So I ask you, fellow authors: If you were trying to market standalone novels that shared the same universe, would you use the series tag? Why / why not?
Fast paced techno book allows you to feel half a dozen hearts Really Enjoyed this book. It has great pacing, as fast as the technology that drives this world, snappy as a keyboard. The way this book moves through the story is unique; as you leap frog through the story, the author tricks you, deceives you, then hands you what you knew the whole time. ½ Mystery, ½ Cyberpunk. Bladerunner meets Foundation. The characters are real, lively and snarky. There’s humor in here, in there’s some horror. For a moment I thought there was going to be a zombie apocalypse. Moreover, its well written. I’m a big fan of Michael Moorcock’s long winded weaving of linguistic tapestries that stop the story where it’s at while the scene is created… That’s not happening here. Technology doesn’t have time for you to look around, you better take it in as you move, and that’s exactly what the author produces. The ending felt a little chopped, but probably because I wanted more. Good job, off to try another.
A really enjoyable piece of near-future sci-fi. The premise of this book is fairly simple – somewhere in the fairly near future, society has collapsed and rebuilt itself with the addition of the “veneer”, the supposedly innate ability of the people to shape their world to look like whatever they want it to look like. When a young man starts to see underneath the veneer, he starts on a track that leads him to attempt to take down the system. Helping him are his girlfriend and best friend; against him, an entire system of secret agents, plus his childhood nemesis. The main question here is an interesting one. What would the world be like if we could shape it to suit our desires, like we can online now? The veneer is a means of control for the corporations – things look pretty, so no one questions what the world is like without it. A single corrupt company essentially controls the world, and their agents enforce the control using deadly force, if necessary. The young characters are well drawn and strongly motivated, whether they’re good or evil. I do have some issues with how the author treats homosexuality, but overall I was really engaged by the writing and the book as a whole.