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The Plagiarist [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
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Book Description

Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world.

But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood? What happens when a living thing falls in love with someone who does not actually exist?

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About the Author

Hugh Howey spent 8 years working as a yacht captain. When he was pulled away from the sea by the love of his life, he turned to his childhood dream of becoming an author. His Molly Fyde series has won praise from reviewers, and now his Wool series has become a #1 bestseller, with Random House publishing in the UK and Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian securing the film rights. He lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella.

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  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZUZT5W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quick Read November 11, 2011
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This is the third book I've read from Hugh Howey and I'v noticed he has an uncanny knack for building a story around one interesting and unique idea. In Wool it was people living in a post apocalyptic silo with one view of the outside world that may or may not be real. In Half Way Home it was a unique twist on planet colonization. The Plagiarist tells a story based on computer simulations that allow the user to "jack in" and explore computer created worlds. That idea in itself isn't too terribly original but how our protagonist Adam spends his time in the virtual world is. Definitively worth a buck.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Totally a fan of Hugh Howey. Sci-fi at its best with some darn good haiku.

This was a great short story. One that I voraciously read because I simply loved the subject matter.
As I was reading it gave me such a "What if?" kind of feel to it. And the ending just blew me away.

In honor of Hugh and his excellent story...a haiku.

Hugh Howey wows me
Haiku and science fiction
A splendid marriage
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read May 28, 2011
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This is a well written, thought provoking gem of a novella. If you have 99 cents and about 45 minutes to spare, this is a great way to spend them. The story has good characters, great pacing and a satisfying ending. Themes include how we interact with technology and what the world will look like as technology continues to influence society. The novella is interesting and entertaining and i highly recommend it.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reader writes September 16, 2012
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To Amazon's staff,

This is a letter of complaint. I'm not used to the act of denouncing anyone, or of pointing out abuse of any kind, as I've always considered it none of my business but that of official authorities. However, in the present case, I find myself compelled, or should I say under the obligation, to say something.
I know that a certain Hugh Howey has entertained quite a level of success recently, what with his famous series "Wool" and his latest novel "I, Zombie". Even I, I regret to say, fell for these books, which are undeniably true works of art. Even I, though it pains me to confess it today, marvelled at the man's genius. But no longer.
Because I've found out the truth about him, and the most outrageous part of his scam is that he exposes it openly, for all to see, in the novella aptly entitled "The Plagiarist". Over the past few years, Mr. Howey has found a way to plug into a virtual, digital world (don't ask me how, this is completely beyond me), in which sentient beings live, go to work, drink, eat, probably have physical intercourse... And produce works of art. Amazing works of art. Like books. Books that Mr. Howey committed to memory and rewrote shamelessly once he came back to the real world.
How else to explain that each of his books is so great? He can't have written them alone. I figured there had to be some kind of explanation. At first I thought it had to be some kind of workshop, similar to those many suspect Shakespeare to have set up. The answer may be more futuristic, but the crime is the same. What a clever little fellow, you have to give him that. For not getting caught (yet), for one thing. And for putting out works that share common traits, so you wouldn't be tempted to doubt their single origin.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worlds apart from reality. April 2, 2012
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Now here's a short story with a blend of good writing and editing combined with a liberal dose of imagination and an added peppering of true love, the resulting concoction being oh-so-enjoyable on the palette. Short and sweet, this one transports you to another reality; and although being somewhat predictable, it leaves you thinking. A solid 4 star read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME June 19, 2011
I loved this story - and although the length works very well, it left me wanting more! Not a series, but just more about everything: the idea, the conception of the plot (giving anything away would spoil!), more about the characters, just more! An intriguing idea with plenty of consequences and potential. This quick read packs many elements together that will get your mental wheels a'turning and your compassion glowing. Read it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Property Rights in Cyberspace August 16, 2012
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The Plagiarist by Hugh Howey is a short story examining a possible future where simulations in cyberspace have run off on their own, turning into almost self sustaining environments. As a result, these sim worlds have made incredible, independent advancements in the fields of arts and sciences.

Taking advantage, people from the "real world" began to take literary works, art, and scientific advancements back to the real world. Hugh Howey raises an important question in The Plagiarist: who owns the rights to these works?

In my view, these works become public domain. My reasoning is that when you have simulated worlds creating sims creating sins creating sims creating and so on, the property rights between the original owner from the real world and the sim world where the product is made is tenuous at best. So I view such products as water from a spring where any member of the public can dip in. However, this is my personal view and the courts may rule the opposite way on this issue.

Hugh Howey is a forward thinker who understands the ramifications of the existence of such simulated worlds that exist purely as bits of data on servers and networks. When future technology finally merges with the world envisioned by this author, our definitions of property may well be turned upside down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read
Hugh Howey is unstoppable...he continues to amaze me with his stories. I honestly love everything I have read from this author, and I plan to read much more! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars don't stop now
This short story was such a great read, I would like to spend more time in these worlds. Wow, you have to read this story. You will want more!
Published 3 days ago by Mike Easley
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise!
Classic surprise ending--reminded me of my freshman English class so many years ago. Not a particularly lovable main character but one still empathizes with his fate.
Published 7 days ago by RSRiley
4.0 out of 5 stars becomes simply grey ash
How does Mr Howey engender each of his timelines with absolutely fresh ideas. There is no resonance, no déjà du, no feeling of 'oh, this is like such and such or so... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Siobhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story with a clever (albeit somewhat predicable) twist
Wonderful story with a clever (albeit somewhat predicable) twist. My first story by this author and certainly not my last.
Published 19 days ago by Lorca Rossman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
An interesting take on Sims. Well written, with great pacing for a short. Diction and succinct character development shine through despite the brevity. Worth your time.
Published 21 days ago by M. Toohey
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellecutally stimulating read
I've loved all of Hugh's work and this was no exception. The storyline immediately drew me in with its realistic sci fi nature. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Crazie Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Treasure
As always, another literally treasure from this amazing author. These short stories just leave me wanting more, even though they are so perfect in their simplicity.
Published 26 days ago by Jeri
5.0 out of 5 stars Another mind bender from Hugh Howey
I love the was Hugh Howey's mind works! He creates the most innovative alternative worlds in his books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MUGLMUM
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't put it down once
very interesting and intriguing read. Hugh Howey has a beautiful way with words that sucks you in the moment you start reading. I truly felt one with Adam and his virtual world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by nunya
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More About the Author

Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph.

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