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Book Title: The Execution Channel|
The author of the book: Ken MacLeod
Date of issue: March 6th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781841493497
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.98 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.3
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I'd like to have given this 4 (even 5) stars but The Execution Channel swindled the reader.
I know, I know, it's a book about the back-stabbing global three-letter chess game being run LIVE on 'your planet(tm)' but still ... one thing I hate more than anything is a broken pact with the reader.
Come out and tell him sraight, "I don't fucking like you, and this is gonna hurt," as all real novelists should. Or, suck up to him like you're giving the best head you've ever given.
Put out or shut mouth.
This novel, while it was genuinely well-written, funny and characterful in a way that most American or mainstream novels can only dream of, let down its own premise.
MacLeod shafted the reader at the end, much like a mystery thriller shafts the reader by revealing a murderer you'd never have guessed in a million years -- it was OVER INTELLECTUALISED. It was TOO crafty. And you can take this in the multiple rape-hole sense of the word. Over. Intellectualised.
All through the novel (and I loved the believable characters, the geography, the craft of MacLeod's writing ability, don't get me wrong) you're living the lives of these 'spies' both professional and amateur (and it's proper good).
But then the cynical foul of that throw-away ending... have you ever had someone say, "I love you," but the raised-at-the-end tone or their look away to someone across the room betrays their words? That's sorta how this excellent book ended, with a bollock punch, a rude stench and/or guffaw (at you) for sitting patiently all through the rivetting build-up to the crappy fucking punchline.
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