I really liked the concept of Halting State and was excited to read it. That said, I had a really tough time getting through it.
The story deals with characters tracking down who robbed a bank in the virtual
world of an MMORPG (massive-multiplayer online role-playing game), causing the host company to lose $36 million dollars in real world money. Cool
Unfortunately, Halting State is written in second-person narrative.
thought writing in second person would be a fun challenge to tackle as a
writer, but Halting State showed me the error of my ways.
Some of the
time, like when the reader is in the virtual world, second-person is cool. And the
comedy performed with it during 'self-reflection' is hilarious. The
rest of the time it just plain sucks. I felt like it kept throwing me
out of the story.
The audio version of this book was awesome. Robert McKenzie does an amazing job with multiple English/Scottish characters and their accents. Not to mention that his voice is so rich and enjoyable, it should be labeled 'chocolate.'
While the story itself was awesome and well written, I
didn't love this book because the 'second-person speed bump' kept
whacking me on the head. Read it for the comedy and cool concept, but be sure to take some Tylenol first.
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