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Beautiful Red Paperback – March 14, 2012

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"An excellent, well written story. draws you in and keeps you hooked."

"As soon as you open this book, you are sucked into the world..."

"Enthralling story, well-rounded characters, and the world is both believable and totally sci-fi."

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I'd recommend Beautiful Red to readers who enjoy hard, technological SF, with a significant mystery element. There are adult themes and language, minor violence and social commentary.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Darusha Wehm (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973746718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973746716
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,658,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

M. Darusha Wehm is the three-time Parsec Award shortlisted author of the novels Beautiful Red, Self Made, Act of Will, The Beauty of Our Weapons and Children of Arkadia.

Her short fiction has appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Escape Pod, Toasted Cake and more.

She is from Canada, but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years traveling at sea. For more information, visit

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Format: Paperback
My first read from this author. I was intrigued by the storyline, having just finished Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle, a great treatise on the possible futures of man & computers. I was curious to see one author's picture of this kind of future.

Wehm paints a fascinating picture of a society where the internet is everywhere and everyone is connected to it at all times -- a society where most of the world's problems have been eradicated, and where life is ... mundane and dull. People live connected online because everyone and everything is more beautiful and interesting there. But, of course, things are not how they simply appear.....

The storyline is interesting as Jack, our heroine, first discovers small discrepancies in her work as an online security officer. She then starts recognizing pieces of a puzzle: crimes showing an underbelly of malevolence and cruelty that shouldn't and couldn't possibly exist ... but does.

Characters may seem underdeveloped, but that's the whole point. Nobody in this society gets close enough to anyone else to see or know who they truly are. I had a couple of suspicions mid-way through the book, but was still a bit surprised by the ending. Nicely done!

This isn't an outstanding novel nor a can't-put-down page-turner. It is, however, an entertaining story to sit back and enjoy. There are a few typos scattered throughout the book, but nothing that can't be easily determined. Understanding now that this was written in under 30 days as a contest entry, the mistakes are forgivable -- but a revised edition to fix typos would be nice.
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Format: Paperback
I'm pretty tolerant of most writers to the dismay of my writer husband who feels my standards are way too low. I love good story tellers. Tell me a good story and I can overlook grammar, typos, all sorts of errors. However, Beautiful Red has some issues that I just couldn't overlook. M. Darusha Wehm, has the characters discover all the new things about this future world rather than explain them to us the reader. This was wildly distracting to me since it ruined the character development. I kept thinking, "what? I though Jack is supposed to be an expert hacker. How can she not know this?" The story also moves ponderously slow. I just couldn't stick with it. Ms. Wehm has some talent but a good editor could have helped her a lot. This book is self published and it shows. I will try to read another one of her novels in the future but I don't recommend bothering with this one. Ms. Wehm needs to keep working on her craft.
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By CWSnaps on July 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
An unusual start which could put some off reading past the first few pages. Persevere and the plot unfolds in a delightful and intriguing story. Some reviews mentioned spelling errors but either I was too engrossed in the story to notice, or my copy was different; and sex scenes - but these were not explicit and certainly not worrying for 13+ to read by today's standards. The book ends with a strange twist, almost if the writer had run out of ideas but I think it was more subtle to make the reader think about the possibilities of the future. All in all an enjoyable read with provoking thoughts.
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