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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461077281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461077282
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,211,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Naj (Unputdownable Books) on July 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Posted on Behalf of Khalid Ismael with full permission

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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4 of 4 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yozetty on June 22, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerby on August 25, 2012
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Can't say I was expecting a book with the title "Kill Screen" to raise so many philosophical and existential questions. As you can imagine, "Kill Screen" centers around a possibly homicidal computer program, and how the book's protagonist solves the mystery behind his friend's death. I think my initial assumption (that the book would contain B movie plot twists, but plenty of fringe science to remain entertaining) totally ruined the book's pacing. So, you know...don't do what I did.

It had a surprising amount of drama I wouldn't normally associate with sci-fi, not that good science fiction can't pull off drama. I just wasn't ready for it. So maybe my opinion is biased, but I felt like there were many times throughout I wasn't prepared for what transpired. Is the book about the dangers of AI research, or the emotional turmoil of a man who possibly caused someone to commit suicide? Unfortunately, I never felt like the book settled on a platform for its message, and this seemed to obscure the climax, and create forced actions for the characters.

On the plus side, Ben is good at questioning our reality. Although I think it could have been taken further, his observations on society are well placed throughout, and give the story an interesting edge. It's intriguing to probe the bizarre nature of artificial intelligence, and face the ultimate consequence of building a machine that could possibly question its own reality.
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