One way he accomplished this is through an interesting plot line with numerous twists that kept me constantly on guard. HeadCrash follows the story of :cybergeek" Jack Burroughs; a.k.a. Pyle; a.k.a. MAX_KOOL. The story starts with Jack going through a management shake up at MDE, Monolithic Diversified Enterprises. Later on, after Jack suddenly finds himself in a sticky situation, the reader watches as Jack uses his cyberspace alter ego, MAX_KOOL, and an embarrassing way to interface with the internet, to do a hack job for a mysterious woman known only as Amber. Saying anymore about the plot would lessen the amazing experience that any reader would have reading this book. The engaging plot and Bethke's outrageously funny style of writing made reading this book a truly positive experience.
No way. His problems are solved within a few chapters, and suddenly he's got his own consultancy, a cool if dilapidated loft space to live/work in, a big client, and a successful biz partner. OK there are some doubts about the client but all in all, everything's looking good right up until the end of the book, when he experiences some minor inconvenience that's soon put more than right. The few promises of conflict that crop up are all resolved in a few pages.
There was no attempt to make the world or characters believable. The approach seemed to be "this is satire: take your disbelief somewhere else, pal, because there's nowhere to suspend it from around here." Yeah, right. Go tell it to Robert Sheckley or Douglas Adams. Or Neal Stephenson, for that matter.
So there's not much to grip you and draw you into the story, which leaves the humor...
Unfortunately I'd come across too many of the jokes before, way back in the 80s (which gives you a hint as to my age: maybe youngsters will enjoy this more than us old-timers :-) Someone mentioned Dilbert, and that could be where I saw them... mushroom theory of management, anyone? How about the amazing irresistible miniature Soviet gizmo - oh, and don't forget the suitcase for the batteries, sir. Sorry, Bruce, seen 'em long before your book was published.
The rest of the humor involved things like neural interfaces that work when you put them...Read more ›