Slant (Queen of Angels, #4) by Greg Bear

Slant (Queen of Angels, #4)

In the sixth decade of the 21st century, the world has been transformed. Nanotechnology has been perfected, giving humans the ability to change their environment and themselves on the cellular level. And the study of the mind has brought about a revolution in both human psychotherapy and artificial intelligence.It's a sane and perfect world. Almost.A man called Jack Giffey is planning to break into the Omphalos, the most secure building in all of...

Details Slant (Queen of Angels, #4)

TitleSlant (Queen of Angels, #4)
Release DateJun 15th, 1998
PublisherTor Science Fiction
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Cyberpunk

Reviews Slant (Queen of Angels, #4)

  • David Bias
    Heavily read and re-read. I want to make it into a screenplay!!
  • Jennifer
    High time for a quick read, I headed to the science fiction section at the used bookstore and picked up Slant, as Greg Bear has made it onto my list of trusted authors. Despite that, the first noteworthy thought I had reading this book was "Please, dear Greg, no more writing sex scenes!" I was a tad concerned when sex/porn turned out to be rather central to the plot, but the most cringe-worthy moment had passed and I was soon absorbed by the stor...
  • Liz
    Written in the 1990s, Greg Bear envisioned a twenty-first century in which Disney would produce porn, intellectuals would give lectures on sex, and a creepy old man hitting on a 20-something-year-old waitress results in the girl being taken aback, because no old guy has EVER hit on her at her job before, and gleefully has sex with him that very night. Yuck. This book had some characters I liked and some interesting ideas, but it was overshadowed ...
  • Kelly H. (Maybedog)
    I think I would have enjoyed this better if I had read the first book. The story stand alone fairly well but there are a lot of references to things that happened before that I felt I would benefit from having more info about. I'm not going to spoil it so I'm just going to say that the premise, the cause of why people are having problems, didn't make sense to me. I have some experience with people who have the modern day version and I can't imagi...
  • Andy
    I need to compare intra-book year dates because this one started out a bit confusing. You end the last book with Mars doing it's dance and then you are back at what I can only guess is after Queen of just a tad confusing.Let's abstract then and just dove-tail it behind book #1. Yay, makes a bunch more sense. It's been a little time but not a lot and we rejoin Choy, Martain, Jill and new cast members. We return to a world in con...
  • Ryan Schneider
    SLANT is well written and has lots of cool futuristic lingo which takes forever to figure out, plus an ensemble cast of characters whom I constantly had to try and remember each time there was a POV shift.Greg Bear makes an interesting sociological observation about how pornography and the instant gratification mentality so prevalent today is a risky, and potentially destructive one.But I found my interest lagging toward the end. I ended up readi...
  • Graham Crawford
    This was really bad - ok - a couple of good ideas - but dreadful prose and completely unlikeable/ forgettable characterization. And his BIG idea is just - WRONG! - the writer talks about autopoietic systems, but he has confused these with morphogenetic processes. He has obviously read a tiny bit of science, and got the wrong end of the stick - and since this is the entire point of the book ..... its a tiny bit disturbing that the writer doesn't u...
  • Nicholas Barone
    Slant is the 4th novel written by Greg Bear in the setting he introduced in the novel Queen of Angels - an Earth which has been transformed by nanotechnology. In internal chronology, it is the second of the 4 novels, so I chose to read it right after finishing Queen of Angels. Slant is, in a word, excellent. Where the story in QoA occasionally dragged, Slant's story is a high energy, fast paced page turner. The story takes place several years aft...
  • David
    Slant is set in an all-too-possible future United States where people are constantly hooked (often physically) into an advanced version of the Internet and it is routine to undergo mental therapy, mediated and maintained by nanobots that float freely in one's bloodstream till the end of their days. Dataflow rules all, and people are generally consumed by information. Immortality is within reach ... or so a group of wealthy "Untherapied" aristocra...
  • Liz
    Brilliant and scintillating possible future that seems all too tangible a reality when read a decade after its first publication. Depending upon your own personal slant, you will either be horrified or anticipatory of the technology presented in this story.Possible futures based upon current world trends fascinate me. Books written when certain types of technology are in their infancy; those that seem to be a self-fulfilling prophecy 10 years lat...
  • Berry Muhl
    If you're not thoroughly steeped in hard sci-fi idiom and technological understanding, don't even try.If you're a braniac who seeks bragging rights for having fought through a dense, intricate and challenging novel, don't make excuses. Just read it.I wasn't aware when I picked this up that it's the fourth in a series. Now I have to find the others and read them, in order. Bear doesn't insult your intelligence. He doesn't offer exposition or expli...
  • Andreas
    I am still not entirely sure what this novel is about. It is a near future tale, with few traditional SciFi space trappings. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and my final conclusion is that Bear is writing about societal trends that may appear in the future, in particular the impact of the very rich wanting to live for a very long time. Not nearly as epic as Eon and Eternity, it is nevertheless a solid work.
  • Tim
    Had to abandon this...I was never sure what I was reading, who was doing it, and why all the sex (I think) seemed so yucky.
  • Surly
    I recently read Queen of Angels and while Goodreads calls this the fourth book in the series, Wikipedia emphatically states this is the sequel. Where Queen of Angels was an ambitious exploration of race, and perhaps the thornier Jungian concept of race memory, Slant takes the same approach to sex. In both meanings: gender (or gender roles) as well as copulation. And while Bear is plenty daring with that theme, Slant doesn't quite reach the height...
  • Simon
    Too long and contains a bizarre mix of ideas which don't always gel (porn, Tourette's syndrome, eugenics, AI). Also, I hate books which hide the fact that they're actually sequels. I think this one more or less stands on its own, but nothing on the cover tells you that it's actually the fourth in a series, which is annoying.Having said that, some of the ideas are interesting, although there's a lot of murky plotting to get through before you real...
  • Wendy Wolpert-DeWitt
    This book starts disjointed, lonely, a series of meaningless vignettes. By the end, the author weaves each thread into a masterfully told tale. If you can hang in for the first part, the payoff is a rich, thought-provoking read that will stay with you long after.Sadly, the e-book edition I read was a travesty of editorial errors. By the end, I was convinced it had been converted from paper to electronic by using a scanner and OCR - with little or...
  • Jordan Dodson
    I picked this book up at a little bookshop in Seattle. The one in Pike Place market with a singing bookkeep. It was paperback, but had a really striking cover image (the bookkeep thought so, too). As he was checking the price on the title page ($4.00), he said, "Hmm, looks like it's signed." I hadn't noticed the signature on the inside of the cover. It was messy, consisting of two short scribbled words (Greg Bear?) "Maybe," I replied.It sat on th...
  • Chris Peters
    Apparently this is a series... I thought it was a stand-alone and just jumped in. But honestly I was able to keep up. I didn’t feel like I was missing vital parts of the story.It was a decent read, sort of a semi-dystopia. Some very interesting characters, and Bear brings them all together in a very convincing way. Which was a nice surprise, since it seemed at first that there was no way any of this was connected.
  • Mona
    Took me a while to get into the book because the world is just THERE, with little explication. That can be a good think: it's like learning a language by immersion. I really LIKE this world and hope there are more books in that universe to read. I found almost all of the characters intriguing and the overlapping action bringing seemingly unconnected people and AIs together kept me wondering.
  • Daniel Smith
    Super weird, but pretty damn compelling technology. The technology made some of the sappier parts totally worth pushing through. Had no idea until I wrote this review that this book was part of a series. I don't really see which of the characters could've been from a previous book, and that confused me. But as a standalone it's good.
  • Rob Markley
    Greg Bear near his best with deep science views of the the near future.
  • Punk
    SF. It's the future and therapy's on its way to becoming mandatory. Society's divided into high naturals, naturals, untherapieds, and CTRs; then there's the transforms (humans who have elected to change their physiology for aesthetic purposes) and the thinkers (artificial intelligence responsible for guiding entire companies), and the Ruggers (militia members in the Republic of Green Idaho), but now, with a little help from an unlicensed thinker ...
  • Anthony
    Slant, by Greg Bear, is a sequel (of sorts) to Queen of Angels. Could you read this without reading QOA? Sure you can. Should you? Not really, because this book jumps right into the fray of the world built in the first book. This review is only a mild spoiler type of situation, so if you would like to know nothing, stop here and know I like the book. That’s it. Slant doesn’t feature a lot of characters from the earlier book, but does feature ...
  • Ellen (Elf TajMuttHall) Finch
    This has been sitting on my shelf a long time, waiting to be read.This was technically well written (i.e., didn't feel like an amateur or sloppy writer writing it) and had interesting characters, or I might not have made it through the book. At least the first half felt like it was taking forever to get to the point or the action or whatever--I didn't really know why I was reading the book. Normally, I love stories that unfold rather than dumping...
  • Cindy
    Questioning moral of the story: Is life worth living if it's without some strife?Slant is not, strictly speaking, the second in a series, but follows the events and several characters from Queen of Angels. Although Slant is a better story than its in-universe predecessor, sadly you need to read QofA to really be able to easily fall into the story. As others have reviewed here, Bear does not explain most of the background information, language and...
  • Isabelle
    I like Greg Bear a lot, because he definitely doesn't forget the "science" in "science-fiction". Darwin's Radio/Darwin's Children was, in my opinion, spectacular (although if I remember correctly the first one is better than the second one). For some reason, though, I enjoy them when reading them, but I usually can't remember them that well afterwards - Blood Music and Eon/Eternity are a good illustration of that - I know I liked them, but I just...
  • Morgan
    This book read more like a series of connected short stories than a novel. Each character got two to five chapters encompassing a relatively short period of their lives wherein one or two things happen. Most characters are fixated on sex for one reason or another. There was a preachy boring part in the middle about the interconnectedness of everything. Other characters I liked had relatively minor roles, and the characters I didn't like became st...
  • Rob
    I didn't even realize Slant was part of a series until I logged it on here. The fact that it's technically book 4 in a series is about the only reason I'd consider checking out the previous titles... mostly just to see if they are more interesting. Which brings me to my main gripe about Greg Bear: I just really don't give a shit about any of his characters. Sure, he's a brilliant futurist. He's great at speculating about the intersection of biolo...
  • korty
    This sort of sequel to Queen of Angels is wild near future tale about advanced therapy, nanotech, sex and artificial intelligence. Greg Bear is an amazing hard SF writer who has been at it for many years. There is an amazing non-traditional AI construction that gets revealed at the climax of the novel that blew me away. Queen of Angels is a very different kind of novel to this one, and they don’t have to be read in succession. His book Moving M...
  • Althea Ann
    Slant, is a aequel to Queen of Angels, but, I would say, is much less ambitious and also a much better book.Policewoman Mary Choy is back, after a few life changes (divorce, move from LA to Seattle, job change). When she's called on to assist in an investigation of sex workers killed through botched back-alley nanotech operations, she does not expect to be launched into a far-reaching conspiracy to bring down society. But a billionaire investor's...