Bedlam Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Warm, funny, excellently violent and highly recommended. Game on (SCIFI NOW)
Brain-tickling . . . It is a genuinely engrossing, amusing and intelligent novel. (GUARDIAN)
Riddled with sci-fi in-jokes, humorous bathos and top-notch creative profanity . . . BEDLAM - both a jovial satire and a geeky celebration of gamer culture - is enthralling fun (FINANCIAL TIMES)
Back to his visceral, vicious, jaw-dropping, jobby-on-the-mantlepiece best (SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS)
Full of explosive action - but there are hilarious jokes and proper thoughtful sci-fi too. A gem (THE SUN)
A fascinating, fast-paced but thoughtful blend of science fiction and techno-thriller (Iain M. Banks)
Funny jokes, characters you can empathise with and devastatingly employed swearwords (Ed Byrne)
Brookmyre hits another high score with this brilliant, fast-paced nightmare (Charles Stross) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.
Christopher Brookmyre over-clocked and hardware-accelerated, this is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a new generation. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.See all Product Description
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So begins a breakneck narrative as Ross, a browbeaten Scottish techie with a Dilbertish outlook, tries to find out what has happened and how he can get back to familiar, damp Stirling and his girlfriend Carol. He soon discovers that there's more going on than a simple brain scanner accident, and that events inside and outside the game are threatening its reality: a Corruption is spreading...
It is an exciting story, interspersing chases, combat, philosophy (are we all in a simulation?) and ethical debate (if the simulated inhabitants of a game are sophisticated enough, does that make them human? If so, what rights should they have?) The plot is intricate and, for the first half of the book, pretty baffling, turning on a few unexpected reveals which it would spoil to say much more about. But everything does become clear in the end (perhaps there is a bit too much exposition in the final 20 pages or so) and - no surprise - it turns out to have been very deftly put together.
I enjoyed this book.Read more ›
When he began a more traditional detective series (Where the Bodies are Buried) it caused some consternation amongst a number of regular readers, and his most recent other book (Pandaemonium) was also criticised for being different.
Well those who disliked those books for being different won't be happy here. This is a straight sci-fi novel, but with enough of the Brookmyre politics and wit present to be clearly identifiable. There are several of superb one-liners (not quoted here because of the naughty words) which would fit in any of the previous books, and a whole section devoted to criticising the Daily Mail, so it's on comfortable ground for those of us who've enjoyed all his previous books.
So, what we have here is a well executed, pretty much straight down the middle sci-fi novel. It's a clever premise, one explored in other books of recent times by other authors, but which comes with a clear knowledge of the computer games universe which the book inhabits. It's familiar reading for anyone who's played any of the leading games of the last 25-30 years.
Personally, I found it a little hard going at the start, but it was well worth sticking with. It does all make sense eventually, and I for one didn't see the eventual outcome at all.
Hats off to Christopher Brookmyre for tackling a new genre - for me it rates as a success attempt, and I'd be happy to read more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not his usual material but intriguing enough to keep you interested. You need a good imagination to understand this, as a lot of the pleasure is imagining where the book is... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mark Fitzgerald
I have never played a computer game so found this uninteresting. This type of sci-fi not for me. . .Published 1 month ago by Fishface
I brought this book as research before I interviewed Christopher Brookmyre himself about his game by the same name, it was an absolutely fantastic read and nostalgic to any avid... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sotius
Some glimmer of the usual humour but it was really hard work to get through this book. I have enjoyed all other of CB's books and he is one of a small number of authors who can... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this, although did find it hard to keep track of where I was up to from time to time - think that was part of the author's plan though? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've loved all of Christopher Brookmyre's novels, but I really struggled to get into this one. It's still packed with his trademark humour and it's undeniably clever, but it felt... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Esmeee