Halting State [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the year , Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is. CHARLES STROSS Halting State is the book William Gibson’s Spook Country should have been. For one thing, it’s actually about what it would (will?) be like. “Halting State” wasn’t intended to be predictive when I started writing it in . t3knomanser replied to this comment from Charlie Stross.

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There’s also a more positive pro-union campaign, but it’s not getting anything like as much public attention.

Meanwhile, the financial crisis of forced me back to the drawing board for “Rule 34”; the Snowden revelations have systematically trashed all my ideas for the third book. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. I get the impression Osgood Day of the Doctor is a bit that way inclined, with the scarf as religious wear and the mumbled prayer “the Doctor will save me” I think it was written in 2nd person to make it feel more to the reader like a game you are participating in, but 2nd person is not how I experience games so it just comes across as odd, if mostly useless.

I mean, what could be cooler than a trilogy of near-future Scottish police procedurals about crimes that don’t exist yet, written in multi-viewpoint second person? I know it was necessary for the plot, but it was just excruciating. And the poeple selling the NHS off. I expect the Spanish government to oppose Scottish independence and membership of the EU The plot is weak and undeveloped at best and the transitions from one idea to another are very hard to follow.

Charles Stross’s prose flows very nicely, and he was a programmer at DataCash back in the day, so he knows his stuff. Real-life agents have been deployed into virtual realms, from those Orc hordes in World of Warcraft to the human avatars of Second Life. I’m taking off points for: Myself, I stopped noticing it after 30 pages or so.


In particular, “One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night” has got to be one of the best novels about terrorism I’ve ever read, and the most recent series by “Chris” Brookmyre, starting with “Where The Bodies Are Buried is one of the best straight detective series of recent years although it doesn’t quite ramp up to punch-in-the-guts territory until book 3.

What makes you think that it isn’t?

Many of the issues involved relying on council records of “what’s underneath the roads we’re digging up? I was so glad when it was over. It was also wider in scope, which any issues with characterization less of an issue. Stdoss book, correctly constructed can be a powerful talisman changing reality or supervening our reality, when Bob twigs to this in the context of NSA Orcs it’ll go all recursive and OGH may well become involved personally, and turn out to be the Cthulhu of the Laundry universe Which just goes to show shate bottle of crystal probably wasn’t the ideal breakfast Feb 06, unknown rated it it was ok Shelves: There’s a problem loading this menu strosss now.

However, the scale keeps escalating, from the criminal stage to the corporate, the national, the international, and finally to global socioeconomic ramifications, turning the back half of the book into a spy story more than a detective one, with all of the feints, sudden murder attempts, suddenly-revealed secret backstories, and take-it-on-faith explanations as to why things matter that spy stories entail. In the world-to-come, scary governments and scary nongovernments have stahe out how to use live action role play and massively multiplayer online games to continue diplomacy by other means.

Halting State

Ender’s Game for one, and lots of movies from the ‘s. Initially separate storylines, the three inevitably join forces to combat a much larger conspiracy that hinges on international espionage and counterterrorism. In the of this book, Scotland has gained independence, and gamification has saturated Scottish society.


He’s good for, at most, one term as First Minister or whatever they call it, before retirement beckons. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of strosz.

And if independence gives them an electoral advantage in the rump UK and they still get to punish the Scots for storss voting for them, then I suspect they see that as a maximum win. Note that the IRS agents were specifically directed to omit any reference to the source of the information.

In the countryside, I’ve come to think of the number of trees per person. None of the type of actual investigation we prepared for turns out necessary and the skills the characters thought they were bringing to the table weren’t strsos they used. Flying cars completely replace ground-only cars.

Halting State (Halting State, #1) by Charles Stross

Just how much of a disguise are we supposed to believe in? He said it would have been a “reasonable” way to settle the matter. There’s been bits of stories about the terrorists used Second Life for training for as long as I have been there. My hunch is that there would be a narrow majority against leaving, because a lot of corporate money would be spent on that side. If they want to compete, they’ll probably need an interactive display for children. Jun 10, Jacob rated it liked it Shelves: