Beautiful Shining People: The extraordinary, EPIC speculative masterpiece…

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Beautiful Shining People: The extraordinary, EPIC speculative masterpiece…

Beautiful Shining People: The extraordinary, EPIC speculative masterpiece…

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It made me smile, it made me weep, it made me turn the pages faster and faster, holding my breath in suspense.

As Grothaus points out, this would not only allow countries to spy on one another more effectively, but it would engender intense paranoia, as people wouldn't know who they could trust among their neighbours and colleagues, and might report anyone they perceive as "a bit off" as suspected androids. After working for institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago, Twentieth Century Fox, and Apple he earned his postgraduate degree with distinction in creative writing from the University of London. It was a mesmerising story that almost shows the reader a glimpse of what could be in both a lovely and terrifying way. Before she learns about the exact nature of her final code, which essentially gives her free will, this leads Neotnia to question whether she volunteered in the care home because she wanted to, or because she was pre-programmed to, and whether being created with a specific purpose in mind is the one big thing that sets her apart from humans.It also prevents John from going all the way with Neotnia before finding out she's an android, which would have generated a whole load of extra issues for him in terms of ethics and informed consent.

The protagonist John is a 17-year-old American teenager who was my least favourite part of this book, he'd grown on me by the end but he was a bit annoying to be honest, and I wish we got more of his backstory than the sad bits that actually weren't that tragic compared to what literally every other character was living through. Original, eloquent, carefully crafted, and an entertaining read from beginning to end, Beautiful Shining People will hold immense appeal to fans of historical thrillers, science fiction, and literary excellence. It begins with Ezra sitting nervously in a room labelled as "Record label HQ, London" while holding a white disk with "Pretty Shining People Demo George Ezra" written on it in permanent marker.Tokyo’s tourist bots offer a glimpse into of the future of travel and improved visitor experiences in countries where you don’t understand the language.

This first third of the book is therefore rather pleasant and heartwarming, and it’s fun to get to know the characters (and watch them get to know one another) and Grothaus’ imaginative future versions of Tokyo and the world at large. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Litro Magazine, Fast Company, VICE, the Irish Times, Screen, Quartz, and others. This is my first book by Michael but I will be going to read the rest of his work as I was blown away by the standard of writing, the brilliant characterisation and his ability to create a world that was instantly formed in my mind!The setting’s interesting, though, and you get the chance to check it out via a series of tenuously plot-related sidebars that take you along neon lit streets and into incense filled temples.

It has all the cool stuff- Tokyo, robots/androids,a sumo wrestler, super cool dog with a super cool haircut, coding, self driving vehicles, futuristic atmosphere, and a bit of romance. Even her hands are covered by shiny, white gloves that run underneath the cuffs of her T-shirt all the way up to her elbows.Lonely and not sure what to do with himself, one night John visits a café, where he meets former sumo wrestler Goeido - its owner - young waitress Neotnia, and her unique-looking dog, Inu. Its been over a month since I finished this book and I still don't feel like I have the right words to describe how hauntingly real and beautiful it is.

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