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The fractal prince
Rajaniemi, Hannu.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : Tor, 2012.
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300 pages ; 25 cm
A physicist receives mysterious information about how to enable immortality in a city torn by the agendas of "fast ones, " shadow players, jinni, and two revolution-minded sisters; while a thief on the edge of reality is aided by a sardonic ship to risk his freedom and find his patron.
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"The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to."

A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of "fast ones," shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution.
And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schr#65533;dinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.

Jean de Flambeur is back. And he's running out of time.

In Hannu Rajaniemi's sparkling follow-up to the critically acclaimed international sensation The Quantum Thief, he returns to his awe-inspiring vision of the universe...and we discover what the future held for Earth.

Author Notes

Born and raised in Finland, HANNU RAJANIEMI lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is a founding director of a financial consultancy, ThinkTank Maths. He is the holder of several advanced degrees in mathematics and physics. Multilingual from an early age, he writes his science fiction in English. He is the author of The Quantum Thief , The Fractal Prince and The Causal Angel .

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Booklist Review

If, after beginning this sequel to The Quantum Thief (2011), you find yourself wondering what the heck is going on here, don't panic: Jean de Flambeur, the novel's centerpiece, is wondering the same thing. Sprung (in the first novel) from a virtual prison by Mieli, a powerful woman who offers Jean his freedom in exchange for a service, he must return to his thieving ways and steal something for the pellegrini, a sort of godlike entity. But, even now, Jean still doesn't know exactly why he was busted out of prison, or what, precisely, he's stolen. He does know that, until he can pay off his debt to Mieli, he won't be able to recover his lost memories. To repay his debt, he must safecrack a Schrodinger box and release the god that might or might not be trapped inside. Fans of the author's popular debut novel, which mixed hard science with wild fantasy, will probably be lining up for this follow-up, which resolves some of the questions posed in The Quantum Thief but, on the other hand, asks several more, for which there are, as yet, no answers.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rajaniemi's fun if sometimes torturously convoluted follow-up to 2011's The Quantum Thief returns to the adventures of Jean le Flambeur, posthuman master thief, still unable to remember much of his past and now forced to work for space captain Mieli and her goddess/debtor Josephine Pellegrini. On Earth, meanwhile, Tawaddud Gomelez schemes to advance her powerful father's political fortunes and put behind her a blemished past that includes a dalliance with a jinni. Rajaniemi plays with Arabian Nights references, from a character named Dunyazad, after Scheherazade's sister, to multilayered storytelling, but these elements never quite work alongside the hard postsingularity SF of Jean's story. The plot can get muddled as a result, but Rajaniemi's witty language ("On the day the Hunter comes for me, I am killing ghost cats from the Schrodinger Box") and charmingly wry hero will make the read well worth the effort for the first installment's fans. Agent: John Jarrold, John Jarrold Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

When Mieli, the winged Hunter and servant of a goddess, encounters quantum thief Jean de Flambeur for the second time, the thief is in the process of experimenting with Schrodinger's box for his current patron. Together the pair must travel to Earth on a mission intimately involved in the planet's future. At the same time, two sisters in the haunted city of Sirr, one of the last cities on a broken Earth, plan a revolution to free their city from the might of the Sobornost's virtual control of the solar system. Rajaniemi's sequel to The Quantum Thief blends the action-based story of de Flambeur, Mieli, and the sarcastic, sentient ship Perbonen with the slower-paced story arc of sisters Tawaddud and Dunyazad as they work and plot for social change and freedom. VERDICT Stories within stories, mind-boggling scientific extrapolations, and flamboyant characters mark the author as a rising star of the genre. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.