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Neptune's Brood – tekijä: Charles Stross
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Neptune's Brood (vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Charles Stross

Sarjat: Saturn's Children (2)

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After being stalked across the galaxy by an assassin, post-human Krina Alzon-114 journeys to the water-world Shin-Tethys in search of her sister.
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Kirjailijat:Charles Stross
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Clever and kept me wanting to know what was next. Not as cuddly as I usually like my fiction but I will read more. I think I liked this better than Saturn's Children ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
It's impossible to dislike a book whose first sentence is "'I can get you a cheaper ticket if you let me amputate your legs: I can even take your thighs as a deposit,' said the travel agent." The world Stross created here is just as fun as that opening sentence, if somewhat reminiscent of Dan Simmons' Hyperion. I thought the main plot of the book, which involves identity theft, interstellar fraud, and bitcoins, was enjoyable overall. There's a lot of economics in the book, which I enjoyed - if you've ever read Paul Krugman's joke paper The Theory of Interstellar Trade, on the mechanics of interest rates when one of the parties is traveling at relativistic speeds, you will have a blast. Stross makes a good point about interstellar colonization being similar to a Ponzi scheme, and that concept has a good resonance with how the main character, a pseudo-clone whose specialty is the history of banking frauds, had to spend the first decades of her life working as an indentured servant to pay off the costs of creating her. The main narrative is a sort of sci-fi detective thriller that brought to mind Balzac's line that "Behind every great fortune there is a great crime". Stross throws in other good lines and references, like "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every interstellar colony in search of good fortune must be in need of a banker." The ending was somewhat rushed, but I liked the concept, and Stross is a fun writer. This was the first thing I read by him, and I might track down Saturn's Children. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
I think I'm done with this one now. It has been ok in parts, but just ok and not what I could actually describe as good. It doesn't help that it almost seems like it's trying a bit too hard to feel alien. When I get to the stage where I feel like I'm continuing with a novel just to get it finished then it's clearly time to give up and move on.

Not great. ( )
  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
This was my first encounter with Charles Stross. I really liked the blurb and as there was no indication that this book - although stand-alone! - was part of a series (see here), I decided to give it a try. And it was an interesting experience.

It's basically a heist or caper story (see Wikipedia), as Brad wrote (see here), revolving around financial schemes and dealings. Stross did make sure to make it more than just an exciting story with the pursuits and what not, by adding interesting pieces about the banking sector (about debt, about the different kinds of money - cash vs deposits, or fast vs slow money, for example) and how you can extrapolate this to today's situation.

As it says in the blurb, it's about Krina Alizond, a meta-human, who's on the search for her lost sister, Ana. About meta-human: there are no normal human beings any more in the future in which the story takes place. The digital age has advanced so drastically, there's no other way any more. It allows our characters to store their memories and other things onto chips. Like you would have a built-in hard disk drive (or SSD's, for that matter) or similar.

Haven't you ever wanted to erase some of your memories, especially the negative ones? Or thought about storing certain knowledge, so you could always access it and not having to go through enormous efforts to remember whatever you wanted to remember? Well, in Stross's story this is possible. Of course, as in today's world, this can be abused. If you can be tracked and traced via your computer, smartphone, etc., then you can also be "debugged", during which time the content of your chips will be read out, if you're caught (by the police, by criminals who have the necessary tools, ...). And you can lose the chips, as they can be taken out of their sockets. A related article can be found on Unbound Worlds; see here.

In addition, the chips contain your entire DNA-structure. So if your body is broken, you can be remade, personality and all included. Travelling is also "easier": you just upload yourself to a certain location. And then there's duplication, in case you can't attend a meeting, for example. Then you send a double.

But anyway, Krina and Ana are, in a way, siblings. Both were involved in a financial scheme around investments, insurance, ... Krina is a historian with regards to banking and money (not a banker or accountant), a central theme in this story. To travel fast & cheap, she manages to get a ride in a chapel, Church of the Fragile. And so the adventure begins. Oh, she's also stalked/pursued by someone who resembles her in appearance and behaviour.

All these characters, organisations, etc. are involved in the great financial scam that was set up a very long time ago. A scam involving colonisation, debt, creating wealth (for those involved, behind the operation, of course). Leader behind the pursuit of Krina and Ana, is their "mother" Sondra.

As everything takes place in interstellar space, you can't just travel (despite the advanced technology and spaceships) from one world to another; you have to respect the laws of nature. Each world also has its own settings, characteristics. Taj Beacon is not like the water-world of Shin-Tethys, for example, the last place where Ana was seen before she disappeared off the radar. Later in the story, it's shown how he cunningly disappeared off the radar.

While this is a fast-paced and exciting story, the information on money - especially in an interstellar setting -, debt, and physics (which makes it at times a little hard to digest, if this is not your kind of world; hence 3 instead of 4 stars), make it a worthwhile read.

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p.s.: Stross mentioned stuff like van der Waals, the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, the occasional French expression, Cartesian theater, and more.

p.p.s.: Although this is a stand-alone novel, there might arise an impression of missing some background info on the world, the new kind of humans, etc. But I don't think you should have read Saturn's Children (which is also a stand-alone novel). However, Stross has written a free missing link (Bit Rot) between the two books. It can be read on his website: see here. Maybe this will offer a bit more and helpful info with regards to Neptune's Brood. I'll try to read it asap. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Honestly not great, but I liked the idea of slow money and interstellar ponzi schemes. And the execution of those themes was done quite creatively. It lost me at the end, and I also didn't really like it stylistically. 3/5 with quite some good will for Stross as an author. ( )
  102joa82 | Jan 1, 2021 |
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