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Halting State by Charles Stross
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Dec 13, 2010

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Read in January, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Once you've got over the all to frequent multiple starts with apparently unrelated characters and got in to the story somewhat this turns into an amusing little cyber-punk crime novel. It is a bit overly oriented towards computer game addicts, using jargon that is difficult for the rest of us to decipher and the Scottish dialect is also a little much at times.
The premise that role-playing games, on-line or live-action, are going to become mainstream is utterly fantastical, in my view, detracting from the believability quite considerably. The novel also says nothing new: the idea that your life is controlled by the computer geeks and data-base compilers has been around at least since Zelazny's much more enjoyable, My Name is Legion. Stross has also worn his influences on his sleeve: William Gibson, early Ian Banks, Ken McCleod (oh dear!).
Disappointing but pleasant enough.
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01/07/2009 page 30
7.98% "What's with all the sci-fi novels with an independent Scotland, these days?"
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