Friday, January 25, 2013

Review of "Mashup" by Floris M. Kleijne

"Mashup" by Floris M. Kleijne appeared in Daily Science Fiction on January 25, 2013.  "Against his anachronistic best friend's warning that he'll be bombarded by ads, David purchases the equivalent of a hyped up iPhone with an AI that makes suggestions to the user based upon knowledge about the user gleaned from the ambient web--and it appears his friend may have been right when the AI suggests a purchase that the user would never even dream of making."

Whew!  That sure is a rambling summary sentence that I just wrote there, but this excellent story by Mr. Kleijne has a lot going on.  Techno-nerd stuff, philosophy, a possible kidnapping mystery, and, above all, romance!  I read tons of spec lit, so I (unfortunately) saw where this story was headed early on, but I would not say that the plot was predictable.  I daresay most readers will be in for a pleasant surprise by the end of this clever tale.  6 out of 7 rocket-dragons.

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