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The characters are unique and extremely well rounded.” Night Owl Sci Fi on The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation
This tale should appeal to science fiction readers, especially those who enjoy the virtual worlds and considering where computers and the internet may eventually lead us. Well-written, this volume resolves enough of its plot issues to satisfy, while leaving the door wide open to continue the adventure. Recommended.” Ronald Hore, reviewer, Canadian Review of Materials on The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation
ECW’s first sf title revitalizes the cyber-fiction genre with its vivid prose and believable characters. Verdict: Stylistically streamlined, this vibrant series opener should appeal to fans of Bruce Sterling and William Gibson.” Library Journal on The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation
This book is the first of a planned trio; I can't wait until the other two come out. If you are at all a fan of hi-tech sci fi or cyberpunk you will definitely enjoy this book.” 410Media.com on The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation
Themes of transcendence and family love play out against backdrops of real and virtual worlds in Stanton’s slight neo-cyberpunk debut, the first speculative fiction title from Canadian indie ECW . . . Fans of James Gunn’s The Immortals (1962) will find many familiar elements . . . ” Publisher’s Weekly on The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation
On the road much travelled of neo-cyberpunk, The Bloodlight Chronicles manages to tell a suspenseful and lean story not about glazing-eyes tech gone crazy but about gifted, yet human-sized characters we care about, with some welcome twists on beloved already classics avatars roaming cyberspace, which is described quite fetchingly here, for instance, or immortality through downloading into the Machine, which is not all that it's cracked up to be, thankfully. There is also an intriguing extra-terrestrial, or should I say extra-universal element which bodes well for the following books of what will be a series. I for one will be waiting for them.” Élisabeth Vonarburg, award-winning sci-fi author on The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation
About the Author
Steve Stanton is the author of The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation. He is the vice president of SF Canada, the nation's bilingual organization of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. His short fiction has been published in 12 countries, including translations into Hebrew, Greek, Italian, and Romanian. He lives in Washago, Ontario.
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The second book, Retribution, is a testament to the fact that cyberpunk as a genre is not dead, nor is it unattainable for the average reader. The characters acted like people, and acted their age. Adults were adults, teenagers were teenagers. Too often, adults act like spoiled brats and there is none of that in Stanton's novel. It's brisk, mature, and masterfully put together.
I loved the character Niko, from her motorbike in the first chapter, to her encounter with the "vampires," to her relationship with Rix. Poor Rix. God, he made me cringe at the thought of how my sixteen-year-old self treated those computer geeks who flirted with me.
Even though this is second in a series, I had no trouble following the story line. By chapter 4, I went out and purchased the first book, Reconciliation. It isn't often that I back-pedal in a series, but I needed, not wanted, to know what brought all of these characters to where they were.
If you can understand your sixteen your old talking about the internet and can follow a Star Trek episode, I think most people can follow the science of this book. Even if you can't do either, I recommend reading the first chapter all the same and seeing...the story is so good, you might just opt to accept you won't understand it all and just keep on going. For me, that's the beauty of this novel.
The complexity of Stanton's world leaves little doubt that he can worldcraft and do it with both a high degree of scientific atmosphere while leaving it accessible to readings unfamiliar with this type of science fiction, more cyberpunk in genre than anything else. However this complexity left me confused a good deal of the time since I did not have the first book in the trilogy.
Hint for publishers -- if it is a series make sure you send reviewers the previous book(s).
There are numerous characters in this book though the principle one is Nico a clone who for some reason is given a dubious gift by aliens that as far as I could we do not meet in this book. Assume there is some reason why she would except said gift but given her paranoia and no world explanation this was a challenge for me to believe. I really wanted to stay with Nico but the other major characters just kept getting in the way. While I could develop empathy for Nico I found that more difficult to do for the other characters.
Ultimately this book is a mindgame for the reader as well as characters. Who can be trusted and for how long? Where does the online world and the material world begin and end? What are the lines between science, nature, and the supernatural?
If you want to give this series a try do not start with this book.