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Colin Laney has an unusual sensitivity for node shifts in the world information flow. After losing his job at Slitscan, a celebrity-tracking news show, he goes to Japan to be hired by a mysterious team that turns out to represent mega rock star Rez of the band Lo/Rez. His handlers are concerned because Rez seems determined to marry Rei Toei, a totally electronic personification of a perfect woman. Chia, a 14-year-old member of the singer's Seattle fan club, also comes to Tokyo to check out the rumor, but becomes the unwitting "mule" of big crime interests when a strange woman slips an expensive piece of electronic contraband in her pack at the airport. Laney, Chia, and other characters regularly "port" into cyberspace to check on one another's movements, and Gibson includes a hilarious peek into a Japanese "love hotel" of the future. As always, the plotting is effective but characterizations a bit thin.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Rei Toei is the idoru - the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. Rez of the band Lo/Rez has declared that he will marry her. True or not, the idoru is surrounded by powerful interests.
The review of this Book prepared by Manuel Derra

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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   nano technology    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   virtual reality Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a lot of techical jargon    -   quite a lot of techical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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