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From Hollywood Hills mansions and Century City towers, to South Central motels and the oceanside refinery, The Beasts of Electra Drive by Rohan Quine spans a mythic L.A., following seven spectacular characters (or Beasts) from games designer Jaymi's game-worlds. The intensity of those Beasts' creation cycles leads to their release into real life in seemingly human forms, ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published January 8th 2018 by EC1 Digital
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Sally
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beasts of Electra Drive is technologically intelligent, socially clever, and supernaturally chilling - a trippy sci-fi tale from Rohan Quine.

To start, let me talk a bit about that first part, the technology. This is a book that is heavily invested in the creation of technology, the programming of games and apps, and the design of the characters who populate them. There is a strong artistic element woven into this act of creation, allowing us to see how and why Jaymi creates each of his
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Hermione Ireland
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary genre-defining and fascinating novel. So timely as cynical, talentless and opioid-pushing mass-media owners try and downgrade all popular culture - Rupert Murdoch/tv producers and ilk, I'm looking at you. Like a lyrical poem from ancient times. But more violent and with more gay sex.
Theediscerning
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
An intriguing premise – a programmer finds his computer game characters coming to life, when his output is vitally important to the sanity of the world – is let down by rigid patterning and mucho repetition, and not going the way it should. Still, I think it's worth a look - the author can certainly write novels.
Rohan Quine
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Bookmuseuk
The Beasts of Electra Drive is the story of a games designer who becomes deeply disenchanted with the ‘lowest common denominator’ mentality of the big corporation he works for, and leaves it in order to create a game of his own. But when his former employers refuse to take his desertion lying down, something rather strange happens, and the characters from Jaymi’s game start to cross over into ‘meat space’ and become the arms of Jaymi’s revenge.

Quine’s narrative challenges the arbitrariness of
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Rohan Quine is an author of literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror. He grew up in South London, spent a couple of years in L.A. and then a decade in New York, where he ran around excitably, saying a few well-chosen words in various feature films and TV shows, such as "Zoolander", "Election", "Oz", "Third Watch", "100 Centre Street", "The Last Days of Disco", "The ...more