The Demi-Monde: Winter: A Novel

The Demi-Monde: Winter: A Novel

by Rod Rees

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ISBN-13: 9780062070357
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 271,586
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Rod Rees has built pharmaceutical factories in Dhaka, set up a satellite communication network in Moscow, and conceived and designed a jazz-themed hotel in the U.K. Now a full-time writer, he lives in Daventry, England, with his wife, Nelli, and their two children.

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The Demi-Monde: Winter: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 238 reviews.
ireadeverythingMI More than 1 year ago
People! Just REVIEW the's FREE! Stop WHINING! Don't read it of you don't like it! THis is a GOOD READ! If you liked books like Hunger Games, etc. you will like this's got more "history" stuff in it!
Kikki More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a history buff, sci fi fan or just looking for a good read, this book may be for you. The characters are very well developed and the plot is intriguing. It does end in a cliff hanger, but that just leaves us wanting more. I'm looking forward to Demi-Monde Spring with great anticipation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great reaf that I could not put fown. Just be warned, there is no real ending to this novel, it just expects you to read the next one "Spring". I belive it will be a four book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is such a beautiful mash up of sci fi and history! Very well written, i cant wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's incorporation of historical terms updated and perverted is amazing. Read it and you will see what I mean. An exciting story with a lot of humor and suspense and growth. However, I find the heroine a little too perfect, wholesome, sympathetic, brilliant and overall, unreal. In a world of computer-simulated megalomaniacs, she is the one without any relatability precisely because of her infallability. Otherwise, an amazing read and a brilliantly conceived, detail-oriented nightmare of a world. Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really hope there is another book coming out. So many questions left unanswered. Wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was never really sure if the narator was speaking or if it was just internal monologue, as the book jumped from first person to third person constantly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you like me that enjoyed this book, I did some research because I wanted to know when the second book would be out. What I discovered is that since this author writes in the UK, the Demi-Monde Spring is already out over there. in the states, the Demi Monde Winter is called, Demi Monde: Book One in the Demi Monde Saga. The 2nd book, here is the States is called The Shadow Wars. Not sure why he has 2 different titles (one for the UK and one for the US - even the ISBNs are different) but the contents of the books are the same. So...if you're eager to read Part 2 (what we are calling Spring), it's called The Shadow Wars. Hope this is helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this could have been written by a teenager. i couldn't stand the language and style. i can't see how this book could have any more than the most limited appeal - perhaps avid sci fi readers who care little for writing skill or the beauty of language so long as the plot includes the usual man vs. machine drivel. for me, i was too distracted by the unnatural tone and impotent attempts at humor to get lost in the story - no nor even to get TO the story. read the time machine instead. it is also free and contains infinitely more literary prowess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emma is sent from a world of the future into an alter-world to rescue the president's daughter. After the reader acclimatizes to the new world, s/he is in for a zip-line ride back to the days of the 1930's with all of its prejudices. Doppelgangers of Rinehard Heydrich, who devised Hitler's ultimate Jewish solution as well as Alistair Crowley, Lucretia Borgia, Empress Wu and a number of other villains of history all play a key role in a plot that will serve to remind us that not all the old days were "good" old days. The novel is tightly written with strong characters and believable (almost) events. The ending, however, is abrupt and leaves the reader with more questions than answers. Is this another e-book ending that is meant to push the reader into purchasing the sequel? If it is, it didn't work in my case.
otterly More than 1 year ago
After I selected this Free Friday nook book, I thought that perhaps I might have made a mistake, but I began reading, and it just drew me in and took me away. Mr. Rees has a great deal of imagination, to come up with a whole world inhabited by some very memorablee characters. The location names and events have some basis in historical fact. It is interesting to see how he brings the story along, keeping all the characters straight--with their unusual names. I especially was interested in the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto, as we had been there maybe 20 years ago. It MIGHT be suitable for a book club, if the members wanted to stretch a little.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this, but it was terrible. Either I'm not a fan of weird sci-fi or it's just that bad. It's poorly written and at times seems to lose sight of the plot. On one particular page a character has an argument with his internal artificial intellegence that goes back and forth like yes no yes no yes no. Like that. I just skipped to the next page; it was pointless. I'm just glad it was free!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With characters from joan of arc,Josephine Baker, Davy Crocket,Butch Cassidy, to Emperess Wu! Google any character in this book and see the scope of research the author did. Great ScFi. It is Not in my opinion YA book. Though the history lessons would be of value. People complaining about this book I feel must not have even read it. Looking forward to next book. Did have a beginning middle and an end that leaves you wanting more,more. Loved this even though not what I would normally read. I found it very funny and touching. It was also a sad commentary on how history repeats itself even in a cyber world. BrynnS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There have been a number of Free Friday selections that I couldn't finish, since it couldn't hold my interest. I am happy to say that Demi-Monde was an exception to the rule. What I liked is that Rees pulled some obscure figures from history (at least from our perspective) and through the narrative, encouraged you to reaquaint oneself with them. I found myself heading over to Wikipedia to do a little research once a new character was introduced, which deepened my appeciation for the tale. While I feel that Ella is a little to perfect, and was not surprised by the cliffhanger ending, I liked this book enough to move on to the next book in the series. Thanks, B&N, for providing this new reading experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had trouble getting into the book and finally gave up on it. The book seemed to jump around, making it difficult to follow. If you don't know computer game 'language', you will spend a lot of time looking up the words. Not the type of book I would try again.
BookishKoals More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book seems to be that the characters are living somehow inside a video game. There are odd juxtapositions of things from vastly different times and places. I slogged along for a while trying to catch up to speed or to get pulled into the story. It did not work for me, but it might for someone else. It seems to be an interesting and different idea. It is rare for me not to finish a book, no matter what, but I gave up on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and very different. Ella auditions for a jazz gig little knowing the adventure she would soon be thrust into. Sent into Demi Monde, a virtual world designed as a military training environment, to rescue the president's daughter she encounters a nightmare of racism and danger. Will she be able to rescue Norma and get out alive? Very steampunkish in parts. I found it hard to put down and can't wait for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very different type of book, and found it very interesting with its historical references and situations. I really enjoyed it and will purchase the next book in the series, but don't feel that you would have to continue, the story is sufficient in this book
MrsMalvern14 More than 1 year ago
I'll Buy the Sequel The story line was great and the history added realism to the sci-fi world!  I'm only giving it four stars because the capital letters in names, like UnFunDaMentalist, slowed my reading and made things a bit choppy. Fewer, or simpler, fantasy names would have been nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not prizewinning but a decent read. Come on folks. It's free! If you don't like it say so and move on. Your whining is not helpful or appreciated. If you think the service is just "plain, crap offered up" or "dregs of the barrel" stop going to the site. Like the doctor said "if it hurts when you do that, don't do that."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first two chapters and decided this book was not for me. I had no idea what the book was about. This type of genre is geared for the younger mind. I wish people wouldn't complain about the free Friday books, they are offered to you free, you can't please everybody all of the time. I have read a lot of good free Friday books and there have been some I didn't care for, I don't expect a winner every Friday.
suetu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Now, this is a Winter I can get on board with!I started reading this novel on Christmas Day, and what a gift to me! I enjoyed it way more than expected¿to the point that I could barely drag myself away to celebrate with friends. Why the limited expectations? Well, I was unfamiliar with the author, but even more I was wary of a science fictiony-sounding premise. The novel does indeed intersect the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller, making it a bit difficult to pigeonhole, but it all comes together terrifically.Unfortunately, if you try to summarize the plot to anyone, you¿ll sound like a lunatic. Early in the novel, a character explains the basic set-up to Ella Thomas, the novel¿s protagonist:¿Asymmetric Warfare is the U.S. military¿s name for all those messy little conflicts that our country keeps finding itself fighting in hellish places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. They are wars without rules and without honor and, to be blunt, they are wars the U.S. Army isn¿t particularly good at fighting. When the U.S. military began to study its performance in Asymmetric Warfare Environments it discovered that its soldiers, especially its officers, weren¿t effective because they had no appreciation of or understanding of what sort of war they would be fighting. So in order to prepare them better, the U.S. Army InDoctrination and Training Command came up with the idea of creating a computer simulation that would let our combat personnel experience what was waiting for them in Peshawar and desperate places like it¿ The Demi-Monde is the most sophisticated, the most complex and the most terrifying computer simulation ever devised. It¿s a simulation that recreates the visceral anxiety and fear of being in an¿ Asymmetric Warfare Environment. To play the Demi-Monde you have to be hardwired into it and the hardwiring creates a full sensory bypass: you believe you are in the Demi-Monde.¿Oh, and one other little detail¿ If you die in the Demi-Monde, you die in real life. Ella has been recruited for a rescue mission. She possesses unique skills and qualifications¿and is desperate enough to risk her life¿in order to save the daughter of the President of the United States, who has somehow been lost in the Demi-Monde.Okay, that is not the premise of what I typically read, but this book grabbed me almost immediately. Without being ¿literary¿ in any way, the novel is very well written. Rees isn¿t merely setting his novel, he is world-building. And doing so very, very effectively. (In addition to the descriptions within the novel, I was fascinated by the maps scattered throughout.) Elements of the Demi-Monde are based on Nazi Germany, but the world that Rees has created is so much richer and more complex than just that. The novel is both political and philosophical, and Rees plays around a lot with language. In fact, at the back of the book there¿s a complete glossary of words like UnFunDaMentalism, HerEticalism, HimPerialism, ill-ucination, and the like. At first, I thought the author was just having fun and being clever, but soon enough the use of language became highly Orwellian. After all, it was Orwell who said, ¿But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.¿ It¿s all so entertaining and so smart.And we haven¿t even discussed the characters yet. Ella is terrific character to build the novel around, but is actually one of several major characters. The bulk of this novel takes place in the virtual reality of the Demi-Monde, which is peopled with 30 million ¿dupes,¿ basically artificial intelligences. And they are so convincingly rendered that the reader experiences the same cognitive dissonance that Ella does in distinguishing exactly who and what is real. The relationships depicted encompass the entire spectrum from love to hate and everything in between. Race, religion, nationality, and yes, reality, all cause conflict with countless lives on the line. But do dupe lives eve
dgmlrhodes on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Demi-Monde Winter is an extremely creative and interesting blend of reading genres. It was an ambitious novel that gets an A for wordplay and creativity. The book combines elements of the thriller, action/adventure, dystopian, steampunk and strategy nicely into a single package. The author has built an environment within a computer simulation where its thirty million digital inhabitants are ruled by duplicates of some of history's cruellest tyrants: Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the Holocaust; Beria, Stalin's arch executioner; Torquemada, the pitiless Inquisitor General; Robespierre, the face of the Reign of Terror. Put that together with some rather radical religions and beliefs and you have chaos. Our heroine in the novel enters the game to save the presidents daughter - and of course to earn a big payout originally offered at $1 million and upped to $5 million. There are many interesting twists and challenges throughout the course of the book and it was definitely entertaining! It's my understanding that there will be books to follow this one in series. It's definitely a series I will continue reading! Reader received a complimentary copy of this book from Good Reads First Reads program.