Monthly Archives: June 2012

#CBR4 Maneuver #21 – REAMDE

Target: Neal Stephenson’s REAMDE

Profile: Fiction, Political Thriller, Suspense?

Summary: From the back of the book, “The black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, former draft dodger and successful marijuana smuggler Richard Forthrast amassed a small fortune over the years – and then increased in a thousandfold when he created T’Rain.  A massive, multibillion-dollar, multiplayer online role-playing game, T’Rain now has millions of obsessed fans from the U.S. to China.  But a small group of ingenious Asian hackers has just unleashed REAMDE – a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom – which has unwittingly triggered a war that’s creating chaos not only in the virtual universe but in the real one as well.  Its repercussions will be felt all around the globe – setting in motion a devastating series of events involving Russian mobsters, computer geeks, secret agents, and Islamic terrorists – with Forthrast standing at ground zero and his loved ones caught in the crossfire.”

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#CBR4 Maneuver #20 – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Target: Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Profile: Children’s Literature, Fantasy

Summary: From the back of the book, “The signpost before her now was made of pale wind-bleached wood and towered above her.  On the easterly arm, someone had carved in deep elegant letters: To lose your way.  On the northerly arm, pointed up to the tops of the cliffs, it said: To lose your life.  On the southerly arm, pointing out to see, it said: To lose your mind.  And on the westerly arm, pointing up to a little headland and a dwindling of the golden beach, it said: To lose your heart.

September is a girl who longs for adventure.  When she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightn’t you?)  But Fairyland is in turmoil, and it will take one twelve-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.”

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#CBR4 Maneuver #19 – Mindstar Rising

Target: Peter F. Hamilton’s Mindstar Rising (The Mandel Files #1)

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery

Summary: From, “Greg Mandel, late of the Mindstar Battalion, has been many things in his life. Commando. Freedom fighter. Assassin. Now he’s a freelance operative with a very special edge: telepathy.

In the high-tech, hard-edged world of computer crime, zero-gravity smuggling, and artificial intelligence, Greg Mandel is the man to call when things get rough. But when an elusive saboteur plagues a powerful organization known as Event Horizon, Mandel must cut his way through a maze of corporate intrigue and startling new scientific discoveries.

And nothing less than the future is at stake.”

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#CBR4 Maneuver #18 – The Wise Man’s Fear

Target: Patrick Rothfuss’ The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)

Profile: Epic Fantasy, The Kingkiller Chronicle

Summary: From The Name of the Wind, “My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me…”

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#CBR4 Maneuver #17 – The Star Fraction

Target: Ken MacLeod’s The Star Fraction

Profile: Science Fiction, Political Thriller

Summary: From, “Moh Kohn is a security mercenary, his smart gun and killer reflexes for hire. Janis Taine is a scientist working on memory-enhancing drugs, fleeing the US/UN’s technology cops. Jordan Brown is a teenager in the Christian enclave of Beulah City, dealing in theologically-correct software for the world’s fundamentalists-and wants out.

In a balkanized twenty-first century, where the “peace process” is deadlier than war, the US/UN’s spy satellites have everyone in their sights. But the Watchmaker has other plans, and the lives of Moh, Janis, and Jordan are part of the program. A specter is haunting the fight for space and freedom, the specter of the betrayed revolution that happened before. . . .”

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