I am a normal person. There is absolutely nothing abnormal about me.
on June 05, 2015 :
It is an Entertaining book.
I just finished reading the epub format of this book, and it blew me away! I usually like to explain both the good and the bad in my reviews, and I will try to do so here. You will pardon me if I have to fish for the bad a bit on this one.
I found the way the characters fit into the described world enjoyable. Juan is a detective, and he feels like a detective. The world he lives in has autonomous cars that can follow directions to meet you at your front door, but Juan takes it for granted, like any real person living in that world. This is a good story, with something for everyone in it.
This storyline has everything, from underage prostitutes to lawyers, big business managers and both contract and municipal police. This is a world where the infrastructure of society is falling apart, and big business is picking at the carcass of society for the tasty bits. The Author makes this extraordinary world seem normal. That is magic, people!
One of the things I am confused about is the pay structure of the major corporations. All of the biggies have a cradle to grave employee package, with a percentage of disposable income built into the package. I still cannot tell whether the Author admired or was disgusted with that sort of business-employee relationship.
My major quibbles with the book were minor ones. I could not distinguish a paragraph separation that was different from the sentence separation back when I read the Kindle version, so it was sometimes slightly confusing to decide where the paragraphs began and ended, since there also were no indentations. This made some of the transitions in the book slightly confusing. Only slightly, though. It looks much better in epub.
I have seen more typos, grammar errors and dropped words in most professionally edited books than I found in this one, so the Reader can concentrate on the reading without distraction. The way the book ended was a little jarring, but it is a great setup for continuation in the next book.
This was an interesting and stimulating book, and I recommend it as your next read. I challenge you to define what genre it belongs in!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 13, 2013 :
Shines Before You draws you in right from the beginning. I often find novels difficult to finish if they drone on for too long, but the fast-paced writing combined with the multiple-story-arc format keeps you reading right until the end of the first episode. Perhaps the one drawback of the multiple-story-arc format is that it makes it even harder to wait until the release of the next episode! Another great thing about this book is that you feel like you are reading an account from someone that understands the little details of whatever activity the characters are doing - which overall makes it feel very authentic, even being set in a strikingly different future.
(reviewed long after purchase)