Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rule 34 book review

Another book in my quest for new writers, and I'm starting to see a trend towards dystopian futures. Rule 34 follows in the footsteps of William Gibson writing about a future that feels like it could be just around the corner. These books are typically enjoyable at least in part because of the similarities in what you see around you and the possibly disturbing future portrayed in the book. This is actually a common device used in sci-fi, making it hard for any new book to feel original. Charles Strauss does manage it here, though some scenes and characters have a much more believable feeling than others. There were also several minor scenes that I would have liked to have been expounded upon more. The Toymakers mental disturbance for example could have been much more integral to the story instead of an interesting side note. The storyline moved forward at a nice pace, and at no point did I feel I was reading a filler chapter that did not pertain to the overall plot.

"DI Liz Kavanaugh: You realise policing internet porn is your life and your career went down the pan five years ago. But when a fetishist dies on your watch, the Rule 34 Squad moves from low priority to worryingly high profile. Anwar: As an ex-con, you'd like to think your identity fraud days are over. Especially as you've landed a legit job (through a shady mate). Although now that you're Consul for a shiny new Eastern European Republic, you've no idea what comes next. The Toymaker: Your meds are wearing off and people are stalking you through Edinburgh's undergrowth. But that's ok, because as a distraction, you're project manager of a sophisticated criminal operation. But who's killing off potential recruits? So how do bizarre domestic fatalities, dodgy downloads and a European spamming network fit together? The more DI Kavanaugh learns, the less she wants to find out."
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Overall I found this book to be an enjoyable fast read, with a unique take on the future. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who was not already a fan of sci-fi, fans will find it to be an enjoyable light read with a few interesting new concepts.

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