WWW

WWW

Wake

Book - 2009
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Receiving an implant to restore her sight, math genius Caitlin's life is changed in ways she could have never imagined when she suddenly begins to see a world beyond reality and an incredible realm that others cannot.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780441016792
0441016790
Branch Call Number: SF SAWYER, ROBERT
Characteristics: ix, 356 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Wake

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crushem
Jun 02, 2014

If you have an open mind and enjoy refreshing perspectives on topical and age old issues sprinkled throughout a wonderfully imaginative scenario then just about any of Robert Sawyer's books will appeal to you.

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splendid
Dec 06, 2013

The WWW novels have an interesting concept which would have made a great trilogy. Unfortunately the books becomes progressively tedious to read as the author uses the story as a vehicle to excessively push his apparent personal viewpoints. Lengthy character dialogs are essentially dogmatic lectures on religious, social, and moral issues. A frustrating disappointment of a potentially good sci fi series.

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genfloss
Sep 23, 2013

For the older teen who is interested in any branch of science - or anyone else who is a Sawyer fan. Quite a bit over the head of non-techies in the details, but never mind - this does not spoil the fun!

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Sarah1984
Jul 12, 2013

12/07 - There is a lot of internet related techno-speak (I want to call it babble, but I won't, because it probably makes sense to readers who are more profficient at understanding the intricacies of the internet) which I sometimes had trouble following. In the end, after reading many baffling descriptions of what's going on in the background while I Google, I skimmed most of the passages detailing the inner workings of the World Wide Web, making sure I got the information pertinent to the story without having to read all the words about how it all works (don't want to spoil the magic, or waste my time reading a paragraph-long description that won't make anything any clearer anyway). Despite the very in-depth techno-speak I enjoyed the book. It had a unique plot and very realistic descriptions of the development of an online artificial identity as well as how a previously blind teenager might view and describe the world as she first begins to see it. Caitlin is a sympathetic teenage character - she's intelligent, a little backward in her peer relationships and still happy to be seen with her parents (my kind of teenager). Looking forward to the second book in the trilogy.

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Katishah
May 28, 2011

Gosh, real old-school sci fi, not fantasy; makes me quite nostalgic. Not that it isn’t quite up to date in subject matter - it’s all about the dawning consciousness of the World Wide Web and other technological immediacies. I gather that Sawyer is enormously popular and, indeed, one of the best selling authors Canada has ever produced. This book is highly readable but Sawyer is no Bradbury; it’s not art.

Like all old-school sci fi, the basic what-if scientific idea is the whole raison d’etre of the story; Sawyer does tell a story to clothe the idea in, and it’s a workmanlike construction, but not deeply engaging. One is drawn on in the reading not by empathy but by intellectual curiosity. It works, I probably wouldn’t sound so negative about it but for the (of course) over-the-top praise on the jacket cover which cites “graceful” prose. I just can’t go that far.

SPOILER ALERT: I was amused to note that when the “webmind” is coming to consciousness, and Our Heroine is feeding it information - Wikipedia, The Gutenberg Project - and it gathers up all of human written culture, it somehow skips/misses/is not affected by all the porn and crackpot hate literature out there. Sigh. Innate good taste, I guess.

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Makin
Apr 14, 2011

Rob's work has always been interesting and this book is no different. He takes a scenario and builds on it until it almost feels like you know the characters. I'm deffinatly interesting in the next two in the series, I just hope he can hold he main character back from more Canada bashing. Having your lead character qvetch about our country is no way to endear her to Canadian readers.

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Books4eyes
Oct 20, 2010

Having read most of Sawyers books, I couldn't wait to read Wake (The WWW Trilogy). The book was interesting and has its moments. I felt having the main character as a blind teenage girl was a great idea but did he have to write to include the teenage audience too. Come on Robert more Sawyer less teenage romance.

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stefz
Sep 08, 2010

I think I was the first to ask EPL to get this book and I waited and waited and finally they got it and I was among the first on the list.

The idea of a blind girl getting her sight through a web technology got my interest but the whole idea seemed so preposterous and the plot being a bit flat I wasn't too thrilled with this book but still I waited for the sequel and I'm sure will read the third as well.

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diamond_shark
Aug 23, 2010

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