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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Virtual vs. Real World Adventure
In 23rd-century Seattle, 14-year-old Telly spends the bulk of her time in virtual reality, whether its learning in school, or in her online "lair." In this imagining of our future world, we are all members of lairs (essentially MMOish "Second Life" type virtual worlds) catering to our particular interests. Telly's lair is a kind of Tim Burtonesque...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas but weak on execution
kimmie66 is the virtual best friend of Telly Kade, an ordiary girl living in the 23rd century where people spend much of their lives and meanigful life experiences within the 'lairs', virtual experience worlds which are rigidly segmented from each other and based on lifestyle choices such as sci-fi futuristic / goth loner / moog warlord style / elves and dragons etc etc...
Published on 9 Dec 2009 by Jo Bennie


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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Virtual vs. Real World Adventure, 12 Feb 2014
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A. Ross (Washington, DC) - See all my reviews
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In 23rd-century Seattle, 14-year-old Telly spends the bulk of her time in virtual reality, whether its learning in school, or in her online "lair." In this imagining of our future world, we are all members of lairs (essentially MMOish "Second Life" type virtual worlds) catering to our particular interests. Telly's lair is a kind of Tim Burtonesque gothy-steampunky place, where she has two close friends (one of whom is kimmie66). When kimmie sends a virtual suicide note, Telly embarks on quest to find out if the note was real or just roleplaying.

The themes of real world vs. virtual world, and the differences and distinctions between them, have been worked and reworked countless times in science fiction. This book, which is presumably aimed at teenage girls, does a nice job of covering this turf in an accessible manner. Telly's search for kimmie66 and her possible haunting by kimmie66's ghost is engaging and feels true. What she uncovers is pretty interesting, and triggers even more questions about consciousness and reality. It's not particularly deep, but it's accessible for young teens and the art is distinctive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist., 21 Sep 2010
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Steven R. McEvoy "MCWPP" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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The ghost in the machine is a common theme in science fiction and fantasy and has been for many years. But what if a story were set in the future when most people spent more time plugged into the net then they do in real life interacting with other people? Telly Kade is a typical 23rd century teen, living most of her life in the lairs in a virtual world. But then her best friend goes missing supposedly to commit suicide. Telly cannot handle that and goes in search of Kimmie66, even if it means breaking the rules of VR and laws, to find out who she really was and what happened to her. Her search for the truth will lead her into a deeper understanding of the VR world and of the real world.

The short-lived MINX graphic novel line was supposed to feature stories about strong women and girls and be quality graphic novels for young women. This was a great story well written and with interesting plot twists and surprises. I plan on keeping the whole series set aside for my daughters for when they are older, but I will probably pull this one and a few of the others out again and again from time to time to reread.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas but weak on execution, 9 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Kimmie66 (A Minx Title) (Paperback)
kimmie66 is the virtual best friend of Telly Kade, an ordiary girl living in the 23rd century where people spend much of their lives and meanigful life experiences within the 'lairs', virtual experience worlds which are rigidly segmented from each other and based on lifestyle choices such as sci-fi futuristic / goth loner / moog warlord style / elves and dragons etc etc. When kimmie66 sends a message to Telly that she has committed suicide but her avatar continues to appear in the lairs Telly goes in search of the reality behind the vr of her world. Great art and ideas although a little thin on depth.
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