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This book series should be mandatory reading in public schools right now. Forget "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" WE are our own worst enemy! Can't wait to read the rest of the series. Jul 28, Michael rated it liked it. An interesting near future SF novel by a new writer to me. I believe this is his debut novel and very promising it is indeed.
It is horrifying in its plausibility. Jul 01, Jane DiGiovanni rated it it was amazing. WOW What a story! This is a very well written, extremely good story. It was hard to put it down to go to sleep.
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It was hard to go to sleep once putting the book down. You have got to read this book. Can't wait to read book 2. May 04, Tore Vaaland rated it it was ok. Some really good ides, but Kurt ended up being extremely annoying character. Aug 11, John Chapman rated it it was amazing Shelves: technothriller. My criteria for giving a book a 5 star review is that it must make me want to keep reading it rather than doing what I really need to do. Sycamore turned out to be one of those books. Set in the near future it's a very plausible tale and one which would be all too likely to happen if we don't start taking more interest in what information we share.
Now that government spying is an accepted fact we tend to overlook the fact that industry spies on us far more. So what's the book about? Think 'Big Br My criteria for giving a book a 5 star review is that it must make me want to keep reading it rather than doing what I really need to do. Think 'Big Brother', government spying, identity cards, Google Glass, Facebook and merge in some current and probably justified conspiracy theory concerns. What's wrong with the book in terms of technology? I'm not sure about putting in contact lenses and leaving them in for months at a time.
I don't wear contact lenses but I'm pretty sure there would be a few eye infections from this. The lens itself could carry out all it's functions and detect motion of the users hands without needing a touch sensitive implant. The cloud storage required would be far greater than what is available now - but then there is new technology on the way memristors which may provide what would be needed The people wearing lenses would need to be in constant high-speed communication everywhere they went.
That's not possible currently What about social acceptance? I think it's all too plausible that people would demand this. As suggested it wouldn't need legislation. Would we tolerate pop-up adverts? Possibly, but not when they put lives at risk. The cover?
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Certainly eye catching. I loved it - my wife hated it. I have to admit that this review gave me a hard time.
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To begin with, one star was lost right off the bat because of the many errors in the text. Then it was the way the story was developed. I know it is supposed to make people think, but I just felt that some of the events happened too fast. The fact that everything unraveled within three weeks is beyond me. I'm sure thing I have to admit that this review gave me a hard time. I'm sure things had to be exaggerated in order to highlight the gravity of the situation, but I would have preferred a more subtle approach.
Also, there was the issue with Kurt's continuous complaining. I mean, the guy saw something he didn't like, complained about it, went home, saw something else he didn't like, complained, went home, and so on and so forth, for about five to six times. I'm sure there are other ways to weave things into the story without being so obvious about it. However, I enjoyed the story because it showed a kind of technology which doesn't exist yet, at least , but it is so easy to picture. Being mostly technology-savvies, the readers will have no trouble visualizing the way the Seed works and all the repercussions it can have.
I believe that sci fi fans will like Sycamore, but they should probably check out Funscreen first, a spin-off story by Falconer, so they can get a glimpse of the world Sycamore is set in. Having said all that, I am kind of curious to read the sequel, but maybe not so eager as I was to read this one. Jan 03, Norma rated it really liked it Shelves: thriller , s-f , A bigger than Orwell glimpse at what could be in just a smidgen of time: one dominant corporation able to control everything since it can see everywhere through the eyes and ears of all individuals who are themselves then fed what the corporation wants them to be, consumers of the one and only supplier.
From books and films, sex and policing, public hygene and financial services, everything is in it's control. It is a great and all too possible story and very readable even if it is more a polemic than a novel. It reminded me of the great Robert Tressel' s novel on Socialism, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, not, obviously, in content but writing style. This latter languished unpublished for too many decades before finally surfacing in entirety in the 's and was itself trying to open people's eyes to what was happening around them, so thank goodness for Indie publication nowadays. Tressel' s book was and Sycamore is a wake up call to our society, and the picture painted here is one far more terrifying than that of Read it and be afraid Jun 21, Bryan Cacciatore rated it it was amazing.
The future is coming faster than we think! Sycamore takes technology that we have today and pushes it to the next level of innovation. It questions a lot of the moral and ethical implications that come from the technology we are creating and the very thin line between augmented reality and virtual reality. As a tech nerd myself, this book was right up my alley. Sycamore pretty much takes Google Glass and brings it further into future and right into our eyes.
The lines between what people want a The future is coming faster than we think!
The lines between what people want and what people are required to have get very blurred and "don't be evil" all depends on which side of the dollar you are on. The morals and ethics of big corporations come into play, as well as how it affects the blind. The world that is brought about in this book is very real and described in a way that it is not hard to picture. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good not-so-distant-future action book and to all my fellow computer nerds out there.
This is a very well written book and really draws you in, and I am hoping there is a continuation in the future! May 27, Ben rated it really liked it. Pretty good story, but unbelievable. I really dug the technology and critique on society, but much like the movie "Idiocracy", this book goes a little too far too fast. In Mr. Falconer's other book, "Not Alone", we spend several hundred pages building up the machinations and PR spins necessary to convince the world that aliens have visited our planet.
But in "Sycamore" we go from realistic AR augmented reality , to a complete takeover of American society in less than a month. I realize that peop Pretty good story, but unbelievable. Plus the technology leaps are staggering and occur daily in this fictional world. Hell, even Google took years to develop reliable self-driving cars; and they can't get them approved for consumers without manual overrides being available.
Society is quite gullible, but the kind of change they are talking about here is a little hard to swallow. However, if you can overlook that, there is a pretty good story in here. I was engaged throughout and am looking forward to seeing the characters through until the conclusion. Nov 08, Vipin Kumar rated it really liked it. The book is just awesome. Once you start reading it you definitely want to know what happened next? Once you find that out the next question rather next expression "What the fudge " "How the fudge".
I think what everyone will except is that the plot is very much possible and really not that far away in the future. The book is technology heavy. By which I mean the futuristic concept of the new technology are brilliantly explained. The detailing of the scenes are commendable. Only problem that I h The book is just awesome. Only problem that I had with the book was the supporting characters were just that I wished that author could have developed them more.
I wish the author good luck and look forward to his next book. Nov 04, Heather Sabian rated it it was amazing Shelves: thought-provoking. It brought up some interesting questions about technology.
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Unfortunately we are not so far away from being immersed in a slavery to tech and the coorporations that own it, in real time. Some of us are already slaves to our phones but imagine if you didn't need a phone? What if every call, text, and internet site could be seen right before your eyes? You have to pay for each interaction but who cares? We will make the money digtial and give you credit! Before long you ar I really liked this book.
Before long you are up to your eyeballs in debt but the convenience is worth it right? A chilling vision of the not-so-distant future, creepily familiar in almost every detail. An easy to read book that keeps you wanting more. Though I would say the build up is steady, the reader seems more aware than the protagonist though perhaps we're supposed to be? Other than that, it's a great debut and perfect for a quick read in your spare time. Jan 20, Shelly Singhal rated it liked it. Doesn't really work I enjoyed Craigs other book, but this one doesn't really work.
His theme is excellent and is worthy of discussion, but there's a reductio ad absurdam quality to this plot that turns it into much less than it could be. I would give this one a miss, I don't think it accomplishes its very important objectives. Apr 14, andy hill rated it it was amazing. A stark warning of corporate power.
Kept me reading when I should have been asleep. Mar 05, Betty Johnson rated it really liked it. Very scary and plausible story This was a pretty good book. A little repetitious at times and a bit too long. However, the storyline was very plausible… We are so in love with our technology that I could see something like this happening very easily.
Jul 26, Erica rated it it was amazing. Scary smart writing Scary smart writing I enjoyed this thought provoking novel but it left me feeling more than a little concerned about the social media clad world we live in now and the direction it seems to be heading This book freaked me out because of how plausible it is.
It brings up some good topics. It reminded me of by Orwell and a Sliders episode that I can't remember the name of. If you like dystopian novels I highly recommend this one. Jan 08, Angel Eyes rated it it was amazing. Absolutely fantastic read. I could not put this down.
I bought the sequel Sycamore 2. Again, I could not put that down either. Have just purchased Not Alone, this also looks very promising although it's a slightly different genre. This book sure kept me reading, but I can't quite make up my mind what I think of it. It definitely frightened me. I also hope it is something that can not happen in the future which many seem to disagree on.
Chillingly entertaining book. Won at Goodreads. This isn't the most literary of books; it's a novella that encapsulates the potential of computer technologies to be used for good or evil. It's a thought-provoking book that does a better job of provoking thought as a novel than it would as an equivalent non-fiction book. Apr 11, nikki rated it really liked it.
Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction. About Craig A. Craig A. Other books in the series. Sycamore 2 books. Books by Craig A. Trivia About Sycamore Sycamor No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Sycamore. The title refers to a row of sycamore trees in the countryside near the fictional town of Clanton, in fictional Ford County, Mississippi. The trees play an important role in the book's plot, though the full significance becomes clear only in the end of the novel. It is suggested that these sycamores are very old, having been planted by Native Americans prior to the arrival of European settlers and their African slaves in what would become the state of Mississippi.
An employee of wealthy recluse Seth Hubbard is instructed to meet his boss at a location by these sycamores one early Sunday afternoon. The employee finds Mr. Hubbard has hanged himself from the tree because his terminal lung cancer had become too painful. Accompanying the body are very specific funeral and burial instructions. Jake Brigance, Carl Lee's former attorney, had gained much fame after the Hailey trial, as well as the respect of the black community and of many whites, but he has little to no money to show for it.
Jake has yet to see any of the insurance money for the burnt house, which is tied up in litigation with his own insurance company. Jake receives a letter sent by Hubbard just before he kills himself, containing a new holographic will that renounces a will he filed the year before in which he leaves all his assets to his daughter and son as well as his grandchildren. In this new will, Hubbard stipulates that his children will receive nothing.
Instead, five percent will be given to the local church and another five percent will be left to his long-disappeared brother, Ancil Hubbard. The remaining ninety percent is to be given to his black housekeeper Letitia "Lettie" Lang. Further instructions stipulate that the will must not be filed for probate until after Hubbard's funeral so that his children, who rarely visited him during his bout with cancer, can put on a show not knowing that they will ultimately be left with nothing.
Hubbard notes that his children will certainly contest the new will because they are greedy and that Jake must do whatever it takes to make sure the new holographic will is enforced.
He says he chose Jake because of the admirable work that Jake did during the Hailey trial. As the executor publishes this sum, the entire town of Clanton shifts their attention to the case. Seth Hubbard's children attempt to contest their father's new holographic will by claiming he was not capable when filing it, igniting a hotly contested court battle with many twists and turns.
Jake's first concern is to prevent the trial from becoming a race issue of blacks vs. Since Ford County has a white majority, so would the jury be. On the other hand, whites in Ford County are far from completely biased, as proven by the fact that voters had elected a black sheriff to two consecutive terms by an overwhelming majority. Jake believes that if the race issue is toned down, the jury might rule for Lettie on the case's own merits, i. First, Jake must get rid of a rabble-rousing black lawyer from Memphis, who goes to Clanton, involves himself in the case and makes a series of provocative acts which risk the chances of winning the case.
Then, Lettie's husband, with whom she is on bad terms, kills two teens while driving drunk, arousing great passions against the Lang family and hurting their chance of a fair trial. As a measure of damage control, Jake convinces Lettie to immediately file for divorce which was on her mind anyway. The trial finally begins and goes well. Jake builds his case, and Lettie's own testimony makes a good impression on the jury and Jake succeeds in discrediting the testimonies of Seth Hubbard's children and their assertion to have been close to their father and deeply caring during his illness.
However, the opposing lawyer manages to spring a surprise witness, whose testimony seems to show that Lettie had tried to influence an earlier ailing employer to leave her money in a holographic will, creating a suspicion of her systematically preying on the weakness of old ailing people. Still another surprise witness, a former black female employee with whom Seth Hubbard had sexual relations comes forward, implying that Lettie had also slept with Hubbard.
The trial looks lost for Jake, with even the two black jurors starting to strongly doubt Lettie's credibility. At the last moment, the trial is changed again by a sensational deposition given by Hubbard's long-lost brother Ancil. Ancil, who had a very traumatic childhood, had left Ford County and joined the U. Navy at the age of 17, vowing never to return. Since then, he had led an adventurous and often criminal life around the world under a variety of assumed names, until finally being located as a bartender in Juneau, Alaska.
The disbarred Lucien, Jake's friend and ex-partner who is an alcoholic but when sober still a sharp legal mind, goes to Alaska and manages to obtain Ancil's recorded testimony. Ancil Hubbard explains why Seth Hubbard left the money to his housekeeper and the significance of the sycamore tree from which Mr. Hubbard hanged himself. In the s, Lettie's grandfather Sylvester, whom she never knew, owned a considerable plot of land.