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Human Error by Paul Preuss
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it was ok
bookshelves: horror, own, read_2020

Human Error blurs the lines between tech-fi and horror and largely succeeds in doing so. The only problem is that it takes a very long time for the horror element to embed itself in the technology. That, and a whole lot of nonsensical scenes and equally nonsensical dialogue hinder what could’ve been a pretty decent book.

Written in the mid 1980’s when computers were in their infancy, there’s a lot of unknown about their capability and capacity to change ‘modern’ ways of working. Here, the author attempts to fuse organic with artificial intelligence to form a suite of computers which can ‘think’ and solve real world problems just as good as, if not better, than humans. Whilst far-fetched and completely unrealistic, the noise surrounding computers in the mid 80’s meant there was a degree of apprehension and excitement attributed to this unknown qualitative computing mechanism. The plot doesn’t age well, but I could see how it’d have more impact closer to the original publication date.

Silly story aside, the downfall really is the dialogue and strange characters; their behavior, mannerisms, social interactions…the list goes on – they’re just not well written and that really dampers the reader experience. Cool cover on the mass market paperback edition though.
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Reading Progress

February 10, 2020 – Started Reading
February 10, 2020 – Shelved
February 10, 2020 – Shelved as: horror
February 10, 2020 – Shelved as: own
February 10, 2020 –
page 50
14.2% "that first chapter was hard to get through... just bad writing...luckily things have improved. Damn near DNF after a handful of pages."
February 10, 2020 –
page 99
28.13%
February 11, 2020 –
page 269
76.42%
February 11, 2020 – Finished Reading
March 2, 2020 – Shelved as: read_2020

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