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I first read this in 1995.
This novel is set in the same world as "Mindplayers", but a few years later.
Marceline, a street punk and memory junkie is on the run from her
gangster boss, Bateau, having slipped off wit the proceeds of
her last assignment.
Marva got a little too intimate with her friend Sojay and he found out
something rather terrifying about her. It was news to her too but now
she knows this she's got to get rid of it very, very quickly before she
gets picked up by the Brain Police, or anyone else.
It's already too late for Sojay, he's already had his brain wiped,
but that won't stop him trying to get himself back together.
And finally, there's a Brain Policy officer in deep undercover who
is also having some deep problems (not least of which is that I went
through the entire book completely unable to remember her name).
Everyone has hidden depths, bad secrets and is one lurch away from
being a basket-case. Still, they have to pull themselves together, and
try to leave at least someone who's got a hope of surviving into the future.
Personally, and certainly a reflection on my character, I found it
over-confusing. This is of course the reason why the preceding
paragraphs are so unilluminating. The last thirty or so pages of
the book tidied it up a little, but it didn't work as well as
Cadigan's previous books.
So all in all this was a disappointment after the magnificent "Synners".
Also, I'm still peeved that there wasn't a chapter entitled "Fool To Cry"
(oh baby, you're fool to cry, etc). Still you can't always get what you
What's it got? a technology for directly interfacing to the brain
that allows just about anything to be put into someone's mind, or
stripped out. This is really great stuff, so read the book for this
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.