The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The title is a little misleading. I like it. But suffice to say, this is a post-singularity civilization, political thriller that has all the feel of a multi-flavored political ice-cream with a truly anarchic base, with uploaded/downloaded minds, functional immortality, and an utterly nutso capitalist foundation -- that ends in yet another massive revolution, just as the first book had.
We get legal drama, world war, mystery, and of course tons of classy convoluted political theories (of ALL flavors) making a mess of reality.
But that isn't the best part. I thought all of it was pretty cool but it was only in the later portion of the novel that it took off and really shone with the post-singularity spin. That kind of hard-SF is a glory to behold. The rest really grounds us in our own mire. :)
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