It is November 1983 and young Billy Twist and his whiz kid friends are about to discover the exciting new world of microcomputers. Billy and his friends start on their journey but run into some obstacles as they try to setup a computer video gaming club. Billy is a typical kid growing up in the 80s, the age of the microcomputer. An age of wonder for teens and even adults alike. A nostalgic story of ZX Spectrums, Commodore 64s, Amstrads and Ataris.
If I didn't grow up in the 80s I would be jealous of everyone that did - because the 80s rocked!
I received this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
The Micro Kids is a snapshot of the microcomputer boom of the 1980s. It's obvious that Gary Plowman has a great appreciation for this era. The story is full of references to various microcomputers, gaming fairs, computer stores and video games. Some of the references can get tedious at times, with Billy examining the trivial intricacies of many of his favorite games. Nonetheless, his love for micro computers is clearly felt throughout the narrative.
Jas Walker does a fine job narrating this story, although his work leaves something to be desired. Some words are frequently repeated throughout the book, and Walker's narration can become a bit grating at times. Even so, he managed to keep the work engaging throughout.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It took some time to hit its stride, but once it did, it made for an enjoyable tale. I didn't grow up in this era. I imagine those who did would find Plowman's work to be even more interesting.
The book has no real story and it’s full of grammatical errors. There are many wasted opportunities for a good plot but the author does not develop them. The book sounds more like a collection of memories. The only reasons why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 are the nostalgia factor (which I suppose is a common pull towards this book) and the author’s best intentions, which I’m sure are there.
The book is almost written as a diary with each chapter representing a month in 1983-84. It's about a kid who gets a ZX Spectrum for Christmas and how it becomes the center of his life as he plays, starts a computer club and starts experimenting with programming a bit.
It really felt like the kid Billy telling his story in his way and I enjoyed it a lot. It also included game screenshots here and there. Be prepared to meet a lot of game and game magazine descriptions.
The level of detail suggests that the author has a 'speccy' or two at his home (complete with his own maze game written in BASIC) as well as at least one RPI dressed up as an archade machine.
Edit: I previously complained about the epub formatting, but I was wrong and had this book confused with another.