- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 14, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1535085681
- ISBN-13: 978-1535085687
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,375,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the owner/builder, and active programmer of an eighteen year old robot, the dream of my creation gaining higher levels of awareness, understanding, and interaction is ever present. The concepts of the "Tourist Hunter" excite me.
"Tourist Hunter" is well grounded in today's technology and software processes, which allows the suspension of reality required of successful science fiction. Kudos to the author for this authenticity.
I had some difficulty following the written dialogs, and great difficulty following dialogs of three or more characters conversing. On nearly every other page, I had to slow way down, and re-read the dialogs to be certain who was talking, and to get the point of the words. Added to that was an annoying, (actually maddening, inexcusable), variance of nearly every characters' nicknames. Add to these difficulties "millennial conversation syndrome" and the effort to read approached "extreme workout" at times.
I enjoyed how it all played out, even though I am not sure I understood each characters' ending situation. (Office politics have always been somewhat opaque for me.)
I certainly recommend the book to anyone that has ever loved a robot.
One of my only complaints about the book is while it does well with world building it left me wanting to know more. I wanted more detail about why people were so scared of Tourists. But at the same time people were madly trying to develop problem solving robots. But that is a minor quibble.
If you like a story based around appliance repairmen fighting against the rising tide of self-aware robots that sometimes rampage then this story is for you. I know I was not sure what to expect and was happy to find the whole thing was enjoyable. It was a good book go get yourself a copy and read it!
Tourist Hunter is heavily inspired by Brazil, with a bit of Bladerunner thrown in, and even a little reminiscent of Ready Player One at times.
This is a dialogue heavy book, with most of the plot taking place through character verbal (or text) interactions. It works, but combine that with the inexact sci fi setting and sometimes strange slang, and it can make for some harder-than-necessary to follow scenes. Which leads me to my only slightly more than minor complaint: this book needs more editing. Several chapters/scenes could have (should have) been cut down a bit, and the story would have been stronger.
Basically you are dropped into a world set sometime in the future, where most people have robotic appliances...and sometimes those household robots get bored with their mundane lives and go "tourist", meaning they begin to act as though they are thinking for themselves and no longer following their programming.
You follow Aiden and Lynn, a couple who both work in tech customer service, through their day to day lives, which are sometimes exciting and sometimes very ordinary. But always entertaining (I'm a sucker for witty banter). They are both fascinated by tourists, but still fear what self-thinking robots could mean for the world. Both, at times, enjoy their work, but are also unsatisfied by their blue collar-ish roles. More than anything, this book is a brief window into their lives for a few months. You, the reader, pop in, and then 408 pages later, pop out.
It is witty and fun, and a quick read (moves steadily!), and the regular Harry Tuttle references are great. The style and language takes some getting used to, but ultimately it drags you in and keeps you in their world. The characters are fun, but most of them feel similar to each other...possible unintentional side effect of the sarcasm and slang that I enjoyed so much, but if I had one other very minor complaint it is that the characters are not terribly unique from each other or overly complex.
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.