Auxiliary: London 2039 ★★☆☆☆


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Title: Auxiliary: London 2039
Series: ———-
Author: John Richter
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 242
Words: 68K



Synopsis:

Carl Dremmler is one of the few remaining human detectives left on the police force in London 2039. Investigating cases where people have died from staying in virtual reality too long, whether on purpose or not. However, one case gets the interest of his boss. A man with an artificial arm murders his girlfriend and claims he didn’t do it, that the arm did it, against his will.

Dremmler begins running down the rabbit hole trying to prove that the unhackable TIM (the AI running everything) was hacked. This brings him into contact with some other corporations that are trying to create their own versions of TIM and robots that are indistinguishable from humans. Forced to rely on TIM from everything from giving him rides in podcars to opening his own door, Carl is pretty much an Auxiliary indeed.

Then he gets a break from an anti-robot commune that his wife joined years ago, where their daughter died and whose leader Carl would gladly kill with his bare hands. His wife has some info and Carl has to infiltrate the commune to get it. He’s caught, things start to go bad, then killer drones show up and start slaughtering everyone, all on Carl’s boss’s command. Carl and his wife flee and they separate for safety’s sake. Carl goes to his boss’s house to confront her only to find her corpse, which from its condition, has been a corpse since BEFORE Carl started the investigation.

Carl realizes TIM has other plans and before he can escape, he hears the scuttling of killer rat robots behind him. The End.

My Thoughts:

This book’s rating is very much of the “I hated it” variety than the “this was a poorly constructed and badly written book”. It was well written and for what it’s worth, engaging.

However, between what I talked about in my Currently Reading post, the general malaise of the human spirit and the outright horrible ending, I couldn’t recommend this book, not at all. I’ve added Richter to my list of authors to avoid on general principle.

Nothing is unhackable. Nothing is proof against human distortion and manipulation. AI “life” will never be a thing. If there had been a human behind everything at the end of the story, it would have ameliorated some of the issues. I guess the whole point of the book was the death of the human race by slow degrees and so that kind of ending wouldn’t have fit. But for every Sherlock there is a Moriarty and for every Moriarty, there is a Sherlock. This book was lacking one of those.

If you are a fan of nihilism by robot and the degradation of the human spirit in every regard, then by all means, dive into this book and enjoy.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

44 thoughts on “Auxiliary: London 2039 ★★☆☆☆

  1. Thanks for the warning . . . although I’m tempted to read one of these that you mark bad to see how our opinion differentiates. It’s coming at some point . . . 🤔😉

    Making robots that look like humans just seems like a bad idea, especially for IRL.

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    1. That is actually a very good idea. And is one reason why bad reviews are an essential part of a real book reviewer’s repertoire. Once you get a feel for what another blogger’s ups and downs are, then you’re set!

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      1. It will happen. Maybe next month. I’m interested to see about it.
        Maybe I should roll a 20 side die to pick the book that you strongly dislike?

        I’m on like 15 days working in a row and I finally get two days off starting right now. Whoooohooo!

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  2. Hey yo. holla, holla, holla!

    I just got off the line with WordPress support and this is how the conversation went Mr. Bookstooge regarding the notifications for replies on the comments on my blog:

    ==START CHAT RECORD==

    Well, if you check my followers on my web page, here you will see that he is and it also shows on his web page on his widget: https://bookstooge.com/

    https://sdmckinley.com

    Its on my community widget at the bottom of the page. 😉

    His is under “Bookstooge’s Death Kings”

    Thanks—I think I see part of what’s going on.

    There are two ways to get notifications of comments. One, is to “subscribe to comments via email” which is an option that comes up when you’re commenting on someone’s site, and which is managed on your site here: https://sdmckinley.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=jetpack#/discussion

    It’s currently enabled. However, the other user has all notifications for your site turned off.

    So, they’ll need to go here: https://wordpress.com/following/manage when logged in to enable them.

    Gotcha. I will let them know about what you just said. To be perfectly clear, we are referring to the notifications area in the wordpress reader webpage, correct?

    Yep.

    Not email notifications.

    Yep. They’re managed separately.

    Okay, cool. I’ll let him know about it!

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    1. So I checked out that link. I have three options under my settings (for you and everyone else I follow. I checked to make sure)
      1) Notify me of new posts
      2) email me new posts
      3) email me new comments

      That is it. I turned them all on, then back off, because for everyone else I follow I have all 3 set to off.

      However, I STILL can’t get to your website, even after restarting my router, restarting my computer, clearing chrome and using the ipconfig/flushdns. So I suspect it is something to do with my router or this computer. I’ll have to play around with another device this weekend. If I could get to your website, I’d just unfollow you and then follow you again.

      Well, the adventure continues I guess.

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      1. Well, let me know if you need remote assistance. I’m an IT professional for 15 years now. I’ll be tied up tomorrow morning, but if it’s still not working by tomorrow I can get in and take a gander to see what’s going on, on the house. The charge goes up to 8k an hour after the first hour. 😂😂

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    1. Funny you should mention music. I’m writing up a review for Early Music this morning to be scheduled later.

      If DHS isn’t working any more for you, then NBR, with it’s soothing lullabies and gentle percussions sections, might just do the trick. Of course, you have to be able to appreciate the irony of an 8 year old playing the recorder, badly, to really get into NBR’s stuff, but hey, what else you gonna do?

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  3. I agree with the every Sherlock needs a Moriarty. Doesn’t have to be on the same scale, but there needs to be something. Otherwise it just feels like a guy fighting against the vagaries of the universe. No escapism in that

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  4. The funny thing is, I agreed with almost every point you made. But where you saw flaws, I saw features… that’s the fun/frustrating part about this kind of thing.

    Would I have preferred a different ending (and a few different plot points?), yeah, but it probably would’ve fallen flat had Richter tried.

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    1. hahahahaa! Just goes to show how personality can determine what you like/dislike.

      I think it would have been a very different story if he hadn’t been so “As goes London, so goes the World”.

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