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This first book introduces all the clever and self-gratifying tricks and behaviors of a society obsessed with techno-pleasure at its highest degrees of intoxication and lust. Watch droids become human, humans become droid therapists; all the while remnants of the 21st century drug trade, corporate corruption, and emerging artificial human robotics are woven into a plot that swirls around and through two voluptuous twin humandroids, two equally neurotic 'therapists' who assume to treat them, two greedy and sexually twisted corporate executives, and two femme fatale humans who support the whole shebang with some degree of solid sensibility, or maybe not.
You will recognize the clever insertion of company branding, albeit modified to the future wherein all, or most, have merged or combined - think Google and Facebook as a single nameplate. Kudos to H. Cooper for keeping it light with these clever but funny names popping up all over the place. Product placement finds a way in and it's enough to make you smile and squirm at the same time.
Especially intriguing was the method of getting high, known as 'polluting' yourself, using ridiculous combination drugs with all sorts of designer and pulp icon namesaking. Cooper does a masterful job of staying just deep enough into the fug and haze of a polluted mind to be able to bring the reality of someone punching you in the face and making you bleed all over the sheets. Add two sides of the identical and drop-dead beautiful humandroid ladyboy, and you've got yourself a pair of lover/hater vixens on the loose, helping to create escapes and catches, near-misses and hits in the high-rises and low-rises of beautiful L.A.
Lots of fun in this fast-reading novel. Also lots of innuendo, wit, sarcasm, and attitude, attitude, ATTITUDE. Some of it programmed, some of it natural. Read and find out. And thankfully, this short read continues in a series. It's too much fun not to play out for a few more pages.
It takes you for a ride, chews you up, and then spits you up when it is finished with you. Ever wondered what an addict’s mind could be like to observ? This book gives you the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl, and know that no, drugs are NOT the best thing to do with yourself or how to ‘pass the time’. This is a book that expands on how humans might entertain themselves when most menial jobs have been replaced with robots doing the work, and how humanity might fall further than they have before into depravity and lack of drive. Also, how might androids progress differently than expected? There are several points of androids acting in a manner inconsistent with how they might be expected to, which I am very interested in seeing how that progresses in the next book.
Warning, and why I put four stars instead of five: There are several pages of ramblings that I disliked. They are THERE because the dude is totally hopped up on really nasty drugs, but it ain’t pretty and can be a slog to read through. If you find one of those paragraphs, skip to the end of the paragraph and see if the ramble has ended.
Overall: This was an entertaining read in a futuristic world, seeing the underbelly of the society (which appears to actually BE most of society)
Good luck, you are going to need it!
This is one of the strangest books, let alone an intro to a series, that I have yet to read. Cyberpunk, depressingly sad dystopian future amid leaps in technology and drug addiction, makes for an interesting story. The first half, getting used to the narrative and the world in which the characters live, takes some attention on the reader's side.
Once the book gets into a groove, it almost reminds of an old detective/crime novel. Yes, there are criminals. No, there are no detectives. But the scenes in the future cry out a feeling of the old. There is no other way I'm able to describe the overall mood.
There isn't much pause in the action. There is also no room for the Politically Correct, unless you want to get offended by words, foul language, and certain terms. Luckily, I'm not PC and enjoyed the story.
The year: 2083. The setting: Los Angeles. The Federal Corporate Government and chipped humans, varied levels of HumanDroids, Artificial Intelligence; emotion or lack thereof, and questions about "What is Human" all run the show. The cast - some LadyBoys, a pair of therapists, high-ranking power holders, mercenaries, and an unborn child.
WARNING: I was giving the head's up - so I'm passing it along: This is Part One of a series and does end in a cliffhanger. I don't dole out 5-Stars on books too often. I hope Volume 2 is as interesting!
Read April 2015; Advance review copy supplied by author for unbiased review. Purchased so I'll get updates through the cloud.