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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars

on 23 May 2000
I was desperate to read this book after having come into contact with "The Difference Engine". I like Sterling's writing style and the plot kept me hooked all through. Not a standard kill-fest, as a lot of this genre can be, so if that's what your looking for - go elsewhere.
The Artificial Kid appears to be a young man - but has actually led many lifetimes - all of which have been devoted to the pursuit of excellence in the sphere of combat. This gives him a huge edge in his chosen career. That of "combat artiste" - very popular in the media.
The book begins with very cyberpunk origins, enters something of a traditional sf phase - dabbles in philosophy and carries the reader with it on an enjoyable ride. Don't worry, the plot is easy to follow and isn't too eclectic - its just not standard fayre - a big plus in my book.
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on 16 October 1999
RT, the Artificial Kid, is a video violence artist - kind of a computer game character but for real. Great novel, ripping good fun at the beginning though the ending doesn't really punch it's weight.
I never did work out the character that William Gibson thinks is the reincarnation of Richard Burton (the explorer, not the actor) - read the foreward...
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on 24 July 2006
Various weird and very unique characters are thrown together, fleeing for their lives. They learn each others' secrets and develop as characters. Lots of very intelligent twists, uses many imaginative sci fi ideas creatively. Also very romantic I thought. Deserves great recognition.
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