I enjoyed this follow up to “Lock In”. Chris and Vann are simply fun characters to follow through an investigation. Also, the world created by Scalzi is still interesting to me. I‘m already on the list at the library for “Unlocked” 😊
#TBRPile 📚 A daring new sport is taking the US by storm. It‘s frenetic, violent, and the aim is to obtain your opponent‘s head and carry it through the goalposts. The players use robot bodies which are operated mentally, so no one gets hurt - and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field ... ☠️
Just the diverting entertainment I was looking for. Another fast and furious case exploring the criminal abuses of the post Haden‘s Syndrome world. Chris is an easy narrator (I love keeping score of threep collateral damage) and Agent Vann is peak awesome. Plus they get a cat. What‘s not to like?
I really enjoyed the mix of mystery and scifi in this sequel. Getting a deeper look into the worldbuilding and seeing more of all the characters was great. I like how the advanced technology makes it both easier and harder to investigate and solve the case. Plus there's a cat named Donut, so how can anything not be amazing about this book?
4.5 of 5 stars. Not quite as immersive as Lock In but still compulsively readable - I really liked the introduction of franchise sports as a way to drive the crime procedural plot forward. And the humor. It scratches a few of those Thursday Next itches I have. If Scalzi wanted to make this an ongoing series I would totally read it.
Took me two books to figure out that Chris, being a first-person narrator, is never referred to in any gendered way.
This one is book 2 yet it can totally stand alone. If you like elements of sci fi, detective stories and mysteries, with a touch of humor, definitely read these books.
I gave it 3 stars due to not enough character development surrounding the mystery. The mains are all good and solid, but lacking something in the story overall. It was readable and light but honestly, nothing thrilling.
First book finished in this readathon. I loved this series. The second was just as good as the first. The blending of murder mystery and Sci-Fi worked so well. Usually one or the other suffers but not so here. A world in which people have to use avatars due to an illness is plausible and how humans interacted was spot on. I could eadily see more books in this series.
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A sport played by human brains piloting replaceable android bodies is legit terrifying. I appreciate the world building, but good lord.
Our FBI duo is back, investigating the suspicious death of a Haden athlete, uncovering vast conspiracies and dealing with the repercussions from last book.
One of the things I love the most about this series is the gender neutral language, not only about the narrator, but from all other characters. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗
Today's book haul from Book Outlet. I managed to snag a signed first edition of Head On. 🧡📚
At times the plot became a bit too convoluted for my tastes, but overall it was an entertaining mystery with a satisfying conclusion that tied everything up with a nice bow. 4 💥💥💥💥 out of 5
Today's book mail! I loved the first book Lock In. Found this used hardcover at Thrift Books. Can't wait to read!
I enjoyed Lock In, so hopefully will enjoy this one too
A detective story combined with a well fleshed out sci fi world in which disabled people pilot robots for accessibility. One fascinating feature is that the protagonist's gender is never revealed. It doesn't turn out to be relevant to the story. I think that says a lot about the creative open-mindedness of the author.
The book is snarky, intriguing, unique, and the audio I had was narrated by Wil Wheaton. What could be better?
Done! A good SF murder mystery. Like the first, it had some inconsistencies with names (book 1: Janis or Janice? book 2: Elise or Elsie?), but I notice these things because, hi, hello, I used to be a copy editor. This book was a blast, though—and this from someone who doesn‘t usually enjoy mysteries. Recommend! #24in48
Sequel time! #24in48
This was a random pick-up in the library, so I didn't have high expectations since I'd never heard anyone mention the title or author. It was amazing though! I love the world Scalzi has built and the characters he's created. I didn't realize this was a follow-up book, but now I get to go back and read the first one and couldn't be happier! 😍
Is this a regional construction, maybe? I‘ve never heard it. I like it, though. Anyway, a third through this one already, and I think I started about ten minutes ago. Scalzi always reads fast: good exposition handling, dialogue-driven story, and all the surprises and reversals we need to keep us turning the page. Funny, too.
“It‘s a cat,” I said. “If Donut wants to spend time with you, he‘ll show up in your room and sit on your important things.” #CatsofLitsy
Okay so idk what it‘s about but I love my hair so much that I‘m taking a lot of selfies? While listening to my audiobook, of course.
I‘m reminded that Scalzi uses a lot of dialog tags, which annoys me: can we not adjust audio, especially to accommodate those details?
As usual with Scalzi the book was fun, smoothly paced, and entertaining. I always look forward to Scalzi's banter and this doesn't disappoint. It works well as a sequel to Lock In as it expands the world and gives hadens more agency. Our viewpoint character continues to illustrate that wealth is a super power of its own, particularly when combined with a disability that grants him disposable bodies.
Elevengeddon! I was specially invited to hang out in the ‘Green Room‘ prior to the event and got to hang out (more like observe in awe) the authors just chatting and chillin. So awesome!
Top photo (left to right)
Myke Cole(sitting on table)
(Don‘t recognize the lady with the sunglasses and white collar)
+K Arsenault Rivera
V. E. SCHWAB!!!
This latest Scalzi novel did nothing for me. Even Wil Wheaton‘s entertaining narration could not save this reading experience. While the opening chapters pulled me back into Chris‘ world, I just could not get into this murder mystery. Maybe it was the sports angle or the corporate greed. Maybe it was the mix of characters. I did like the cat. For the last few chapters, I found myself not truly paying attention. Total meh.
I can‘t believe I only read Scalzi for the first time last year, I just love his work so much. Lock in was my first Scalzi book. Head on is the next book in that world, following agents Shane and Vann into a new and troubling mystery.
Also, here‘s an article which talks a little about the genderlessness of Chris Shane.
A nice quick read with all the typical Scalzi characteristics - decent plotting, engaging surface characterization but without a lot of depth, high readability. Like many police procedurals (which this is) most of the characters range from unappealing to malign. The glimpses of the world we catch make it look somewhat unappealing as well (deliberately on Scalzi's part - this has a polemical foundation). Still, recommended.