Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter a video game? A realm where you can look like a hero or a goddess, fly space-ships, slay dragons, a realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities. Or would it be your worst nightmare? Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where not even death can offer an escape…This is where you find out. This is Bedlam.
©2013 Chistopher Brookmyre (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
I have listened to all other Brookmyre's available so i am a fan of his approach to story telling.
Bedlam is definitely classic Brookmyre. It is a cheeky, black-humoured and surprising tale that covers off some interesting observations about 21st century life.
"I persisted for old times sake"
Genuinely not sure who this is aimed at. Sure, long-term admirers like myself will give it the benefit of the doubt because we know Brookmyre has a brilliant voice and tells a great tale. However, I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction.
He made a decent fist of it but there wasn't a great deal of scope for him to work with.
A few more decent characters would have helped.
I'll be back for Brookmyre's next effort. He is always worth listening to.
"Hold on to your hats"
So different - so unexpected
I really had no idea where we were going at times which made it a really exciting read
The beginning - i was so confused then so enlightened, it really was a blast
Would have liked to - def stayed in the car to listen to the end of parts of the action
Different but wonderful
this genre is right up my alley, and the story premise is good, but I found this book slow, at times irritating and only being interesting towards the end.
narration was OK. I love Scottish accent and narrator's done an alright job here, but sometimes it felt like he fell into a rut.
"Poor start but gets so much better!"
I've always loved video games and science fiction so this book very much appealed to me from the get go. On listening to the sample the narrators accent also drew me into listening to the book. However, the book, in my opinion, had a very poor beginning. I am not a prude but the amount of foul language during the first few chapters almost made me stop listening altogether. I felt it unnecessary and jarring and that it disrupted my enjoyment of the story. Thankfully, the swearing decreased significantly as the book progressed and I suddenly found myself completely hooked! Despite the narrators best attempts at different American accents (not convinced they are his strong suit) his clarity in reading and fresh voice made listening a very enjoyable experience. I loved the parts of the story when Ross enters new worlds and during his descriptions of the new landscape or atmosphere I found myself attempting to guess the game he was in (was very chuffed when I got a few right).
The twist and ending of the story was very satisfying. I enjoyed the finished but not 'cookie-cutter perfect' ending.
I would indeed recommend this book but if you're not a fan of bad language (or intending it for a younger listener) some parts of the story may not be to your taste.
Enjoy having a full nostalgic and modern gaming geekfest with this story and be prepared to want to live in a video game just a little bit. ;P
I loved Brookmyre when he started out, Quite Ugly One Morning was refreshingly brilliant. Unfortunately he has got progressively more disappointing, dipping to a new low with this completely boring drivel
The characters are people I could not care less about. The humour is non-existent. The twist? I gave up well before it was likely to happen.
I thought the performance was ok but crying out for David Tennant to do it with some panache
Most of them.
Brookmyre has one last chance with me. Please return to former glories!!
"Is CB going to give us more of this ?"
Well - I was expecting the usual Brookmyre romp and got this intriguing fantasy SciFi romp instead. And what fun it was too. Brookmyre in hyperspace!
It will be interesting to see which way he goes in his next one. Iain Banks (a lost hero) really excelled at SciFi and I am hoping CB is going to allow his imagination to run wild and become a SciFi author as well.
I thoroughly recommend this to the open reader and nicely read as well!
A little complex at the beginning but bear with it. The gameverse is engagingly drawn, the story well plotted and the humour dry as a bone. Loved it
"Where the hell are we now?"
Planet b, Alice's adventures in wonderland, Stay tuned and the children's programme Nightmare. It's all here. Different worlds and different dimensions. Different protocols and at the centre of it all, business as we know and hate it. There are two ways to look at this book. Eitehr read it simply as a book or read it and be terrified of it. This could happen. When? who knows. Where? Well, anywhere. It's a good book. Slightly confusing and the American accent is average at best but still, Angus King does try, and predictable if you examine it closely in parts. Still I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a lightweight, not too scary horror with none of the usual gore though plenty of scifi gunge floating around. A comedy in places it is amusing and a horror if read with serious intent but lightweight interesting if you prefer to simply read it but not examine it.
"ok but not best"
not his best but a premise that is topical a few laughs asking the way
"Intelligent and entertaining"
I have got to say I enjoyed this. It nods and winks at other sci fi yarns from print and screen and pays its dues where they are owed. I guessed most of what was happening fairly early on, but then I have consumed a lot of sci fit in my time. It was fun looking for the more subtle references. I am not a gamer myself but I guess there are even more fun references for those familiar with the genre. I like a book that respects the reader's intelligence and this is one of those. If very clever observations and sly, well aimed digs are your thing, then you will enjoy this intelligent and entertaining listen.
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