if improvable, I m sure you ll enjoy it too.One last word of caution don t let the beginning scare you, after a few pages you ll take to this Mars as a fish to water, just bear with it for a little while letting all those new images percolate into your consciousness.


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    What a blast This book was highly entertaining It s set in a far distant future with technology so advanced that the milieu truly lives up to the dictum that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic The world building here is vaguely based on principals of quantum physics, nanotechnology, AI and digitized consciousness Much of it is very likely impossible, but just as some authors like Tolkien had the gift for naming in fantasy, Rajaniemi has a gift for describing fantastical technology in a manner that feels legitimate In fact, I found the way that Rajaniemi builds this future to have invigorating poetic flare It was really a joy to read I didn t care at all if some of the terminology he bandied about was a bit hard to understand You get the basic gist of it and that was enough for me.I enjoyed the writing and world building quite a bit, but what really vaulted this book into 5 star territory for me was one of the key premises of the story that has a vivid prescient glory to it What I mean is in this future that Rajaniemi builds, most humans of any wealth at all have in some fashion digitized their consciousness Some can even multiply that consciousness to inhabit different bodies objects Memories can be passed back and forth between people like we might share a business card And as such, all memories are digitized and can be exported preserved externally and re downloaded into other forms Memories can also in that manner be easily erased And even rewritten History itself can be rewritten Rajaniemi published this book in 2010 and yet this premise is such a perfect metaphor for the closed loop re writing of facts and news by the right wing media, Republican Party, and Trumpistas that it sent a shiver through me A truly insightful concept Admittedly, it s not utterly new Holocaust revisionists have been around for decades But it perfectly captures the current zeitgeist in such a way that I was blown away.The story is a bit hard to describe, so let me just say it s thrilling In some ways, it reminds me of the original Matrix It begins with our master thief being broken out of a mind prison for the purpose of committing a theft for those who helped him escape But a big chunk of his memory and identity is missing, so they head to Mars where he last was before being imprisoned to attempt to recover his memory Book 2, which I m currently reading, has them heading off to Earth to actually steal the item they seek I won t give any away than that.I enjoyed the hell out of this and am eating up the rest of the series without hesitation Highly recommended for fans of fantastical science fiction.


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