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However, the writing is absolutely, Bulwer-Lytton contest awful.
Some examples: "His hands caressed the globes of her derriere," "Their feet touched, and they smiled," "His finger traced the slippery third rail of her shaven..." well, you get the idea.
Besher has no ear for dialog, and the prose is what you would expect from a senior high school student in the first week of creative writing.
Mr. Besher, you have a lot of promise. Please, take a year to practice writing with a good teacher. Your stories will benefit greatly, and your readers will be able to experience your ideas more clearly and pleasantly.
For readers who would like similar stories, but with better writing, check out Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson or almost anything from William Gibson.
This is not a great example. The plot-idea is that part of the VR world is in danger of crashing and taking a lot of people with it (including the main character's son). But the book seems to start off slowly, some parts don't seem to make sense or click into place till you're halfway thru and tons of the novel seems to be tencho-babble. In fact, some parts seem to be just plain made up on the spot. I know reviewers sometimes say that, but in this case I mean it. It has sci-fi stuff and, yes, Japanese businessmen and gangsters and VR and drugs and space stations - I'm sure William Gibson would be very proud. But I happen to NOT like Mr. Gibson's style (and his work at least had some logic to it).
Add Chi and zombies and a main character who can do anything (and get the girls) and it seems more like the wishful thinking of a 90's geek high on Jolt or no-doze.
What scares me is he wrote a series of this books!
being extremely disappointed by it at the time.
As cyber-fiction goes it was average, but the
most lasting impression (on me anyway) was the
poor quality of the writing. I seem to remember having to put it down several times as a result of
some extremely prosaic or downright cliched
Now, if I had to say something positive to conclude, it would have to be "Read Excession by
Iain M. Banks"; That is genuinely original.