Raised by a photographer with a physics degree and a reference librarian, these days I make software easier to use and write science fiction.
on Aug. 06, 2011 :
Streamlined is a quick, enjoyable read, ideal for someone who wants to dip their toes in the cyberpunk genre. It's the story of a motorcycle courier, who, as the blurb says, discovers his personal best isn't good enough to do the job he wants to do, so he goes in search of... enhancement. There's a touch of romance thrown in there, too, and a taste of NYC in a gritty future, which makes this more than just a tale of vehicular technophilia.
I was really impressed by Feinman's descriptive turn of phrase at certain moments--, i.e. "Made him quiver in his liver or kidneys, or somewhere down there," or "Fetid air washed over him as he unlocked the bike; a laundromat in the basement, blooming to life," which brought the setting to life. The motorcycle details were--I assume from what I know of Alex's hobbies-- authentic, and add further verisimilitude. Furthermore, I'm always I'm impressed with anyone who can tell an entire tale, with character growth and a satisfying ending, in 23 pages.
That said, there was at least one thing I didn't love about the story. For someone who knows nothing about motorcycles, sometimes the technical details were a bit overwhelming, making the action sequences harder to follow. I expect they're needed to tell the story, however, so I give a lot of leeway for this not being my usual reading genre :)
Overall, worth the price--for $1.49 and twenty minutes of your life, you can't go wrong.
(reviewed the day of purchase)