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Cleverly constructed, weird, absorbing and funny
on 26 April 1999
I found this book weird, absorbing and very funny. I was almost put off by the title as I don't share most people's fascination with the internet but, alarmingly quickly, I was disturbed to discover that I was beginning to share the author's helpless fascination with the characters he met on the Net, like Calypso - a femme fatale who went on holiday with her husband and three lovers - or Luna, who is so committed to her game persona that she has lost touch with the human who owns her body.
The book is a cleverly constructed multi-layered narrative, accessible because beautifully written but complex enough to repay endless re-reading. It creates a fragile and beautiful world in which the boundaries between fantasy and reality dissolve until real-life characters like Jeffrey Archer and Anita Roddick seem almost weirder than Jarly the computer-virus writer or The Detonator, whose ambition is to hack into a nuclear power-station's computer. The book deals with serious issues like the nature of reality, responsibility, compassion and human rights, and a questioning of most of our assumptions, but it is all done so entertainingly that you could read it just for fun. On the other hand, you might just decide to allow it to change your life.