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Circuits of the Wind: A Legend of the Net Age (Complete and Unabridged) Paperback – Box set, 2015
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SET OF ALL THREE PAPERBACK VOLUMES! The Internet is everywhere now, but Ray Valentine saw it first explode. And Circuits of the Wind, an ambitious, poetic, and richly lyrical coming-of-age story told in three volumes, is the first novel to show us what it means——the very human tale of Ray's quest to find himself as he grows up online, wandering the computer underground. This complete and unabridged edition contains all three paperback volumes.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a novel, but it is also sort of a memoir or biography or biopic of sorts in that the book details the beginnings of the `far out' ideas of computers entering daily living in the 1970s (remember when the first microwave ovens were brought around for us to see the house trailer size facility that accompanied the first wave of microwaves?). Ray Valentine is the character we follow and as one reported stated the outline `In some respects the book is a retrospective of technology as seen through the eyes of a young boy. It's the kind of life that one imagines Bill Gates or Steve Jobs living. Ray becomes increasingly addicted to hacking and to contact with unseen people, always with the idea of reaching for something "out there" that is beyond him, so convinced that everywhere else is better than where he is, everyone else's life is better than his. Meanwhile, a widening gulf exists between him and his real-life friends.'
Stutz writes with a somewhat stilted style that may be purposeful: his words and sentences at time feel like a quickly entered non-spell checked pouring out of thoughts. It would be this reader's opinion that this is intentional, something to give the novel an atmosphere in keeping with the topic. It is a fast read and for those who have not considered the origins of the net-dominated world in which we find ourselves, this little book is an eye-opener. It is bound to become a classic with the computer nerds and geeks. What happens in Volume Two of this Trilogy on the theme of life in the Net Generation advances the experience of Michael Stultz 'hero', only now in telling the movement forward from Volume One the writing becomes more personal and more involving - and technically finer in style, if only by a few important pixels at a time. But now adding Volume Three and making the book complete, the purpose of the project, if a book's pacing can be called that, is accomplished, and though the book is very long It remains an insider's look at the theme of our current communications status. 5 stars for writing, 3 for the unabridged version - too long. Grady Harp, July 13