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Equations of Life (Samuil Petrovitch, 1) (original 2011; edição 2011)

por Simon Morden (Autor)

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Samuil Petrovitch is an anti-social Russian migr in the overcrowded, decaying urban jungle of the London Metrozone. Going against his customary principle of "don't get involved," Petrovitch surprises himself one day by performing an uncharacteristically kind act, which results in his being propelled into a world of rival gang lords, exiled yakuza, crooked cops, crazed prophets, and gun-toting warrior nuns.… (mais)
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Título:Equations of Life (Samuil Petrovitch, 1)
Autores:Simon Morden (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2011), Edition: Reissue, 400 pages
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I am SO close to finishing this, but what's the point? I've never been so unimpacted by a book in years. Great swaths of story pass me by and I just... don't... care. Something about a genius, and a fighter who helps crack the Unified Field Theory because he's read a lot.

I'll say that again. He's... read. A lot.

He saves someone. He falls in with a fightin' nun. There's people out to get him. For reasons.

Apparently there was an apocalyptic event. He mentions it a fair amount. In a world that really hasn't changed. Electric, computer controlled cars. Similar tech to today. Hell, they have time to work on that pesky Unified Field Theory. So, more an excuse to change the landscape of London than anything.

Whatever.

I just can't. What a damn mess.

No rating. DNF. I'm out.
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Initially, I had trouble getting in to this because I found the writing... odd. I think it was supposed to be noir but it didn’t quite make it and instead landed on awkward. Plus, all the Russian was kind of annoying, especially since there were no other verbal indications that the main character was so English-as-a-second-language that he would use that much of his native tongue in normal conversation unless it was an affectation.

But as I got further into the book, it was so obviously a nerd self-insertion fantasy that I just couldn’t take it. The main character is almost schizophrenic - threatening police detectives and pushing around mob bosses, but also squeaking when kissed by a(n underaged) girl and vomiting after he runs because he’s so out of shape his side stitches hurt worse than his heart with a dodgy pacemaker. Oh, and he also touts himself as a tactical genius because he’s played some computer games and read The Art of War. Please.

I did make it 70-some percent through this (though there was some heavy skimming after the halfway point) and I told myself I was going to finish it because I only had an hour left but.... I couldn’t. As soon as I said “it’s ridiculous and eyerolling but I’m going to finish it!” I couldn’t make myself pick it up again. So I give up. But I knew a lot of gamer guys in school that would love this book, so if that’s you, go for it. ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Mar 5, 2021 |
10 word review: Samuil's 1 lucky dude; an interesting future; an okay story ( )
  lmorganjr | Dec 21, 2020 |
There's a lot of good things I can say about this novel. It has good plot, good pacing, and it does the whole subgenre of techno-thriller justice.

I enjoyed the main character, Petrovich, for his almost unbelievable mash up of personality traits. I mean, who else except in a techno-triller will be a hardened survivor of an apocalypse, a computer geek, an untrained but very well read and brilliant mathematician, and a self-serving asshole with combat skills? Oh. Wait... something like this does happen fairly often, or at least close variations on the theme.

I'm not complaining. It's entertaining for what it is.

It's a very easy read compared to a lot of the books I've read recently, and it passed very smoothly down my gullet, like vodka and sake. (But not at the same time!)

It is kinda funny, though, that I'd be reading no less than a half-dozen novels this year with AIs. Hell, earlier this month, I just read [b:The Hive Construct|18395027|The Hive Construct|Alexander Maskill|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1399483375s/18395027.jpg|26019759], which was almost the very twin to this novel, at least in broad plot and action. It's almost as if a one page synopsis was shared between publishers or the underlying zeitgeist of throwing yourself at crazy AI's is so firmly embedded in our collective psyche (Thank you, 2001 Space Odyssey) that we've just got to rehash the same theme a million times, and preferably in cities where we can have the most collateral damage.

Though, to be fair, I much preferred the writing and the characters in this novel over the other one I just mentioned. It's also worth mentioning this one came out years before, as well. I'll soon get into this one's sequels. I liked it. It's a popcorn SF adventure, done all modern-like.

And who knows, maybe I'll get a taste of how the world will be after the GUT starts getting some applications. :) I'd love to see some speculation up here! ;) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
When I summarise what's in "Equations Of Life", I realise I should be raving about how good this book is.

How can I resist a story about a Russian street punk turned physics genius, living under a false identity in a post-apocalyptic Britain where only London has survived, who, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, gives in to impulse and rescues a young Japanese woman from kidnappers, almost gets himself killed, gets rescued by an gun-toting, armour-wearing nun, suffers heart failure and on being revived, discovered that the father of the woman he rescued runs the London Yakuza?

"Equations Of Life" has smart physicists, a young Japanese girl who wields a Katana, a psychopathic, schizophrenic AI, a very tall, very fit, very dangerous, nineteen year old nun, and an ex-criminal hero whose conscience my just get him killed - again.

And yet, I'm hesitating to buy the second book in the trilogy. Somehow, I never really connected with our hero or his plight. I felt as if I were in a video game. It was novel and often exciting but it never truly felt real. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
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Samuil Petrovitch is an anti-social Russian migr in the overcrowded, decaying urban jungle of the London Metrozone. Going against his customary principle of "don't get involved," Petrovitch surprises himself one day by performing an uncharacteristically kind act, which results in his being propelled into a world of rival gang lords, exiled yakuza, crooked cops, crazed prophets, and gun-toting warrior nuns.

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