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Rule 34 by Charles Stross
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Oct 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

Hugo. Nebula.

But you might not like it. I happen to be quite comfortable with techspeak, and Scottish slang (thank you, Inspector Rebus). If you're not, you might get lost in this complex book. If you prefer sex to be mentioned as no more than a raised eyebrow and waves crashing on a beach, you might be offended.

If you read and liked Stross's Halting State, you'll probably like this more.
If you liked Ian McDonald's Dervish House, you'll probably like this.

If you read Stross's Merchants series, this is NOTHING like that.

So ... East Indians living in Edinburgh, Kyrgyz spammers, AI, a not-too-far future police procedural, fabbers, all strung together in a quite complex plot.
Also a fair bit of extrapolation on how small things will work in the future, such as microbuses with adjustable routes, and self-driving police cars, and CopSpace, a shared workspace accessible through special glasses.

This is a rich meal indeed, and I liked it a lot
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An Odd1 I like this kind of review: balance and hint of dangers, so reader can choose, not rave or rant.


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