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The Nemesis Worm Kindle Edition

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Length: 62 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1793 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (August 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GLQ9DU
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David F. Weisman on November 1, 2011
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This is a hard boiled detective mystery set in the twenty second century with artificial intelligence. The protagonist is an AI who is not completely trusted by most humans, so legally his partner owns the detective agency. If that appeals to you, try this free novel. If not, don't. The writing is neither good enough nor bad enough to change your mind. In terms of worldbuilding, the social and legal position of AI's is better thought out than average. There are some interesting ideas about how AI might work, but the images of virtual reality and how an AI might experience cyberspace didn't appeal to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Landon on October 25, 2011
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I read and reviewed Reality 36, Guy Haley's debut novel from Angry Robot Books. It was a great science fiction detective buddy novel featuring AI private investigator Richards and his kick-ass ex-military cyborg partner Otto. Haley also released a Richards & Klein novella (more a long short story) that gives the reader a look at his two protagonists working a case just before the start of his novel.

For someone new to Haley's world I'm not sure this would be a great introduction. There's quite a bit of world building primer built into Reality 36 that the short fiction doesn't have the room to provide. However, the story does delve into some larger questions about humanity, singularity, and what makes something human. It's not heavy handed, but it is well done.

Beyond that, it's also a pretty action packed 'case file' story that provides some welcome history to Richards - the advanced AI part of the tandem. Highly recommended to fans of Haley's novel and worth a go for SF fans in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie Douglass Lima on April 6, 2012
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The story was interesting; I thought the futuristic setting was the best part. The whole concept of a society where humans and AI live together like this was very well thought out.

However, I had a hard time getting past the many, many errors in grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Along with a few formatting issues at the end, they made Nemesis Worm look just plain unprofessional. It especially bugged me that the author didn't seem to know how to punctuate/capitalize a quotation, as this was consistently done incorrectly throughout the book. I was also bothered by the unnecessary amount of profanity, which stood out enough to be annoying, much like the errors.

The story and setting intrigued me enough that I would otherwise have been interested in reading more by this author, but sorry - I'd rather spend my money on books that use the English language correctly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Shirer on September 5, 2011
The world built in Nemesis Worm is interesting, but I kept noticing grammatical errors in the first few pages that kept throwing me out of the narrative flow. The character of Richards didn't really interest me, and we don't get enough of Otto to get a sense of him from the novella.
Altogether, as a teaser, Nemesis Worm is okay. I'm not sure I'm intrigued enough by the world or characters, however, to take a look at the other novels.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jT on October 29, 2011
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Downloaded from Amazon and read on my Kindle

(Please see my rating disclaimer at the bottom)

With "The Nemesis Worm" Guy Haley has written an enjoyable piece of science fiction that had my interest from the very beginning. This is an interesting take on AI and their integration into 22nd Century, with AI's developing into a discriminated minority. Crusty authority defying AI detective, Cyborg partner, heavy handed authority, a little virtual reality, murder and mayhem. The characters were fairly well developed, however, we don't get as much about Otto and his Cyborg history in this story. I would also have liked to read a little more about this version of the 22nd Century.

There were some spelling/grammatical errors scattered through the book.

I enjoyed this story and gave it 4-Stars.

My rating scale:
1-Star: I could not finish it
2-Star: I had to force myself to finish it
3-Star: A good read, one time
4-Star: I could read it again
5-Star: Loved it, could read again, many times
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crichton on October 13, 2011
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I enjoyed this book, but I felt a little lost at times. It may have been me, I don't read a lot of sci fi, but it sometimes felt like everything wasn't explained - like this was a sequel and we should already know some things. However, it wasn't major and if I just kept going, it didn't detract from the story and I wasn't lost enough not to understand what was going on.

I liked the author's writing style and may get more books when I get more time to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie on December 17, 2011
The story was okay but i kept getting thrown off with alot of the names for certain things. To the point that I wasn't to interested in the story. Perhaps if I had read the first book in the series this one wouldn't have made little sense. The book wasn't that bad. I'll look into the first book of the series.
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This novella is a prequel to Guy Haley's Richards and Klein Investigation novel, Reality 36. Here, we are introduced to the partners of the firm. Richards is a rather extraordinary AI while Klein is a decomissioned German cyborg. This story perhaps leans more heavily towards Richards. He is an extensively evolved AI, with an apparently high capacity for self-determination, singular in his particular embodiment of human personality.

Guy Haley creates a science fiction and a hardboiled detective mystery amalgam. The Nemesis Worm is a futuristic tale that pays creative homage to the past in the form of an AI detective with an affinity for the old-fashioned ways of a detective of a bygone era.

The pace is brisk, the characters are amusingly sassy, the dialogue flows smoothly, the science seems solid (to my non-scientific mind, at least), the murder-mystery is intriguing.

The conflict is not particularly unique. To be fair, there must be a limited number of permutations of the machine-human dynamic. As might be expected, the conflict revolves around the relationship between man and machine, as well as machine against machine. It also deals with the subject matter of the deification of AIs.

The resolution involved a sweet little twist, though I would have preferred a slightly longer explication of that twist. Why? Because the resolution of the conflict is the crest of the narrative and could have benefitted from a clearer disentanglement. As a result, the conclusion did feel a bit rushed although this did not detract from the ultimate enjoyment of a satisfying end. I will certainly proceed to Reality 36.

Note #1: The following observation does not affect my evaluation of the merits of this story but must nonetheless be mentioned. There were sufficient proofreading errors to be noticeable and to interrupt a fluid read. Admittedly though, I am a stickler for these things.
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