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Slowly, he begins to fill in the blanks. Draith finds out he lives in Las Vegas, his house is burned to the ground, he runs a website specializing in the supernatural, and the coat he obtained earlier belonged to a man who died in the car accident that injured Draith. And the sunglasses in the coat pocket? They have the power to open locked doors, bend metal and are indestructible. Draith learns that the sunglasses are one of many commonplace items with unusual powers and they are just a small part of the deadly "game" he apparently has played before; a game played by "The Community".
Everyone seems to know Draith: the hard-ass detective accusing him of various murders, the stripper with the heart of gold, the faceless owner of the Lucky Seven Casino who prefers to sit in his darkened domain, the leader of the cultist group that can open doors ("rips") to other dimensions. Everyone but himself; his mind was "scrubbed clean" by Dr. Meng. Draith is determined to find out his past and the truth behind the car accident.
It's an interesting story that reminded me of a video game; there are the objects of power, invasive mutants called "The Gray Men", domains, rules, rogues, The Community, different dimensions, and everyone wants to win. Even in this context, the characters are believable, likable, interesting.Read more ›
Early in the book's setting, I was often reminded of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. However, the further I read, the further separated the books became, and for the better. Where I found American Gods to be an okay read that never provided any satisfaction to the intrigue it provided (or much sense from the protagonist), Technomancer provided a more practical reading experience and effectively builds on the intrigue. Though most of the characters are not terribly deep and ultimately forgettable, like American Gods many compliment the story to provide an added level of interest, if only to further sustain the plot. Larson used many of them effectively as opposed to relegating them to plot devices. Several reviews have drawn comparisons with other works by various authors; I have not read the ones mentioned so American Gods was the only story I found parallels to, though minor.
Larson has an easy to read writing style and seems to make a concerted effort when describing a sequence of events or actions so that the reader does not get lost or confused. He is also a logical writer, at least in the three books I have read thus far, where the reader can see the methodical process by which the protagonist comes to a decision or realization. Though this process can sometimes become tedious to read, Larson's style is not one to dwell for long periods with introspection, and that is why Technomancer, though somewhat procedural in its execution, was so entertaining. It has a brisk pace and does not waste your time wading through mundane story telling.
In short, Technomancer is a fun, entertaining story, a promising start to the Unspeakable Things series, and I look forward to reading more.
There are power plays within the Community, an anarchist group who are doing things their own way and muder victims killed in bizarre ways, with a police detective who's more than he appears. Trying to navigate his way through all this without being killed or arrested, Draith tries to regain his memories and find what is left of the life he had.
I found this an imaginative, fast paced action book, that doesn't fall into any of the usual supernatural groups. There were moments of excitement, fear, sadness and yes laughter. For those who enjoy the weird and are looking for something truely new and different, this is probably it and looks to be the first in a new series.
The book starts off with Draith waking up in a mental hospital with no memory. He quickly decides its in his best interest to get out of there and see what he can do to figure out who he is and what happened to him. In his investigations he comes across a variety of odd circumstances and people...and objects.
It seems that there are these items that have special powers, and groups of people and 'others' that have interest in them and who possesses them. These items are common things like rings or sunglasses, but each has its own magical ability. As Draith gets closer to figuring things out, he finds that the truth is much larger than just a few random objects in the hands of a select few. The cast of characters Draith encounters along the way vary from the hard edge cop who knows more than he lets on to the bride who's husband vanished on their honeymoon and many more.
The character of Draith and his search for his identity and the truth behind what these objects are and who or what is behind all of it makes for a really great read. The story moves along, and there is enough action and mystery to keep a reader satisfied. I read the book twice, and am definitely looking forward to the next books in this series. I have never read a novel by Larson before, but will definitely be reading more of his work in the future.
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A little different than what I usually read, but I thought I'd give it a try. It was a bit weird with all the unusual things happening, but a relatively interesting story. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Denise Main
Excellent writing. Larson writes dialogue that keeps the reader totally engaged. Even though the story is odd, I couldn't stop reading. Would rate at 4.5 stars if I could. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrekee
great book to start a great series, think Dresden Files but with tech and what not. at least thats the feeling i get off itPublished 4 months ago by M. downs
This book had concepts about which I've not read before, steady action, and enough intrigue to keep me turning the pages.Published 4 months ago by Voracious Reader
I'm used to aliens, laser cannons, large scale space battles, and the larger than life hero from Larson. What I got from Technomancer was different, but no less entertaining. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Kalish
I've read all of BV Larson's in space SiFi works. I was surprised when this series was so awesome. Original. Neat polt. Read it!Published 5 months ago by CyberRanger
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