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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Rotten Row is the worst place we’ve made.

Humankind can travel to the stars — but only those content to be flung as a datastream through space, flitting from male to female, dark to fair, one random discard body to the next. Those who go are the Upshot, rare individuals subject to their own rigid laws.

And then there’s Rotten Row.

Outcasts in breach of all codes, in Rotten
Published July 23rd 2014 by Book View Cafe (first published 2011)
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May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rotten Row refers to this place unlike any other that is this bizarre tourist destination that gives new definition to people watching and freak show while combining the sentiments from "when in Rome, do as the Romans do" and "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" along with the mother of all identity crises wrapped up in some really beautiful prose.

Rotten Row takes place in a world where people not only can travel to other planets, but they can abandon their bodies and upload their
Katharine Kerr
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the far future, the wealthy and bold -- or the foolhardy -- can planet-hop by means the mysterious Chutes. The Upshot, as they call themselves, leave one body behind and find themselves at their destination in a brand-new body, one chosen randomly, which means they change gender, appearance, genetic heritage as they travel. On the huge orbital station called Rotten Row, however, the rules are different. If you have the cash, you can order up any identity you want.

This novella is more a
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Speculative fiction set in a world where the mainstream culture is obsessed, even paranoid, about identity. I liked the way the main themes and differences between this world and ours were introduced slowly, so you had time to figure out what was important, and what made Rotten Row so very different.
Dec 14, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
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This was one of those books where it felt like absolutely nothing happened.
Daniel R.
While the setting is interesting (a science fiction world where people can shed bodies for new ones, which can be shaped and sculpted like artwork), the book prefers to let its milieu be the main character instead of the people who do stuff. While that might be interesting, if the protagonist were experiencing the world's many aspects via a road story (it sets out to be this at the beginning, but ultimately abandons the notion), it decides to take a different course.

This novella stops cold far
David Orphal
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Rotten Row. I loved the concept of digitally transmitting our memories, personalities, and skills from one body to another - provokes some interesting thoughts about the nature of the soul.

That said, I thought Rotten Row got off to a slow start. I'm glad I kept pushing and read until our protagonist got onto the Row and into the plot arch.

Lukas Lovas
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It sorts of reminds me of those good old Hard SF books....very provocative idea and how it would affect humanity, good plot to wrap the idea in, and an unexpected ending to put the cherry on the top. Short, to the point, thought provoking and utterly enjoyable :)
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Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently Shelter, and two major fantasy series: The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades, and Selling Water by the River, set in an alternate Ottoman Istanbul. A winner of the British Fantasy Award, he has also published three books for children and more than 500 ...more
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