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Stones In The sky [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Goodwins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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After making and losing a fortune, computer whiz Alex has finally got his life under control. Alongside millions of others: as lead programmer for a company who looks after electronic gravestones, he knows just how lively the dead can be.

One of them is his mother-in-law, who emails out of the blue one day with a personal revelation that leaves him in the doghouse. But something's not quite right... an understatement that does no justice whatsoever to what happens next.

Big company politics, the dangers of weaponised custard, some mild cat peril, an inordinate fondness for beetles and a chase from Islington to geosynchronous orbit are just some of the ways that Alex's life goes from bad to worse to bone-shatteringly dangerous in this rather British take on what happens when cyberspace gets taken over by the elderly.

They're not in the mood for cocoa.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0059IBU84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #475,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining and original 11 Jun 2014
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Rupert Goodwins is already well known as a highly respected journalist. His lively fiction does nothing to let him down. Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and highly readable 25 Nov 2012
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This is a geek adventure somewhat in the manner of a British Neal Stephenson. For this reader, it has the big advantage of being a lot less irritating than Stephenson. It has some great set-pieces, like a war-driving scene which combines physical hardship with engrossing plot twists. There's also some highly plausible action with satellites, and the storyline also takes in metaphysical musings about the human nature of AIs. And it does all that without falling apart. Nice work!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing, rollicking, sci-fi read 23 Jun 2012
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It took a little while to get to the heart of the matter -- those stones in the sky -- but from there it was an entertaining, thought-provoking romp, and a page-turner as well. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of synchronizing virtual with real personalities, and the portrayal of programming in a much fresher and satisfying way that the usual Hollywood-still airbrushed inanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The geek in me loves this book 4 Jan 2012
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Wow, what a ride it is, filled with action and unrestrained originality. This is an epic geek adventure. Focuses on the theme of digital AI life beyond physical existence and intertwines it with a web of international conspiracy with a plot twist or two that keep the reader on its toes. I enjoyed it a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for geeks! 8 Nov 2011
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Although this entertaining novel is based in a world of crazy software (and people), the quirky tale of Alex Mainwaring's adventure with the dead and the living is good fun for all. A short, enjoyable read.
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