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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621051269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621051268
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy de Fonseca is a geek. She has always been this way, despite numerous attempts throughout childhood to curb her love of anime, video games, dragons, and the unholy songs of science. She also likes Cheez-Its.

She currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Myles and tiny dog Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. Lover of science and exploration, she is employed at the Adler Planetarium, where she not only helps generate this passion in others, but gathers plenty of information for her works. Andy enjoys photography, traveling, and the outdoors, and has degrees in cinema and photography, history, and theater.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Nylander on November 16, 2013
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Every year, I look forward to the New Bizarro Authors Series, when I get to read new and untested voices in fiction. This series is all new authors, who have not previously had a published book, to test the waters for one year and see how well they are accepted by a wider audience.

I began this year by reading “The Cheat Code for God Mode” by Andy de Fonseca, which proved to be troubling. Not bad, just troubling, primarily because this book's greatest strength is also its biggest weakness which is what makes writing and scoring this review so difficult.

Margy Plum and Victor Vance live in an odd world, where portals and wormholes are everyday modes of transportation and 8-bit pets are programmed to their owners' needs. But something is amiss. First, Margy is having what she can only describe as psychotic episodes where she thinks she's someone else. Then the two of them discover a game that, after entering a special code, allows them to change and control the world around them. This catches the attention of some rather special people who have been trying to track this game down for a long time. Unfortunately, I can't say much more about the plot without giving away too much. This is part of the mystery of the book which I don't want to spoil.

The characters are well written and even sympathetic. As far as a bizarro book goes, it's also relatively tame, with any sexual references toned down or only implied. The editing is also very good, with few or no errors to pull the reader off the page. Which is good, because the plot is so involving.

Okay, those are the basics. To get more complicated, the book is just the right length. I know that sounds weird to say, but this is one of those instances where it fits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Etienne DeForest on November 11, 2013
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Wow. This was like, the Matrix meets 2nd Life.

It was also pretty impressive for a first book. It’s one of those books that if I get too deep into the plot, I’ll give the story away. So I won’t do that to you.

What I will say, is that if you’re into gaming culture at all you will love this book. There was also a chapter or two about “The Internet” that were hilarious. Andy takes the irritating aspects of the online experience and makes fun of them in some very clever ways. That may have been my favorite part of the books.

Recommended for n00bs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Rose on April 30, 2014
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The Cheat Code For God Mode is what Ernest Cline's Ready Player One SHOULD have been, but wasn't. Whereas Cline's book was content to play on our sense of nostalgia and use fond memories to cover up lazy writing, de Fonseca invokes the same rich tapestry of pop cultural memories by creating its own unique mythology. The tropes and references in Cheat Code are just far enough removed from our reality to be sharply satirical. Andy could have gone the lazy route and dropped in the ostriches from Joust but instead we get a delightful 8-bit chicken named Mort. It's touches like this that make the book sing.

At the same time, The Cheat Code For God Mode is also what The Matrix COULD have been, if that trilogy had a sense of humor about itself and didn't end up disappearing up its own butt as it hobbled along. Instead of Keanu spouting neologisms about the internet, we get an interesting science-minded protagonist, her hilarious best friend, and an amazing barking chicken. We get roaming herds of LOLcats. We get All Your Base memes and turtle bacon. We get originality and a razor sharp ear for witty dialogue.
The story goes like this: Victor and Margy find an old video game system with a scribbled on disc that controls their universe. Needless to say, figuring this out is half the problem, as they cut a Grand Theft Auto style swath of destruction through their town. They need to travel to the old internet to find answers, and there they meet Tyson, a gunslinger type who has his own mysterious connections to the game. Of course there are also shadowy, dangerous people looking for the game and the people who are wielding it. From there on out, the story is anything but typical, however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincenzo Bilof on December 22, 2013
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Video game references and bizarro seem to go hand-in-hand. I have a somewhat jaded approach when it comes to reading anything that involves video game bizarro or talking cats. I had to keep an open mind, especially because this book is from a “new” author. I’m glad I read this one.

There’s absolutely no explanation for anything that happens in the first sixty pages of this novel, and that’s a good thing. The premise is intriguing, and the chapter titles (particularly the last one), dared me to keep turning the page. The author laid out the plot and told me what to expect, but the quirky characters and the world’s comical reaction to the god-mode interjection into their universe provided some tongue-in-cheek laughter-appreciation. The relationship between Margy and Victor is interesting only because it seems as if the author has a relationship very similar to theirs; they are almost like brother and sister, but not quite; readers might want the Fox-Scully conclusion to their relationship to round out the plot somehow.

So now I’m at the part of this review where I have to stop writing about it, because the method by which the author wraps up the narrative is the story’s major victory. I can draw the similarities in my head, but if I explained them here, the spoilers would seem too obvious. You’ll probably see it coming, but the de Foncesca handles the philosophical element with far better ease than some of the narratives (and films) which convoluted their stories. It’s as if de Foncesca learned from the mistakes of those stories that contain similar elements, and simplified them so they were actually relevant to the narrative.
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