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Gemini7 by Jordan Cray
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Dec 10, 2009

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bookshelves: horror-thriller
Recommended for: people who grew up in the early 90s
Read in December, 2009

A friend gave me a pile of Danger.com books to sell, but as soon as I saw the first cover (emblazoned with a technicolor "99 cents," a demonic water girl, and the warning "Surfing the Net can be hazardous to your health") I knew I had to read at least one of them first. It was a walk down memory lane, back to when we had to pay for internet by the minute, when a nerdy guy in a chatroom could find 7 hot cyber girlfriends in a matter of days, and when we all talked online like this:
"Where have you been grrrl?"
"I shld ask ze same, bro."
Hmm, actually I only remember one of those things being true...

I was expecting so-bad-it's-almost-good, and Gemini7 frequently delivered in that vein, but it also surprised me. When the author wasn't trying to simulate teenagers' online and real time conversations the writing wasn't that bad, plus the plot was decently suspenseful (though the ending was a bit too quick and tidy) and the pacing was excellent. It made me hope that Jordan Cray is a pen name of someone who went on to write other things, because I think there just might be talent lurking behind all of the internet lessons, teenage angst and awful slang. I'm not leaping to read the entirety of the series, but I was entertained enough to look through the stack.
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