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Circuits of the Wind: A Legend of the Net Age

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The Internet is everywhere now, but Ray Valentine saw it first explode.

Circuits of the Wind, an ambitious literary coming-of-age novel in three volumes, is the very human story of Ray's quest to find himself as he grows up online, wandering the computer underground—the wild, global outback that existed before the net went mainstream. H
Kindle Edition, Unabridged, 578 pages
Published 2012 by Confiteor Media
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Sep 24, 2014 Jon rated it it was amazing
_Circuits of the Wind_ is a memorable take on the life of a technologist growing up in the 80s and 90s, but it's not a pop-history "hey, remember the..." or a technical study of the era. This is lyrical prose, a long and flowing river of emotion that starts with Ray Valentine's childhood and drifts chronologically through his upbringing. It isn't the kind of heavily plotted coming-of-age tale you'd see adapted into a cheesy Hollywood movie, but it does follow a structure of Ray's formative ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Tom rated it it was ok
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I found this book very hard to read. At least twice I came very close to giving up on it. I strongly suspect it is, to some degree, autobiographical, so I wish to be delicate, but it will be difficult. I will admit that it is very possible that this style of book is simply not my cup of tea. It reads very much like a biography. I have nothing against biographies, but it usually only interests me because it is about a real person. This one is, supposedly, not. It is a narration of a boy's life ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Len rated it it was amazing
I read this in paperback where it was cut in three volumes, like Paul Murray's Skippy Dies. Like Murray this is literature, but more sensitive, less snark (and still just as funny). We are taken through the life of Ray Valentine as he discovers the internet. This happens in 700+ pages with little plot. But it moves fast, with touches at times of Richard Russo, Ethan Canin, even Dylan Thomas.
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Michael Stutz is an American writer. His reality fiction (including Circuits of the Wind, a three-volume novel) explores Generation X nostalgia and life in the Net Age with trademark poetic rhythms and rhapsodic lyricism.
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