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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  14 reviews
CYPULCHRE is a dark and twisted cyberpunk thriller that will take readers on a journey through revolt and redemption, high-tech nightmares and low-life dreams.

The inventor of the CLOUD technology—that's swept Los Angeles' rich and willing into the noosphere—has lived in exile for a decade, north of the mountains, feared, defamed, and despised by his former colleagues and
Paperback, 317 pages
Published July 16th 2014 by Guy Faux Books (first published July 14th 2014)
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Paul Burke
Jun 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is one of the worst books I have read in recent years. I only finished it because I was in awe at just how incredibly, defiantly, boldly atrocious it was.

If you fed an AI a whole bunch of boilerplate cyberpunk novels full of all the cliches and tropes and had it produce a cyberpunk novel of its own, and then took THAT book and gave it to another AI to make yet another boiled down collection of tropes and stereotypes then this is the book that you would have.

The following checklist is not ev
Michael Campbell
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The soul is indestructible, but so is the animal itself..." reads the quote from Gottfried Leibniz on the page preceding Joseph MacKinnon's Cypulchre, "...even though its mechanism often perishes in part, and casts off or puts on its organic coverings."

The souls that exist in Cypulchre serve in a distopian future where technological advancement has transformed into an unstoppable psychological force of malicious intent: The Cloud. The organic vessel understood as the human body is transformed
Terra Glitch
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cyberpunk
Required reading for any Cyberpunk aficionado.
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Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Cypulchre by Joe MacKinnon, by Guy Fawkes publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Cyberpunk dystopian

“If you can’t kill the dreamer, kill the dream.”

What’s it about: Paul, an exiled, schizophrenic, neuroscientist hacker who invented the CLOUD, a virtual reality internet-like thing that is difficult to explain but is totally bad and has allowed the Outland Corporation to basically control everyone and everything, teams up with some rebels to destroy his creation
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those novels that required me to do a repeat reading. The narrative can be surreal at times but honestly I loved the ideas presented here. Maybe it was meant to be somewhat dream-like b/c of our protagonist,Doctor Sheffield, being mentally unhinged to various levels. Will definitely keep MacKinnon on my radar for further books.

If there was a recipe for this book I would label it as such:

1 Part Matrix
2 Parts Vanilla Sky (which did require me to watch at least twice to understand wh
Samantha Dragon
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, first-reads
I won this book on first-reads and I really liked it. Its nice to read a book that's about love for your children instead of romantic love. The only problem I had with it is that it went a little too fast in the beginning and I got kind of lost. I also didn't realize that it had a glossary until I was done with it and that could have really helped me while I was reading it. ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An thoroughly engrossing novel. There's an intellectual and dramatic revelation nearly every chapter. As the world descends deeper into its techno-lust we need more books like this to show us what we could become if we're not careful. ...more
Fraser Simons
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
It definitely reminded me of Neuromancer. It uses a lot of new terminology (and thankfully has an index at the end of the book), it often describes technology with organic terms and vice versa. It's written as though it's keeping in mind it could be a screenplay to an action movie but isn't dumbed down. I was not into the fact that the main character was schizophrenic, even though it's a pretty big (old) cyberpunk trope. And I lean more towards post-cyberpunk tropes and themes. I don't know
Jules Gutierrez
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hard to stay with it, the writer tries to go Shakespeare on every group of words. Good ideas, interesting plot.
Kaitlin Merrick
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dark and gritty. The feel is Inception meets Do Androids Dream...
Jonny Illuminati
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Started out strong, but I had a hard time staying interested.
Lance Nichols
The start of this throws far too many events together with far to much invented jargon in what I felt was an unrealistic set of circumstances. Two leading AI/cybernetic researchers running unsanctioned experiments at the same time, and in the same organization with out knowing they were planning this?

Add in they seemed to be “inventing” technology that already existed in world. The world building was too short, and too abrupt. I could not sink myself into the book. I’m moving it to my DNF list a
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stuck on a desert island with nothing else to read
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Markus Jevring
Having learned about this book on Tumblr, and been awaiting it's release, I was very excited to get my hands on it. The book uses a multi-act structure, and all acts, save the last one, are quite good. The dramatis personae are well described and evolved. The author does get a bit wordy, at times. Where fewer and perhaps simpler words would have sufficed, the author pulls out the thesaurus and goes to town. It's not bad, per se, but it doesn't feel like there's a reason to use stranger words tha ...more
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