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review 2017-08-16 02:40
Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery - My Thoughts
Bookburners - Mur Lafferty,Max Gladstone,Margaret Dunlap,Brian Francis Slattery

This is a serial book - that is, 16 episodes strung together like a season of TV shows, each episode written by one of the 4 authors.  One of the reasons I picked it up was because I had read one of Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence novels and enjoyed it. 

Anyway, it appears that I'm not really a huge fan of the serial experience.  It's not my preferred style of book.  I just find it tends to go on for too long, maybe.  Or maybe it's the pacing that I'm not fond of.  I'm not bright enough to figure out the reasons.  *LOL*

But also, I'm not a fan of urban horror fantasy.  I mean, I like the premise.  I like the characters for the most part but it's the horror part that's not my favourite.  I'll read them and if the the characters are captivating and the plot intriguing, I can usually deal with the actual horror parts - like the intense descriptions of monsters and dungeons and lairs and the like. 

So, after that caveat, Bookburners was a good read for the most part.  The 4 different author styles weren't jarring, as a matter of fact they were all rather similar and I'm not familiar enough with them to know if it was worked towards in this project or just something that they all have in common.  The main character, Sal, I couldn't quite enjoy until about 2/3rds of the way through the book.  I just didn't like her very much.  I was fascinated by the other members of her team though. 

Will I read the next seasons of Bookburners?  Maybe.  If they come up on sale at some point.  I enjoyed this one enough to be curious about where they go next with the story. 

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review 2017-07-06 13:17
Bookburners (Bookburners #1.1-1.16) by Max Gladstone
Bookburners - Jeffrey Veregge,Mur Lafferty,Max Gladstone,Margaret Dunlap,Mark W. Weaver,Brian Francis Slattery

An original and entertaining urban-fantasy series combined into one volume. The characters each have a unique and well rounded personality with several unusual quirks. The story telling is engaging, fun and nail-biting as required. This novel serialization should be be made into a TV series.

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text 2017-07-01 05:01
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 789 pages.
Bookburners - Jeffrey Veregge,Mur Lafferty,Max Gladstone,Margaret Dunlap,Mark W. Weaver,Brian Francis Slattery

Free Friday Read #3

 

I know I haven't gotten very far but I did start this on Friday and I've read the first chapter and a bit. It's definitely weird so far. 

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review 2017-05-05 13:06
Genialer Weltraumkrimi!
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty

Holla die Waldfee! – was hat mich Six Wakes von Mur Lafferty gepackt! So eine geniale Mischung aus spannendem Weltraumabenteuer und Mord-Mystery! Das war wie ein besseres Cluedo im Weltall, bei dem sich die Ereignisse rasch entwickeln. Ich sage es gleich: dieses Buch habe ich in zwei Tagen durch gesuchtet und falls es bis hierher noch nicht klar war: ich bin richtig begeistert!

 

Ich weiß gar nicht worüber ich mich als erstes freuen soll. Das Buch beginnt mittendrin im Geschehen. Man steht, wie die Besatzung der Dormire, unerwartet im verstörenden Chaos aus Blut und Mord. Zusammen mit den Figuren gräbt sich der Leser durch temporeiche Szenen, durch die Probleme, die so ein Erinnerungsverlust mit sich bringt, Intrigen und natürlich einen Haufen Fragen. Dadurch macht die Geschichte schon vom ersten Moment an neugierig und entfaltet sich mit jedem Kapitel und jedem neuen Einblick mehr. Manchmal sind es Szenen der gegenwärtigen Ereignisse, manchmal sehr alte Erinnerungen der Besatzungsmitglieder, die uns die Autorin da präsentiert. Alles ist geschickt miteinander verworben und vielschichtig wie die Lagen einer Zwiebel. Besonders spannend fand ich die ganzen Verknüpfungen, die sich nach und nach ergeben, und die Hinweise, die man nachträglich erkennt.

 

Das Buch wechselt dabei zwischen den verschiedenen Perspektiven der sechs Klone und deckt schrittweise Teile ihrer Vergangenheit auf. Aber auch die gesamte politische Situation zwischen Menschen, Klonen und Splittergruppen innerhalb beider Parteien, bei denen man manchmal bewusst im Unklaren gelassen wird wer nun gegen wen arbeitet, wird auf diese Weise zum großen Ganzen gemacht. Es ist ein durchweg spannend bleibendes Puzzle, das die Autorin hier abliefert. Zu keiner Zeit hatte ich dabei das Gefühl den Faden zu verlieren, da jede Figur eine ihr ganz eigene Erzählstimme hat. Bei wechselnden Perspektiven gleich doppelt gut und wichtig. Ich muss außerdem gestehen, so unliebsam sich auch mancher der Protagonisten verhält, ich habe sie jeden für sich lieben gelernt. Alle verbergen sie etwas voreinander, aber auch vor dem Leser, und mit jedem Stück das ich mehr über sie erfahren habe, sind sie mir weiter ans Herz gewachsen. Besonders Hiro, der Pilot, und IAN, die KI des Schiffes, haben es mir angetan. Denn obwohl die Figuren in einer wirklich miesen Lage sind, versäumen es Hiro und IAN nicht ab und an für eine Prise Humor zu sorgen.

 

Während normale Krimis oft etwas simpel gehalten sind, fährt Six Wakes fast schon schwere Kaliber auf und flicht nebenbei ethische und philosophische Fragen ein. Was macht die Seele eines Menschen aus? Was seine Persönlichkeit? Wie viel Mensch ist man als Klon noch, wenn die eigene Persönlichkeit zu einem lesbaren und veränderbaren Code geworden ist? Wenn es nicht einmal mehr den Tod zu fürchten gibt? Die Problematik eine Antwort darauf zu finden, wurde geschickt in Erlebnisse verpackt und ich habe mich mehrfach dabei ertappt mir all die höchst komplizierten Fragen selbst zu stellen. Es ist erstaunlich wie verzwickt die Dinge werden können, und wie erschreckend, wenn bestimmte Möglichkeiten und Fähigkeiten in den falschen Händen landen.

 

Was mir gleich zu Beginn positiv aufgefallen ist, ist die Vielfalt der Figuren. Die Crew der Dormire setzt sich aus allerlei Nationalitäten und auch körperlich deformierten Personen zusammen, die ganz selbstverständlich zurechtkommen. Es war erfrischend auch mal eine körperlich behinderte Figur zu haben, die sich zudem völlig natürlich in die Gruppe einfügt. Das Klon-Konzept in Six Wakes ist überhaupt ganz anders ausgebaut als man es üblicherweise aus solchen Szenarien kennt und lohnt sich wirklich zu erkunden.

 

Kurz gesagt: Ein absoluter Spaß für alle Mystery-Fans, der gleichzeitig nichts von Seiten der SciFi vermissen lässt. Dieser Roman bekommt eine deutliche Leseempfehlung und gehört zu den Büchern von denen ich mir dringend wünsche, dass sie auch ins Deutsche übersetzt werden. Leider dürfte die Geschichte wieder so ungewöhnlich und vielschichtig sein, dass sich kaum ein deutscher Verlag herantrauen wird. Wer das Glück hat englischsprachige Bücher lesen zu können, der darf sich Six Wakes nicht entgehen lassen.

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/rezensionen/titel/s/six-wakes
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-27 04:58
Quite entertaining
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer -- before they kill again.

 

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

 

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently...

 

 

Review:

Dear Mur Lafferty,

Somebody mentioned your book at File 770 where I lurk on the regular basis and it sounded like a lot of fun and it was on sale, so I could not resist and one clicked.

Before the actual story begins the readers are presented with the following summar .

“International Law regarding the Codicils to govern the existence of clones.

Established October 9, 2282.

  1. It is unlawful to create more than one clone of a person at a time. Each clone is one person. Cloning will be used for longevity of life, not for multiplication. If a clone is multiplied by their own hand or others, the most recent clone has claim to the identity, while the other( s) are extraneous.
  2. It is unlawful for a clone to bear or father children. A clone is considered their own child for the rest of their life, including where it affects inheritance law. Clones must be sterilized upon rebirth.
  3. It is unlawful to put a mindmap onto a body that does not bear the original DNA.
  4. Clones must always have the most recent mindmap of their consciousness on a drive on their person. They and their mindmaps are subject to search by authorities at all times.
  5. It is unlawful to modify any DNA or mindmap of any clone. (Codicil 2 being an exception.) Clones must continue with the DNA of their original bodies and their original mindmap.
  6. The shells a clone leaves behind must be disposed of quickly, hygienically, and without ceremony or ritual.
  7. It is unlawful for a clone to end their own current life in order to be reborn. (Exception one: A clone can sign a euthanasia agreement, if a qualified doctor agrees that death is imminent and they are suffering. Exception two: See Codicil 1.).

Science fiction readers know that when the writer is exploring the topic of cloning, especially cloning the human beings a lot of interesting issues could be explored and this story was no exception. But it also was just an entertaining story for me.

When the story begins the day is now July 25, 2493 and we are on board of the spaceship called “Dormire”. The disoriented crew of the ship is waking up in their new clone bodies. It becomes apparent that all six members of the crew were murdered pretty recently in a gruesome way and apparently the crew member Maria Arena who woke up first was the one who managed to hit the resurrection switch before her death – thus allowing them to come back in their new bodies. What this also means is that all of them are missing good twenty five years of their lives, since that’s when their recent mindmap took place.

Basically the way I understood is that mindmap is a complete backup of your personality, something that you are supposed to do on the regular basis if you intend to be cloned when you die and once you did it, of course people keep doing it and waking up in their new bodies.  It seemed to me that most characters in this story already lived few hundred years by changing their bodies when the current one expires.  My impression was that it is not that expensive anymore, one of the characters even says that life became cheap.

But let’s go back to the story. Maria Arena and other members of the crew woke up in various states of distress but tried to come to terms with the situation – some better than others. Basically while their mission was to deliver 2500 passengers on Board to the new planet, the only person/s who could murder them supposedly was one of them. There is nobody else there since all passengers are asleep and will wake up in their new clone bodies once they arrive to their destination.

This means that the crew is having a lot of trouble trusting one another and at least partially the story at this point becomes “locked room mystery” or should I say “locked space ship mystery”.

Having said that, it is only partially a “locked space ship mystery” because the reasons and motivations for what took place lied in the time and places before this mission even started and we need to learn that and this was one of the problems I had with the narrative, because it felt a little clumsy.  Basically in order to deliver the information needed to solve the mystery the author chose to do so by giving us backstories of every crew member.  I mean, it was not boring precisely – I liked learning who these people were, but it broke the flow of the story for me a little and also revealed a little too much about who was behind all of it  and what connected  our crew members.

I am trying very hard not to reveal the spoilers here, but basically by the time every backstory was given you know who is pulling the strings without investigating anything if that makes sense. What you *don’t know* is who did the actual murders and I liked that everybody had very good reasons for that, but I kind of felt that the person/s pulling the strings were the real villains anyway.

I did not expect to enjoy the characterizations so much – most of them were really flawed people, and when I say flaws, I mean big ones, but by the end of the book I was pulling for all of them to survive.

Grade B/B+

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