- File Size: 1864 KB
- Print Length: 293 pages
- Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs (May 26, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YBHGGU6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shadowrun: Borrowed Time Kindle Edition
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So, other Shadowrun fans should have fun with this book. If you aren't, know nothing about Shadowrun, you can still get into the story with no idea that there is anything else you need to read. I hope R.L. King gets to write more Shadowrun stories, I will certainly be willing to read more!
There was quite a few things I like about this book. It doesn't take too much time explaining things that crop up, so it assumes you know a bit about the setting. Yet even as it does this, it introduces elements in such a way that even if you know nearly everything, you don't quite expect what the outcome is. Take the bit in the Australian Outback for example. We know it's bad juju out there, but the way the author expands on it is both refreshing and delightfully faithful to the lore. Moreover, his writing style was a treat. Descriptions were vivid, dialogue was just great, people were maybe a bit cliche (but how many hackers do you meet are not socially repressed shut-ins?) but played in a way that didn't feel too special snow-flakey in one direction or too one-dimensional in the other.
There's little I didn't like. When I read Shadowrun, I prefer to read about a group of runners going through the cyberpunk city against some monolithic corporation. This took us from LA to Australia, and it gets away from the city entirely. It also doesn't really have that oppressive feeling of the big guys on top flexing mounds of cash to do what they want while the runners claw their way through hoping to survive. It's more these people on the lower ends of society not really interacting with people outside of that sector. It's not a major complaint, granted, but I need more punk in my cyberpunk.
All told, I recommend. You'll be wading through a sea of drek in the world of Shadowrun fiction, but this is one of the oases that gets you to keep coming back for more.
All the elements of a typical Shadowrun RPG adventure are contained within the story. However, these elements are broader and deeper in scope than a typical adventure played as an RPG. The initial plot setup made me interested enough in the story to continue reading. I wanted to see how the story would resolve and the narrative did that successfully.
I would read another of King's books and see some more of how she portrays the Sixth World.