Halting State

Halting State

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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Sergeant Sue Smith is called in to investigate a daring Edinburgh robbery, a crime perpetrated by a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow in the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and discovers that events in the virtual world could have a devastating impact on the real one.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441014989
0441014984
Call Number: SF STROSS
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 24 cm

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Online and real-world blur in this near-future, and virtual bank robberies are carried out by parties of orcs and dragons.


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z1699blackie
Oct 28, 2017

Another page turner from Charles Stross...

Law enforcement in a post-independence Scotland...lots and lots of IT stuff -necessary to explain the Virtual Reality bank robbery.

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StephenB
May 13, 2012

Great stuff, energetic and clever.

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alliegator
Jan 29, 2012

Another great story by Stross. The 2nd person viewpoint is nostalgic of the "Choose your own Adventure" books I read as a kid. I also recommend the sequel, Rule 34.

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WomanOfMystery
Jan 25, 2012

If you are a gamer the scene of the orcs robbing an on-line bank will have you rolling in the aisles. Everything that makes MMOG's both addicting and crazy-making is here. This is a lot of fun!

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bibliophage91
Apr 15, 2011

A sequel is promised for mid-2011.

All-in-all, I ended up having fun with reading this.

It took about a hundred pages to get into the story, which is cybercrime and gadgets and subverting the distributed mobile computing communications infrastructure. There are some ‘hmm, yeah, plausible, cool’ moments where Stross extrapolates some online social trends nicely. Gaming, etc.

I had a hard time getting started on this book. In the first attempt, I gave up after 8 or so pages. Two challenges: the heavy scottish accent, and that it’s told in second person from rotating points of view.

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Apr 15, 2011

bibliophage91 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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