Neuropath

Neuropath R. Scott Bakker
  • Title: Neuropath
  • Author: R. Scott Bakker
  • ISBN: 9780752882796
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Neuropath R. Scott Bakker Neuropath Tom s life is not what it once was His marriage to the beautiful Nora is on the rocks and he now sees his two young children only on her say so His best friend Neil has moved to California to teach ne
    Tom s life is not what it once was His marriage to the beautiful Nora is on the rocks and he now sees his two young children only on her say so His best friend Neil has moved to California to teach neurology He has one success a book on human psychology Tom wiles away the time trying to teach bored grad students But that all changes when Neil comes back into his lifTom s life is not what it once was His marriage to the beautiful Nora is on the rocks and he now sees his two young children only on her say so His best friend Neil has moved to California to teach neurology He has one success a book on human psychology Tom wiles away the time trying to teach bored grad students But that all changes when Neil comes back into his life For it seems that Tom s best friend was working for the National Security Agency, cracking the minds of suspected terrorists Now it is Neil himself who has cracked and gone AWOL what s , he has left behind evidence that he has been employing his unique skills on civilians obsessed with the idea that he can control the human brain.Thus begins a terrifying sequence of events as Neil starts to kidnap and mutilate people with a connection to Tom He damages their brains and then releases them often leaving them mad But only when he gets near his ultimate target does he reveal the full horror of his plan .
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    About R. Scott Bakker


    1. Richard Scott Bakker, who writes as R Scott Bakker and as Scott Bakker, is a novelist whose work is dominated by a large series informally known as the The Second Apocalypse which Bakker began developing whilst as college in the 1980s.The series was originally planned to be a trilogy, with the first two books entitled The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect Emperor However, when Bakker began writing the series in the early 2000s, he found it necessary to split each of the three novels into its own sub series to incorporate all of the characters, themes and ideas he wished to explore Bakker originally conceived of seven books a trilogy and two duologies This later shifted to two trilogies, with the acknowledgement that the third series may yet also expand to a trilogy.The Prince of Nothing trilogy was published between 2003 and 2006 It depicts the story of the Holy War launched by the Inrithi kingdoms against the heathen Fanim of the south to recover the holy city of Shimeh for the faithful During the war, a man named Ansurimbor Kellhus emerges from obscurity to become an exceptionally powerful and influential figure, and it is discovered that the Consult, an alliance of forces united in their worship of the legendary No God, a nihilistic force of destruction, are manipulating events to pave the way for the No God s return to the mortal world.The sequel series, The Aspect Emperor trilogy, picks up the story twenty years later with Kellhus leading the Inrithi kingdoms in directly seeking out and confronting the Consult The first novel in this new series is due for publication in 2009.Whilst working on the Prince of Nothing series, Bakker was given a challenge by his wife to write a thriller To answer this, he produced a science fiction thriller based around a serial killer who can control and influence the human mind This book, Neuropath, was eventually published in 2008 Inspired, he wrote a second thriller titled The Disciple of the Dog in 2009.


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    1. This review is pointless it is deceptive, illusory and filled with meaningless rationalizations Yet I ve become conscious to the fact that I am writing it Or I believe at least that writing it is an act of my own volition Now that I ve lost my entire audience with my incoherent ramblings, I can assure you that I haven t descended into philosophical lunacy or decided to embrace my inner nihilist I m all for spanking one s inner nihilist, by the way Instead, I find myself slowly coming to grips wi [...]

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    2. Neuropath is a book that is labeled as Suspense , however in my humble opinion it is a far cry from suspense It blew me away Yes it has the brilliant serial killer playing games with the world as well as the FBI chasing down the bad, but brilliant villain, murder and mayhem, graphic scenes etc however it is The Argument that was the most intriguing part of the book and what this review focuses on.A Columbia University psychology professor Thomas Bible is approached in his office by a pair of FBI [...]

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    3. Sometimes, no matter how much I like an author, their latest book ends up being a disappointment NEUROPATH, by R Scott Bakker, fit that description for me I love Bakker s Prince of Nothing series, and I firmly believe his writing in terms of quality is some of the best in the fantasy genre With NEUROPATH, Bakker attempts to put his spin on the thriller genre.I really wanted to like this book Seriously, I tried hard It just didn t happenUROPATH follows the PoV of Tom Bible, a psychologist If you [...]

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    4. The Semantic Apocalypse If this book doesn t freak you out I don t know what will Seriously reader beware Go look on the internet, you ll find reviewers who recommend against reading it not because it s a bad book I read it compulsively but because it cuts the legs out from under our most cherished notions of what it means to be a person On the surface it s a thriller about a divorced psychologist and a serial killer And on that level, it s compelling and disturbing But its Argument is what is r [...]

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    5. Have you an arm like God This was not as big of a mindfuck as I thought it d be In the not so distant, but slightly vague future Tom is tasked with helping the FBI apprehend his best friend Neil, who s started brutally murdering people to prove that meaning and love aren t real and only illusions of the brain Neuropath is extra interesting because it s based on actual research about the brain Neil s fantasies about consciousness aren t as fantastical and fake as you d like to believe as a reader [...]

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    6. This is a good example of how authors can be great in one genre and terrible in another I m a massive fan of Bakker s second apocalypse fantasy series and thought I may as well check out his other work In hindsight I probably shouldn t have This is his take on a blockbuster thriller and in that sense it almost works especially the cringe worthy elements that he later reveals are intentional There are also some horrific scenes, the type you could imagine David Fincher would love to adapt The prob [...]

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    7. I have to admit, I was one of the people lured in by how depressing Neuropath is supposed to be and how ruthlessly it makes its case My expectation was that I wouldn t want to like this book, but end up doing so anyway Take a look at my rating I obviously didn t do the latter.The first problem with this book is that both setting and characters are dull The setting is pretty much the world during the time the book was written, except that climate change ruined the world, the US law enforcement an [...]

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    8. My pre ordering and reading Neuropath was a result of my following the hype behind it on a few book blogs and deciding to jump on early Ever since I worked at a used bookstore back in high school it was my dream job at the time , I ve tried to keep up with new books and new authors Book blogs such as Fantasy Book Critic are, of course, great for this kind of thing, and once I started reading them I was hooked It was only a matter of time before some of the mania that precedes some releases infec [...]

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    9. Soundbyte Read Peter Watts s Blindsight instead.Psychology professor is drawn into the FBI pursuit of his best friend, the sociopath who tortures through neurosurgery It s a thriller about the implications of the brain as a physical substrate, how love for one s offspring, friendship, empathy are all physical processes that can be hacked and repurposed It always surprises me how few people really know these facts, and are disturbed by them, because to me they are both obvious and kind of reassur [...]

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    10. This is one of those books that s not nearly so clever as it thinks it is The debate about freedom and determinism is one that everyone seems to have an opinion about, but this doesn t mean that all of those opinions are well thought out I was hoping for a thriller with some interesting neuroscience and philosophy mixed in, but the positions on the debate presented in Bakker s book aren t very interesting or philosophically sophisticated I m not sure about the neuroscience, since that s not my f [...]

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    11. You will be enthralled with this book or disgusted by it It is sensational, and I can see where it could be very gripping to some people It is certainly not just a thriller, as advertised It is a philosophical discussion of whether or not we are just a bundle of neurocircuitry with brains acting as the controlling station for signals, or whether we trylu have minds and emotions Much of it reminds me of philosophy, I field I abandoned in sopho year of college in favor of data driven knowledge I [...]

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    12. As far as psycho thrillers go, I feel like I grew out of the genre years ago, but I picked this up because I had faith that Bakker would deliver something worthwhile After all, this is the man who gave me the The Prince of Nothing trilogy While Neuropath isn t near as compelling and awe inspiring as those three books, it s certainly well written and throughly thought provoking A lot of it follows typical, well worn patterns in the genre a little Silence of the Lambs, a little Seven But then Bakk [...]

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    13. If you ve never heard of the consciousness is fake debate, it might be interesting for some of the science behind it, but if you have, then there s no good reason to read this book Read Blindsight by Peter Watts instead This book is poorly plotted and characterized, has way misogyny, and does the opposite of justice to the genre style for a sci fi fantasy author going out genre check out Melville s hardboiled The City and the City It is also contains faaaar too much science as an ideology, des [...]

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    14. When I started to read this book, I hesitated between giving it 1 or 5 stars.1 because obviously I didn t like this book.5 because it s certainly an experience.I actually bought that book because people kept raving about this author and his Prince of Nothing s series which I ve yet to read.I wish I had read the reviews before buying it It s been years since I ve read a book so disturbing and not in a good sense I m familiar on the debate on consciousness and will We ve got lots of scientific and [...]

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    15. A grimly depressing read, hampered by a rote thriller narrative, with some long sections where it felt like Bakker was, in a Randian Stephensonesque fashion, just spouting his perspective verbatim rather than inhabiting the perspective of his characters.Whether one subscribes to Bakker s conception of human consciousness or not seems to largely determine how most people have responded to the work, but my issues are with the book itself, which seemed to me to somewhat needlessly cruel, awkwardl [...]

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    16. This book was built on the typical serial killer story engine and was suitably fast paced and exciting The protagonist made some crazy dumb choices in the book and this wasn t necessary to advance the plot, considering the resourcefulness and brilliance of the bad guys It seemed that Bakker just didn t want to re write scenes, instead choosing to try and justify the protagonist s bad choices later in the text Yes, the book was flawed, but it was still extremely entertaining, and thought provokin [...]

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    17. I think I have to say I really liked it, though not in the conventional sense of enjoying it First, my husband gave this to me as a gift as he was leaving for an extended vacation This means lots of lights on at night as it was truly scary Then I found myself thinking about the discussions and arguments in the book and having to remind myself that I had already had many of those discussions and could let them go That said, the book is well written, good plot that carries you along and many scary [...]

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    18. What can I say about this book that has not been said already I found the story to be intriguing and The Argument unsettling because it is phrased and articulated so well I personally have had the same thoughts at times but never taken it to this depth does that mean my brain is hiding before.The workings of our mind and the differences between our mind and our brain have, of course, been explored for millennia and will continue to be but I have never seen it woven so wonderfully into a mystery [...]

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    19. , , , etc 50 60 , 80 , Mass Effect XXI , 80% , 20 , , 60 , , , , .

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    20. J ai beaucoup aim ce thriller, jusqu la page 259 Au milieu de cette page, j ai compl tement d croch Et j ai termin le livre uniquement pour conna tre le d nouement, car je voulais quand m me savoir ce qui arrivait Thommy Bible D cevant Beaucoup Et j ai aussi accord deux petites toiles en raison de la traduction fran aise qui laissait parfois d sirer Je devrais toujours lire un livre dans sa version originale, mais puisque j emprunte beaucoup de livres la biblioth que, je dois souvent me contente [...]

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    21. From 50 pages inSo far it seems to be a SF thriller exploring some of the concepts of The darkness that comes before in greater detail Heavy on the lectures but very fascinating subject matter if the science of consciousness interests you at all At the endIt pretty much continues in the same way it starts the actual plot feels like something bolted on to the author s musings on consciousness Fortunately those musings are compelling enough that I immediately ordered some of the recommended factua [...]

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    22. This waswords on pages and little

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    23. Thriller psico tecnol gico cient fico No s c mo catalogarlo Oscuro y emocionante.Es un libro bastante complicado y no estoy seguro si fue mi experiencia lectora o el conocimiento previo de conceptos b sicos lo que impidi que disfrutara la lectura al cien por cien A pesar de ello, es una lectura incre ble, que te aporta mucha informaci n relevante sobre distintos temas de forma, en cierto sentido, dif cil pero digerible a la vez.Lectura que, sin lugar a dudas, tiene que leerse con paciencia y muc [...]

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    24. After finding Bakker s fantasy works rather long winded and dry, Neuropath begins at a refreshingly brisk pace The scenes of horror portrayed by Bakker s neuropath are gruesome indeed, going that one step further than expected The science neurology and psychology have certainly been well researched and are vital to the plot, however at times there s too much to digest, detracting from the tension that has been created For most of the novel Neuropath adeptly juggles suspense and science, however [...]

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    25. I didn t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would Fully half of the book is devoted to serious discussion on the subjects of neuropathy, psychology and philosophy It seemed to me that the fictional characters in the book were simply used as a vehicle for that discussion The story that Bakker wrapped around this major theme was interesting and, at times, exciting But the overall narration was pretty flat The story ended abruptly with absolutely no hints as to the outcome of all that has passe [...]

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    26. I read Neuropath after finishing Steve Shaviro s Discognition a brilliant set of essays on different outlooks on consciousness in science fiction Steve examines Neuropath as a harrowing vision of possible consequences of discovering all the secrets of human mind What if our sense of identity, memory, morals, fear, love and spiritual experiences are all just products of arrangements of neurons firing around What if someone learns to manipulate this mechanism in any way their desire The story goes [...]

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    27. A thinking man s murdering psychopath mystery.

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    28. Snarky, critical, slightly spoiler y review ahead I found elements of this very good but was largely distracted by the author s interference in his own writing, whether by driving a point too hard, or playing up an illusion to a grandiose level for the sake of creating dramatic effect In most of my experiences with good novels, less is Bakker s compulsive need to tell us Thomas was an intellectual with honourable intentions felt like forcefeeding From only two pages in I found Thomas self analy [...]

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    29. I have mixed feelings about Neuromancer.On the one hand, Bakker is amazing I ve already fallen in love with his Prince of Nothing trilogy he embellishes on his characters personalities so that they feel larger than life, but they re still so human, so flawed, and I find myself empathising with the main character, Tom, very early His love for his children is such a beautiful thing to experience and it is very much an experience.The book masquerades as a crime thriller, but there s almost no myste [...]

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    30. This books has pretentions to be a literary thriller It fails, not least because Bakker is just not that great a prose stylist His attempts to be literary tend to clang The sex scenes especially are just awkward, though I do give him points for their messiness and emotional nastiness Anyway, the basic premise is that free will is a delusion we re just processing machines, and consciousness is a byproduct We don t really have any will power it s all just brain chemistry and neurology To prove thi [...]

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