But such recordings may carry more information than the public has realized. What will criminals learn about their victims? When a husband is wrongfully convicted of injuring his wife, how will their marriage change? And what uses will a sociopath find for recordings of the experience of death?
**Awarded Five Stars by Readers' Favorite**
"This is a novel that's impossible to pigeonhole into a genre. The presence of a technology that permits recording and playback of dreams is science fiction, but it's also a legal/crime thriller. The author, who has an extensive legal background, weaves it seamlessly into the story from start to finish. . . . The author uses third person point of view, and moves from one character to another to keep the suspense level high and the tension as tight as a steel cable on a suspension bridge. . . . Dialogue, descriptions, and narrative are flawless - not a wasted word anywhere. This is a book that will linger in your thoughts long after you've stopped reading - and are likely to invade your dreams. I give it a resounding five stars." -- Awesome Indies
"If you enjoy a well-imagined thesis on the implications of future technology, or a nuanced exploration of human relationships, or just a gripping techno-thriller, then Playback Effect is well worth a look." -- Strange Charm
|Publisher:||Karen A. Wyle|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)|
About the Author
Wyle has been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as she can remember. She majored in English and American Literature major at Stanford University, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it. She has been reading science fiction for several decades, but also gobbles up character-driven mysteries and historical fiction, with the occasional foray into anything from chick lit to military history.
Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of practicing appellate law. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.
Wyle and her husband have two essentially-grown and wildly creative daughters, as well as a sweet but neurotic dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by J. C. Steel for Readers' Favorite Karen A. Wyle’s Playback Effect offers a new and unique slant on the world of virtual reality, one where a minority of lucid dreamers and a number of professional athletes, actors and stuntspeople record their experiences for others to buy and experience for themselves. Wynne Cantrell is one of the most successful lucid dreamers, offering a gamut of dream experiences from BDSM to butterfly gardens. Her husband, Hal Wakeman, a renowned sculptor, is frequently absent, heavily involved in his latest work, and largely uninterested in Wynne’s pretensions to artistry. When Hal is late for another of their meetings, it seems unremarkable, but the consequences will have far-reaching effects on their relationship - and the virtual reality market as a whole. Karen A. Wyle has written a fantastic blend of sci-fi, romance, and detective thriller in this book. In a world where dreams have power and the Pandora’s Box of the virtual reality world is the legal and ethical nightmare of a moment of death recording, Wynne and Hal have to work with an eclectic set of people to beat a murder charge and bring the real criminal to justice. The details of the legal and criminal procedures are thoroughly researched, and give the story a solid framework, while the characters’ personal stories weave the book into a brilliant whole. With convincing characters and a plot full of intriguing twists and turns, Playback Effect will create a vivid reading experience for a wide range of readers. I can’t over-recommend this story – a real page-turner.
Author Karen Wyle has the knack for taking something only slightly outside our experience and turning it into truly absorbing fiction. What if we could record whole events exactly as experienced by observers? What if we could punish evil by sharing what it did to its victims? What if we could teach through shared events? Or what if we could enjoy other people’s dreams, like viewing their art and reading the books they write? It’s all very intriguing and convincingly portrayed as the author’s novel, Playback Effect, begins. But unintended consequences are the trademark of this author. And there’s something immensely compelling about watching those consequences play out, small-scale in the lives of her protagonists, and on a larger stage, set slightly in the wings. “You kept me waiting, almost always... You were late!” Hal’s wife Wynne cries. Women around the world might sympathize, making this an almost perfect novel to share with their spouses. But husband Hal has his own voice too, authentically rendered. And both have much to learn as terrorism tears their well-ordered lives apart. Playback Effect is an intriguing, compelling novel, set not so far from today, in a world not so different from ours, with deep-set moral questions, well-drawn to shed light on the present. I really enjoyed it. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.