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  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is not a standalone short story. You have to have read the previous story,"Jury Duty," or Rapture of the Nerds, which comprises the two stories and more. Either I don't remember much of this part of Rapture or not all of this story was used. The story starts in the middle of a madcap zeppelin ride - the authors had me at this sentence: "The zeppelin turns out to be a maryceleste, crewed by capricious iffrits whose expert-systems were trained by angry, resentful trade-unionists in ransom for This is not a standalone short story. You have to have read the previous story,"Jury Duty," or Rapture of the Nerds, which comprises the two stories and more. Either I don't remember much of this part of Rapture or not all of this story was used. The story starts in the middle of a madcap zeppelin ride - the authors had me at this sentence: "The zeppelin turns out to be a maryceleste, crewed by capricious iffrits whose expert-systems were trained by angry, resentful trade-unionists in ransom for their pensions." The action is nonstop and surrealistic and fun from there until the satisfying ending.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This reads a bit like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with a fish-out-of-water protagonist, a too cool to be believed ersatz group leader, and a sexy and competent female companion who saves their bacon time and again. It's nearly as absurd as Douglas Adams' strange world, but more violent, cynical, and sexual, where the suspense of the threat of violence feels more real than in HGttG, and the posthuman sex also is threatening on a different level. It's a fun book for grown-ups, with lots of i This reads a bit like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with a fish-out-of-water protagonist, a too cool to be believed ersatz group leader, and a sexy and competent female companion who saves their bacon time and again. It's nearly as absurd as Douglas Adams' strange world, but more violent, cynical, and sexual, where the suspense of the threat of violence feels more real than in HGttG, and the posthuman sex also is threatening on a different level. It's a fun book for grown-ups, with lots of interesting ideas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Netanella

    A very strange short story by Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow. I had a little bit of difficulty following it at first, despite its brevity, as the ideas came quick and razor sharp. This almost felt like reading Stephenson's Snow Crash with its quick wit and cultural references - but I couldn't quite get a feel for the lead character, Huw, until the story was almost over. I'm not sure I do even now - just left with a dazed feeling, like, "what the fu..?" A very strange short story by Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow. I had a little bit of difficulty following it at first, despite its brevity, as the ideas came quick and razor sharp. This almost felt like reading Stephenson's Snow Crash with its quick wit and cultural references - but I couldn't quite get a feel for the lead character, Huw, until the story was almost over. I'm not sure I do even now - just left with a dazed feeling, like, "what the fu..?"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan Carey

    Meh.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Co-authored by a couple authors who I've enjoyed separately, this short story was an enjoyable read. Co-authored by a couple authors who I've enjoyed separately, this short story was an enjoyable read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    stormhawk

    I. Don't. Get. It. I. Don't. Get. It.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wes

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lukas

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Savishinsky

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Mozdzierz

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marco Assfalk de Oliveira

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sergei Lewis

  13. 4 out of 5

    Richard Hoffbeck

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bard

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ola

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meerkatmarcato

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Hacunda

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonah

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karl Wiers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sage Ardman

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Carter

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tom Gidden

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Jeffress

  27. 4 out of 5

    Voidptr

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dario

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cryptocrystalline

  31. 4 out of 5

    Grassy Golgotha

  32. 5 out of 5

    Goetz

  33. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  34. 4 out of 5

    Wurp

  35. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

  36. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

  37. 5 out of 5

    Jeni

  38. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  39. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Szabo

  40. 4 out of 5

    Wile

  41. 4 out of 5

    Brett

  42. 5 out of 5

    David

  43. 4 out of 5

    Liz Howard

  44. 5 out of 5

    Mesh Mesh

  45. 4 out of 5

    Ianmorris

  46. 4 out of 5

    Lee

  47. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  48. 4 out of 5

    Danny

  49. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Johnson

  50. 5 out of 5

    Ian Irving

  51. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hogan

  52. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  53. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

  54. 4 out of 5

    Cyn Armistead

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