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No Glitter Blown

Honest reviews of things that caught my fancy, or not.

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Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas
Paul Wood, Charles Harrison
Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan
Gary P. Leupp
Daughter Am I
Pat Bertram
Sharon Kay Penman
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Hard Reboot - Darren Bloomquist, Angelia Sparrow 3.5 starsMachiavelli meets virtual reality in a dystopic future.There's only one thing Sean wants and he'll pay any price to have it--his wife, Caitlin. A high-ranked hacker, Caitlin plays games and is played. There are questionable allegiances, corporations with unlimited power and the few individual people who control them running amok. Sean is a small time player in a world split into two realms--the real and the virtual. Forced into games by bigger players he maneuvers best he can with the hand he's been dealt. But, just which team and who is really in charge. There is an exploration of TPE (total power exchange) with the Master/slave relationships outlined. Readers should be aware that there are non-con, dub-con, and incestuous elements (not explicitly depicted). I, personally, think that their non-graphic nature and the way they are fundamentally structured into the story that they are not disturbing or gratuitous.Lovely twisty turns and double crosses, this is an absolute mess. The stupidity of one man and all the effects born from an obsession. The pace is brisk and just when you think you're getting a grip there's another wild turn and we've entered no man's land. I like the complicated machinations, the gamesmanship demonstrated here, but this is major code monkey/RPoL geeking out. The reader needs to becomfortable or intrigued enough with a high degree of computer technology or certain portions of this are going to be like reading an installation manual for an operating system. The story keeps turning until the very end, which leaves more than enough room for a sequel. I hope, because there are too many dangling threads. Recommended for hard sci-fi fans with a taste for non-entry level BDSM.~~ A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown review~~Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews