[Reading] ➷ Crashcourse Author Wilhelmina Baird – Saudionline.co.uk

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  1. says:

    Read for the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge, the Second Best Reading Challenge, and the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge.I originally chose to read this book because I needed to read women I had not read for the Women of Genre Fiction challenge, this one had been nominated for the PKD and Locus sci fi awards, and the premise sounded interesting It turned out to conveniently be also suited to two other challenges that I was doing The Second Best challenge is to read nominees for major sci fi and fantasy awards that didn t actually win, which I just started doing late in the year and I didn t find out until after I had started reading it that the three main characters Cass, the protagonist, her boyfriend Dosh, and his boyfriend and Cass s sometime lover Moke, are a bisexual polyamorous triad Well it s not clear if Cass is bisexual though she might be there s a scene later on in which a woman tries to seduce her, but the circumstances are a bit complicated and I m not sure how she would have reacted had the situation been different , but the guys definitely are Weirdly, this is something that seems to have been either missed or completely ignored by the people who wrote the blurb for the book, but it s clearly stated although, to give sincere credit where it s due, this is treated casually, and is not harped on as a major plot point, other than in how it affects the relationship between the three major characters which is worthy on its own of a tip of the hat to a book written in the 90s I was thrown out of a restaurant for being kissy with my girlfriend in 1992 that s where we were in terms of LGBTQ civil rights.Cass is a thief, Dosh is a prostitute, and Moke is a street artist They live together and try to make things work on the streets of a cyberpunk future There are four classes of people the Umps the street folk and the common poor the Techs, the Arts, and the Aris who are the ruling, moneyed elite owners of corporations and the like, who have vast powers in this dystopian future When Dosh gets tortured once too often by a violent client, he signs their triad up to participate in a big money film The catch is that these modern films are designed not only to tell you a story, but to make you feel the emotions of the participating characters Which means that they use real people living their real lives, and you often can t tell where reality ends and the movie begins.A handful of things immediately happen and you re left to guess which ones are part of the show if any someone tries to kill Cass for refusing a contract for a heist a young, lost girl from a higher class who ran away to get away from her abusive father ends up being rescued by the boys of the trio, who take her in and a high class Ari art collector offers to patronize Moke in the classic sense of supporting and funding his work And go It s great stuff Much of it centers around these three very well written and very human characters being human All of their strengths and all of their flaws come into play, and an astute reader can see how things may have unfolded in an entirely different way if the three had been different people The ending is not quite what you expect either The writing is hypnotic and it takes you immediately along for the ride We see the world through Cass eyes, speaking in a very personal first person using the slang and the context of her time period which is completely self invented and there s only the faintest trace of 1990s roots that perhaps no one who wasn t a youth in the 1990s might notice Once the action starts you don t want to put it down.There is one glaring plot hole that is never quite resolved It becomes clear later on that the viewer of the video movie will be seeing and feeling things through the perspective of the actors. So then why are real people with real lives necessary at all Still, if you close your eyes and ignore that, the book is truly excellent It s why I didn t give it a five star rating though.This book was a very influential one, perhaps directly leading to our later fascinations with cyberpunk and dystopia, and virtual reality enhanced art, so definitely pick it up and give it a try I just might pick up the sequels all the other reviewers I ve read say they aren t up to the caliber of this one, but this one is good enough that they might be able to afford the loss.

  2. says:

    Unfortunately read this a few months ago and forgot to write a review now I ve just about forgotten everything That being said, it was a perfectly entertaining novel whose originality when published in 1993 might have been appreciated than it is now, but is still a fine book to read for a cyberpunk dork albeit it lacks the sensational expectations.I read this novel while doing a blitz through whatever cyberpunk fiction I could get on my hands on, and this book both did, and did not, satisfy the expectations and trope expression sought from the subgenre The book has a cast of three, Cass, Moke and Dosh, and these are low class thieves prostitutes artists who are just trying to get by without the man, man As is the case with cyberpunk, there s the incredibly dark literally underworld where most people live and suffer in filth and crime and low fi computer hacking, and then this Paradiso upper world where a gluttonous rich are, well, gluttonously rich.In Crashcourse though, you don t get the normal cyberpunk adventure, where there s this cautionary, rather amoral approach to the upperworld while still being drenched in the behaviors and values of the lower Cyberpunk sort of defines itself by having pretty shithead main characters the core purpose is that you can t define what s good and bad, that the information age has really scalded moral certainty, and now we get all these characters who we don t necessarily root for, often being drug addicts or not Robin Hood like criminals, but at least want to see finish up whatever their dreams are.With Crashcourse, Cass, Moke and Dosh are Good Guys, and the upperworld are Bad Guys This is probably the biggest problem with the book in terms of being fun, but whatever can be forgivenOverall, this novel is a pretty flat, black and white take on morality basically, rich people are so rich they make films out of real life catastrophes which their movie studios are responsible for causing There s some technology, just some magical piece of unexplained technology, that lets the viewer feel the emotions of whoever they are watching, so if they re scared aroused violent etc then the viewer gets to feel that way as well which the rich upperworld appreciates, because they re soooo rich and soooo evil that they can t feel anything otherwise.So basically the hapless trio sign their lives away for this sudden offer to be in a film after they mess up and are low on cash and then that s sort of the whole book They get involved in a plot which may or may not be that movie contract we just signed, and then yeah some expected twists here and there, and then it s over.It s not a great book at all, but I did remember thinking it was fine It s fluent, you can read it fast and enjoyably but I don t really know what the takeaway is It doesn t have the fun Cyberpunk tropes and images sought for, and as a sci fi thriller it just isn t that thrilling.It s not a bad book though I think, possibly, somebody could really like this The main female character, Cass, is really a lot of fun as a cyber thief as well but there s definitely not enough done with either her skillset or actions to stand out enough So just a Fine book moving on now

  3. says:

    I enjoyed Crashcourse, actually I d give it 3.5 stars if I had the option to There s diversity than I expected when I picked up the book.The main three characters are Cass, Moke, and Dosh They all share a remodeled warehouse as an apartment in a sci fi future that doesn t care about the little guys down on the street The world is screwed up in too many ways to count, honestly Cass has made her living as a thief with underworld friends Moke is a sculptor Dosh is a prostitute Together, they hope to earn enough money to get off planet and live somewhere nice, away from their life of fighting for scraps on the streets.You see the whole story from Cass s perspective, who is much streetwise than her housemates When Moke and Dosh sign up to be in a movie for money than they ve ever seen in their life per person, they drag Cass along for the ride.The concept of movies being sensory because they re truly real people and real reactions should horrify anyone Real people dying for drama Definitely not ideal Why anyone would sign up for a movie where it might be their heads on the chopping block is beyond me.My favorite character was Swordfish Easily He s the biggest hard ass in the book and spends 99.9% of the book invisible because he s physically altered himself in a number of horrifying ways.Personally, I found the diversity in this book to be an unanticipated delight Within a chapter, it s revealed that both Moke and Dosh are interested in both men and women Later, Cass describes herself as being dark, meaning she s not your typical white girl protagonist I m hopeful that meant she was black because that s how I pictured her for the rest of the book The villian is also revealed to be interested in both men and women, though she s obviously not meant to be liked.Cass wasn t my favorite main character For being a professional thief, she rarely got to use those skills and walks off into the sunset at the end with a man she doesn t love who has money She also doesn t speak up for herself when she senses that something s off until it s too late to protect herself and her friends.The other thing that bugged me was the things in the future that were normal that weren t quite explained On the on hand, it s nice that they didn t spend an eternity explaining everything, but a little explanation about the history of how it went from now to then would have really solidified this world for me I was never really comfortable pegging where exactly this was supposed to be taking place.I enjoyed this book, but I don t think I d reread it I would recommend this to people that like dystopian futures with future slang Think Clockwork Orange lite, but with a kind of militarized street gang vibe.

  4. says:

    I really liked the narrative voice of Cassandra Blaine, the dialogue, and the texture of the setting The plot was a little flimsy for my taste, but I will certainly want to try of

  5. says:

    Read this one back in 1998 and loved it to pieces The sequels weren t up to scratch, especially the last volume in the trilogy, but this one was quite enjoyable Recommended.Later edit It was worth reading a second time around, too.

  6. says:

    This book yanked me in by the hair, and I stayed for the duration I have often imagined this book as a movie, with Information Society s Peace And Love Incorporated album as the soundtrack Images from this book linger with me, for over a decade I love this book.

  7. says:

    More on the 2.5 stars side A bit dated, probably won t read again Going into the library donation pile.

  8. says:

    One of my absolute favorites Cass is one of my all time favorite sci fi protagonists And Swordfish an amazing bad ass sort of anti hero.

  9. says:

    Unfortunately I read the back cover copy after three or four chapters which pretty much gave removed the mystery, which was the only reason to keep reading.

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