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  • Title: Kiln People
  • Author: David Brin Beth Meacham
  • ISBN: 9780765342614
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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  1. David Brin Beth Meacham says:
    David Brin is a scientist, speaker, and world known author His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards At least a dozen have been translated into than twenty languages Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near future trends such as the World Wide Web A movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on his post apocalyptic novel, The Postman Startide Rising won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel The Uplift War also won the Hugo Award His non fiction book The Transparent Society Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy deals with secrecy in the modern world It won the Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association Brin serves on advisory committees dealing with subjects as diverse as national defense and homeland security, astronomy and space exploration, SETI, nanotechnology, and philanthropy David appears frequently on TV, including The Universe and on the History Channel s Life After People Full and updated at davidbrin biographym

Comment 745 on “Kiln People

  1. Apatt says:
    Sometimes you re the grasshopper Some the ant The difference now is that now you can be both, the very same day That quote sums up the basic theme of Kiln People nicely This was going to be my last book of 2015 but I underestimated its length From the synopsis I expected it to be a quick, breezy fun read, but when I downloaded it on my Kindle I was surprised to find it s almost 600 pages long A lot of it is still quite fun though, but it did outstay its welcome a little Kiln People hits the grou [...]

  2. j says:
    I like sci fi, but man, a lot of these dudes are long winded and how do they manage to write so freaking many books regardless Fantasy authors too especially I picked this one up because it was lauded and I loved the concept a future society where people sit on their asses on the couch and send out disposable one use only clones made out of clay and color coded based on brain power and durability, from dumb as Gumby Greens to sleek, efficient Ebonies to do the stuff they don t want to do go to w [...]

  3. Michael says:
    I was really disappointed with this book.The concept is fun at first It explores some interesting issues with identity and individuality and so on Since there s a mystery going on, it reminded me of Asimov s robot mysteries, except here you ve got dittos instead of robots.The first problem that shows up is that it becomes pretty hard to keep track of who s who Albert creates several dittos, and each chapter tracks one of them It s hard to remember which ditto did what The real problem for me, th [...]

  4. Ric says:
    In the rarified sub genre of SF doppelgangers, this must be, I am sure, a favorite Years after I first read this book, I am still thinking about it, so there must be something here.David Brin writes the story tongue in cheek I mean baking yourself a duplicate is kinda outrageous, isn t it , but without descending into parody or outright silliness In fact he keeps a straight face throughout the book, and stays on the main theme, which is an interesting mystery tale, sufficient onto itself in term [...]


  5. That70sheidi says:
    As an inherently lazy person deeply, happily lazy the idea of Kiln People appeals to me Someone to do my laundry, awesome However.What started as an interesting story with some cool plot twirls turned into a plodding, pedantic, slit your wrists boring slodge about halfway through I would say about half of the book could be cut without any loss in part because of all the repetition hey guess what there s stockpiled food here for government officials to eat in case of holocaust, hey, look, it s th [...]

  6. Arthur says:
    Short review Fascinated by the concept, but in the end ultimately let down by the plot.Well, I have to say that I enjoyed the ride, but I didn t necessarily enjoy the destination very much That is probably because I did not exactly understand the destination the ending I loved the idea of duplicating soul standing waves and having many of yourselves running around I particularly liked the characters, including the like able Pallie in the form of a ferret side kick Pal was sort of reminiscent for [...]

  7. Christopher McKitterick says:
    KILN PEOPLE is the most fun I had reading a book in a long while, and highly inventive despite what a few scholars have said jealousy, I suspect It s big, and it gets a bit long in the 3rd quarter of the book, but it s really worth the read I love Brin s fresh look at the definition of soul and his toying with transcendence All in a funny, suspenseful, intriguing page turner Great SF I went into KILN PEOPLE with a bit of hesitation, expecting yet another take on cloning or golems, and ended up g [...]

  8. Dev Null says:
    Brilliant A near ish future detective story set in a world where people can make copies of themselves dittos or dits which they can then send off to do various tasks, only to download the memories back into the original at the end of the day.Brin takes a truly weird idea for a technology, and then sets about looking at how it would change people and society good ole fashioned speculative fiction without getting all hung up on how the technology is supposed to work His world had the off kilter fe [...]

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  10. JBradford says:
    When I read Brin s Existence last month, I apologized in my review about giving it five stars, which I do not normally do for novels, but I had to do it not only because of the outstanding story but also and mostly because of the sheer talent displayed by the author So I went out in search of other things by Brin, and now I want to give this one six or seven stars This novel is an incredible tour de force by a extremely intelligent writer who clearly loves to play with his writing skills As with [...]

  11. Ben says:
    I enjoyed this book just as much the second time around While certain twists or plot developments were obvious to me, and I found it a lot easier to see where Brin was going as my incomplete recollections of the story were prompted on, I got a lot out the skill in which he wove the story together and his style of tell telling.Written from various different perspectives, all of which are that of one or another version of the main protagonist, Albert Morris, Brin uses various different voices an [...]

  12. icowdave says:
    As much as I like David Brin s work, I just could not finish this book No problems with the writing per se but the story was really ridiculous In the future, everyone has an in home kiln that they use to make life like robotic clay duplicates of themselves You get up in the morning lay down on the machine with a blank next to you and imprint your consciousness on the ditto You send it out to mow the grass or to the office to work in your place etc There are different types of dittos for differen [...]

  13. Tracey says:
    previously read 1 Mar 2003I am fascinated by the concept of the dittos an temporary, alternate self that you can imprint your self soul onto and then download its experiences at the end of the day Brin explores this technology and its potential effects on human society in detail through the structure of a mystery.The main character, Albert Morris, is a private investigator you can imagine how helpful the dittos are to him and is investigating the disappearance murder of one of the developers of [...]

  14. Jacqueline says:
    Kiln People is an intriguing book on several levels Although set several generations into the future, it deals with important issues like identity, souls , race, technology, and self actualization Who is Albert, really Does he have core character traits Without his memories, would he be the same person These questions are addressed in this book Additionally, while differences based on today s ideas of race have supposedly disappeared, the divisions in the future society are based on whether a pe [...]

  15. Wayne says:
    some creepy guy who looked just like the simpsons comic book guy recommended this to me in my favorite used book store he claimed it should have won Hugo instead of Neil Gaiman I was hooked from the beginning, partially because the premise of the novel resonated with me It was a fantastic read up until the last third of the book, which takes place over approximately ten minutes of the story s timeline Some authors don t know how to edit.

  16. Jonathan Lupa says:
    Though in some ways the ending was a little big for me, in general, this was an absolutely terrific bit of sci fi mystery The treatment of the cloning topics was terrific, and the storytelling was than compelling enough to pull you through some of the recitative sections.I think the bottom line for me is that I need to go through this mans Bibliography and read them all.

  17. Kim says:
    I thought this was a really good book, with a fascinating world concept that I d love to see explored further A post internet technology without being alien, or space related And sure the book did shove its head up its own ass towards the end and kind of lose its way it was still worth reading I wish he, or others, would write in this world.

  18. Mya says:
    I know that this cover picture looks big, but the actual book seemed pretty, darn big when I picked it up It s a thick work, and it took me a bit to get through it Recommended to me by a co worker, I was told a few brief details, namely that the story revolves around the concept that in the future, a man can transfer memories and a portion of his soul to clay golems For example, I could make three copies of myself, send one to work, send one to do the house and yard work and another to go to pla [...]

  19. Brian says:
    This book has an absolutely awesome backdrop with wonderful characters Brin has enough great ideas and possibilities here for a half dozen novels, not just one In so many ways it s Brin at his best but it s still not enough to save this one from being mediocre at best I m afraid.In pacing it really reminds me of his Earth novel It starts out interesting but moderately paced, then around two thirds of the way through starts spiralling out, getting wilder and wilder In Earth, it worked The crazine [...]

  20. Mathew Walls says:
    I don t think I ve ever changed my opinion on a book quite so dramatically while reading it Half way through I loved almost everything about it some of the language use is irritating, eg the maestra , ditective , etc but otherwise it s a neat noir style detective story in a setting that allows for some interesting twists.By the 80% mark I wasn t so sure about it Probably only a three star book By 90% I was down to one star and just powering through so I could say I finished it So how does it all [...]

  21. Donna says:
    Well, I stuck it out all the way to the end and never did find any redeeming qualities in this sci fi novel Confusing, irritating, and ultimately pointless, IMHO Set in a far future time populated by copies of ourselves, created out of clay whenever desired in a home kiln No longer do people need to subject themselves to the boring routine of work, or the dangers of police work, or any other undesired activities Just send a ditto There s grey ones that are intelligent, purple ones for office wo [...]

  22. korty says:
    The lighter side of near future detective thrillers Well, only in terms of the detective element The SF side of things is amazing David Brin has a generally much optimistic view of the future, and it shows in his personable PI Albert Morris who would rather talk his way out of a confrontation as opposed to Richard Morgan s Takeshi Kovacs who likes to bathe in the entrails of anyone who even slightly annoys him OK that is an exaggeration, but you get my point In this story, people are able to do [...]

  23. Chessa says:
    This was a GREAT book Fans of Snow Crash or Richard Morgan s Altered Carbon would love this, too Albert is a detective in a world where dittoing making copies of yourself makes the world turn Instead of working, people make copies of themselves different color golems different skills and different prices to do their work for them a green to wash your toilets and run errands, an ebony to do very detail oriented tasks, etc War is run much like a football game, only with even expendable players.Go [...]

  24. Sandi says:
    Back in 2002, my daughter gave me a signed first edition of this book David Brin has always been one of my favorite authors and I was delighted to see a new novel by him I sat down to read it and made it through about 40 pages A couple of years later, I tried again I don t think I even made it that far Well, I ve been on a reading frenzy the last few months and had finished everything else in my to read pile, so I pulled this book off the shelf again I was determined to finish.Fortunately, I rem [...]

  25. Mr. Blair says:
    The story was interesting and it forced me to think about what exactly we value regarding human ness In the world where copies of humans are made easily, a significant gray area exists what exactly makes a human, human So thinking about that was interesting It was also interesting thinking about having all of these parallel lives being lived simultaneously So you wanted to be a chef AND run a restaurant AND be an engineer Great Make your copies go do that stuff Then inload their memories.As the [...]


  26. Karen Wyle says:
    I m rounding up just a bit here.This book has a fascinating premise, nicely explored through interesting and or likable characters until it spins somewhat out of control The plot eventually becomes too convoluted for my taste It also ventures out into realms where science fiction meets the metaphysical which some will enjoy than I did.On the whole, though, I enjoyed the notion of temporary duplicate people, tailored for particular tasks, with their memories inloaded back to their maker if the m [...]

  27. Casey says:
    This was one of the most fun books I ve read in a while Though it took a little patience getting used to the slang and culture of this book s setting, it was well worth it I really enjoyed following the multiple threads of the story, character development, and multifaceted vision of a possible future world Part detective, sci fi, spiritual, and philosophical this had my brain tingling with possibility Highly recommended.

  28. Avani says:
    I dislike many of Brin s books, but I found Kiln People very compelling The background is that humanity has found a way to live in parallel by replicating themselves into golems that live only one day We follow the many incarnations of a detective as they wander through a city, independently solving a case and learning about the nature of what it is to be a golem vs a human The ending was weak, but the book is thought provoking enough to be worthwhile regardless.

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