Mitch is the local sheriff and Charity the nosy small town journalist. They have the hots for each other and are obsessed with each other - so much thMitch is the local sheriff and Charity the nosy small town journalist. They have the hots for each other and are obsessed with each other - so much that everything Charity eats reminds her off mich. Brocolloci reminds her of a frowning mitch, nice pies makes her fantasise about Mitch in tuxedo walking down the isle with her. But Mitch is afraid to marry, damaged with his parents failed marriage. He's also afraid to mix genes with Charity, and she is afraid too, because her family's hippy background.
On top of that, there's a secret admirer that leaves presents for her, once breaking into her car. And when it's all revealed who it was, nobody cared how stalkerish and creepy and idiotic such behaviour are, but the book washes it away as mischevious and daredevil.
Well, the romance side, as most usual, made me roll my eyes and disgusted, especially with all the obsession and stalkerism that seemed all so normal.
The suspense mystery side of it was okay. A normal easy read, nothing fancy, but entertaining and quick. There's spins and clues and unknown identities. All okay, and it was interesting enough to have me read it fast enough to find out what happened. ...more
Takeshi Kovacs lives in a future where your person could be downloaded, granting you life upon life if you can record re-sleevings; download your bodyTakeshi Kovacs lives in a future where your person could be downloaded, granting you life upon life if you can record re-sleevings; download your body into a new body or a clone of your original. Kovacs is a grasshopper, an outworlder, charged with investigating a suicide down on Earth that the body's owner insists is not a suicide but a murder. The body's owner is a Meth, a powerful man so rich he has been able to live for centuries.
Suicide or murder? Kovac's research lets us explore the future Earth and what used to be San Fransisco with surroundings. I really love when authors let the character talk and interact with the world like it's their usual habitat, throwing pop culture remarks and thoughts on society like that is the reader's reality as well. The book doesn't overexploit, but let the book's world be, though Kovac's not being born on Earth let us know about important or interesting stuff about Earth through Kovac's cluelessness.
I thought the characters felt realistic with their thoughts and actions and I liked the realness of the relationships. There were a couple of sex scenes I thought were uninteresting and useless, but the mystery and plots were grabbing enough and I enjoyed the book....more