Halting State (Halting State Series #1)

Halting State (Halting State Series #1)

by Charles Stross

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ISBN-13: 9780441016075
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Series: Halting State Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 633,507
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He holds degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs including pharmacist, technical author, software engineer, and freelance journalist. He is now a full-time writer.

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Halting State (Halting State Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
slothman on LibraryThing 3 months ago
"It isn't virtual reality until you can mount a coup d'etat in it -- and make it stick in the real world."Stross brings us a very believable tale of crime and intrigue set in the year 2018. Augmented and virtual reality are commonly used for games, and the story opens with a bank heist in that era's equivalent of World of Warcraft which threatens to lead to serious economic repercussions. As police and insurance investigators dig deeper into the case, they uncover more machinations, and begin to draw lethal attention in return.This book is the only one I know of written in the second person perspective. It's unusual, and it works: it tells you what each character is perceiving and understanding as the story unfolds, and allows him to juggle exposition and the complexities of technology quite well. I find his speculations of the utility of augmented reality and lifelogs in police work very plausible.
clothingoptional on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Like Ian Rankin meets Jules Verne with a bit of William Gibson and William S. Burroughs thrown in for good measure. A wall of ideas crashing against the inside of my skull. Fantastic.
blueslibrarian on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Halting State takes a very interesting premise, a story of espionage and theft, and turns it on its head. In the near future, a robbery has taken place inside a massively multi-player online computer role playing game, and the police have been called to investigate the real world ramifications. The point of view of the novel shifts between Sue, a grizzled cop, Elaine, a forensic accountant charged with tracking the money, and Jack, a programmer and games expert. As they investigate, the plot gets deeper and deeper, involving spies, shadowy governmental agencies and murder. Stross writes some of the most interesting science fiction of the day and this is a fascinating scenario. While the use of jargon and constantly shifting narration can be confusing at times, this is a very enjoyable techno-thriller.
kd9 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Is a theft of treasures in an online role playing game a national security threat? It is if the game developers are being hacked by a foreign power. Sue, a regular Edinburgh police woman, is called into a game developer's headquarters when their marketing manager calls in a burglary. But she never thought she would have to arrest a horde or orcs and a fire breathing dragon. But more than a threat to public safety, this is a threat to the investors in this about-to-go-public company. A forensic accountant, Elaine, is sent in to find out who to blame and where they hid the money. She is a sword wielding LARP player, but needs a real game developer, Jack, to help her.Charles Stross takes us to a soon to be real world future where everything (and everyone) is linked in 24/7. His use of multiple first person accounts can be distracting at first, but the action moves swiftly with layers of meaning revealing themselves with each new revelation. There are a dozen interesting concepts in this novel, but the characters seemed a bit one dimensional and writing perfunctory rather then fluid. A fine romp, but not an award contender.
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dkwdba More than 1 year ago
Stross is an excellent writer and I read all of his work.
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