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Version 43 Paperback – October 28, 2010
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This novel is a action comedy sci-fi film-noire cyberpunk detective novel mashup, opening with a murder in time tested manner.
I heartily recommend it. The author while munging all of these genres together, and playing up the various cliches, manages to write an entertaining novel that still has deeper elements that can be examined and thought about.
One can linger over the thought of Version 43's well intentioned but heavy handed pursuit of justice and the havoc it wreaks when it is not tempered by any compassion, all the while being entertained by the language and dialog which made me laugh out loud from time to time.
I read this book over about 24 hours, I could barely put it down... it was a great relief to read this novel and not have it be Book I of the First Trilogy of the Foo Cycle and have everything drag out in a process intended to suck hundreds of dollars out of my pocket over decades in a never ending poorly written melodrama that I'd be committed to to just see how it eventually ends.
This is a book with strong characterization, funny dialog, interesting ideas, and for the first time in a long time I delighted in every character.
Please understand that it's clearly intended to touch on many cliches, and does so in a fond way.
I bought this book based on reading a strong short story by this novelist, and I'm very glad I did. I'll happily buy whatever else he's got available to read now...
The writing is taut, flows without any trouble and delivers enough surprises to keep you interested. Since it is, after all, an action story rather than a treatise on the latest trends in cosmic theory, the treatment of 'quantum jumping' and the like is very lasseiz faire but valid enough to make the story work.
Very briefly, a galactic cybercop is sent to the planet Belladona to investigate a gruesome murder. On the face of it the planet is ruled by various criminal networks, but it contains deeper and darker secrets. Along the way you meet, almost as an afterthought, various alien races (written about by the author with much tongue-in-cheek humour and verve), and in the end, the 'real' rulers of Belladonna are unmasked and end up fighting a war with one of the alien races which has the ability to slow time down (or speed it up, depending on which side of the fence you are standing). Couple this with Version 43, your cybercop anti-hero whose murder investigation eventually becomes entangled with the bigger picture and who gets mind-wiped every time he is close to solving the murder mystery, and you have, to borrow a phrase, a rollicking good yarn.
I have given the novel only three stars as Mr. Palmer is, at least with this novel, not in the same camp as Greg Bear, Ursula K Le Guin, Harlan Ellison and Philip K Dick, and nor does he have the lyrical qualities of a JG Ballard or Ray Bradbury.Read more ›
This is just one of the ideas explored in this interesting novel. Overall, it was fun, but it could have used a little more editing to remove a few pages of unneeded verbiage and to tighten the plot.
If you aren't expecting a mind-shattering, world-altering, perception-changing experience (and frankly, as a lifelong consumer of science-fiction, there aren't that many books like that anyway), this book is top notch. The author mixes noir detective style with pulpy sci-fi technology and a smattering of X-Files-like conspiracy in a way that I found absolutely delightful. I was never bored, and I took each plot twist in stride. Hell, plot twists are a mainstay of this work, and never was I disappointed.
Some people would say, this is just pulp. In a world where millions gather to watch Jersey Shore and Real Housewives, this book stands as a paragon of what pulp can be. Again, don't expect anything mind-bending, just expect an awesome romp around a crime-vexed world and a robo-cop with laser eyes.
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Version 43 is a great book! This was the third book I read by author Philip Palmer. His other books are fantastic as well!Published 17 months ago by Mr. Clean
I loved this story! It was firmly in the Science Fantasy genre. A trans-human space cop must get to the bottom of a teleport mass murder and else where in the galaxy a alien fleet... Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. E.
Palmer's first novel, Debatable Space, was such a crazy (no hyperbole) ride that I immediately read Red Claw and was thoroughly amused by the increased level of creativity... Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by gerry_villa
VERSION 43 (2010) is an inconsistent (sometimes good, sometimes bad) far-future SciFi tale of a "series" of Cyborg Galactic Cops, assigned to investigate and "clean up" rampant... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Stewart Teaze - Safe AI developer/Global Warming Debunker-don't believe the commie agenda
Threw it away after having read 3/4. I couldn't care less about the fate of the main characters and it was overall boring.Published on January 23, 2013 by Pearlseattle
I just finished the book and I must say was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Highly recommended for all sci-fi readers. Very original characters, good story and humor.Published on May 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer