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review 2018-01-26 23:36
The Feedback Loop by Harmon Cooper
The Feedback Loop: (Book One) (Sci-Fi Series) (Volume 1) - Harmon Cooper
Initially, I was drawn into this world that Quantum is trapped in. Every day starts off with yet one more attempt to kill him. He’s got it down to a T now because he’s stuck in this cybergame on some kind of loop. Life holds no more mysteries for him, except for the big one: why is he trapped here and how can he get out? This story definitely has elements of the movie Groundhog Day (which I always found boring) but luckily this story gives us just a taste of Quantum’s repetitive life before something new happens.
 
Frances Euphoria walks in, boobs first. Yep, her physical attributes are the first things we learn about and her skills only come on display later. In fact, all the ladies in this story (including a voluptuous waitress) are described first by their looks and perhaps, maybe, later by some important skill they have. After I finished rolling my eyes at this, I really liked what Euphoria brought to the table: A possible way out! Quantum will do nearly anything at this point to escape this personal hell.
 
The plot thickens as Quantum tries harder and harder to escape. He had slipped into a kind of complacency but now as he pushes back against the Loop, more and more deadly things and characters are set against him. There is also an unexpected ally.
 
Just as I was getting sucked into this tale, we neared the end. Things felt a little rushed towards the end and I wanted more out of Euphoria. While Quantum was surprised by who was behind his imprisonment, it wasn’t a surprise to me. 3.5/5 stars.
 
The Narration: Jeff Hays never disappoints. All of his character voices were distinct and his female voices are excellent. Also, his enthusiasm for this story came through in his performance. I liked his grumbly voice for Quantum and his ticked off voice for Euphoria. 5/5 stars.
 
I won a free copy of this book. My opinions are solely my own.
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review 2017-12-20 13:16
Simmper Virtual Reality 3D Headset with Built-in Headphones Review

A virtual reality headset is the most crucial part of your 3D viewing experience that amplifies the action for you – when playing games or watching movies. Today the question of interest within the technology realm is whether these can completely partner your phone and make it convenient to use?  3D VR Headset Simmper Glasses Helmet with built-in headphones provide the ultimate high performance. Do you want a shocking 3D experience? Find out more about this integrated smart headset.

 

Impressive Design

 

The primary need when looking to purchase a 3D VR headset is to opt for the one that is lightweight. Not just does the Simmper 3D VR headset score as being almost weightless (at just 3 pounds!), which is seemingly less than most others in the line. The adjustable straps help decrease pressure around your eyes, so you can wear it for even longer hours.

 

Watch movies or play games without the discomfort as Simmper 3D headset’s ventilation prevents any kind of sweating or overheating. So, even when your phone is placed inside it will continue working effectively for longer.

 

There is this semi-transparent cover where you can place your augmented reality (AR) supportive phone.

 

Adjustability features

 

The quality lens glasses of the Simmper VR headset are designed using Japanese technology. At a focal distance of 35mm the headset provides a 120-degree view field. It generates an optimal VR immersion. The 3D headset is incredibly adjustable that allows users with myopia to change its settings easily.

 

The best part is that users so not need to wear glasses with this headset as it adjusts to normal viewing easily. The Dioper adjustment on the side caters to this facility. Also, the graphics can be easily synchronized using the instant wheel on the side.

 

Compatible with iOS and Android phones

 

To be able to use the effectively, all you need to do is place your AR supported phone. It is easy to set up AR in your phone. There are plenty of apps available in the iPhone and Android stores designed to be compatible with your iOS, Android, and even PC.

 

One huge plus with that the model comes with a headphone. None of your actions will seem real without proper sound. The headphone has an amazingly clean treble and bass. The audio experience that you have with this VR headset is the best ever.

 

There are adjustable headband and headphone buttons to control the volume, play/pause, and even answer phone calls.

 

Affordability and verdict

 

The product is highly feasible as you can opt for great design and comfort along with enriched feature at a cost effective price. The attractive pricing of the product has made it incredibly alluring to buyers. At the price, you do not get touch-enabled controllers.

 

Score    8.5/10

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review 2016-08-04 22:45
Book Review of Automaton by C.L. Davies
Automaton - C.L. Davies

In the not too distant future, after the huge successes of role-playing games, virtual worlds and reality shows, it was only a matter of time before somebody went too far. Welcome to Gameworld, a remote island with a population unaware that they exist only to entertain players. People's lives are dictated by their 'owners' and broadcast around the clock and around the globe. It's the world's biggest game and the stakes keep increasing. Dean 3012 is a good guy living on the Island with his girlfriend, Lily. With a baby on the way, life is perfect. But when things take a sinister turn, the couple are plunged into a world of darkness. In the real world, Lily's owner Amelia is more than a watcher of the game. Obsessed with Lily's happiness beyond reason, Amelia will threaten anyone - real or virtual - in a misguided effort to protect her. Dean must somehow find a way to gain self-determination and fight for all their lives, even if it means discovering that his life isn't real.

 

Review 4*

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 

This is a very interesting story. I really enjoyed it.

 

Dean and Lily are interesting characters. They are characters who live in a virtual reality game, though they do not know this. In their world, they are living their own lives and are unaware of the outside world who watch them with close scrutiny. When Dean's owner sends a new instruction, it creates a ripple affect and lives are changed forever.

 

I have been wanting to read this book for some time. However, due to my rather large reading list, I have only recently been able to do so.

 

I started to read this book and was quickly hooked. In a way, this story reminded me of the computer game The Sims. It also reminded me of two movies: The Truman Show and Westworld. The author has taken a look at the "what if" scenario of what consists of virtual reality. If we lived in a game, would we know? And, if we did, what we do to survive? However, she has also explored the darker side of obsession, in this case Lily's 'owner', Amelia. Amelia is possessive and protective of Lily and when Dean's owner throws a spanner in the works by making him do something that threatens Dean's and Lily's relationship, Amelia becomes bent on revenge. What follows is a chilling tale that made me rather uncomfortable. So much so that I had to put the book down on more than one occasion. It has a very dark undertone that unsettled me. However, I had to keep reading in order to find out what was happening next.

 

This story is told through various points of view, which, although this gave the reader a broader understanding on what was going on, also caused confusion as I struggled to remember which characters were in the game and who was in the real world.
James Madison is the creator of Gameworld and the characters within it. Although he is only in a few scenes, I did like him even though I don't think he sees the characters he creates as real. He doesn't have an emotional connection to them and is a businessman through and through. However, the public love his Gameworld and have created an emotional bond with their characters. It is the modern equivalent of watching a television soap opera or Big Brother and the viewers developing feelings for the characters, though also having control of the characters' themselves. Scary!

 

My only complaint is that I struggled to form an emotional attachment to the majority of characters. The only one I felt anything for was Dean. This made it extremely difficult for me when I reached the end of the book, as I was left slightly disappointed in the way it concluded. However, other readers may have a different experience to myself.

 

C.L. Davies has written an interesting science fiction novel that takes a chilling look at virtual reality games and what can happen when it becomes all too real for those who live in them and for them. I enjoyed her fast paced writing style, though felt that the flow was somewhat compromised by having too many characters. Nevertheless, I would consider reading more of her books in the future.

 

Due to scenes of violence, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love science fiction or horror genres. - Lynn Worton

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