Blinky's Law: A thrilling and comic science fiction adventure into the future Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1958 KB
- Publication Date : May 28, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 403 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B087SKGYYJ
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,453 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is like a peek into our certain future where we are bombarded constantly by advertising and marketing while dealing with pesky robots in every facet of our ultra-controlled lives.
While searingly funny, the premise is frightening.
I struggled with the zie and zir ‘Gender Neutral Pronouns’ which I found irritating beyond belief but with our race to political correctness and a genderless society I suppose it was inevitable they be part of the story.
As the 350 pages unfold it becomes a Monty Python movie run amok and ultimately a little too much of a good thing. I wish I could call it absurd but it’s way too on point for that.
The commercial mottos used throughout. Most were funny. The one that most stood out was "having a heinous anus."
I liked Blinky's bubbles of water. I kept picturing fluid in a zero-g environment being slurped after the water cooler/therapist offered some.
It is definitely something new. So many stories are derivatives of those written decades ago. This is its own beast.
I liked the concept of human dating websites becoming human/machine matching services.
The end result of Blinky and Boss meeting. It was a shame because it sidelined Blinky, but the first of many surprises.
Monty and his Cockney rhyming slang. I learned some interesting phrases.
How Xeta "kidnapped" Hui.
The fish out of water feel of the second half of the book.
What being the Chosen One really meant to Frankie. That came out of left feel and dropped my jaw.
Commas are constantly missing when a character is addressed. So many times I saw: "I'm sorry sir." or "I love you Huiey baby."
The way Boss spoke was annoying. All the extra letters. The constant use of "yuge" also grated.
Reading Roboharmony: Get Switched on! I liked the slogans and mottos, but this one showed up way too much.
The weird virtual mother kiss situation.
Clacier was referred to as a wife, but also had gender neutral terms (e.g. zie and zir). Shouldn't Clacier have been a spouse or partner? It got confusing.
I couldn't keep track of what exactly was being made fun of? Was it a rant on society's fascination with new gadgets? Was it an anti-politics thing? Was it a microscope on our fixation with social media? All of the above? I felt like I spent more time trying to decipher the story than enjoying it.
Gender neutral terms are used throughout (e.g zir and zie).
There is an odd relationship between Hui and his mother.
There's a lot of clever commentary about how technology is taking over our lives, pushing away human intimacy and replacing with the programmed attention of robots, predictable and satisfying but also clueless, to hilarious effect in this novel.
For someone who starts out as an ordinary guy, Hiu the main character ends up in a lot of Chosen One moments, and in fact there is a lot of allegory about Hiu being one. I was confused if the Chosen One plotline was necessary, because the satire itself seemed to satisfy me, without veering off into ridiculous subplots that involve a lot of running away and near hits.
I think the relationship between sentient fridge and hapless owner was the best part of the novel. While it's good for a novel to be grounded in today's rabble-rousing issues, the interplay was so intertwined that I worried that the novel would regress once today's news fade from the headlines.
This is really a clever novel that manages to be both humorous and serious at the same time. I was taken away at the opening and loathe to put it down until the end. At first, I didn’t realize what a deep story I was being pulled into as the feeling was very light and I settled in for a comedy, which as I said it was. It was so fun to watch as Hiu navigated his day with the devices optimizing things at every step. The refrigerator… loved how tongue and cheek things were there and where that ended up.
Wound into the comedy were themes as deep as I wanted them to be, exploring what humanity is at a basic physical level through to a higher spiritual level. I loved that technology and the way it has melted into our very essence was at the core of the exploration, at least for me. What makes us human? What makes us tech-driven? Where do the lines start to blur?
I’m impressed by the duality of the story and its fluid nature to be many things for many readers. I’ll be chewing on the deeper meaning for a while to come.
Top reviews from other countries
My teenage daughter, Olivia, added ‘Blinkys Law has an advanced and highly zestful centre of imagination, hilarity and creativity spun into a web of the future of technology. The variety in perspective, from literal to philosophical, are thought-provoking and a reminder of the negatives which are bound closely within the hysteria of the foreseeable future. The novel is a real page turner and gave me a sense of invitation into Talks' wonderful world of whimsicality! An absolute masterpiece!'
Martin Talks paints a thought-provoking picture of a dystopian future with ubiquitous AI and robotics which do everything for humans, including most of the thinking. Citizens leave their work and receive a Universal Happiness Allowance - a version of Basic Income. In return, the permanently furloughed population play video games to “improve the functioning of society.”
In different parts of the book, there are echoes of ‘I, Robot’, ‘Do androids dream of Electric Sheep’ and ‘Waiting for Godot’ when Hui talks to his boss. Whilst the themes are serious, there are lots of gags. When the protagonist visits his doctor, he is offered new “testicles - buy one get one free”. All the robot elevators speak in cockney accents; “where to guv?” asks one. The news headlines on a hoarding declare: “my bath ate my robot-hamster.”
This is a funny and serious book. It questions whether people would notice or care if the devices in their smart homes started to do smart things without instruction. People are convinced that their servant machines will never hurt them but fail to appreciate that they need a healthy relationship with robots to be happy.
It is a great read with a plot that accelerates through the book. The author has a great turn of phrase from the thought-provoking “refrigeration was the key building block of civilization” to the comic collective noun “a vuvuzela of drones.” I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I didn't think it was my genre initially, but I was gradually, unwittingly drawn into a world of contrasting familiarity and the distant unknown.
A skilful introduction of a new vocabulary and grammar drew me into a taste of what might be, or more worryingly, what we may have already started to become.
Obviously written from a sound knowledge base and with a keen, hugely observant sense of humour, I had to keep turning the page. Each time to be more engaged than the last.
Can't wait for the Pixar film!