Rule 34 by Charles Stross

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Meet Edinburgh Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh, head of the Innovative Crimes Investigation Unit, otherwise known as the Rule 34 Squad. They monitor the Internet for potential criminal activity, analyzing trends in the extreme fringes of explicit content. And occasionally, even more disturbing patterns arise…
Three ex-cons have been murdered in Germany, Italy, and Scotland. The only things they had in common were arrests for spamming—and a taste for unorthodox entertainment. As the first officer on the scene of the most recent death, Liz finds herself sucked into an international investigation that isn’t so much asking who the killer is, but what—and if she doesn't find the answer soon, the homicides could go viral.
 

About Charles Stross

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Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of Rule 34, Halting State, The Atrocity Archives, Accelerando, and many other SF novels. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Ace. 369 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a nearby pub, informatics professor Adam MacDonald, aka the Gnome, inventor of a spam-killer app called ATHENA, talks desperate ex-con hacker Anwar Hussein into becoming consular representative for a bankrupt ex-Soviet splinter republic—the sort of business the newly independent Scottish Euro-...

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Walter's going on about how this isn't just about porn but is really a clever way of talking about the proliferation of ideas and resources in the internet era blah blah blah.

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BC Books

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In Rule 34 Charles Stross has managed to craft a wonderful and wonderfully articulate (I say that despite the brunt of the novel being set in Edingburgh which means most of the written dialect is filled with this soaring and swooping cross-section of Scottish euphemism and slang that is so engrai...

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Written in a second-person present tense format, presumably to echo the feeling of playing a game or otherwise experiencing "reality" in the guise and personality of an avatar, Rule 34 seems to begin as a semi-conventional detective story (Detective Investigator Liz Kavanaugh is the most vibrant ...

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The near-future setting and focus on technological changes makes it tempting to call Rule 34 a cyberpunk novel, but unlike most in the genre, it focuses on the effects of technology on ordinary people, instead of the hackers who create it.

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Charles Stross, winner of the Hugo award in 2005 for The Concrete Jungle, has written a brilliant novel set in the near future that follows the investigations of the Rule 34 squad, who keep an eye on the internet, checking to see if people are just using it for harmless fun or whether their inter...

Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Rule 34

SF Signal

At lot of the CopSpace systems Liz and cohorts use is both fascinating and plausible, and some 90% of the way through the novel there’s a nifty infodump about self-organizing, autonomous information systems that reveals what the novel is Really About, but it comes too late to lift the general wea...

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Portland Book Review

Rule 34 lets us into the heads of DI Liz Kavanaugh, Anwar, the Toymaker, and even an AI through multi-perspective second person to show us crime-fighting just a few decades from now.

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Portland Book Review

Rule 34 lets us into the heads of DI Liz Kavanaugh, Anwar, the Toymaker, and even an AI through multi-perspective second person to show us crime-fighting just a few decades from now.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Easily the distinguishing characteristic of Stross's novel, though, is the risky narration: told in the second person (like Halting State), the story draws readers in (or, as some critics complain, alienates them) by allowing readers to become the characters: "It's a slow Tuesday afternoon, and y...

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The British Fantasy Society

His friend Adam points him in the direction of what appears to be a legitimate job as honorary consul for the newly independent state of Issyk-Kulistan.

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Functional Nerds

Charles Stross’s latest novel, Rule 34, is one of the notable books of 2011, a cyberpunk novel for the social media age.

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