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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (TRD) (Oct. 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014989
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I love the principal character in this series. The Scot detective has potential, and Charles Stross makes much of it. Although I don't always have a reference point for the colloquialisms and some of what I think are local references, the story ticks along nicely, and I am very much looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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By Matt B. on July 31 2013
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This book looked very promising, with a captivating synopsis. I couldn't bring myself to read on past the 4th chapter, the writing style feels a little all over the place, and the paragraphs feel like they just drag on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Christie on March 30 2009
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Personally, I liked the book. I loved the setting - not ridiculously futuristic, and close enough to current technology that you could see similarities and relationships between the two. You could see where his ideas are springing from, in the present.

The second person perspective didn't bug me at all. In fact, I found it to be an interesting change from third and first person.

The thriller-style plot is nice and chewy. You could read it once for the surprising story, and keep reading it again after that for the rich detail of the world Stross gives you.
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By poprad99 on Dec 29 2009
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An excellent source recommended this as a first Charlie Stross book for me to read. Decent characterization, a fast-paced plot, peppery dialogue, a taste of paranoia and not knowing what's up or down all made it enjoyable. All set on a backdrop of virtualization to make it contemporary and cool. It passes the Doctorow test of predicting the present: #iranelection, cyberwars, etc. Second-person point of view is not an issue at all once you are immersed in the story - don't let it stop you from reading this book.
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0 of 23 people found the following review helpful By fishtrousers on Aug. 27 2008
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This might have been a good book - the plot was starting to look interesting - but it's written entirely in the second person which I found so utterly annoying I couldn't continue.
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