Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Vaporware

Vaporware by Richard Dansky

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Dark urban fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: gamers, those in a relationship with gamers, fans of dark urban fantasy
Trigger Warnings: infidelity, violence, attempted murder

My Thoughts: Honestly, I don't know what to say about this book, and I'm not real sure what I thought of it. Admittedly, being decidedly non-gamerish, I am not the target audience for this one, but I am often a “game-widow”, so it did resonate with me to a certain degree.

The book is very well-written. The characters are well-done, three-dimensional, and the plot moves smoothly. There is nothing technically wrong with this book, and if it sounds like your kind of thing, definitely check it out. But it fell a bit flat for me. Ryan's obsession with his job, Terry's obsession with the game, Sarah's doormattishness, Shelly's pushiness... I didn't really like any of the people, and I didn't like Blue Lightning (although she was very well done as well). So, personally, I didn't care for the book, but I would have no problem recommending it to anyone who might be interested in it. Generally I like most JournalStone books—they publish quality stuff—but this one just wasn't for me. Don't let me turn you off from reading it if you're interested.

Disclosure: I received an e-book ARC from JournalStone through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Video game projects get shut down all the time, but when the one Ryan Colter and his team have poured their hearts into gets cut, something different happens: the game refuses to go away. Now Blue Lightning is alive, and it wants something from Ryan—something only he can give it.

And everybody knows how addictive video games can be…

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