Count to a Trillion Hundreds of years in the future after the collapse of the Western world young Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what was once Texas as a gunslinging duelist for hire But Montrose is also a math

  • Title: Count to a Trillion
  • Author: John C. Wright
  • ISBN: 9780765329271
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hundreds of years in the future, after the collapse of the Western world, young Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what was once Texas as a gunslinging duelist for hire But Montrose is also a mathematical genius and a romantic who dreams of a future in which humanity rises from the ashes to take its place among the stars The chance to help usher in that future comesHundreds of years in the future, after the collapse of the Western world, young Menelaus Illation Montrose grows up in what was once Texas as a gunslinging duelist for hire But Montrose is also a mathematical genius and a romantic who dreams of a future in which humanity rises from the ashes to take its place among the stars The chance to help usher in that future comes when Montrose is recruited for a manned interstellar mission to investigate an artifact of alien origin Known as the Monument, the artifact is inscribed with data so complex, only a posthuman mind can decipher it So Montrose does the unthinkable he injects himself with a dangerous biochemical drug designed to boost his already formidable intellect to superhuman intelligence It drives him mad.Nearly two centuries later, his sanity restored, Montrose is awakened from cryo suspension with no memory of his posthuman actions, to find Earth transformed in strange and disturbing ways, and learns that the Monument still carries a secret he must decode one that will define humanity s true future in the universe.

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    1. If you are debating spending money and time on this book, please do not. It isn't a fast read, and it's really unsatisfying. I hear John C. Wright has some other really great offerings out there, so go find one of those.The takeaway I got from this is that girls rule and boys drool? Really, it's that mature, for all of the time spent on exposition set up and cool ideas. The action (of which there was very little) resolved in a frustrating, unbelievable anti-climax. An enormous amount of time is [...]

    2. The only lousy thing about reading on the kindle, other than having to remember to charge it, is that you can't throw a book across the room. It is the privilege of every reader to get really fed up with a book and throw it across the room; then take a couple deep breaths, get up, go get the book, and get back to reading. As it stands, when I finished this book last night, large confused about how it was going to be over, I didn't throw it. I shut the kindle off. I shut the kindle cover. I set i [...]

    3. This one had lots of interesting ideas, but terrible characterization. The story isn't so hot either. The main character is presented as a supergenius, but speaks like a buffoon, even after he is supposed to have undergone intelligence augmentation. It just comes across as horribly, annoyingly contrived. Characters speak aloud in ways that no human being ever has or ever will. The book starts out interestingly, but then just falls off a cliff.I love hard SF, and at first approach, this book has [...]

    4. If I had to find a flaw with this novel, it would be having to wade through the math-speak that saturates a giant chunk of the book. However, I am a veteran scifi reader, and I am far gone enough to actually carry about warp field dynamics, be irritated by the structure of Firefly's universe, and be able to multiple types models of Valkyrie variable fighters apart at a glance. I will not complain, but just warn you: You might need to have google handy.This is a book for scifi readers, not for pe [...]

    5. I'm just going to go ahead and click "hide entire review because of spoilers." There. Much better. Now then, where were we. Ah, yes. Count to A Trillion by John C. Wright. What an odd book this is. It starts off as a high-concept sci-fi of the first order. Humankind discovers a monument orbiting* an antimatter star. (A real star, too, which is kind of cool.) The monument has a message from other beings encoded in higher mathematics. And the contents of the star will change human destiny. Ok. So [...]

    6. I tried to read The Golden Age several years ago and remember that I couldn’t finish it. As I recall, the writing was florid and overblown, and it was a chore to read. While the style here is still florid, it worked for me this time (and I may go back to The Golden Age to see if my opinion of that has changed).The story revolves around Menelaus Illation Montrose, a mathematical genius and member of humanity’s first manned mission to another star – V 886 Centauri. An unmanned probe had been [...]

    7. It's been a long time since I've read a book that, as far as 94% into the text, I wonder, "Enough with the exposition, when's the action about to start?"This novel had some really intriguing ideas, and certainly some entertaining angles and food for thought, but there was a vapid plot, infuriatingly weak characters, and so little to really offer the reader that I can't but walk away feeling cheated. I expected the heavy hand of physics and higher math to greet me, and I expected incredible longi [...]

    8. In summary: A few neat ideas, but clunky dialogue, too much exposition, bad pacing, only one memorable character (Montrose), creepy views of gender roles of men and women, futuristic sausage fest, and lots of math-babble. A pretty quick read. Too bad I bought it. Suppose I'll give it away next time I donate books.Review:Two neat ideas can be found in this book: 1) The overall setting regarding aliens and humanity's place in the galaxy and (2) the gunslinging technologies. Not much else new to be [...]

    9. I wanted to like Count to a Trillion. I really did. The moment that the Rapture of the Nerds got a shout-out in the prologue was the moment I knew that I was going to read every last page of the book. And then it tanked. I suppose that could have been the intention; it clothed itself in all the trappings of the dazzling space operas of the Golden Age, and then it (purposely, I guess) subverted the core tenants of that genre. Everlasting peace is never achieved. Society becomes more, not less, st [...]

    10. I did not like this book. And it had nothing to do with the plot. It was poorly written. The author kept throwing out math and science terms (i.e. the names of particular laws or principals), thing is it just felt like he was doing it to show that he knew all that stuff. HEY! I KNOW WHAT THE BERNOULLI EFFECT IS! It took away from the book. The characters are thinly written and uninteresting. He spends a lot of time describing his world in completely boring ways. Eventually I resorted to skimming [...]

    11. I have to confess, about mid-way through the first in John C. Wright’s latest series, I had a weird fantasy pop into my head. I was in the audience, next to Robert Heinlein, with the good Dr. Asimov on the other side. Asimov was chortling, and Heinlein chuckling, while we passed a big tub of popcorn (real butter, of course) between us. Up on the stage in a conga line were other famous science fiction scientist writers: Edward Lerner, Vernor Vinge, Rudy Rucker, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford and ma [...]

    12. So many good ideas wasted! This book needed a co-author who can write characters and dialogue. The edition I read also desperately needed a copy editor, because I saw at least 50 typos, slips and inconsistencies. I blame the publisher for that, though. not the author. Menelaus is such a klutz it's amazing. Genius? Ha! Naive simpleton would be more accurate. He's almost laughable at times, and don't get me started on his attitudes about women. Del Azarchel is presented as a complex character, the [...]

    13. Occasionally, you come across a book in Barnes and Noble that just seems to call to you. The cover is just right; the first line pops off the page; the voice is unique. Count to a Trillion was all of those, at least in the prologue. I bought it, expecting a comfortable Orson Scott Card-kind of read. Boy was I wrong. After buying it, I read parts of it aloud to my nine-month-old (you know, start them young!) And I started to laugh. Everything after the prologue was a completely different book. La [...]

    14. Anybody who as read his books from the Golden Age trilogy to Null-A-Contiuum knows he is a writer of big ideas and this book is an embarrassment of riches. So many great ideas are contained within that they could have been parsed out a basis for a dozen of other SF books. This book follows the rich tradition of the Space Opera where it's not over until the "voluptuous green-skinned spacewomen in silvery space-bikinis" sing.The specific story follows young Menelaus Illation Montrose from his chil [...]

    15. Count to a TrillionGo ahead, try it, see how far you get. When I was a kid, like, maybe in Kindergarten, I remember being pretty obsessed with numbers. It was a real revelation to me that there was a pattern in how numbers worked. Count up to nine, the add a zero in a column to the right and start counting again Well, I’d continue with my explanation, but I’m sure most people that bother to read this probably have a good handle on how to count. So, I’ll move on.If we get back to me being a [...]

    16. If I had to sum up Count to a Trillion in a single sentence, it would be a line from Monty Python's Life of Brian: "This calls for immediate discussion!" Because that's what around 70% of this book is: chapter upon chapter of people talking, debating, arguing, and never doing anything! I'm going to jam this needle into my brain, jeopardizing an entire mission! Wait, let's talk this over, first! Hey, you've been asleep for over a century, let me tell you at length, and in exhaustive detail about [...]

    17. I'm currently one third of the way through and I'm finding it very difficult to continue. I usually insist on reading a book to the end regardless of how bad it is, but this one is chronic. It's like I've picked up an advanced physics journal paper where the author has tried to be quirky and apply a few characters and a morality tale into it to try and make a dry and dull subject interesting. It simply doesn't work. The characters are clunky and speak in a slang that is a mash up of all slang ov [...]

    18. I am a huge fan of John C Wright, so I was really excited to read this book. The first half of the book blew my mind with the out-of-the-box ideas worked in and the breadth and audacity of the imagination put into it. I absolutely loved the first half of the book, and would wholeheartedly recommend it on that merit. To my disappointment, however, I can't give the book as a whole more than 3 stars because of two things:1. The whole book hinges on advanced math (it's about an interplanetary missio [...]

    19. The sort of SF novel which appeals to a very small segment of its intended readership, but which otherwise gives the genre a bad name, Count to a Trillion is flawed in almost every aspect.The plot is all over the place, jumping huge swathes of time to little effect other than to make the book restart just when you're getting a handle on it. The characters are, at best, one dimensional, and Wright's policy of Tell, Don't Show not only flies in the face of all writing advice, but makes this easily [...]

    20. Characters? What are those? I think there were some people in this book. I know I kept running across some dialogue in a sort of pseudo-Texas vernacular spouted by a super-genius augmented guy who had no clue of what was going on around him. And there was a group of old guys running the world. And there was a Princess who had all the required blinding good looks, virtue and could out-think everyone around her. The rest was gobbledygook this-theorem and that calculus. And really, Tor? Typos every [...]

    21. FBC Mini Review:I still believe that the best sf debut of the 00 decade in the US has been the Golden Age Trilogy of John C. Wright and because of that I have always had a soft spot for the author despite that his follow-up novels veered towards urban fantasy (War of the Dreaming) and then YA fantasy (Chronicles of Chaos of which the first volume was somewhat interesting but I never got the urge to read more).These first lines that open The Golden Age show sf at its best and most wondrous:"It wa [...]

    22. The beginning of a trilogy, so be forewarned. It sweeps off into a tale which, by the end of it, justifies the scope.It opens with a formative incident from the hero Menelaus Montrose's childhood: his harsh mother forces him to delete anything she deems non-educational from his library --a thing of fabric -- including things he had worked quite hard to pay for. The novel itself begins with his trip into space, where Menelaus is part of an interstellar expedition to an anti-matter star with a non [...]

    23. Truly this is wright at his most convoluted and unnecessarily wordy. There's a really interesting story here that's buried under miles of meandering, bizarre exposition and narrative and terrible dialogue. Also the earth-future portrayed here is partially a nightmarish, fever-dream version of all of his various paranoid ultra-conservative rants, kind of balled together into narrative form.There's also the terrible, terrible dialogue. I'm pretty sure that nobody in any actual feudal age ever spok [...]

    24. There are three broad things I look for in any science fiction novel a) the science, because in the same way that one might want to look at the coherence of a magical system in a fantasy setting or the factual correctness of minute details in a historical one, the mark of great science fiction is great science, b) the story and the characters, because we're talking about science fiction, and not a science textbook, and c) the writing, because that's the medium through which science and story are [...]

    25. I forced myself to finish this, so that I could give it an honest review. I enjoyed Mr Wright's Golden Age series very much, so despite my misgivings about his politics, was prepared to give this a go.First, it is BORING. There are pages devoted to what being a post human mathematical genius would be like, which consists of ramblings about fictitious mathematical formulas, postulates and algorithms. Essentially it is mathobabble.Second, it is so paternalistic it made me wince. The protagonist's [...]

    26. I know it might not seem very helpful to list something as both a space opera and hard science fiction, but I could not help myself. John C. Wright is frighteningly talented. Count to a Trillion is my first novel from Mr. Wright and it blends the fun, good story telling, and rich characterization you get from a good space opera with the science of a Greg Egan novel(see Permutation City). If there ever was an example of a Big Smart Object it is the Monument artifact that the protagonist is unique [...]

    27. I enjoyed this book a lot. It was fun, interesting, and put forth many great images and ideas. However, there are two huge, glaring problems that I am unable to overlook. First, the author sets out to create characters who are smarter than everyone else, and fails to do so. This is a common issue, since how can a character be more intelligent than his/her author? In this case, it makes the climax of the story quite disappointing, when the super geniuses act stupid. The second problem is that the [...]

    28. I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I don't read a lot of SF these days, but one thing I particularly like is big idea/large scale SF -- give me something that involves artificial stars, colliding galaxies, vast and ancient intelligences. And this book has those in spades. (Well, to an extent -- I think it's laying a lot of groundwork for future installments.) But it also had things that kind of rubbed me the wrong way, primarily the protagonist (a postapocalyptic Texan), who often s [...]

    29. A refreshingly old-fashioned SF novel about a post-human man adjusting to life on Earth after a century and a half of hibernation, and attempting to decode an artifact from a distant star. Contains lengthy ruminations on sociology and mathematics.

    30. Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright is the first in a new transhumanist space opera series. The novel follows Menelaus Montrose, resident of the war ravaged Texus and a lawyer (disputes are arbited via pistol duels so there is very little traditional law infvolved) as well as a math genius. Montrose is recurited for a space mission to investigate a mysterious alien monolith. It is on this mission that Montrose believing that only a scientifically accelerated mind, a posthuman mind, can deciphe [...]

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