- Publisher: Harper San Francisco (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062515349
- ISBN-13: 978-0062515346
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,208,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Signal To Noise Paperback – 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
But I can deal with continuity issues if the characters are compelling and the plot is engaging. That was not the case with this novel. The two main characters begin as flawed, self-centered, and perception driven. The way that they need to change in order to have a dynamic resolution from the story is obvious and clichéd. They are unlikable and don't have witty dialogue to save them.
The plot begins with scenes that do not seem contrived and ridiculous. Yet when the action picks up after Kat gets Jim in trouble with an online offshore casino, it goes from one unlikely event to another.
And yes, I can deal with a ridiculous and contrived plot if it seems to poke fun at itself successfully. Also the novel must have other redeeming qualities.
The one quality I liked in this novel was the picture of the techno-savvy publishing culture that existed in the early to mid nineties. The descriptions of the workplace, the parties, the attitudes, and the clothes read as accurate to me.
But this redeeming feature wasn't enough for me to finish the book. I was loathe to give any book one star, but I justified to myself by realizing that a book I felt was very good in multiple ways would receive five stars from me.
The story an characters are unlovable, unlikable and inconsiderate.
The story revolves around a cyber chick who wants to
screw the hotshot magazine king. He happens to be
addicted to online gambling. One day she jumps on his
computer and gambles away a truckload of money. She does
not even applogize to the guy for ruining his life. She
says something like, "you should have locked your computer"
Then they discover the gambling is "fixed", so, they go to
the Nevada to confront the online website losers.
This story is SO Hollywood. It seems obvious to me, it
was written to become a screenplay and movie. It is
"action packed" and totally phony.
I was really disapointed, because I thought Sinclair was
a really cool person, who had character and integrity.
I was wrong.
I had fun playing "spot-the friend," but before too long that got old and I was left with a not-too-original caper story marred by a few too many unbelievable coincidences and a way too pat ending. Sinclair is a decent writer, and the multimedia scene is a good setting for a book, but there was too much wrong with this sotry for my to suspend my disbelief and get involved with the characters.