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Bedlam [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Brookmyre
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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A fascinating, fast-paced but thoughtful blend of science fiction and techno-thriller (Iain M. Banks)

Funny jokes, characters you can empathise with and devastatingly employed swear words (Ed Byrne (Comedian))

Christopher Brookmyre hits another high score with this brilliant, fast-paced gamer's nightmare (Charles Stross)

One of the funniest writers in Britain (Guardian)

BEDLAM is what Brookmyre does best (Diana Gabaldon)

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Cult legend Christopher Brookmyre's first novel for Orbit - an explosive, thought-provoking trip (literally) through the worlds of virtual reality and retro video games

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Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since writing A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it - it comes together very nicely!! 14 Feb 2013
By Jimbo
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I got this delivered to my Kindle on the day it came out and was very excited to read the new CB novel. However within the first few pages I was getting rather confused - it was not what I was expecting. I just was not sure what world I was in or what the heck was going on - a bit like the main character! As I had no reference point, I was not sure whether or not to continue but as I love Mr Brookmyre's works, I figured that I would go with it and see where it took me. Very glad I stuck with it - after the first few chapters you get a sense of the world that the characters are living in and then you get sucked out into "Meatworld" to get the back story. By about halfway through, I couldn't put it down and ended up reading until 3am to get it finished (I didn't want to go to sleep until I knew what was going on). It is actually classic CB but the beginning of the novel throws you a bit. The concepts that are developed really get you thinking and scarily will probably come true in the next few decades - hopefully the controls that are adopted in fiction will be adopted in reality. However I will not hold my breath! I really enjoyed this novel and have only knocked a star off because of the beginning - which felt like a bit of a slog to start with. It also took me back to my youth - I am not a gamer but did play Jet Set Willy (ZX Spectrum game that features along with a number of computer games) and was taken back to the days of yore when getting through the levels seemed to be the most important thing in life! So I can wholeheartedly recommend it, if you have enjoyed Christopher Brookmyre's books before - you will enjoy this one too.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced mayhem 9 Feb 2013
By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have a feeling this is going to divide Brookmyre's fans (again). It's a full blooded science fictional story, akin to last book but two Pandaemonium rather than the more recent "straight" crime fiction. Indeed, there's a case for saying that in narrative terms, this book picks up almost where Pandaemonium left off - with a character flung unexpectedly from this world into another reality, albeit that of a video game rather than a parallel universe.

So begins a breakneck narrative as Ross, a browbeaten Scottish techie with a Dilbertish outlook, tries to find out what has happened and how he can get back to familiar, damp Stirling and his girlfriend Carol. He soon discovers that there's more going on than a simple brain scanner accident, and that events inside and outside the game are threatening its reality: a Corruption is spreading...

It is an exciting story, interspersing chases, combat, philosophy (are we all in a simulation?) and ethical debate (if the simulated inhabitants of a game are sophisticated enough, does that make them human? If so, what rights should they have?) The plot is intricate and, for the first half of the book, pretty baffling, turning on a few unexpected reveals which it would spoil to say much more about. But everything does become clear in the end (perhaps there is a bit too much exposition in the final 20 pages or so) and - no surprise - it turns out to have been very deftly put together.

I enjoyed this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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There can't be many books aimed at the West of Scotland ageing gamer so as a paler than normal Glaswegian who has 'wasted' a hefty portion of my life playing through the developing games worlds and increasingly complex/simplified gaming environments I have to say this is probably one of the funniest things I've ever read.

There's wealth of detail that brings the realities to life and while there's going to be the inevitable Tron comparisons it outshines in character development, plot and warmth.

Gawd bless you Mr B, you write for 'us'
(whoever the hell we are)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be a computer game afficionado 25 Feb 2013
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But it does help in order to pick up the subtle game references throughout. I can't recommend this book enough, I finished it in one, very extended, sitting and like most of his work, I will read it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Brookmyre 25 Feb 2013
By NFL
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Another excellent read from Mr Brookmyre - yet again completely different - thoroughly enjoyed it and wold recommend to others
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brookmyre at his best 24 Feb 2013
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Loved this book. It rattled along at a good pace and gave food for thought. It would make a great film.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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With a few reviews now present, it's unlikely anyone will buy Bedlam expecting a novel in the style of the 'Jack Parlabane' series and similar for which the author is probably best known.
When he began a more traditional detective series (Where the Bodies are Buried) it caused some consternation amongst a number of regular readers, and his most recent other book (Pandaemonium) was also criticised for being different.
Well those who disliked those books for being different won't be happy here. This is a straight sci-fi novel, but with enough of the Brookmyre politics and wit present to be clearly identifiable. There are several of superb one-liners (not quoted here because of the naughty words) which would fit in any of the previous books, and a whole section devoted to criticising the Daily Mail, so it's on comfortable ground for those of us who've enjoyed all his previous books.
So, what we have here is a well executed, pretty much straight down the middle sci-fi novel. It's a clever premise, one explored in other books of recent times by other authors, but which comes with a clear knowledge of the computer games universe which the book inhabits. It's familiar reading for anyone who's played any of the leading games of the last 25-30 years.
Personally, I found it a little hard going at the start, but it was well worth sticking with. It does all make sense eventually, and I for one didn't see the eventual outcome at all.
Hats off to Christopher Brookmyre for tackling a new genre - for me it rates as a success attempt, and I'd be happy to read more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad - but not that good.
As a Brookmyre fan, buying the book was a no-brainer. As a Brookmyre fan, I am disappointed with the storyline. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Miss S E Yule
1.0 out of 5 stars What was that all about ?
I remember my first Brookmyre book and from that point I was hooked. I've bought everything he's done without question and enjoyed them all, getting through each one cover to cover... Read more
Published 5 days ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance
This is CB's first Sci-Fi book and he's been absolutely brilliant at writing it. He has brought the wit of his previous Parlabane & the twist & turns of his Private Investigator's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Crawley
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
THIS BOOK COULD NOT HOLD MY INTEREST, NO DOUBT SOME PEOPLE WILL LIKE IT MAYBE GAMERS BUT NOT FOR ME.
Published 1 month ago by James Murray Cosgrove
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the Geek in most, entertaining slant on alternative...
This book came recommended from Twitter via Charles Stross (If you haven't read any Charles Stross I suggest you rectify that oversight immediately, try the Laundry series) . Read more
Published 1 month ago by sepeh
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Bedlam
Just finished Christopher Brookmyre's SF thriller, Bedlam. Twisty and turny with a taste of Tron chucked in for good measure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cavan Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars not my thing, and most unlike Brookmyre
Whoever asked him to write Sf is to blame. I was expecting crime and wit, and got neither of them. Most disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by nm
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to usual standard
This felt a lazy book, not something that Brookmyre would have been satisfied with in his early days or that would have been published if he didn't now have a name to trade on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I would recommend this to anyone who likes their science fiction well written and with humour, Brookmyre is a very good writer
Published 1 month ago by S.Lethbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a game
Interesting avenue for CB. still prefer his old stuff but enjoyed this all the same. Delivered with clout as always.
Published 1 month ago by Twitch
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