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CONNECTED (English Edition) di [Denman, Simon]
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Brief Synopsis
CONNECTED is a speculative fiction thriller with touches of science and philosophy, which reached No.1 in Amazon UK's Bestseller lists for both Thrillers and Science Fiction within 5 days of release.

Beginning with the funeral of a renowned classical violinist in a sleepy rural hamlet in the Lake District, a former theoretical physicist tries to make sense of his brother's suicide. Across the country, a university student, enjoying the unexpected attentions of an enigmatic seductress, is disturbed when his best friend falls to his death from the thirteenth floor of a neighbouring campus tower block.

As each tries to unravel the mystery behind the apparent suicides, they are drawn into an obsessive search for a computer-generated fractal video sequence, with startling effects on human consciousness, and which might just pave the way for discovery of the ultimate Theory of Everything.

However, they are not the only ones to have seen the potential of this mind-altering video, and soon find themselves in a desperate race against time with gangsters from the shadowy worlds of sex, drugs, cyber-crime, and massively multi-player on-line gaming.

Science Content
Although, as the reviews testify, CONNECTED has been enjoyed by many with no background in computer science, Mandelbrot Fractal geometry, string theory, quantum physics or brain science, those with some interest or knowledge in these areas seem to have particularly enjoyed the book.
One reason for this appears to be that most of these references are actually based on fact. Of course, some readers have preferred to skim these sections, and claim that this did not detract from the story. Others have appreciated the scientific detail and fidelity, and some have even thanked the author for explaining such things in a way that enabled them to learn something new.

Philosophy, Science and Religion
Although CONNECTED is mostly enjoyed as a fast-paced mystery thriller, it is also, to a limited extent, about the inevitable conflict between science and religion. The two main male protagonists happen to be atheist, and some of the dialogue explores the different thoughts and attitudes concerning some of life’s deeper questions. These include the origins of the universe, the nature of consciousness, and whether there could be life after death. Again these philosophical references to faith and atheism are few, and mostly quite short, but all are crucial to the story.

Setting and slang
CONNECTED is a contemporary novel, set entirely in England. As the story unfolds through two converging plot threads, the action switches between a fictitious village in the Lake District, the University of Essex in Colchester (an old Roman town about 60 miles north-east of London), Bracknell (a newer suburban town some 40 miles west of London), and North London.
Consequently, there is some British slang and occasional use of bad language (e.g. a few instances of the F-word etc.) in keeping with the age and background of the characters.

Why Connected?
Years ago, while the author was at university, a fellow student had a breakdown and was admitted to the local psychiatric hospital. A few, who knew him well, went to visit and reported that he’d subsequently lost the plot and was gabbling incomprehensibly of having found the answer to life, the universe and everything.
While most people seemed consumed with sadness and pity at this, the author’s first thought was, “What if he really had discovered some universal truth?” Although never seriously believing that he had, it was on that day that the seed of an idea lodged in his young brain – a seed that years later would germinate into the drafting of the first three chapters of CONNECTED from a cabin in the French Alps.
For more details, please visit the author's website.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 907 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 354
  • Editore: DZ Publishing (10 giugno 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0089YQPI0
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #686.316 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)
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1.0 su 5 stelle Smart author but bad writer 12 novembre 2013
Di Sari Gilbert - Pubblicato su
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Simon Denman is clearly a very smart man; he knows more than most of will ever know about the brain, about computers, about science in general, and he is clever enough to have come up with an intriguing plot. However, he writes very badly and is also hardly an ace at creating believable characters. All of the characters in this book are two-dimensional paper cut-outs, people who are just hard ot believe. And the sex scenes are SO fake! I ended up speed-reading this book just because I was curious to see how the plot ended but I kept asking myself, "why am I doing this"? To me, good writing is the key to the enjoyment of any book, no matter what the topic. It shouldn't be enough just to put one word in front of the other. So if that's important to you, too, don't waste your time.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent debut novel 26 giugno 2012
Di Dal Gemmell - Pubblicato su
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This is an intelligent, fun, and original story by first-time author Simon Denman. It's well-paced and keeps you engaged while the stakes escalate for the characters. Speaking of characters, through the description and dialogue, you get a clear sense of who they are and want to continue reading to learn more about them and how they will overcome their challenges. They say every first book is in some respects biographical (though in this instance I think we saw two sides of the author, young/old, idealist/realist), and only someone with the author's life experience, and intelligence could write so clearly and in an entertaining manner about some big questions. Bravo! Looking forward to reading more from this new author.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Sit back and enjoy the ride. 23 giugno 2012
Di Nicole Sharratt - Pubblicato su
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Connected was the best combination of science, adventure, cliffhangers and lust all tied up into a well constructed story that made it very difficult to put down. The characters were so well developed that I felt like I have either worked with or run into a few of them on occasion. The motivations of poor Peter, living his life at 30% and having the chance to see what could have been rings true for so many people. This is a fabulous bit of reading that will leave you thinking long after you close the page and put it on the shelf. I look forward to many more tales from Simon and hope that he will be able to fulfill his 100% potentail!
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3.0 su 5 stelle Interesting Technology, Average Writing 8 febbraio 2013
Di Barbara Paltiel - Pubblicato su
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As a computer programmer myself, I found the technology in Connected to be fascinating.

Unfortunately the plot around this technology was not as compelling because the characters were so limited. The Russian mafia characters were out of a really bad TV episode. The men seemed to lose any sensible thoughts when a woman appeared and the women either used sex as a tool or were dismissed as sick/unstable. For example, Peter spends a huge amount of time/energy trying to get his ideas peer-reviewed and published by a reputable journal when he could have published it on the internet immediately if he truly wanted it available to everyone.

There were some interesting philosophical views presented by Roger, but they seemed extraneous to the main plot. I wish there had been more effort to tie some of the ideas together.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A Mixed Bag of a Novel - But It Works 27 ottobre 2015
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This novel deals with the Russian Mafia, quantum mechanics and string theory, the existence of God and heaven, computer programming, music theory, and other issues, and it all basically works. It is also a combination of a mystery, a thriller, and a couple of academic papers, but, again, it all works to make an engrossing story. It starts off a little slowly and disjointedly, but it soon settles into the connected stories of Doug, a computer programming student, and Peter, a physicist and brother to a brilliant violinist. While some of the story is a little technical, it is all presented in an understandable manner. The mystery and thriller aspects of the book carry the story and all the disparate pieces come together in a quite tidy and satisfying resolution that explains everything, literally.
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