Counting Heads

Counting Heads

Book - 2005
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Publisher: New York : Tor, 2005.
ISBN: 9780765312679
Characteristics: 336 p. ;,24 cm.


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Apr 04, 2010

The description is of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

Feb 15, 2010

This book is a blast. It has all of the tropes you'd expect in cyberpunk: massive corporations that rule the world; clone armies; loyal AI retainers; and inscrutable robots on a morally ambiguous mission. Despite that, it remains a light and enjoyable read.

The story is simple: the president of a corporate conglomerate is lost in a crash, her head stored away in a cryogenic container. The good guys want her head back in one piece, while the baddies want to finish her off.

Although there's lots of world building, there isn't much depth: we get to know some of the characters, but the ins and outs of the future world aren't explored too closely. Yeah, there's overpopulation, a ban on unlicensed human reproduction, rampant nanotech terrorism, and rejuvenation treatments; but those are used as part of the setting.

The book contains a few inexplicable events and scenes that feel more like they're there for atmosphere rather than moving the plot along. But they're fun to read, so I can't complain too loudly.

The writing is strong. The Marusek ties four or five plot lines together for a tight ending that is well paced and explicable. Most of the characters are well drawn, with interesting personalities and backgrounds.

Overall: it's a great genre book. If you enjoy cyberpunk, or any near future SF, you'll probably enjoy it. For what it is: highly recommended.

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