* I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review *
Little Computer People is a perfect read for any technology loving fie* I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review *
Little Computer People is a perfect read for any technology loving fiend out there. Filled with nonstop references to coding, video gaming, movies and pure geekery, it will grab your attention and keep it until the last page.
That is, if you like that kind of thing. If you don't understand the geek culture, this book will not be the one for you.
Overall, the premis was great. Man creates AI. Man thinks he is God. Man meets Woman. Woman makes him feel like a man. Man wonders if selling his AI is merely selling product, or selling his child. Man acts.
While I did think it would be much more of a tech-thriller, I was not disappointed with LCP. It doesn't so much on "Hal taking over the spaceship" as it focuses on the conscience desicions we make every day, and why we make them. The writing from a man's POV was extremely believable and the witty way each chapter started had me pulled in more with each page turn.
So why not 5 stars? I do feel like the romance between Gabe and his lady could have been a little more. Or the AI could have been a little more (I LOVED Pi, and just didn't get to see her enough!) There were a few times I did have to push through the writing, solely for the fact that while I am a geek, geek talk does get heavy. Really: I felt like something, something out there, could have been that little bit more. Also, I am just a really hard sell.
But the writing was amazing. Entertaining for sure. The plot was believable. I cared about what happened next. And I smiled every time I read.
I have already forced this book onto my hubby (who is a geek extroidinaire) and plan to recommend it to many, many other of my bibliophile geeky friends. ...more
Take LORD OF THE FLIES, throw in some good old sci-fi crazy, mix in a dash of amnesia and you will find ALIVE. The book starts off with a bang, with tTake LORD OF THE FLIES, throw in some good old sci-fi crazy, mix in a dash of amnesia and you will find ALIVE. The book starts off with a bang, with the MC "Em" trapped in what appears to be a coffin. Of course, nothing is as it seems. Soon she finds herself with other "children," trapped in what appears to be some sort of underground labyrinth. And things only get worse from there.
ALIVE definitely did pull me in, most of the time. The reader is left so in the dark about everything, you start to feel like you are one of the "children" who are trying to remember who they are. (I say "children" because while all the characters believe they are twelve-years-old, they are actually in adult-size bodies. At times it was hard to believe the age they were supposed to be at, but the fact that they were in too small school uniforms at least gave me the fun mental image of an anime.) While being in the dark is a great place to keep readers, at times it felt less like mystery and more like complete confusion.
This book is littered with violence (which makes me want to recommend keeping the younger readers away from it.) Still, I feel that if it had not had the violence aspect in it, it would not have had the same impact of a story. Just like LORD OF THE FLIES, this book touches on how children might handle a no-adult situation. And let me tell you: I will never look at pigs the same way again.
I will admit, I did get slightly bored at certain points (walking...) but then something would happen that would make me sit back and ask: "Wait, WHAT!?" All in all, I did enjoy this read. I wish that more had been explained in book one, but I am excited to pick up book two once it is out to see what happens next. If you are looking for a scifi-horror-anime-amnesia experience, give ALIVE a good read.
(I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review) ...more