Halting State

Halting State

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
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...

Baker & Taylor
Sergeant Sue Smith is called in to investigate a daring Edinburgh robbery at a dot-com startup company, a crime perpetrated by a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow in the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, but she soon discovers that events in the virtual world could have a devastating impact on the real one, especially when an unknown enemy launches attacks on both.

Blackwell North Amer
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 start-up company that's just floated onto the London stock exchange. But this crime may be a bit beyond Smith's expertise.
The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support. The bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and the robbery was supposed to be impossible. When word gets out, Hayek Associates and all their virtual "economies" are going to crash hard.
For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But the deeper she digs, the bigger the case gets. There are powerful players - both real and pixilated - who are watching her every move. Because there is far more at stake than just some game-head's fantasy financial security.

Baker
& Taylor

Sergeant Sue Smith is called in to investigate a daring Edinburgh robbery, a crime perpetrated by a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow in the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and discovers that events in the virtual world could have a devastating impact on the real one.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441014989
0441014984
Branch Call Number: SF STROSS
Characteristics: 351 p.

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StephenB
May 13, 2012

Great stuff, energetic and clever.

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alliegator
Jan 29, 2012

Another great story by Stross. The 2nd person viewpoint is nostalgic of the "Choose your own Adventure" books I read as a kid. I also recommend the sequel, Rule 34.

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WomanOfMystery
Jan 25, 2012

If you are a gamer the scene of the orcs robbing an on-line bank will have you rolling in the aisles. Everything that makes MMOG's both addicting and crazy-making is here. This is a lot of fun!

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bibliophage91
Apr 15, 2011

A sequel is promised for mid-2011.

All-in-all, I ended up having fun with reading this.

It took about a hundred pages to get into the story, which is cybercrime and gadgets and subverting the distributed mobile computing communications infrastructure. There are some ‘hmm, yeah, plausible, cool’ moments where Stross extrapolates some online social trends nicely. Gaming, etc.

I had a hard time getting started on this book. In the first attempt, I gave up after 8 or so pages. Two challenges: the heavy scottish accent, and that it’s told in second person from rotating points of view.

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bibliophage91 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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