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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455885452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455885459
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Guy Haley is a hidden gem of British SF. --Paul Cornell

Guy Haley is the new author I have been waiting for. It has the intense action of a Neal Asher book, you can almost feel the shockwave of explosions and the impact of the blows. --I Will Read Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An experienced Science Fiction journalist and critic, Guy worked for SFX Magazine as deputy editor, he edited gaming magazine White Dwarf, and was the editor of Death Ray Magazine. He lives in Somerset with his wife, young son, and an enormous, evil-tempered Norwegian forest cat called, ironically, Buddy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on 10 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If, like me, you bought Guy Haley's Reality 36 without doing a lot of research you may have been miffed to find that it effectively ends on a cliffhanger. Omega Point is the second and concluding part of this story, and realistically the two should be viewed as one two-volume book.

If you enjoyed Reality 36, you'll very probably enjoy Omega Point. As the concluding part, it's tempting (but unfair) to judge it as a stand-alone book. It has a greater degree of development for its core characters than Reality 36, but relatively fewer new ideas - neither issue preventing the book from being an enjoyable and gripping read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mahon on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
Very poor. Whereas Reality 37 had all the good ideas, this book has far fewer.

There is also a lot of padding in the book, to bulk it up (e.g. the battle with the Dough King, and the Fanny Valley) none of which really adds to the story.

A poor book by the measure of the quality of Reality 37
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The second Richards and Klein novel 31 Mar. 2012
By TChris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My reaction to Omega Point is similar to my feelings about Reality 36, the first Richards and Klein novel: Guy Haley's attempt to introduce an element of comedy detracts from the action-adventure science fiction story that dominates the plot. It's possible to write a tongue-in-cheek action-adventure sf novel -- John Scalzi did it quite well in The Android's Dream -- but Haley's comedy doesn't quite work for me: it's funny enough (sometimes), but it doesn't mesh with the rest of the story. I nonetheless enjoyed both novels, Omega Point somewhat less than its predecessor.

When we last saw Richards and Klein, the renegade AI known as k52 had seized control of a portion of the Reality Realms. In Omega Point, the cyborg Otto Klein, recovering from his injuries, is trying to track down a hacker who can infiltrate the Realms without alerting k52 -- but first he must get past Kaplinski, a holdover from the last novel. The AI Richards, stuck in human form and unable to turn off his pain receptors, is stranded inside the vanishing Realms, where a bear and a purple giraffe have taken him prisoner. Suffice it to say that if you haven't read Reality 36, you should do so or Omega Point won't make any sense. Even then, I'm not sure Omega Point will make perfect sense to anyone.

Nor am I sure that most of Omega Point does much to advance the overall plot. The last three or four chapters (the second to last is the best in the novel) bring the "investigation" to a conclusion, but much of the meandering story prior to those chapters is sort of pointless. Early on, Richards manages to discover what k52 intends to do with the Reality Realms he has infiltrated; after that, Richards chases around the Realms with pirates and toys. Klein, meanwhile, spends most of his time fighting Kaplinski. All well and good for action fans (and I'm one of those), but the action is a poor substitute for the substance that the first novel seemed to promise.

As was true in the first novel, the scenes that take place in the Reality Realms are too cartoonish for my taste. I understand that they're supposed to be funny and maybe they are -- some of Haley's humor made me smile -- but they seem out of place in the context of a futuristic action-adventure story. Talking teddy bears and armored weasels and dogs with Richard Nixon's head just don't mix well with cyborgs and androids and theoretical physics. The Reality Realm scenes go off on endless tangents (a battle between air pirates and the Punning Pastry Chef, for instance) that distract from the main plot.

I give Haley credit for having a big imagination. The framework of the two novels, the concept of the Reality Realms, and particularly Omega Point's ending, are well conceived. I also give Haley credit for developing the implications of a common sf theme: vesting Artificially Intelligent constructs with human rights. Haley takes the concept to an amusing extreme: what rights, for instance, should be given to an intelligent vibrator? Reality 36 develops that theme in greater detail than Omega Point. For that reason, and because less of Reality 36 takes place in the Reality Realms, I think Reality 36 is the better of the two novels. Still, I would like to meet Richards and Klein again, provided their next investigation doesn't involve talking teddy bears. I would give Omega Point 3 1/2 stars if I could.
It is a very different sort of SF novel, one that speaks to the reader on a whole lot of different levels. 29 Jun. 2012
By Abhinav Jain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shadowhawk reviews the second Richards and Klein novel by Guy Haley, Omega Point, continuing the story of Richards and Otto Klein as the two try to save the world.

"A novel that is incredibly unconventional, Omega Point continues the misfit adventures of the Class Five AI Richards and his cyborg partner Otto." ~The Founding Fields

Note: Contains minor spoilers.

Like I mentioned in my review of first Richards and Klein novel, Reality 36, Guy Haley has created a really unusual world full of near-intelligent and self-aware robots and some highly tricked up cyborgs in a world that is in many respects not that different from the world today. That really is the biggest draw of these novels, their unconventionality. If for nothing else, not even that awesome cover art, this is the reason that people should pick up these novels for.

Omega Point begins much better than its predecessor, partly because Guy has finally hit his stride in this novel and partly because this is a direct continuation of events from Reality 36. I certainly enjoyed the opening chapters far more which is a big plus for the novel. It made it easier to re-connect with the larger narrative and with the characters.

One of the really neat things in the novel is the characterisation, which is superb and builds really well from what I had already seen in Reality 36. Richards, divested of a key part of his nature, is true to form with his incessant swearing and his deliberations on the nature of human life while Otto as the tortured widower and former soldier also gets ample screentime alongside Veroniqe whose scenes are just delicious. We see a lot more backstory to Otto in the novel, which makes him a really well-rounded character compared to Richards, much of the Five's past still untouched upon. It was a slight letdown in the novel for me because Richards is as unconventional a character as the entire world that Guy has created. I was rather looking forwards to learning more about Richards. Veronique was also nicely delivered on, especially when compared against Otto. We see her finally start flexing her hacker muscles in Omega Point, with her trusty smartphone-sidekick Chloe.

Characterisation is definitely one of Guy's strengths and it shows through amply in his writing.

While I love each of these three protagonists equally, I did develop a soft spot for two of the side characters: Bear and Tarquin. The former is a new character while Tarquin is the reincarnation of the lion Tarquinis from the previous novel. The banter between the two, Tarquin's dry-witted commentaries and Bear's ramblings and heroics are just pure win. Bear especially is a really endearing character, a stuffed toy trapped in the Realm Worlds. His character arc was highly enjoyable and I definitely applaud Guy for including him in this novel and giving him such coverage.

The pacing of the novel is still a little off for me. The highs and lows don't quite gel together and it seems that every chapter, told from a different POV almost every time, has its highs and lows which themselves don't carry over well for the following chapter. Made for some odd reading but overall, the narrative moves along well. It doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary detail, unless you count flashbacks as unnecessary (which I don't). So that's something.

World-building is another of Guy's strength and he really delivers on that. We see more of this near-future Earth through Otto, Veronique and their various companions while Richards has been shunted over to Reality 37 and has to deal with the mismatched and make-no-sense-at-all freaks there in. Each of these two "settings" are separate from each other thematically and stylistically, which makes for an easy read. I never got confused between the chapters and while the two (major) side-plots continue at their own pace, they do keep the main narrative ticking along, coming together quite explosively near the end, to an ending that is as unforeseen as it is, once again, unconventional.

You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

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Great Story 10 Mar. 2014
By K.cantu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Guy put a lot of effort into this wonderful Sci-Fi series. The references to all the video game characters that I'm sure will be in the Upcoming VR gaming was icing on top of a very possible future for us all. This is the next age of Sci-Fi writing. It's so close to becoming a reality that I felt goose bumps at several turns in the book. Looking forward to the next installment. Thank you Guy!
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