Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492....
It came from deep space. It sent the signal. Now our computers are killing us, helping the enemy drive us into extinction....
The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them....
Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore....
Richards – a Level 5 AI with a PI fetish – and his partner, Klein, a decommissioned German military cyborg, are on the trail of a murderer, but the killer has hidden inside a fragmenting artificial reality. Richards and Klein must stop him before he becomes a god – for the good of all realities.
Every year I suggest that Audible give "frequent flyers" the ability to give one book per year a 6th star. This is mine.
It is a near-future detective buddy story -- but much more. Haley weaves a Peter Hamilton-esque sense of mixing a real world storyline with a related in-machine story. I was also reminded of two of my all time favorite series -- Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon/Kovacs and Charles Stross' Halting State/Rule 34.
The narration was extraordinary as well.
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Guy Haley's Reality 36 is set in the future when advanced AIs are commonplace and the virtual reality of gaming worlds has evolved to serve as alternate universes. The tale boils down to a complex detective story with a unique team of a Level 5 AI (quite advanced) and a semi-retired military cyborg. The crime under investigation concerns the death of a prominent AI researchers who was also an AI rights activist. Various competing agencies and freelancers are on the trail and the action is quite intense with no clear idea for what started it all.
The sci-fi elements are a solid blend of AI with a quirky VR world with some robotics thrown in for good measure. The weakest component is the formulaic construction of the VR world. The detective sleuthing is well done with good pacing and numerous plot twists. The chemistry between the partners is entertaining and results in a great team.
The narration is quite good, although the overall story construction is a bit slow in the beginning in terms of plot development, while then ending could use a bit more closure.
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Would you listen to Reality 36 again? Why?
Yes! the best Matrix type storie since the Neuromancer trilogy
What other book might you compare Reality 36 to and why?
Neuromancer<br/>Count Zero<br/>Monlia Overdrive
Which scene was your favorite?
The forward. The glamour of technology
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Otto thinking of his departed wife Anna
Any additional comments?
If you liked the Matrix movies, Reality 36 is for you
The Tech was cool. A picture of the future that was different and possible.
However, the narrator was very annoying. Just about the time I had finally
gotten used to the narrator's voice, the story starts America Bashing. The
female protagonist was very refreshing, the andriod and cyborg not as much.
And then the story's ending was disapointing.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I would, especially to friends conversant in cyberpunk. It has that old Gibson-esque feel, with maybe a little Stirling sprinkled on top.
If you’ve listened to books by Guy Haley before, how does this one compare?
I have not.
Which scene was your favorite?
I rather liked the Jagadieth scenes. Very well done.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
It's 2015. We live in a cyberpunk world. It's rare to see the form done today, and to do it with any skill rarer still. While "Reality 36" isn't perfect, it at least explores a novel concept (are virtual lives of the AI class entitled to be left alone?), even if the stakes do not seem particularly high.
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I was in the market for a new audiobook, and browsing not just authors but narrators that I like. Michael Page could, in my opinion, read out last week's shopping list and make it sound ascerbic and witty. Even better, his characterisation is distinct and his accents spot-on.
Having said that, Reality 36 is considerably more entertaining and engaging than last week's shopping list. Guy Haley has built a realistic and multi-layered world with a comprehensible history that leads on from the modern day to a deeply believable environmentally-damaged and cybernetically-enhanced future. His characters have just enough backstory to make them believable without weighing them down with unnecessary detail. As for the plot... well, Otto, a a cybernetically-enhanced ex-mercenary and his partner Richards, one of the few remaining sane AIs, are hired to solve the murder of one of the great AI-rights lobbyists. One of the many problems facing them however, is the fact that the man was, apparently, murdered more than once...
And if *that* doesn't pique your interest, nothing will!