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Halting State

de Charles Stross

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:Halting State [is] a near-future story that is at once over-the-top and compellingly believable. Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End        
      
/> In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associatesa dot-com start-up company thats just floated onto the London stock exchange. But this crime may be a bit beyond Smiths expertise.              

 The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support. The bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and the robbery was supposed to be impossible. When word gets out, Hayek Associates and all its virtual economies are going to crash hard.                            

 For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But the deeper she digs, the bigger the case gets. There are powerful playersboth real and pixelatedwho are watching her every move. Because there is far more at stake than just some game-heads fantasy financial security.… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 121 (següent | mostra-les totes)
[Hey! What happened to my original review?!?]

This is my favorite Charles Stross book, and that is saying something. I just re-read it after a 4-year gap, and I found it even better the second time around. The plot is so twisty, the high-tech details so thick and the narrative style so rich (or, to some peoples' thinking, confusing) that even knowing the basic plot, it was still a rollercoaster ride.

One note: some friends who listened to this on audiobook complained that it was difficult to follow. Even though the narrator was apparently quite good, the fact that the story is told from 3 different viewpoints and one uses Scottish idiom and accent contributed to their puzzlement. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
With a creak of floor-boards, Elaine sits down beside you on the futon, graceful and elegant as only a gawky collection of librarian-shaped elbows and knees can be. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Dec 22, 2023 |
I wanted more character and setting goodness than I got. Early on I really enjoyed the "Scottishness" of the characters' inner monologues, but the plot kind of muscled that out of the way. ( )
  bookwrapt | Mar 31, 2023 |
An entertaining romp through the intersection of online gaming, spycraft, and policework. The style was a mishmash of heavy Scottish accents and British slang, with multiple POV characters each told in second person, which I found baffling at first but then delightful. It was strange and hard to follow but, well, it's the author's choice isn't it? And turned out to be rather fun. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
Confusing at times, but interesting, but the end wasn't that great, but I liked it anyway. ( )
  MarkLacy | May 29, 2022 |
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This is his tightest-plotted novel to date, a detective story with a million perfectly meshed moving parts, and a hundred magnificent surprises that had me gasping and shouting YES.
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Charles Strossautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Frangie, RitaDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:Halting State [is] a near-future story that is at once over-the-top and compellingly believable. Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End        
      
In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associatesa dot-com start-up company thats just floated onto the London stock exchange. But this crime may be a bit beyond Smiths expertise.              

 The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support. The bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and the robbery was supposed to be impossible. When word gets out, Hayek Associates and all its virtual economies are going to crash hard.                            

 For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But the deeper she digs, the bigger the case gets. There are powerful playersboth real and pixelatedwho are watching her every move. Because there is far more at stake than just some game-heads fantasy financial security.

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