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Glitch Rain #2020

Glitch Rain Akuba is a low level hacker for the city s wealthy making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don t want to be seen hanging ou

  • Title: Glitch Rain
  • Author: Alex Livingston
  • ISBN: 9781937009397
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • Glitch Rain By Alex Livingston, Akuba is a low level hacker for the city s wealthy, making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don t want to be seen, hanging out at parties to guard the elite from errant social media statuses and incriminating photo posts Not the most glamorous job, but she s getting by When an old debt comes dueAkuba is a low level hacker for the city s wealthy, making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don t want to be seen, hanging out at parties to guard the elite from errant social media statuses and incriminating photo posts Not the most glamorous job, but she s getting by When an old debt comes due early suddenly she is the one who needs to keep her face out of the drones omnipresent eyes Thrown into the high stakes world of international cybercrime, Akuba will have to have to outmaneuver unlimited surveillance, high tech con artists, and an international hacker kingpin if she wants to survive Every identity has a price in Glitch Rain.

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    1. find my other reviews at consumingcyberpunkAkuba, like most cyberpunks, has a rough life Oh, it has some of the generic cyberpunk tropes mind you the larger problem to be dealt with rooted in capitalism, new terminology for not so distant technologies, and cool, ineffable names ascribed to those on the fringes of society Most of this crowd is wearing knock off blurred style The kind of clothes that look like they should block facial recognition and drone tracking like the good stuff, but are muc [...]

    2. Livingston takes us on a trip through a very cyberpunk world of smart phones, vids, apps, HUDs Human User Devices , self driven cars, extreme social media and camera rigged security drones All these things taken together do not allow anyone any privacy so, the protagonist, Akuba, is a hacker who can erase a person s security and social media presence for a fee This proves handy for people who can afford her, especially if the customer is planning an evening of sex, drugs and rock and roll Akuba [...]

    3. This was a simple, clean, classic sort of cyberpunk novella updated with a lot of modern cultural sensibilities Fun read if you ve read the classics in the genre and are looking for something to scratch the same itch.

    4. I got my copy of Glitch Rain from the awesome guys at Apex via LibraryThing.I devoured the first few chapters really fast to be honest, this is a fast reading.First, you have to understand that if you re looking for a Cyberpunk story, this shouldn t be the first in your queue Instead, it s a fast paced action story about Akuba, a girl who got herself into big debts with a lone shark, Enazim Shaky who she met when they re younger and is now a minor crime lord , and now Akuba has to run away from [...]

    5. I received a copy of this book through a giveaway.While the prose was clear and the writing fast paced, I didn t particularly like this book The most noticeable and most galling issue is that the author has fallen into the unfortunate Cyberpunk cliche of using brands as descriptive adjectives Pointing out Apple or Facebook or Periscope s existence in a theoretical dark future makes it dated, sometimes even by publicationPeriscope has already fallen out of favor with people the main characters ag [...]

    6. This is a fast paced and very entertaining action sci fi story set in the near future that follows the hacker Akuba as she has to drift and dodge and downright run like hell to get away from the drones and people out to get her There s a debt from her past, a man from her past that she owes that debt too, and several other complications along the way.What kept me hooked to this story was the almost cinematic flow of the action, and also Akuba herself she s an interesting and likable character an [...]

    7. In a not too distant future where there is no privacy, unless you can pay for it, Akuba makes a living keeping people s images from appearing on social media But when an old creditor from demands payment in full, Akuba finds herself in danger, and her globe traveling adventure with her friend Isaac begins.It took me a while to get into the story a little problematic for the novella form but once I did, I really liked it particularly after Akuba and Isaac start traveling The story is fast paced a [...]

    8. Cyberpunk has been a great genre that has fallen away as of our lives feel like the real thing The advantage Alex Livingston has over previous authors like Neal Stephenson and William Gibson is that he knows some of the terms that sound natural in the computer age like tweets, instagram, and vape pens Glitch Rain adds another cool story to the genre and updates the language for the modern generation.The story revolves around a similar protagonist from the classic, a wizened crook named Akuba wh [...]

    9. At last, cyberpunk beyond my best dreams first one since Neuromancer and Snow Crash to capture me Loved the subtle allusions to these two masterpieces, too Akuba and Isaac never let up, the pace stays edge of chair all through Only when cyberpunk is written in the style it is lived can I stand it, and this one is sharp, crisp, zingy Immersed in the hard, shiny words of the cyberworld, like in a very good movie, I needed time to re be in the real world every time I put the book down and I always [...]

    10. Received this as an ARC from the publisher.Back in the 90 s I read anything from the cyberpunk genre, but in the 2000 s the genre seems to have all but disappeared If, like me, you still get that cyberpunk itch every once in awhile then give Glitch Rain a try rather than re reading Snow Crash for the umpteenth time.It felt a bit rushed in parts almost as if it had been intended to be much longer and was later cut down to novella size But all in all I recommend it Akuba is a fun, flawed character [...]

    11. Good prose but too generic post cyberpunkAlthough the novella hits all the marks, some of the really well, the story feels slightly too generic and the same for the cute scenario presented Still, the prose and wry humor suggests that a longer work would be really interesting

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