Fate's Mirror

Fate's Mirror

by M. H. Mead

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ISBN-13: 9780983780106
Publisher: Ion Productions
Publication date: 07/13/2011
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

M. H. Mead is the shared pen name of Margaret Yang and Harry R. Campion.

The authors live in Michigan where they parent, read, teach, and eat as much key lime pie as possible.

To learn more about them, or to read more of their stories, visit www.yangandcampion.com.

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Fate's Mirror 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
empererofthemoon More than 1 year ago
Margaret Yang and Harry Campion collectively known as M. H. Mead has got to be one of the best things to come out of the cyberpunk genre in *years* not since Nueromancer have I so connected with a hacker protagonist. Most of them are a bit boring, seemingly omniscient and all powerful in AND out of cyberspace, Sueism at its finest. But not Morris, a fantastically flawed successor to Gibson's Case, Morris is a viker (Mead's term for a the elite hackers of her fictional `verse) who is also agoraphobic. Even going outside for a few moments is pure torture, but the main thrust of the novel in this reviewers opinion forces exactly this, many of the most poignant and page-turning moments of this work come when you find yourself wondering if Morris is going to be able to last just a little bit longer. Cope just a little bit more. Outlast the neurosis that's driving him to quite. It is, to say the least, gripping. Not to mention the treatment of AI's, cyberspace, and technology in general. This is a cyberpunk tale that is fairly novel (please pardon the pun) in its approach to these things, the world itself is pretty realistic, with the probable of tomorrow being the possible of today. If you're anything like me this in itself is a 'win'; I like my fiction either annoyingly realistic or heroically UN-realistic. I found that the first time I read this book I missed many of the details I found in the second (and third!) readings. This is in this reviewer's humble opinion the sign of a wonderful and talented author. Keep your eyes to the horizon, I can foresee Mead's star rising, it may not be meteoric but it will be one that stays and lasts far into the future.
Stacey.Turner on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Most of you know that sci-fi is not my preferred genre. And I admit that I'd never read a cyber-punk or techno novel in my life. I'm not even sure I knew those new sub genres existed. But I took another author's (Scott Niven), whom I admire, opinion and gave it a try. Some days I'm the queen of good decisions. Happily, that was one of those days.Fate's Mirror is the action packed brainchild of M. H. Mead, the pen name of Margaret Yang and Harry R. Campion. I can honestly say that this book is a thrill ride and I got completely caught up in it from the very beginning. The story follows Morris Payne, a hacking virtuoso (called a viker in the book). He's one of the best in the world. Morris has everything he needs right at his fingertips and spends most of his time plugged into the e-verse. Living in virtual reality, he's not plagued by his real world problems; severe agoraphobia, crippling panic attacks and a general fear of almost everything. Unfortunately, his virtual life comes crashing down when someone kills his ex-girlfriend and colleague, NSA employee Khali. He becomes the next target and barely escapes his house before it explodes.Stuck in the real world, he flees to the home of one of his clients, a private investigator named Aidra. Aidra takes him in and together they begin the search for whoever or whatever murdered Khali and is stalking Morris. Of course they have to battle real world problems as well. But once Morris gets back in his virtual world, the game is really on. And the villain of the piece? An AI who calls herself the Triple Goddesses of Fate and wants to assure her own security.I don't want to give too much away so I'll stop there. I just want to say that the book is extremely well written and pulls you into Morris' world expertly. I did not have any problems with the language or picking up the slang they've created. The world in the book is easily believable and the characters perfectly drawn. You can't help but find yourself rooting for Morris and Aidra.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good suspense thriller, sci-fi or just really well written books. I think Michael Crighton fans would especially enjoy it. Seriously, I can't recommend it enough.
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DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
Fate’s Mirror sounds like a generic title, but it really is specific to the story. I began without knowing anything about the story itself, and that got me past the initial neo-cyberpunk, sort of Neuromancer Updated. Mead moves the action right along, throwing out one imaginative idea after another, while setting up themes and resonances that form deeper emotional connections. The author takes sfnal elements like direct interfaces between a human brain and the internet, the human proclivity for thinking metaphorically, computerized duplicates of human personalities, and throws in a protagonist with crippling agoraphobia – oh yes, whose house has just been blown up so he’s in the open and on the run. Part spy thriller, part cyber adventure, all with a touch of sweetness and snappy dialog, the story moves right along with smooth prose, some great characters, and nicely handled suspense. It’s well worth seeking out and I’m glad I discovered it.
ianthealy More than 1 year ago
FATE'S MIRROR by M.H. Mead is a fun read full of cyberpunky goodness. Morris is a hacker supreme (called a viker in this book), who is recruited by the NSA to hunt and destroy three powerful Electronic Consciousnesses. Should he fail, they will trigger a worldwide electromagnetic pulse to ensure the AIs' destruction. It sounds a little far-fetched, but then this IS cyberpunk. The battle scenes between Morris and the AIs are couched like eighteenth-century naval battles, with cannonades between ships and boarding parties. I thought there was a little too much wandering between narrative point-of-views, although I did enjoy the creative glimpses of the AIs' POV. Morris isn't the most likeable character in the world, but as I said before, this IS cyberpunk. The action is written well, the manuscript is free of errors, and it's a fast read.
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kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Filled with conspiracy, a little romance and some cool sci-fi that had me questioning humanity this was a fun read for me. Morris is attempting to hack into a system, when suddenly there is a fire and his home is destroyed. He is paranoid, scared and has nowhere to hide. He decides to go to private investigator Aidra’s house. He has assisted her on cases but the two have never actually met. Morris needs to figure out what happened and fast, because his friend has turned up dead too and the police think he is a prime suspect. All of this is compounded by the fact that Morris suffers from severe agoraphobia. People are searching for him whether they trying to help him or not is unclear. The tale that unfolds has an intense plot and a case of who-dun-it. Morris Payne or one of his many aliases thought to be one of the most gifted vipers out there. From his computer in the comfort of his humble abode he is Mr. Cool, the guy with all the answers. Everyone in the computer world and government know of him but few have actually met him. Mead did an incredible job of fleshing out Morris and his condition added to the tale. I loved his snarky attitude and his geek was spot on. I loved the character development throughout the novel. Aidra is back and once she realizes what is going on she steps in to help. She has this amazing ability to assist Morris through his attacks. Their relationship changes now that they are face to face and I found it to be believable and sweet. Other characters whether friend, foe or AI added to the tale and sent it moving at a dizzying pace. Cyberpunk, science fiction whatever you choose to label this novel it was fascinating. The tale starts slow and then really takes off. Told from multiple POV’s we get to see the drama from all sides. While I personally would have eliminated a few, I understand the author’s intention and it certainly fueled the suspense. A lot of the tale was shrouded in mystery as we are left uncertain about the different player’s intentions. Are they helping Morris? Are they after Morris? Why? The world is similar to ours but with significant advancements in technology from cars that drive themselves to chips that allow you to connect with the web. I thought Mead’s take on how Morris was in the virtual world and how he handles the reality to be fascinating. We see this today in minor ways, but it really makes you question the way we are heading with virtual technology. The tale was fascinating, suspenseful and the characters well fleshed out.