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I read Bash Bash Revolution a couple of days after seeing Steven Spielberg s Ready Player One based on Ernest Cline s novel As a result, my thoughts about Lain s book are, to a meaningful degree, informed by my impressions of the movie It s no great insight to say that Ready Player One is a love letter to 70s and 80s pop culture The same goes for Bash Bash Revolution it fully embraces the antecedents to video gaming But where RPO revels in its nostalgia, BBR ispragmatic, less rose c I read Bash Bash Revolution a couple of days after seeing Steven Spielberg s Ready Player One based on Ernest Cline s novel As a result, my thoughts about Lain s book are, to a meaningful degree, informed by my impressions of the movie It s no great insight to say that Ready Player One is a love letter to 70s and 80s pop culture The same goes for Bash Bash Revolution it fully embraces the antecedents to video gaming But where RPO revels in its nostalgia, BBR ispragmatic, less rose coloured in its portrayal A scene where Matthew plays Donkey Kong at an arcade isn t glorified for its nudge and wink to old skool gaming but tempered by the fact that Matthew is using not entirely voluntarily an AI to cheat The irony is that the nostalgia in Ready Player One is so overwhelming it becomes as meaningless and hollow as the nostalgia depicted in Bash Bash Revolution, the difference is that in one case it s a bug in another it s a feature.The biggest difference though is that while both books are about virtual worlds and realities Lain s VR could easily be a forerunner to the Oasis Lain deliberately keeps the novel in the real world We only get glimpses of that other place, usually represented for comedic and disturbing effect by people interacting with invisible objects Lain doesn t fetishise VR and imagined worlds like RPO does Instead, he portrays it as it truly is, a technologically advanced distraction This is not a novel written by a Luddite critiquing Oculus goggles and the next generation of gaming, but it does make the point that if you were all powerful a self aware AI, for example, with access to the entirety of the net and you wanted to subdue everyone because you were concerned that humanity might destroy itself, then convincing people to replace the real world with a harmless made up reality would be a good start This take on VR allows Lain to explore and discuss epistemology, free will and, as the title suggests, revolution.On the latter, Lain s interest in what revolution might look like in the 21st Century, in our current Trump obsessed environment comes to the fore, giving the novel a strong political bent It adds a layer to what might have been an entertaining but predictable variation on the AI takes over the world trope I also appreciated that this is very much a story about a son trying to understand and bond with his aloof father It provides the book with an emotional core.Bash Bash Revolution is a very intelligent, engaging, thoughtful novel that acts as an antidote to the nostalgia of Ready Player One and the consequence free and gosh wow reactions to VR I love that the people hooked into the system wear lycra suits that have a flap on the back allowing players to shit and play.At the end of the day, though, what distinguishes this novel from every other film or book about virtual worlds is that Lain absolutely nails his parody of Trump On that point alone I highly recommend Bash Bash Revolution This story is read in the style of reading messages and Facebook posts I feel so bad for the main Character his family is F ed UP Very interesting and kept me engaged till the end which could ve been better I felt like I ran into a wall Like No That s it But Otherwise pretty great Sci Fi, Dystopian with Robots and AI I admit I did not know what the Singularity is so I m going to getfamiliar with that term A surprisingly fun read which mixes multiple utopian and dystopian visions through video gaming The ultimate theme is the ultimate end of society, the singularity Armageddon communism Of course, it comes about through video gaming in virtual reality and augmented reality as an AI produced by the government takes over control of the society.Lain is knowledgeable enough about philosophy and religion and politics to keep it out of the book He mentions a few political theorists without really say A surprisingly fun read which mixes multiple utopian and dystopian visions through video gaming The ultimate theme is the ultimate end of society, the singularity Armageddon communism Of course, it comes about through video gaming in virtual reality and augmented reality as an AI produced by the government takes over control of the society.Lain is knowledgeable enough about philosophy and religion and politics to keep it out of the book He mentions a few political theorists without really saying anything about them The basics of this is the transformation of all society as people becomeandconnected to their electronic devices ultimately culminating in something though what that something is, remains very unclear other than electronic devices and an AI are mediating almost everyone s perception of reality and determining their activities by the end of the novel.My favorite passage the one Doug Lain should read if he ever does a book tour is where the hero Matthew Munson is plugged into the AI as he goes around and it tells him about all the information being spread throughout the world by the devices other people are using The AI of course reassuringly tells him this is normal This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Artificial technology and virtual reality are advancing every day and some predict that society will be living in a game and no one will live in real life This is the future that Douglas Lan explains in his novel, Bash Bash Revolution This story is about a high school dropout named Matthew Munson, who actually had amazing grades and was in his last year of high school His father s name is Jeffrey Munson and he never spent time with his son, he instead spent years working on an AI bot which wa Artificial technology and virtual reality are advancing every day and some predict that society will be living in a game and no one will live in real life This is the future that Douglas Lan explains in his novel, Bash Bash Revolution This story is about a high school dropout named Matthew Munson, who actually had amazing grades and was in his last year of high school His father s name is Jeffrey Munson and he never spent time with his son, he instead spent years working on an AI bot which was going to save the world His mother took care of him until she got hooked onto the AI and abandoned him too This book was written in 2018, so Trump is the president in the story and he is having troubles with Russia which is most likely going to lead to nuclear war, but Matthew s father believes that his AI can resolve their issue Jeffrey made an AI called Bucky and its goal was to improve people by making them less destructive through augmented reality Bucky was able to replicate itself by making other Buckys and giving them a test to see if they are conscious enough to be released The first plan the Buckys came up with to improve humans was to produce games that would appeal to their human, and if there are common games created, they would group up those humans in an area so they can interact with each other Matthew thought that this plan would not work, but after the AI was released to the public, it became the new craze Many kids were walking around with their suits, goggles, and headphones and they were playing games Parents did not care what their kids were doing because they thought it was safe since everybody else was doing it But the underlying truth about Bucky was that it was created to control humans, so, within these games, it would ask the users to do specific tasks for it to make sure it has control over them and it wanted to expand the Gamecube economy There were some kids that were against this like Matthew and his girlfriend Sally Matthew liked to play games as well, but he thought that the new Gamecube economy that was created by AI was not a good idea, as many people got hooked on it quickly, so he stuck to a game called Bash Bash Revolution for his Gamecube Bash Bash Revolution is like Super Smash Bros in real life, it is a fighting game with many characters that fight each other until there is one standing Because both of his parents basically let him, he was trying to make human connections and that is how he met Sally Douglas is trying to prove that technology is changing rapidly and humans need to make sure they can keep control of themselves and not rely too much on it I really recommend this book as I thought it really explored the possibilities of AI and AR combined As I was reading, I felt very anxious to find out what was going to happen next because the story is told in messages that each character sends to one another I also found it humorous that the author included current events like Trump and his relationship with Russia This story is for audiences that have an interest in science fiction novels and really enjoy stories about how technology can take over This novel has a great plot and I was able to relate with the charactersas I kept reading A good, leftist, dystopian answer to the utopian vision of VR in Ready Player One. Click here to read my full review at Signal Horizon I went into this book thinking it was going to be a Bash Bash Rehash of Ready Player One, but I am glad to report that I was 100% dead wrong This novel was smart, at times very funny, and has quite a bit to say about social media and AI Douglas Lain is clearly a very deft author with a keen sense of how to take the ordinary, both the real world fundamentalism, retro video games, social media and science fiction AI, hacking , and turn these Click here to read my full review at Signal Horizon I went into this book thinking it was going to be a Bash Bash Rehash of Ready Player One, but I am glad to report that I was 100% dead wrong This novel was smart, at times very funny, and has quite a bit to say about social media and AI Douglas Lain is clearly a very deft author with a keen sense of how to take the ordinary, both the real world fundamentalism, retro video games, social media and science fiction AI, hacking , and turn these concepts into chess pieces to be used in an awesome and twisting narrative We get great nods to video game culture and even some glimpses into the interesting history arcade games past their heyday, but Lain sprinkles these in as an interesting spice The actual narrative rests on the very real but stained relationships between our protagonist and others In short, a great use of nostalgia to highlight rather than overpower a story .FREE ☯ Bash Bash Revolution ⚐ SELECTED FOR GAME INFORMER S FALLREADING LIST A compelling coming of age artificial intelligence novel from Philip K Dick Award nominated author Douglas Lain Seventeen year old Matthew Munson is ranked thirteenth in the state in Bash Bash Revolution, an outdated video game fromthat, in , is still getting tournament play He s a high school dropout who still lives at home with his mom, doing little but gaming and moping That is, until Matthew s dad turns up again Jeffrey Munson is a computer geek who d left home eight years earlier to work on a top secret military project Jeff has been a sporadic presence in Matthew s life, and much to his son s displeasure insists on bonding over video games The two start entering local tournaments together, where Jeff shows astonishing aptitude for Bash Bash Revolution in particular Then, as abruptly as he appeared, Matthew s father disappears again, just as he was beginning to let Jeff back into his life The betrayal is life shattering, and Matthew decides to give chase, in the process discovering the true nature of the government sponsored artificial intelligence program his father has been involved in Told as a series of conversations between Matthew and his father s artificial intelligence program, Bash Bash Revolution is a wildly original novel of apocalypse and revolution, as well as a poignant story of broken family Adetailed review for School Library Journal is forthcoming This turned out to be an engaging Snow Day January 2018 read for me It was kind of a strange story, and the beginning was a little bit slow, but once I got into it, I found it interesting It was a bit dark, and it struck me as a cautionary tale about what could happen if we get too invested in technology, and if aspects of the USA political climate does not change It reminded me a little bit of Feed by MT Anderson I am not i Adetailed review for School Library Journal is forthcoming This turned out to be an engaging Snow Day January 2018 read for me It was kind of a strange story, and the beginning was a little bit slow, but once I got into it, I found it interesting It was a bit dark, and it struck me as a cautionary tale about what could happen if we get too invested in technology, and if aspects of the USA political climate does not change It reminded me a little bit of Feed by MT Anderson I am not into gaming culture, but I do think gamers in particular will resonate with the protagonist Overall, this was a solid read for those who appreciate YA speculative fiction and nerd culture I would recommend it for age 16 and up A semi wandering look at if the singularity comes, how people might relate to it Told through the eyes of a teenager, so games come into it a reasonable amount It s not all roses, and it s slightlyphilosophical than say Avogadro Corp or NexusI think this is going to be pretty popular as a book, but to me the story didn t feel amazing A semi wandering look at if the singularity comes, how people might relate to it Told through the eyes of a teenager, so games come into it a reasonable amount It s not all roses, and it s slightlyphilosophical than say Avogadro Corp or NexusI think this is going to be pretty popular as a book, but to me the story didn t feel amazing Bucky has a concept was just fascinating I enjoyed the dynamic between him and Matthew Also Matt s dad was so weird but it drove the mad scientist concept home Full of pop culture references The writing style felt odd at times but it worked for the most part.