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Product Details

  • Series: Slabscape
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Blip Books; first edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956738702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956738707
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,418,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Slabscape: Reset had me hooked from start to finish. It explores life aboard an interstellar spaceship and the peculiaralities that occur there. The characters are believable and incredibly well thought out. Dielle's struggle with coming to terms with a new world is the central theme of the book and plays out in a hitchhiker's style comedic fashion. Baker adds humour and whimsy to all aspects of the story and uses it to bring his unbelievably well thought out world to life. And I mean well thought out! The attention to detail in creating the parts of "Slab" (the interstellar spaceship) and the society that lives within it is quite astounding and demonstrates the author's love for his world. He imagines the future of entertainment and the reality TV genre and the futuristic system of government and even how people shower and purchase food.

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.
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Slabscape: Reset is quite imaginative. In fact, it made me think of Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" several times. No, it isn't a rip or similar story, but the feel was there and that is a good thing. Thirty-plus million humans fueled by advanced technology and A.I. are on a journey from Earth to Home to deliver a colossal message, in person, to an alien race that hosed humanity at the turn of evolution. Baker creates a rich, unique culture and environment for future us to live, relive, play and work.

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.
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This is the story of Dielle, a man who re-awakens on a generation ship more than 300 years after it has left earth. By awakens, I mean, his body has been rejuvenated over the past 300 years and he is mostly a new man. He has no memory of his earlier life and is trying to find his way in a society that is almost totally foreign to him.

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
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I first learned about Slabscape Reset when it appeared as a little advert on the side of my Facebook wall with the tagline "Like Douglas Adams? Read this!" or something to that effect. Intrigued I decided to give it a go and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. Comparisons to the mighty Adams (and by association Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) should not be taken lightly, however, Slabscape crafts a wonderfully detailed and engrossing futuristic world against which an intricate and oft times funny plot is woven. Wonderfully creative, sharp, witty and thoroughly enjoyable from the offset - I cannot recommend this book enough. Read it now.
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I liked this book.
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.
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