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Slabscape: Reset Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The second main story thread follows Louis Drago who is a holographic version of a business mogul from back on Earth. He has a traditional cut-throat attitude towards people and business and he makes a wonderful addition to the story as you can see how society has changed, being protected by a the benevolent AI overlord that is Sis.
Slabscape brings all the whimsical comedy of hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy in a refreshing and intriuging setting that is sure to captivate your imagination. I for one am eagerly anticipating the sequel.
Putting my thoughts to paper is difficult on this one. I didn't really get a connection with the characters and didn't put too much stock in their epically long journey through space. I did enjoy the scenery, the tech, and some of the philosophical points in the book. Yes, that is it. It was a very engaging world. Even in the future you still have corrupt politics and brain-dead reality-TV viewers; coupled with a monumental shift to A.I. Assisted Living and breaking the logic of gravity makes for an interesting read.
There are some tasty lines throughout and I don't want to spoil the discovery. On a side note, if Lex Luthor was on Earth at the beginning of the drive, he'd be relatively close to creating Costa del Lex.
Imagination, theory, sentient beings, plugged-in humans, and man-made mountains. Fun, but lack of connection to character and several lengthy passages later, this is a fun 4 Star for me.
Read March 2015; Copy supplied by author/publisher for review.
The ship is a massive vessel more than a thousand kilometres in length housing over thirty two million humans.
While I found this story to be intriguing, I had two major problems with it. First was the method of re-integrating Dielle into society. There was almost no protocol for doing this even though the technology has been in use for well over 300 years. He was released from the hospital totally unprepared to live in the current society. A recipe for disaster.
Second, I found it surprising that Kiki, Dielle's love interest, was allowed access to such a high priority Reset. She had minimal nursing experience, yet she was allowed to care for one of the most prestigious men on the entire ship. Doesn't sound likely.
Once I could get over these issues, I did find the story worth reading. The concept of the ship and how it worked is what kept my attention. I glazed over the parts where the author strayed off on a tangent that really had nothing to do with advancing the plot. The story moved rather slowly at the beginning, but got better as it progressed. By the half way point, I was actually looking forward to my reading time.
The story continues in Slabscape : Dammit
I liked it a lot. It was funny.
Yeah it does show its Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ancestry, especially with the the slabscapedia, but I won't hold it against it.
So, what did I like?
When I had wifi, the slabscapedia.
Dielle and Louie were a hoot, especially Louie as he demonstrated he was cleverer than everyone around him - and occasionally himself. Dielle was fun for the innocence paired with a level of hormones that would trouble a teenager. He made a great viewpoint character and to be honest, I liked him more than Louie, but Louie began to grow on me.
Then there was the Slab (aka Joint Earth Council Space Vehicle Galactic Conveyor ISS.001.000.0001) itself... a big dumb object that's pretty smart. Smart enough to have issues ...
Then there is the world building. Yes, the author is trying to be funny (matter transmission based on the disappearance of socks from the washer/dryer), but he seems to know where to stop. The world he describes is a fun house mirror, and I have no idea if it will age well, but its recognizable and the world building induced a few chuckles.
Now, one thing I do disagree with Mr. Baker on - footnotes. If the Foglios can make it work with the Girl Genius series, he can make it work here. Because when I was on the bus and without wifi, i couldn't look things up. And browsing on a Kindle Paperwhite is _s_l_o_w_.
Still, even though I disagree with that one thing, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will buy the sequels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable. As a fan of the Hitchhikers series I was looking for something that was comparable and this was it.Published 18 days ago by T1184
This was like a reset on the Hitchhiker universe with smidge less absurdity and a good portion of social commentary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shawn Bengry
I really enjoyed this. The entire concept was unique, and I love sci-fi too. I'm not going to put any spoilers in here, but I would definitely look for more by this author. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cleany
Slabscape:Reset is an all consuming read which takes you deep into the traveling world of the Slabscape. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert C. Jacobson
Delicious, savory science fiction! It’s admittedly a favorite treat of mine, so I was quite excited to see today’s meal slid out in front... Read more
I bought this book on a review that compared it to The Hitchhiker's Guide. This book was nowhere near as funny as that and rather raunchy to boot.Published 13 months ago by trent bristol
Good first effort, I'll be interested in seeing where he takes this. Hopefully, he doesn't keep soliciting readers for storylines.Published 14 months ago by Russ Griesemer
I am preparing to read this the 2nd time! It IS that good. It's not only HILARIOUS it's also hard science fiction ala Arthur C Clark and with Slabscapedia and highlighted links it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Ridgway
Really enjoyed this book. Nice worldbuilding. looking forward to third book.Published 14 months ago by Robert M Hill