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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: #6,033,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

M. Darusha Wehm is a thre-time Parsec Award finalist and author of the SF novels Beautiful Red, Self Made, Act of Will and The Beauty of Our Weapons. She is originally from Canada and currently lives in New Zealand after sailing down the west coast of the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean with her partner, Steven, on their sailboat, Scream. For more information about her writing and her travels, visit Darusha on the web at http://darusha.ca.

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 and The Beauty of Our Weapons.

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

She is from Canada, but currently lives on her sailboat in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years traveling at sea. For more information, visit http://darusha.ca.

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By Zimra on February 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Pros:
1) This is a NaNoWriMo Book: A 50,000+ word book contest is held every November on the NaNoWriMo website. The focus is how many words and not how many typos one produces.
2) Cyber-Punk Science Fiction about an everyday person who finds something mysterious in the world.
3) Near-future possibilities, we could end up this way within twenty years.
4) Awesome twist for an ending. I would like to see the story continue.

Cons:
1) There are typos and editing mistakes; but it was written in 30 days.
2) There are two sex scenes and a little bit of language, I was looking for a clean read.
3) Some of it seems mundane, "eating and showering" often.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book besides the cons; it made me think about technology and my own life and the downward spiral of mankind.
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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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