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Halting State
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Author Charles Stross
Length Novel
Genre Science Fiction
Story Survey
Starting Genre Near future, probably SF
Starting Perspective 2nd
Starting Tense present tense
Starting Action Level 1.5 (out of 5)
Starting Hook Level 3.5 (out of 5)
Starting Tension Level 3.5 (out of 5)
Starting Genre Level 2 (out of 5)
Reviewer Fritz
First Paragraphs
Prologue: We Know Where You Live, We Know Where Your Dog Goes to School

Mail-Allegedly-From: recruitment@DO_NOT_REPLY.round-peg-round-hole.com

Subject: Attn Nigel -- job offer

Auto-Summary: A job offer, vaguely menacing.

Spam-Weighting: 70% probable, but worth a look.

Hello. We're Round Peg/Round Hole Recruitment. We want to offer you a job on behalf of one our clients.

You didn't send us a resume? Of course you didn't -- that's our job! We know all about you, Nigel. You are an underpaid 29-year-old Maths and CS graduate from Edinburgh University. You've been employed by SprocketSource for one and four months, and you're three months overdue for a pay review. Your programming skills in Zone/Python 3000 and your expertise in distributed combat systems have generated an impressively high domain-specific reputation on WorldDEV Forums and HackSlashBurn, but does your line manager care? No. Bill does not care. He does not adequately appreciate you. And there's a reason for this.
Notes Nominated for Hugo Best Novel 2008

Halting State

    In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates, a dot-com startup company that's just been floated on the London stock exchange. The suspects are a band of marauding orcs, with a dragon in tow for fire support, and the bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four. For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But she soon realizes that the virtual world may have a devastating effect in the real one-and that someone is about to launch an attack upon both...

Author:Charles Stross
Genre:Science Fiction
Tags:Publication, Book, Novel, Augmented Reality, Present Tense, Virtual Reality, Crime, Police Procedural, Second Person, Series Starting Point, Story Survey, Series Starting Point, Read, Pick, Novel Pick, SF Pick, Halting State (series)
Read:2000s (either in 2007 or 2008)
Comment:I found the 2nd person viewpoint in Halting State to be a little disruptive. My issue with 2nd person is probably because I've read so little of it, that I can never fully immerse myself in the narrative. The 2nd person always draws my attention. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy it, I just never lost sight of the 2nd person trees for the narrative forest.
Viewpoint:Second Person
Series:Halting State
Sequence:Halting State: Halting StateRule 34
Library:Titles H (Library Box Cross Ref)
Box:A68 (e)
ISFDB:title entry, cover gallery
Amazon:Kindle, Paperback, Audio
Goodreads:Halting State
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