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Entertaining futuristic Computer Mystery,
This review is from: Halting State (Paperback)
For those in the know of the MMORG this is probably a book that will make you not only laugh your socks off but scare the hell out of you at the same time. Not only have you spent hours/days/weeks building up your character and managed to grab those indispensable items but all of a sudden you find your character robbed blind and the items that you've so long horded stolen and sold on the open market? Only in fiction you say, well not really, its happened and on most auction sites you can find these little beauties available. You could even pay someone in China to build your character up for you.
What Charles does here is not only play on the paranoia but brings a great mystery up to date in a futuristic world where the worst can happen with everyday games taking over peoples lives in a counter intelligence operation built in cyberspace. Highly inventive, confusing and above all probably a scarily accurate possible future. An interesting take on the world from a man who perhaps not only understands it but could be one of the guys pushing us towards it in this highly addictive sci-fi novel where every character has a role to play in the bigger picture. You are no longer a person but a pixelization of the cyberworld trying to keep their space free. With espionage, counter terrorism, plotting, criminal activity and above all a tale that will keep you guessing from the first page to the last, this will be a book to recommend to all those computer addicted friends. How will you know if they've read it? Just look at the paranoid way in which they watch the computer out of the corner of their eyes as well as the haunted way that they just can't resist building their characters to even higher proportions.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2008 08:27:56 BDT
Mike Prendergast says:
Good review. I worry that the book appeals to the paranoid geek who believes the state is watching you and the big corporations are creating the trends to justify their actions. But then I think who would live in a surveillances state where you could be randomly tracked :-).
Speaking as some one with a computer science degree, from 20 years ago, a history as a network and security designer since then and continued employment within the vendor world as well as children who live in Runescape Wow and Xbox live, I loved the book . My biggest fear is not that this is 17 years away but closer to two, although I have total confidence that the technology glitches may make this objective aspirational rather than actual :-)
One thing that people neglect to point out that this is a very funny book, starting with the title
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