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Quantum Night (English Edition) van [Sawyer, Robert J.]
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Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from twenty years previously — a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Jim is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend from his lost period and now a quantum physicist who has made a stunning discovery about the nature of human consciousness. As a rising tide of violence and hate sweeps across the globe, the psychologist and the physicist combine forces in a race against time to see if they can do the impossible — change human nature — before the entire world descends into darkness.


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  • Uitgever: SFWRITER.COM Inc. (1 maart 2016)
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  • Taal: Engels
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Meest waardevolle klantenrecensies op (bèta) (er kunnen recensies van Early Reviewer Rewards-programma bij zitten) 3.7 van 5 sterren 109 recensies
10 van 10 mensen vonden de volgende recensie nuttig
5.0 van 5 sterren Quantum Night is a Must-Read 6 april 2016
door Bennetheclone - Gepubliceerd op
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As always, Robert Sawyer delivers.

I made a real point to avoid reviews or anything even remotely about this book before I read it.

It's set in the near future, bouncing back to newly-discovered memories of the main character, Jim Marchuk. The story follows Marchuk as he makes discoveries about both people in general (why are some people psychopaths? Why do others seem to simply follow the crowd?) and about himself specifically. I'm not a good reviewer, so I can only tell you that the book held my interest completely, all the way through, and left me lying awake after finishing it, wondering where I would fit in, in this world of quantum states of consciousness. Am I what I would like to think?

One reviewer noted that politics had intruded into the story, and he found that distasteful, but in this story, politics are virtually required... the world can be greatly impacted by the actions of a very few, and how that could change for the better or worse was an integral part of the story.

My best indicator of whether a book gets five stars is whether I will read it again. This one will be on my required repeat reading list, for various reasons. Plus for the first time, Sawyer added a bibliography. Based on the questions that arise in this book, some of those things will be added to my reading list as well.

Well done, Mr. Sawyer! Well done!
32 van 35 mensen vonden de volgende recensie nuttig
3.0 van 5 sterren Thought-provoking and very readable, but flawed 28 maart 2016
door Amazon Customer - Gepubliceerd op
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I'll try to make this review useful for potential readers: as a thoughtful old-fashioned hard-ish sci-fi it is very good, moves at a brisk pace, is never boring, and one plot twist genuinely surprised me. Characters are strictly one-dimensional, but that's the point. Which brings us to the major themes: whether one is a psychopath, mindless drone (most of us, apparently) or an enlightened thoughtful being is largely pre-set on a quantum level. Now, what if one could switch these states? En masse? Would it be ethical under this or that series of circumstances? The book essentially develops a thought experiment reaching its logical conclusion.

Why just three stars? Well, the novel is set in (very) near future, and the author immediately gets entangled with current politics. It doesn't even matter if it's left or right, it's just a little too current and does not belong to a sci-fi book. The usual annoying "protagonist divides humankind into deserving few and undeserving many, and promptly puts him/her self in the former camp" trope applies, only this time the protagonist is even more annoying than usual. Regardless of your political leanings, this aspect of the book is cringe-inducing.

Problem number two: the ending hinges on a bunch of truly amazing coincidences (even for a quantum universe), and the big scientific idea / break-through in the end would be obvious to anyone capable of doing 3rd grade math. A little disappointing.

This said, it's a good read, and the mystery plot (which starts the events in the book) is actually very well done. Some psychology anecdotes and thought experiments are interesting and new to a layman (well, at least this layman). And it is indeed thought-provoking. Cautiously recommended.

PS. Protagonist has a somewhat corny sense of humor (appropriate for a character), but the jokes are often unexpected and surprisingly funny. About 1/2 laugh/cringe ratio :-)
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2.0 van 5 sterren Disappointing 13 juli 2016
door Janiece Murphy - Gepubliceerd op
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I've read everything Robert J Sawyer has written, and when I learned he had written a new book, I couldn't wait to read it. But I guess even someone as gifted as RJS can't hit it out of the park every time. This book was just not up to his usual standard. Instead of being thought provoking and interesting, it was a polemic on utilitarianism, to the point where I wanted to tell the main character to just shut his pie hole. Additionally, buying into the main premise required me to suspend my disbelief to a level I found difficult.

I'll continue to buy RJS' books, but this one was a disappointment.
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3.0 van 5 sterren Can't recommend 13 maart 2017
door Amazon Customer - Gepubliceerd op
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Robert Sawyer is one of the most talented science fiction authors today and I easily group him in with other contemporary greats. I've read and recommended all of his previous books and in general he brings a very thought-provoking yet grounded look into possible near-futures and the intersections of morality, religion, science, and technology.

That said, I can't in good conscience recommend this book, because it is clear that the author hastily re-authored some portions of the book in response to the 2016 US Presidential Election. The vast majority of the novel would have been fine in and of itself as a thought experiment on quantum psychopaths and the widespread effects of such people on society. I'm sure the general allusions to politics in general were written prior to the election and they make sense given the content. And the science behind the ideas of quantum consciousness is theoretically sound and approached in an educated and believable manner.

Where it all goes off the rails is the extremely obvious forced inclusions of anti-Trump rhetoric. Whether it is a spree of illegal immigrant murders in Texas that are constantly referenced in the news or overwrought allusions to racism and the treatment of blacks in America (a black character arriving in Winnipeg literally says "Now I know what it feels like to be white"), Sawyer goes out of his way to make sure the reader is aware that things are very bad since the new US President took over. The narrator's regular internal monologues on Fox News don't help either. These moments have little or no connection to the story and the book would be far better off without them. By the end of the story where there is literally a genocide against hispanics and the US invades Canada over abortion rights the book had already went way off the rails.

Even without the force-feeding of post-election politics haphazardly added to the book, the general plot falls apart quickly halfway through the book once a spree of riots erupt across Canada after the Winnipeg Jets lose to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals (talk about unbelievable futures). Rather than keep the riots to a more believable level, Sawyer's novel jumps the shark and has multiple deranged lunatics chasing down random people to murder them, all loosely tied to the central premise that 30% of the world's population are actually psychopaths largely controlling the behavior of 40% of the world who are mindless zombies (and also happen to be mostly conservatives, I kid you not).

There are some good ideas here that could have made a great book, but the execution is simply flawed and ends up being the worst offering that Sawyer has ever released. And the last-minute inclusion of irrelevant politics doesn't add anything to the story.

Mr. Sawyer may want to tackle the scientific condition of cognitive dissonance in his next novel because he is suffering massively from it.
3.0 van 5 sterren Average Read for this Robert J. Sawyer Fan! 28 juni 2017
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Robert J. Sawyer’s Quantum Night

Sawyer wrote this novel in an overly political way while through in some smattering of science and pseudo-psychiatric theater to create a simple world where people are one of three categories. Interesting premise, but since people are quite complex you can’t really categorize them that way. That’s one problem with the psychiatric mind is that it is more interested in labeling rather than curing the problems of the mind.

But I digress.

Jim searches for his missing memories and just as in an old pulp fiction novel he finds those six months and is shocked by what he has done.

Solution: Change the course of humanity upward to avoid World War III. Girlfriend only cares about her daughter becoming a philosophical zombie (lots of these terms peppered throughout the book) and so screw humanity, let me save my daughter!

Philosophical conundrums abound in this book. Should we save all of humanity for the sake of one? Or should we sacrifice the one for the common good, even if you become a real jerk in the process?

I’m sure Quantum Physics can be used for better things that screwing with the minds of the 7 billion peoples of Earth.

Sawyer tends to politicize the whole thing – Putin, a US President with expansion ambition annexing Canada, a near start to World War III and three people who use a billion dollar device to change the course of humanity at the cost of a life. Sounds too good to be true.

It is.

Sawyer’s last two novels have not be on par with his earlier novels, and I’m not sure why. WWW Trilogy was cool. Loved Fast Forward and others.

3 stars.

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