The Fractal Prince

paperback, 320 pages

Published Sept. 27, 2013 by Gollancz.

ISBN:
9780575088931

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They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Well, exposition is so scarce in Hannu Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur series that I found myself getting excited and highlighting passages whenever a modicum of the stuff ever did finally come around. Though while there's something challenging about being dropped into a strange world with no explanation, it can also be incredibly satisfying to stretch one’s mental muscles in the way that only such a sink-or-swim lack of background can provide.

The Fractal Prince’s predecessor, The Quantum Thief, started in two places: strange and foreign experiences in space, and less strange and foreign (though still quite fantastic and engrossing) experiences on a moving city on Mars called the Oubliette. Now, in The Fractal Prince, the outlandish story line in space is a comfortable place compared to the seemingly post-singularity world of an Arabian desert where mind-copies are sold as slaves and nanomachines …

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