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The author of the book: Donna Andrews
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Date of issue: April 6th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780425195291
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I must admit that the second in the Turing Hopper series, Click Here for Murder, did not strike me as quite so fabulous as the first one. Many of the same reasons the concept of this series appealed to me were here as well, but the plot felt somewhat shakier and didn't hold together quite as well for me as the first time around. Let me get my objections out of the way first.
Online gaming and LARPing were a big part of the events of this book. As a longstanding MUSHer I was all about the comprehension of how addictive online gaming can be, so I had no trouble buying how many in the cast got sucked into checking out "Beyond Paranoia", the game around which the plot's central conflict revolved. On the other hand, I found it a bit much that all of the characters, including to a lesser degree Turing herself, got caught up with it. Tim doing so I could buy--he totally comes across as the sort of person who'd easily blow hours in an online game. Maude? Not so much.
Plus, once we got into the details of the LARP spinoff of the online game, I had a hard time really buying that the bad guys would be willing to commit actual crime, like breaking and entering, destruction of private property, and even assault for the sake of fulfilling game objectives. I realize that this objection doesn't mean much in the context of the underlying motives going on here, which led to Ray Santiago getting murdered in the first place--it's just that the idea of gamers getting so caught up in what they were doing that they'd be willing to do such things vexed me.
Meanwhile, I was kind of bummed that the plot thread of KingFischer absorbing all the data about Zack at the tail end of the last book seemed to have gotten dropped in this one! I was really looking forward to KF showing more effects from that, but in this story, he continued to mostly participate in the plot whenever Turing had a reason to ping him. I hope that'll change as the series progresses. It'd be nice to see him achieving the same level of sentience that Turing has--and heck, I just want to see if they're going to actually have themselves a virtual romance. I'm dying to see how Andrews would describe it.
Most importantly, I didn't quite buy into Nestor Garcia's position in the plot and exactly what was up with him. I may have missed something in my read through the story, perhaps--but I'm drawing a genuine blank as to what his overall motive was. And when you remember a lot more about the side details than you do about the motives of the actual villain, that doesn't speak well for the construction of the plot.
Now for what I liked about the book. Vexing as some of the behavior of the uber-gamers in the plot might have been, Andrews nevertheless did strike enough chords of realism with me in the description of the culture of "Beyond Paranoia" that yeah, it felt like familiar ground. So I have to give her props for that. I love how Turing and Maude have pretty much taken over the company, too. Their hiring an actor to put in periodic appearances as the company CEO is very giggleworthy.
The introduction of T2 as a plot wrinkle was pretty cool--and although it initially annoyed me a bit, it made total sense to me after I thought about it. Turing is young yet, and in the desperate rush to figure out how to download herself out of the UL systems into her robot and how to bring herself back again, I totally buy that she could have forgotten not to leave any part of herself behind on the robot. And this opens up a whole can of worms about the ethical ramifications of duplicating a sentient AI, too. I know this complication is coming back in a later book, so I'll be looking forward to seeing what happens with that.
So--not as cool as You've Got Murder, but still some goodness there, and I'll still be coming back for Access Denied!
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Read information about the authorDonna Andrews was born in Yorktown, Virginia, the setting of Murder with Peacocks and Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos, and now lives and works in Reston, Virginia. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden
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