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He blanded me with science (fiction)!
on January 15, 2013
Guy Krause is a washed up movie star with no money who is chosen to take part in a strange scientific experiment: what if he could go back in his life to an earlier time and relive it knowing what he knows now? Faced with his past or a future that involves reality TV, Guy opts for the experiment, plugging into a machine and being sent back in virtual reality. But what is the purpose of this machine, who built it, and why was Guy picked?
I generally like Peter Bagge's stuff and "Reset" was no different but the story felt a bit half-baked. On the one hand Bagge does a fine job of creating mystery in the story such as who is funding such a weird experiment and what is it really for, along with the shady characters who appear periodically. On the other hand, he drops the ball answering those conceits, providing dull, if not easy, answers that feel like Bagge just didn't care or have the imagination to come up with something more creative.
It might be that Bagge is so used to making fun of dramatic storylines in a comedic way and writing stories about everyday people, that he's unable to fully commit to writing his own dramatic storyline. The best parts of the book were when Guy was dealing with his crappy life, familiar writing territory for Bagge, rather than getting involved in a convoluted plot about pseudo-time-travel machines and conspiracies which read unconvincingly.
"Reset" is a decent read which had me turning the pages to the end, and I cared about Guy, but I felt certain plot elements were handled clumsily and the very weak final act does the book no favours. Bagge's known for his humour but unfortunately there's little evidence of it in the book. The ending is weak and too easy, even stereotypical, and what could've been a thoughtful book ends up becoming disappointingly shallow.