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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461077281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461077282
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Reeves is a great writer with awesome creativity.
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I heard about this book on a gameinformer podcast Since its wriitten by someone who works there I decided to check it out.
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It's a page turner and you will regret it if you don't buy this book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Yozetty on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ben's a great writer and has an insanely creative mind. This book is the first in an assuredly long career of captivating books, check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naj (Unputdownable Books) on July 28, 2012
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Having read this book by the time I woke up, I had the liberty of immersing myself into the book without judgment nor bias. Any ounce of sleepiness that I had was killed off as I kept on going, and with that, I finished the read in a single sitting.

The novel `Kill Screen' centers on the protagonist, Jack Valentine, who delves deeper into the reasons behind the abrupt suicide of his best friend, Dexter, who is found floating in a bathtub filled with his own blood. What lies in wait, is an artificial program that takes credit for the death and it sends Jack in a downward spiral to get to the answers and stay alive. What piqued my interest initially, was the novel being set during the 90's gaming culture. The references were appreciative and help set the tone. But what did grasp me, was the novel being a fast paced read, allowing for readers to beat their hearts through as they strum through the pages. As far the main synopsis goes, I figured it was a common cliche story of `hero versus bad guy' but what came was not expected. The writer has weaved in a twist that goes beyond that general cliche and allowing the story to be an eye-opener to one's self and acceptance, questioning life, good and evil. All in all, a philosophical and thrilling plot that was fun to read to the end.

The protagonist, as well as the other characters in the novel are interesting and their character development is well played from start to end. My favourite instance of this is a whole chapter dedicated to a deceased character which really fleshes naturally and ties in well with Jack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AdamKen47 on July 18, 2012
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Ben Reeves' "Kill Screen" is a highly creative novel that kept me interested throughout Jack Valentine's mysterious and personal adventure. Much of this is due to the pacing of the writing. Everything moves at a comfortable and steady clip, with each plot twist and turn complemented by perceptive and well-researched nuggets of philosophy, theology, and other information. Being without any education regarding the gaming industry (outside of what I've read in magazines and on websites), I was swiftly and competently educated on many different aspects of how game designers work. There is not a hint of dryness to the exposition, so don't expect to feel as if you're back in college listening to a boring professor.

Another thing that really impressed me was Reeves' handle on prose. While there are moments when I was reminded of the fact that I was reading a book from an amateur author, there were also a handful of times where I marvelled at his descriptions. I've been on a huge classics kick lately, so going from Dostoevsky and Dickens to Reeves isn't exactly a parellel line, but there were definitely times when I thought Reeves mastered his prose with a certain poetic quality (sounds contradictory, but I think you know what I mean). There is definitely skill and craft shown throughout action sections, with fun elements of dialogue mixed with uncertainty of situations. His prose had me on the edge of my seat quite often.

That said, his dialogue doesn't quite match up to his action. Most of the dialogue is written in a naturalistic style, flowing smoothly and quickly. Much of the expository dialogue is written very well. However, there are times when the dialogue seems too crafted and overwrought. There are moments of cleverness that clash with the naturalistic writing style.
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By lucia on April 6, 2013
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I heard about this book on a gameinformer podcast Since its wriitten by someone who works there I decided to check it out. I was blown away by how intriguing this book is. I literally couldn't put it down. Definitely recommend this book.
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I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to everyone. Benjamin Reeves is a fantastic writer that has a great carrer ahead of him.
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Kill Screen by Benjamin Reeves is as creepy as a late-night session of Resident Evil in a dark basement. An apt description, considering the book is about a dark and creepy video game that achieves sentience and drives its players insane.*

Jack Valentine, co-owner of the video game company Electronic Sheep, finds his partner and best friend Dexter Hayward dead in a bathtub filled with his own blood. It's a confirmed suicide - something to which Jack is not a stranger - but it spurs Jack to discover why his friend abruptly killed himself. Jack's investigation leads him to Evi, a mysterious computer program embedded in a video game under development at Electronic Sheep. Evi shows Jack terrifying things, including horrors from his own past. To save his sanity, and gain justice for Dexter, Jack has to discover what the program wants and how to stop it from causing more deaths.

Kill Screen is set in San Francisco during the 1990s, a heady time and place to be working in software development. A tech veteran himself, Reeves does a wonderful job depicting the joys and frustrations of developing software on the bleeding edge of technology.

Told in first-person point of view by Jack, we see how tortured and guilt-ridden he is over the death of his wife, something that drives his single-minded pursuit to learn why Dexter killed himself. The secondary characters in the Electronic Sheep offices were stock - the opinionated art director; the uber-coder who programmed at 60-words per minute; the sycophantic newb who never had an opinion until he heard his manager's first - but made me nostalgic for my own software development days during the '90s. I knew people like that. For me, the stock characters only added to Reeves's techie credibility.
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