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Taking advantage, people from the "real world" began to take literary works, art, and scientific advancements back to the real world. Hugh Howey raises an important question in The Plagiarist: who owns the rights to these works?
In my view, these works become public domain. My reasoning is that when you have simulated worlds creating sims creating sins creating sims creating and so on, the property rights between the original owner from the real world and the sim world where the product is made is tenuous at best. So I view such products as water from a spring where any member of the public can dip in. However, this is my personal view and the courts may rule the opposite way on this issue.
Hugh Howey is a forward thinker who understands the ramifications of the existence of such simulated worlds that exist purely as bits of data on servers and networks. When future technology finally merges with the world envisioned by this author, our definitions of property may well be turned upside down.
The world within a world within a world scenario was a fun exercise and Mr. Howey executed it nicely. I like how you are left wondering if there is another layer to the onion. For a short story the main character development was adequate enough for this reader to care about what happened to Adam and to become engrossed in the story. As always, the writing by Mr. Howey was above par, flowed nicely, and did not distract from the story.
I would have liked to seen this story fleshed out a bit more to include more supporting character development but it works as is and produces the same effect.
Without having a spoiler, I will tell you Howey does another great job with the personal interactions and somehow putting you in the heads of the characters: when they are tired, you feel a little tired, when the main character starts feeling anxious you start reading a little faster. This is realistic futuristic / science fiction as you can easily wrap your head around the technologies without calling b.s. on certain points like many of us do with certain styles of science fiction.
Consider me a Hugh Howey fan, ready for more!
The thing about The Plagiarist is that even when you see it coming, you are so invested in the story that it can really affect you. This is one of those stories that I read at night and couldn't go to sleep. I couldn't read anything for several days the impact was so strong as I kept mulling the story and it's implications over in my head. The thing about great writers and their great stories is that they live on with you sometimes weeks and years after you put them down. The characters aren't confined between the dedication and the author's picture. If you enjoy this type of story that can completely consume you and stick with you, read this. If you're looking for a short introduction to this insanely talented author that Amazon keeps recommending for you, read this. If you've read all of his other work, well you probably aren't reading this review anyway.
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Great story telling, despite the relatively short form. And a great ending!
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