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Top Customer Reviews
The good news is this is an appetizer, an origin story, a tale to whet your appetite. You don't know what it is, but you can tell you'll be biting into something meaty next time. On the other hand, it fully stands on its own, and you won't be left hanging when you get to the last page.
Worth your time and money.
Yes, Beowulf is scary, but not because of the villains the eponymous protagonist battles throughout the work. With every page I further questioned my own relationship with digital entertainment, gonzo journalism, smart phones, video games, and the router under my desk pumping a wireless signal to a dozen devices in my home. Simultaneously outlandish yet all too real, Behr has laid out a near future that kept me tossing under my covers, and not in the figurative sense. Beowulf kept me awake at night. I can't stop thinking about it.
The writing and prose come across as a digital drug. Behr's successful experiment with punctuation paired with masterful word choice remind me of my first experience with hospital-grade nitrous oxide. When you read Behr's writing you are transported, instantly engrossed, the prose itself an extension of the setting and themes of the work. You are in the story, a part of it. You are next to Beowulf.
Behr's is a cyberpunk tale for the person that wants more from their reading. Beowulf is for the thinkers, the self-reflective, the kind of person more interested in answers than being mollycoddled in the comfort and safety of convenience and popular perception. Beowulf is a return to the themes and ideas that led to the creation of science fiction in the first place.
Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus is one hell of an awesome book. Don't miss it.
The book is fast-paced, yet a quality read. Every main character is well fleshed out. I was surprised the concise, intriguing descriptions of situations and complex technology do not slow the pace down. The dialogues are entertaining, I laughed a lot at some of the comebacks. The plot, however, is a bit linear, and there isn't anything unexpected about the twists.
All the while reading the novel I was thinking it is definitely movie material, as it has thrilling action sequences and a few sensual scenes on top of the interesting basic premise. I will definitely check out the follow-up.
What I liked most about the book was that nothing was as it seemed to be at first, like Beowulf not being a thoughtless machine. When it started, the conflict didn’t seem like anything really special; a bunch of mass murders perpetrated by high-profile people, but it turned into something that was not just engrossing for all the mystery and awesomely-written action, but thought provoking as well.
The style of writing takes some getting used to, but it didn’t take long to realize it was style and not ignorance that drove the wonky punctuation. Behr’s use of words is impressive, and there was humour laced into this intense book, both serving to make it a virtually un-put-downable good read. I eagerly await the second instalment. Five stars!
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