A.L. Sirois's "The Bight" is a gripping cyberpunk novelette set in a dystopian future-America. There's some fantastic world-building; Sirois plunges you into a gritty, dangerous New York City, and the description of the surroundings feel very cinematographic at times, with a lot of dark, sensory atmosphere. The sci-fi element was well-played, too, and there were some awesome concepts. Sometimes I find sci-fi stories get weighed down with huge chunks of technical description, but Sirois spreads it out evenly, giving just enough detail to be tantalising and paint a more vivid picture.
Gradowitz, the main character, has a strong, believable narrative voice. He works for me as a guy just trying to survive in a hostile environment and deal with a few personal issues. I liked the constant references to fictional hero Om Burmek and how Gradowitz clearly wished his son would look up to him in the same way--it said a lot about him as a person, and kept us rooted to him emotionally throughout the story.
Fans of strong, resourceful female characters should be pleased to meet Silvia Ecks, a hard-boiled punk hoping to solve some mysterious deaths who enlists Gradowitz (more or less against his will and better judgement!) to help.
Overall, an entertaining read packed with action, atmosphere, and nifty concepts and characters.