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Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann
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Jun 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mainstream-fiction
Read in June, 2010

Overlapping conspiracies in modern, semi-dystopic China, interleaved with Iraq war flashbacks,
make for some dizzying head-trips (and real trips), as Ellie Cooper becomes a reluctant agent of she knows-not-what, struggling against an array of very real, very powerful creeps. Despite its exotic locales, or perhaps aided by them, this story felt a lot like the old Prisoner TV drama, starring Patrick McGoohan. (Who are these people and why are they doing this to me?) Apart from the on-going woman-in-peril drama, I was most interested in the use of an on-line role-playing game as a nexus for artistic, semi- political subversion. Can authoritarianism be subverted by a game? My biggest disappointment was that Ms. Brackmann did not more fully develop this thread.

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