Lee is an up-and-coming designer of seductive love dolls, until the day his sexiest product yet goes murderously wrong. Sent to the crime scene to defuse a delicate situation, Lee finds that the rogue doll has been infiltrated by a mysterious, self-aware entity called Lilith who can't seem to make her mind up whether she's a silky-smooth seductress or a state-of-the-art assassination system.
Within hours, Lee's encounter with Lilith has escalated into a life-or-death race with her creators, the shadowy and relentless Elect, and ultimately into a battle for the very stuff of his humanity - a battle in which his best hope of salvation turns out not to be human at all.
ld be perfect: a random problem that had nothing to do with psychotic mindware or bad design, and that could be plausibly and reassuringly fixed by tightening standards in the fabrication plant.
All he needed was a few days to carry out an investigation and fake some results. Then, everything could get back to normal and he’d have plenty of time to figure out how to deal with the entity that called itself Lilith.
"Ah, Lee. Please, sit down. Will you take some tea?" Xia Lin poured for both of them. Lee’s project manager seemed more distant than usual. Cooler. Hardly surprising, Lee thought. This was where they put the boot in.
Usually, Xia Lin’s manner was anything but cool. Over several years of working together, she’d left him in no doubt that she was available for what Zendyne corporate-speak would have termed an ‘alliance’, with her as mentor and him as protégé.
It was a standing offer that would have done wonders for Lee’s career, if only he’d been able to take it up.
He’d often wis
Zendyne makes (seemingly only female) sex-androids. Elite has created a self-aware artificial intelligence for its own purposes. The Shipwrights have their own pet project that can tap into the skills of both the others. The struggle of the three corporate entities makes a pretty good thriller, that distracts long enough to slip right by the holes in the plot. For a while. The book stops being a thriller when it becomes clear no one is vulnerable.
The characters are fairly well-drawn, nothing exceptional. The plotting is good, and everything gets nicely tied up in the end.
It's a fun read--which reminds me, I need to back up my hard drive.
I have mixed feelings about this title. It does lack some coherence in certain aspects, but the story is entertaining and some of the characters and situations are very nicely portrayed.
As far as I'm concerned, the action worked very nicely until the last part of the book, and I felt a bit disappointed with the last turn of events. I got the feeling the author had finally decided to drop the whole thing off as soon as possible.
Some of the most attractive points and characters of the book are not too explored. Then again, maybe that is what makes them have that special something.
Zendyne is a rather good foray into the world of cyberpunk and worth the time for a reading if you like the genre.
Admittedly, there are some minor plot holes, but these are forgiven for a fast paced story, interesting, if rather predictable, characters, and some nice imaginative visuals into a cyberpunk world.
Not for the kiddies as it does contain language and some sexual situations, but I appreciate the author's restraint in keeping the story a thriller and not as an excuse for porn.
A wonderful story, I enjoyed it immensely.
Kind of a Philip K. Dick Lite experience - except that Dick would have taken the basic story to quite different places.
Certainly worth a look for anyone interested in modern science fiction. While lacking a bit of thought at times there are some interesting ideas in there.
I had to stop reading this. While having an interesting start technology-wise, it soon becomes a standard hunt-the-outlaw plot. What's worse, being set into a future surveillance society, the reader is to believe that the main character gets away by driving his car on small streets only. I would guess such small problems are even solved by today's secret services. The author should do his/her homework and read some Sterling ("Shock Wave Rider") or Gibson first.
Read it for a cheap thrill.
I found this to be a fascinating book. It is about a future in which people with enough capital can upload their mind to a disk while their new body is being cloned, androids exist that are perfect copies of real humans, and a fierce half human/ half machine assassin protects the interests of an all-powerful corporation.
The characters in the book have much more depth than most modern sci-fi.
Excellent start, a bit slow around the middle, but in all a very good read.IT pros everywhere will rejoice in the networking references. Well done!
A lot of fun. Reading the blurb I was afraid it was going to be adolescent, with seductive love dolls, etc. However, it stays ahead of that, focusing on the absurd rather than the titillating.
I would like to read more about the background and circumstance of The Elect and Stranger. The world of the book seems to go beyond the immediate characters; which is something I appreciate.