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Summer Frost de Blake Crouch
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Summer Frost (edição: 2019)

de Blake Crouch

Séries: Forward Collection (2)

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Membro:Mahnogard
Título:Summer Frost
Autores:Blake Crouch
Informação:Amazon Original Stories, Kindle Edition, 75 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:reading-in-2021

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Super quick read but not as enjoyable as I hoped.

A video game designer enters the game to find out why one of the NPCs is not acting as it was written.

Most of the stuff the programmer could do was unbelievable, like too easily available. Example: Having a choice ready for the NPC... "go right if you want to know the truth or go left if you want to continue living in the game. It's your choice". "I made you by accident" "the thought to text ability" *eye roll*

I also think there were some moral questions that were supposedly being explored that went over my head. Something about creating something and then not being able to pull back. I think Albert Einstein had some thoughts about this. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 22, 2021 |
Winter 2021 (January);

4.5 to 5 (I may be debating this one a while, or change it at any time)


I *loved* this last piece I read from The Forward Collection. It's burgeoning AI, LGBT main character, future warning and sweeping romance. I predicted everything up to the last about 10%, which then flipped itself on a very amazingly cyclical head and I was left feeling so incredibly many things by the end. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
Summer Frost is Blake Crouch's sci-fi story of an AI that gains sentience and ultimately goes rogue in predictable fashion.

The story is part of the Forward series from Amazon Publishing - six stories curated by Crouch that explore the impacts of pivotal technologies. The series contains stories that "can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting." At only 74 pages this is a "novelette", i.e. a very long short story or a very short novel.

I really enjoyed Crouch's Dark Matter so had high hopes for this story, but was not nearly as impressed with it. I think the short form of the novelette is part of what takes it down a notch or two.

Crouch has a way with characters and as with Dark Matter I thought the character development here was really good. I empathized with the main character Riley, and her workaholic obsession with her AI creation (named Max), as well as her troubles in her relationship with her boss, and her wife and child.

But I found the story of the evolution of Max to be spotty and problematic. First of all, a character in a computer game inexplicably begins to act "against her programming", and Riley her creator has no idea why? Doesn't sound likely, does it?

After that immaculate conception for Max it's classic Frankenstein's monster writ large. (One wrinkle on that comparison is that Max, having no physical form at first, comes to consider itself non-human and thus non-gendered. A non binary AI struck me as an apt updating of the monster.)

As Max grows and amasses data on humanity, the conclusions that they come to regarding what's best for humanity don't seem to come naturally out of the story but just seem to be there because that's what we expect an "evil AI" to think/do. Even Riley's emphasis that the character Max's origin was as a bit player who was only meant to die (and apparently did so a number of times during development) seemed more of a crutch than an effective plot device. Further exploration of Max's origin, and of Max's own perspective as their consciousness grew would have helped make this a better story.

As it is, the story for me is two and 1/2 to three stars.

I read the audiobook narrated by Rosa Salazar, who did a great job. ( )
  stevesbookstuff | Feb 7, 2021 |
As can be expected for the author, this is a fast moving thriller infused with technology. It isn't as complicated as his novels, nor is it as believable, but it is still a good deal of fun. A character in a video game acquires a life of its own. Where will it end? If anyone remembers the old classic made for TV movie, "Colossus, the Forbin Project", you'll enjoy this updated version. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 31, 2020 |
Plot-wise, this short story does not break any new ground. But the writing, characterization, and dialog pulled me right in and kept me hooked until the end. Predictable but well-executed. This is the 2nd Blake Crouch I have read and it has me looking forward to reading more of his catalog. ( )
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