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This, like Gibson's Pattern recognition is really a post-cyberpunk work and I think that might have turned some people off _ I personally was not turned off.
I find this a natural extension of the earlier styling (where they may have explored the "near-future flawed or maybe corrupt", the post movement has shades of the "present inane")
"Edgy" has gone maybe a little "sardonic"
The buzzwords were, I feel, appropriately (over)used as THAT itself was part of the ccultural commentary
I found the atmosphere witty, dryly humorous and entertaining
Like Much of sci-fi (esp in the longform) the concept/theme of the stoy and the construction of the world can be less-than-perfectly integrated (hey, I find this even among the old gaurd masters of the genre)
It does seem to read like 2 different stories and takes a left turn maybe 70% through...and the reader has to shift gears with it
Admittedly, that transition is a little rough and maybe a little muddled (though maybe that was something we were supposed to feel...uprooted) -- not entirely smooth, but didn't trash the work by any means and certainly isn't the worst example of that by any means
Extremely impressive, the narrator gives a different voice to the characters making it easy to follow and more of a performance, WITHOUT putting the characterizations on heavily enough to become tedious or overly apparent (I just heard it as different voices and it helped immersion into the story making the narration yet smoother).
I honestly feel one of the better readers I've heard just about anywhere
It's actually one I can go back and enjoy again
So my opinion differs from some of the other listeners
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This book is another good one by Bruce Sterling. He takes a more moderated tack to the practice of cyber-punk fiction, which he famously pioneered in co-authored books with William Gibson. Sterling here provides a pretty fun and interesting sort of international intrigue with a great protagonist and lots of good sociological speculation. All of his books are provocative and thoughtful science fiction on the cutting edge.
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This is great, if you love Sterling's Leggy Starlitz stuff. If you don't, you may find that it's not for you. Sterling has a particular style with these stories, essentially throwing a big plate of futurist and cultural spaghetti at the reader to see what sticks, and it's marmite to say the least. It's a unique approach though, and I am a huge fan.
I loved Jeff Woodman's performance here, he really inhabited all of the characters, and considering the very wide range of age, gender and nationality, that is no mean feat. I've docked one star, and that's because the recording quality is poor. Not poor in that it affects your listening, but certainly not the crystal clear quality that Audible usually gives. It's more like they recorded it using a mobile phone. A 1999 mobile phone. Or maybe Y2K screwed up the data? Oh, Leggy...
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