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(Jump 225 #2)

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David Louis Edelman's debut novel Infoquake was called "the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge" and hailed as the best science fiction debut of 2006. The story continues with MultiReal, the stunning second book in the Jump 225 trilogy.

Natch has just won his first battle with the Defense and Wellness Council for control of MultiReal technology. But now the Council
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Kara Babcock
MultiReal picks up right where Infoquake leaves off. Natch has successfully demonstrated the revolutionary new product to the masses—and now the Defense and Wellness Council wants control. He refuses and goes on the run (several times) while his fiefcorp dissolves into bickering and bureaucratically-induced chaos. Oh, and infoquakes continue on the Data Sea.

As with many middle books in a trilogy, MultiReal is one endless spiral of bad luck for the protagonists. From the red tape and threats thro
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Jason Pettus
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. Sorry, the last few sentences get cut off today!)

All hail the mighty science-fiction epic trilogy! Bow and tremble before the mighty science-fiction epic trilogy! Because Lord knows, if you're a SF fan, it's not like you're going to be able to get away from the mighty science-fiction epic trilogy; th
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Enzo
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily a 4.5 but the roundup seemed necessary.

Where can Natch be? That is the question you'll be making to yourself as you read the second book in the series. Natch keeps running from everyone as he needs to keep the Defense and Wellness Council at bay.
The second volume in the series and David Louis Edelman keeps tying us in knots at the fate of the Natch/Surina fief corp. The Defense and Wellness Council has now sent its top hunter Lieutenant Executive Megan Kei Lee. Lee has no brakes and play
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Ove
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from my blog cybermage.se
If Infoquake was cyberpunk-business then Multireal is cyberpunk-politics.

I am afraid I didn’t like Multireal as much as Infoquake. Maybe it is suffering from sequel sickness. Everything was new and fresh in the first book. David Louis Edelman invented a whole new cyberpunk-business kind of science fiction with Infoquake.

Maybe it is the character’s helplessness. In Infoquake Natch and his team kicked the oppositions ass. Here the team crumbles, the Defense and Well
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Liviu
Excellent follow up to Infoquake. Picks up where Infoquake ends and focuses on the multi-sided battle for control of the new and potentially world changing MultiReal technology - for better or worse depending on who controls it and whose point of view you take.

Natch is still up to his old tricks and is one step ahead of most of his enemies, but can he stay one step ahead of his presumed allies?

Jara struggles to keep the Natch/Surina fiefcorp together and do "the right thing" - but what exactl
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Valerie
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read this sequel many years after the first and that made for a poor read. It was 350 pages of inbetweenisode without substantial plot. Then 100 pages of real story. Characters were not very likable across the board. Great nuggets of visionary sci-fi but few and far between.
James Williams
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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Stuart Reid
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
Excellent! Infoquake set the scene - a futuristic, corporate thriller of sorts - and Multireal takes the story much further.

The story follows Natch and his fiefcorp apprentices as they fight for control of Multireal. As with many middle-trilogy stories, the team is broken up, face peril at every turn, and find themselves struggling to define who they are becoming.

The best thing about the Jump 225 trilogy is the picture of the future Edelman has painted. Multireal itself is a good example, a tool
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Aaron
An improvement on the first, which I gave 3 and 1/2 stars to, but I can't bring myself to give it a full four stars. The characters were great, and, as with the first book, the future world Edelman has constructed is stunningly complex and chock-full of cool ideas. The author's writing skills were also much improved from the first book. The story, however, was not that compelling. A ton happens in the novel, but very little of the action is the result of the characters' own efforts. Most everyth ...more
Rob
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jump 225 is one of those rare sequels that is *better* than the first book. I think with Infoquake David Edelman was still pretty raw in his writing. The book read more like a fast paced movie, and none of the characters were very well developed. It was seriously plot driven.

In MultiReal he seriously stepped up the writing quality. The plot is both deeper and broader. The action sequences are completely awesome. The characters are much more interesting. In all ways, this is a better book, and th
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Wendy
Feb 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear David Edelman,

Most people's eyes are not really sapphire blue. Please find a new way to describe them.

When you wrote this: "His clattering metaphors made her teeth ache." I felt a strong identification with it. That is not good.

When you write a sequel, you might consider picking up where your last book left off. Just a suggestion.

I was intrigued enough by Infoquake to pick up Multireal (at my library instead of the bookstore this time, as I was not wanting to shell out more money on the s
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Ryun
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When David Louis Edelman stormed the science fiction scene in 2006 with INFOQUAKE, he created a one-man subgenre: speculative business-management fiction. On that premise, it could have been the most boring novel ever published. At its heart, it was a story about an aspiring businessman’s effort to create a product that would make him the most successful businessman ever, like every crappy biography about Donald Trump or Bill Gates or whoever.

But because of rigorous world-building, meticulous ch
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Karlo
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
The book continues the interesting take on far future economics started in Infoquake. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first volume, but that might be because the initial excitement about the economics was what for me its major draw. Also, it might the classic 'middle book' problem in that things are not resolved.

My only small note of concern was that the ability of Natch to manipulate the world so easily smacked at little too much of Heinlein's "Capable Man"; able to do anything when called up
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Alexandra Harris
A captivating read but the story continues to disappoint. I enjoyed the context of the book much more than the story, such as organised religion, central government and elected committees, technologically enhanced society.
However, the story is plain annoying - it's slow, the plot is underdeveloped, and it's inconsistent too. In the 2nd book main characters have become spineless wusses, there is no good or evil, none of them have master-mind qualities. None of them have charisma, they are just b
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Tim Thraeryn
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-sci-fi
Second part of Edelman's "Jump 225" trilogy, follows the events described in the book "Infoquake". Edelman's story gets even more original in this one while maintaining the very real, honest, possible feel of the first book. The potential technologies outlined in this book are tantalizing, and it's understandable that the fiefcorps all want to gain total control over it or completely prevent it from seeing the light of day. ...more
Jeanne Boyarsky
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
While I loved part 1, I "merely" enjoyed this one. I read it once, but didn't feel the need to do so a second time. I think I enjoyed the setting up of the world in part one and had already experienced it. I also felt like there was a lot of plot and less moving forward than parts 1 & 3. I waited to read part 3 to review this one for comparison. ...more
Tavis
Oct 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't say I'm a huge fan of total cliffhangers in books. Even when they are part of a series, how about a little closure, for crap's sake? Now I have no choice to read the next part, when dude gets done writing it. ...more
Jeff Raymond
The Jump 225 trilogy may be my favorite current science fiction offering. If you’re not reading these books, you’re missing out - it’s the perfect combination of silly tech stuff, plot, and action. LOVE it.
Wordwizard
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Infoquake. Very good--does not succumb to second-in-a-trilogy tendency to be either (a) clearly a bridge or (b) only drama happens. Real stuff happens. Not as much as did in Infoquake, but a lot.
Craig
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A much better, more complete-feeling story. I am definitely looking forward to getting to the bottom of all these machinations and finding out who's behind what. That said, I really hope the last volume shows us what MultiReal can *really* do... ...more
Jakub
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Still splendidly full of action and full to the damn-so-iritating-but-intruguing Natch, still very imaginative and evokative. But the ending is much too "middle tome" - the cliffhangers are really painful. Still, I cannot wait for the conclusion. ...more
Curtis
A great book. Can't wait for #3 in the trilogy. ...more
Jesse Edsell-vetter
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This dynamic second book from David Louis Edelman builds on Infoquake, the best science fiction book in years and leaves you begging more.
Arcnes
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Infoquake.
Business meets programing and body modification.
Martin
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely looking forward to the next one of these.
tim
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I loved the whole Jump 225 trilogy. I would have never guess there would be a sci-fi sub genre about business in the future.
Pat
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid entry in the series. Can't wait to get the last one. Possibilities is starting to bend my mind. ...more
Tyson
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
My review here. ...more
Mike R
Book #2/3-battle for multi-possibility software
C.C. Ekeke
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good follow up to the first book. But the big issue for me was that the main character was still a bit two-dimensional and unlikeable.
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David Louis Edelman's first novel Infoquake was called "the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge" by Barnes & Noble Explorations and later named their Top SF Novel of 2006. Infoquake was also nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel, and he has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2008.

His second novel, MultiReal (the sequel to Infoqua
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“We do not often get to declare victories, Natch, and most of them do not remain victories for very long. Ultimately when you reach my age you realize that victories are temporary, and in all the years of human history there is one final battle which nobody has ever won.Time has a way of changing the terms of your victories over the years, until you begin to wonder precisely what it was you fought for so viciously, so uncompromisingly. You begin to see that victory and defeat are but alternate reflections from the same prism.You see that the measure of a person really might be the integrity with which he fought his battles and not their ultimate dispensation, just like your elders have been telling you all along.” 3 likes
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