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Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel (The Bridge Chronicles) Paperback – January 31, 2008
[Under the Amoral Bridge] was well thought out, with fun characters and solid dialogue. Artemis Bridge was the classic anti-hero... Ballard writing style is engaging and easy to follow. --The Drunken Scholar
About the Author
Gary A. Ballard was born, raised and still resides in the state of Mississippi. Graduating from Belhaven College with a degree in Fine Arts, he has painted, photographed, drawn, and written the world as he sees it. Working as a web designer since the early days of the World Wide Web, Gary is well-versed in social media, graphic design and Internet marketing.
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But it's not bad, and in parts is pretty good, particularly the character of the amoral fixer (though of course with a heart of gold). It's not groundbreaking stuff, but it's a solid, readable crime caper set in the near future. A few points let Ballard down though -- a couple of minor formatting errors (paragraph breaks mid sentence) were jarring -- and he had a tendency to tell a bit too much and not show enough, to my liking. If it had been me, I'd have ditched the third person narrative and done everything through Bridge's eyes, forcing Ballard to drop a lot of the exposition and be more inventive in slipping in the necessary non-narrative bits.
But hey, it's not bad and better than that, it shows promise. Worth a read. You dig?
Ballard shows us some of this dystopian world that he has built but i think pulls away a little too quickly. We don't get that eye popping exterior shot from Blade Runner, or the port side visual from Gibson's Neuromancer with the oft quoted line about the color of the sky. It's your world Gary but please stop teasing me!!!! With that we do get Netrunning, we get cool cyberlimbs, including the omni-present cybershades modifications (I know you played R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk, Gary i know it!!!!) and big meaty bad guys with a penchant for violence. I would like to see more from the mega-corps, and give me a few more cool guns and i'm a happy 'punk. I already bought his volume of short stories/novellas based in this world, Tales from the Bridge Chronicles, Volume 1 and cannot wait to dive into it. Excellent job Gary, well done.
I thought the characters matched the feel of the Los Angeles I know. I grew up there, and the characters all kind of feel 'homey' to me. (See what I did there? That was questionably funny, if you know Spanglish.) Los Angelinos can often feel stereotyped and shallow to outsiders. We sometimes play roles, and we know it more than most people because we all want to be actors... We're emotional, but can't show it. We're often angry at the world, but need to live in it.
So, the over-educated bodyguard, the ex-footballer turned muscle, and the nerds who live in isolated buildings all hiding from riots and gang violence have real-life analogues for me. The mystery also had a Los Angeles-style ending. So, it felt right.
There were a few bumpy spots - for example, the ending had a few wrap-up paragraphs that felt pinned-on. Perhaps if Artemis could have been involved more in some of the final events? It's a puzzle, I know. I almost rated the piece a 4 star for this, but I'm overlooking it because it's easy to skim over, and I appreciated the rest.
That said, I thought the piece was well done, and I wish you best of luck in your future work, Mr. Ballard. Now I will move on to the next book. :D
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