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Rule 34
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January 7, 2012
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February 13, 2012
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Mar 30, 2012 Eric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I added this to my to-read list after Christopher Priest wrote the following paragraph about its nomination for an Arthur C. Clarke Award:

"It is indefensible that a novel like Charles Stross’s Rule 34 should be given apparent credibility by an appearance in the Clarke shortlist. Stross writes like an internet puppy: energetically, egotistically, sometimes amusingly, sometimes affectingly, but always irritatingly, and goes on being energetic and egotistical and amusing for far too long. You wait
Joel Neff
Apr 24, 2013 Joel Neff rated it it was amazing
A loose sequel to Halting State, Rule 34 finds DI Liz Kavanaugh on the trail of a whole slew of weirdness involving a newly created political state, a small time repeat offender, an experimental A.I. botnet, and an ex-girlfriend. All the pieces start to come together amidst a dozen connected murders and Liz sets out to find whodunnit.

This book is written in second person, a move which was a bit controversial in the first novel in the series, but seems more natural and more comfortable here. Whet
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Mar 22, 2012 Jenny (Reading Envy) marked it as abandoned
Shelves: sword-and-laser
Tried reading this because it was a Sword and Laser pick. Not terrible, and I might have liked it in the end, but I didn't finish by the time the book was due back at the library. I might still try something else by Stross someday.
Feb 03, 2012 William rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
An interesting look at a possible future, but I found the shocking elements (much like the Internet memes the narrator refers to) purely for shock value. I did not find myself getting close to any of the characters, so even though the writing was in second person, I felt completely detached.
Tom Merritt
Feb 05, 2012 Tom Merritt rated it really liked it
I didn't like this book through the first third, but after awhile it finally hooked me. Something an the interweaving stories and the pace of the mystery really comes together at that point.
Feb 06, 2012 Bree rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Boring and needlessly complex up to 60%; not so bad after that point. The last 25% was actually pretty interesting, as everything fell into place.
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William Hertling
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Thomas Clegg
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Erin Kelly
Jan 07, 2012 Erin Kelly marked it as to-read
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