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The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation, by Steve Stanton Book Review | SFReader.com
The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation, by Steve Stanton Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: ECW Press Published: 2010 Review Posted: 8/20/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation, by Steve Stanton
Book Review by Michael D. Griffiths
Have you read this book?
A few cyberpunk novels crossed my door
over the last year, The Bloodlight Chronicles being one of them. Stanton sets
out to weave an epic tale set in the future where cyberspace is nearly as real
as the grim life of the accepted reality. And when mankind has embraced the stars and
even lives on other worlds, who is to say what reality is more accurate than
The situation on Earth grows in
complexity when an alien virus grants certain people immortally. This worked
fine for the net-runner, Zak, and his wife, Mai, for they both had the virus,
but when their son, Rix, did not inherit their gift, it throws their little
family into turmoil. Once they discover this is the case, they become involved
with a plot to help gain their son the immortally they each enjoy.
Webs become crossed and more players are
introduced, but when something as important as immortality is on the line, how
can anyone be trusted?
Things become more complicated when the
small family has to split up as they each work for the same goal. Soon that can
no longer be sure if the others live or have even remained on the same side.
When Zak takes to the stars, and begins dealing with people on other worlds,
all communication between the family is lost.
Stanton sets up and interesting and in
depth cyber-punk realm, both and out of the net. The wet-works and other high
tech wonders are enough to keep most fans of this genre happy. Zak and his
family members are also likable heroes who you certainly wish to see succeed.
The climactic battle in cyberspace is one of the best I have read within the
Certain drawbacks from the novel could
include how Stanton jumps around a lot. This leaves holes in the narrative and
even plot, which the reader is required to fill in. The book reads a bit like a
longer book that has had a hundred pages edited out. Part of this could be due
to the author having so much to convey that he doesn't wish to waste our time
of the nuts and bolts side of how Character A went from X to Y. This can often
be a good thing, not everyone needs to write another Lord of the Rings, but
there were leaps that the reader was forced to make.
If you are a cyber-punk fan, or would
like to become one, I would grab yourself a copy of this novel. Stanton is an
inventive and thoughtful writer. The next books in the series will find a place
on my bookcase. go
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