Conventional academic wisdom now holds that there are two kinds of book: difficult, "writerly" art-novels (for intellectuals) and simple "readerly" mass-market fiction (for the rest of us peasants). "The Quantum Thief" destroys that theory in three pages. It is mass-market entertainment but makes "Ulysses" look like a "Dick and Jane" reader. Mr. Rajaniemi sets a test of stamina, concentration and patience that not everyone will pass.
Monday, June 20, 2011
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