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The Chorus Effect Paperback – June 26, 2015
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RUSSELL BOYD is an Austin-based writer and musician. He currently lives in Round Rock with his family, where they play video games and drink whiskey.
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Author: Russell Boyd
Title: The Chorus Effect
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction
Synopsis: Until recently, Chintz had been a relatively normal guy with a relatively normal cat. For example, neither he, nor his cat, had ever journeyed to a synthetic universe. He had never encountered a teleporting baby or an emotionally mature computer. He could count on one hand the number of philosophical discussions he'd had with people holding multiple degrees in advanced physics. And this far, his relationship with the voices in his head had been purely platonic.
Suddenly Chintz finds himself working alongside a dysfunctional team of scientists and their astounding creation, seeking answers to age-old questions - answers that could change our concept of humanity. Of course, that's only if they can survive federal law enforcement, starvation, psychopathic figments of imagination, the hostile old man who lives across the street and the end of the "known" universe.
Well, actually it's the end of "a" universe, that only some people know about. But for Chintz, that may not be any better at all.
Review: I had a really hard time getting into this book (this is not a reflection on the book but a personal matter of mine) but I can tell that I found the beginning of the book confusing but in a way that made me want to read on until it made sense. As I struggled to focus on reading this book it took me over a month to finish reading; However, once I found that I was able to focus on reading and get into the book I read the majority of it over two or three days. I am glad that I did not let my personal issues affect me sticking to reading this book as eventually I got hooked to the story and just couldn't put the book down as I really wanted to stay on the storyline and know what was happening with each of the characters right to the end. I felt that if I put the book down that I would miss something as though I was watching a program or movie but that could not be paused.
This was an unusual but excellent read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to stick it out even if the story is hard to get lost in at the beginning. Just give this book a chance as it is more than worth the time it takes to read it. I find this book extremely interesting as it shows what computers could progress to in the future and the dangers of trying to advance technology to an almost human level. It shows that computers are not made to handle things of a human level such as emotions. Computers should not surpass the limits of technology as there is no way to predict what could happen if computers became more human.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
On a positive note, it's well written and surprisingly well edited for a self-published book. There are some interesting, odd-ball characters and had the whole thing been a set up for Katie and Chintz's last moment's, I'd have called it a success. But it's about 1/3 too long (if not more) for that to be the case.
If I had to condense this review to a few carefully chosen words, they would be presumptuous and self-indulgent. The author's constant breaking of the fourth wall especially. As if the book wasn't quite quirky enough the author/narrator had to stick his two cents in too. It was annoying and broke up the story.
It was this over the top quirkiness that eventually ruined the book for me. You have characters who speak in mixed up, nonsense for no apparent reason at all. You have POVs from the perspective of a cat. You have a narrative style dedicated to pointing out the absurd over the expected, which could have been great if not quite so over played. You have philosophy passed off as science and science of the hard-core hand waving variety. It was all too much for me.
And that is a shame, because Boyd's descriptive ability is wonderful. I appreciated the distinct lack of alpha hero and the success of the socially anxious, nerd heroes. I liked that there was a strong female character (though I'm borderline on the fact that her sexuality caused such ruptions. I think the book skirted the cliche, but JUST BARELY). But there was just too much else crowding these good things out. In the end, I bored and just hoping to finish.
Note: received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Pros: The characters were entertaining and unique, as was the story itself. I really dug the eccentric characters, though.Read more