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Panoptica [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Hudson
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Book Description

In the future, CCTV surveillance and reality TV celebrity desperation collide to create a world where the lines between public and private, reality and fiction are utterly confused.

Titus Spring, a puritanical dissenter from the media-ocracy, finds himself starring on the game show justice system of the future when he is framed for the murder of the King of England, Hugh Grant the Fourth.

In a world where the camera never lies the only person who believes him is his barrister, fading popstar tribute act Robbie Williams the Third. Together they must prove his innocence or Titus Spring will face the biggest mega-super-bonus-prize in broadcast history – an all-star celebrity execution.

Panoptica up-ends every dystopian cliché you've ever heard. It's a technicolour cartoon version of Brave New World. It's 1984 with knob gags.

If you love sci fi satire in the best tradition of Pohl & Kornbluth, Douglas Adams and 2000AD, then Panoptica is the satirical novel of celebrity, surveillance and media manipulation you've been waiting for!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471017818
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F37Y5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #400,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 4 Jan. 2012
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This book style is Swift meets Dick with a dash of Vonnegut. A great first novel with satire thats cuts like a katana!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 4 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Panoptica is a near-future tale of a dystopian society of invasive surveillance coupled with an insatiable appetite for the 'reality show'. What follows is not only a delicious parody on today's 'X-Factor' culture but also carries real depth as to the fears for privacy and reality such a society would surely trample upon. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Caffeinated Tornado of Frenetic Energy 15 Jan. 2012
By Jeffrey Hewitt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent first novel! The pace is insane - like a clown on a downhill slope riding on an out-of-control train greased with lightning, satire, and sharp British wit. The characters are vibrant, engaging, and mostly insane. It offers a chilling look into the future, and really doesn't seem so far out of the realm of possibility in many cases. However, the psychotic energy both works with and against the novel. The first 40% of the novel (I know because I read it on my Kindle) is such a frenzy of activity I many times felt myself wishing for a brief respite from the insanity. I'm sure the characters felt this way, too! However, I think the author and the novel really hit their stride after the first major break in the pace. The only problem from there is a duo of characters who speak in an incomprehensible L337 that left me with a headache. This is a personal irritant of mine, and may not bother other readers (I was barely able to finish Iain M. Banks's Feersum Endjinn for the same reason.)

Minor complaints aside, this novel is a stunning first entry, and I would definitely recommend it to friends. Definitely a strong and realized concept, and I hope we see more our protagonists in the future!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful insight to the future of our social media. 21 Dec. 2011
By Michelle Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful spoof on our new technically over engineered new age society. Everyone is connected. Everyone is the ultimate consumer. Everyone carries non-disclosure agreements and media agreements. Click throughs are the ultimate form of currency. Electronic entertainment has taken over all functions in government. Standard social life has no pull compared to "the big show". The protagonist has been framed in a murder and races through the story in an attempt to foil the paparazzi, show cops, court TV, and hover cams filming him. Everyone races to help or hinder for a small part of the click through pie. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. I was also saddened to realize we are really headed in this direction. I highly recommend this release from a new author!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 4 Mar. 2012
By steven pirie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Panoptica is a near-future tale of a dystopian society of invasive surveillance coupled with an insatiable appetite for the 'reality show'. What follows is not only a delicious parody on today's 'X-Factor' culture but also carries real depth as to the fears for privacy and reality such a society would surely trample upon. Well worth a read.
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