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.
"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!
"Enjoyable, if derivative."
Clearly this book owes a huge debt to the Matrix and to a bunch of other science fiction books and films. Nevertheless, with it's own particular approach and sense of humour, it's a hugely enjoyable romp.
Brookmyre really has fun playing with the possibilities of a world of real life computer games and with the potential for totally conscious replications of human personalities. There are some real "I have no mouth and I must scream" type moments in here.
Angus King does a solid job of the narration. Very occasionally he seems unsure which character is speaking, but I only noticed this a couple of times.
I like most books by Christopher Brookmyre - but strangley dislike the ones penned by Chris Brookmyre, which are more crime focused.
Yes - Looking forward to the next - maybe a follow on from "A snowball in Hell"
Not Very Inspiring
I normally only listen to unabridged books, bot I think this may be better abridged.
"Appeals to game players across generations"
Clever compelling story that appealed to me due to the retro gaming references even though I don't normally like sci-fi. My teenage son also thoroughly enjoyed it
The revelation of what actually happening to the main character - thought provoking.
A great interpretation that fit well with the dry sometimes black humour of Brookmyre's work
Recommended to anyone who has played video games in recent years
"Interesting plot for a gamer"
As a gamer, the concept of the book intrigued me and I wasn't disappointed. A nice plot with enough game references to feel that the author wasn't an outsider to the genre. What really sold me though was the humour - proper Scottish humour which made me chuckle as I listened. The narration is excellent - perfect for this novel.
I haven't been tempted to buy any more titles by the author (as he is mainly a crime writer) but will be on the look out for the sequel.
"The perfect story for the playstation generation"
As a gamer, I was enthralled by this book. It follows our confused central character who has been subjected to a mind scan in a piece of experimental technology; later he wakes up on an alien planet... To his horror he discovers that he is now an NPC in an alien army defending against the invading human horde. Thus begins a rip-rollicking rush through the gaming universe encompassing many old classics and referencing many current favourites. But beware, all is not as it seems in the "gamer-verse"!
I will warn you that as will all Christopher Brookmyre stories, the language used can be (and often is) VERY strong and descriptions of injuries and carnage can be graphic, but this is all part of Brookmyre's comic writing style.
Being a Chris/Christopher Brookmyre devotee I was very much looking forward to the release of Bedlam but was soon very disappointed. The story premise was very contrived and had echoes of Jasper Fforde's Next Series but no way as interesting. May appeal to gaming geeks but not for me. Bring back Parlabane, De Xavia, Sharp et al Mr B. Well read but no Kenny Blythe!
"a grower, not a shower"
I'm a massive Brookmyre fan. The first time around I enjoyed this but missed a lot. Second time round I could appreciate how great this book was. I'm not a gamer and have no interest in computer games, but his usual character development, wit, and innovative story had me totally engrossed until the end. Twice. So far. Although his books are wide in scope, if you've liked one, you'll love this. If you've no idea who he his give it a go. Or try my own personal favourite - Attack of the unsinkable rubber ducks.
The narrator is good - nice tone and conveys the story well, bu it would be fair to say accents aren't his forte (hence dropping one star)
"Brookmyre for gamers"
As a longstanding Brookmyre fan I love all of his books (although some are more equal than others) and this one was no different. You get his usual wit and plot twists, but I think that to really enjoy this particular book some kind of computer gaming experience certainly helps. I found myself very much enjoying all the references to gaming classics.
"Back to his best"
I discovered Christopher Brookmyre back in the "Quite Ugly One Morning", 1st book type of era. I've read ever book of this man's since. Whilst my favourite of his is still "One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night", this is a fantastic, 5 star read. The wit and humour, pop culture references and moving from gameworld to gameworld, in games I have played, are all brilliant uses of narrative.
Best book I've read in ages. I even bought for Kindle (although very expensive and only slightly cheaper than the actual book) to read in the house, whilst listening to it on the walk to work or in the car.
All in all, thoroughly enjoyable
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