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In the year 2018 Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates a dot com start up company that's just floated onto the London stock exchange But this crime may be a bit beyond Smith's expertiseThe prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support The bank is located within the virtual land of Avalon Four and the robbery was supposed to be impossible When word gets out Hayek Associates and all its virtual economies are going to crash hardFor Smith the investigation seems pointless But the deeper she digs the bigger the case gets There are powerful players both real and pixilated who are watching her every move Because there is far at stake than just some game head's fantasy financial security


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    Charles Stross decided it would be a good idea to write Halting State entirely in second person I briefly toyed with doing the same for my review but then I remembered that I already did that and it wasn't that amusingThen I thought maybe I would do the whole thing in code like a l33t haXor which would have been appropriate since this book finds it the height of amusement to throw around with it language like n00b and pwned Then I realized that it is obnoxious to force readers to suffer an affected writing style or stylistic quirk unless you have a really good reason and because it's cute and mildly thematically relevant is not a good enough reason are you listening Charles Stross?I did not like this book perhaps because it is about the online gaming community by which I mean obsessives who spend way too much time playing World of Warcraft and my idea of a video game binge still tends toward playing through all of Super Mario World in one night Maybe if you play Everquest enough to think it is funny to call it Evercrack do people still play EverQuest? then this book is a hilarious romp of in jokes and referencesIf you do not though it is a dull unimaginative slice of near future sci fi that was quite possibly dated before the manuscript was fully edited Near future stuff is tough because if you predict wrong you just look silly where are the intergalactic army brigades of 1997 Joe Haldeman? Stross plays it safe by predicting almost nothing In 202X we'll all still be playing online games with fantasy themed avatars and using the same tired netspeak The only difference is we will use VR goggles the future of 1994 and the UK will have collapsed also the US economy oh daring Everyone will be a gamer to the point where a virtual crime committed inside of a game could have global economic effects to the tune of billions of Euros Possibly I admit I didn't quite follow all of itBut basically it goes like this crime is committed inside a video game when a bunch of in game objects spells swords treasure are stolen Cops and insurance companies get involved and investigate Larger conspiracies unfold It almost sounds interesting But then the first 23 are all about setting up the gaming culture describing avatars going off on tangents about how you'll be able to check Yelp reviews in the future using a virtual in glasses display no really there is a long bit about looking up a good restaurant online and poorly developing a cast of four stock point of view characters via the aforementioned unwise decision to write entirely in second person I guess because YOU are the character in this video game obsessed narrative And to clarify that means that the you you are reading about is referencing four samey characters which can make it hard to remember who you are at any given time even though the chapter titles tell you which character is featured Only in the last part are the real stakes revealed if by revealed you mean explained via a series of confusing expository conversationsThe worst are the action sequences set inside a game which clearly have absolutely no real world impact and are thus about as interesting as watching your nerdy cousin play X Box Game over No continues