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Guardian reviews Real-Town

By Adam Roberts | November 3, 2017
Categories: Reviews

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Never a writer to repeat himself, Adam Roberts yet again rings the changes with his 17th novel, The Real-Town Murders (Gollancz, £16.99), a fast-paced murder mystery set in a radically altered near-future Britain. With the majority of the population spending their lives in Shine, an immersive virtual reality, the country is a depopulated wasteland inhabited by exoskeletal exercise machines carrying comatose citizens. When a body is discovered in the boot of a car on an automated production line, private eye Alma is tricked into investigating the murder, soon finding herself mired in shady political shenanigans. As ever, Roberts’s use of the genre to explicate ideas – the allure of virtual reality and the consequent affectless society – is done with grace and economy, and what might have been a grim read is leavened by moments of irreverent black humour.

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  1. John Says:
    March 6th, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I think this book is excellent!! It kept my interest for the entire time I spent reading, with a mix of tension, humor, mystery, and bathos... This is my first reading of an Adam Roberts book... I liked it enough to buy 6-7 more (i bought them at a enthusiastically fast but measurable speed, so I am not sure of the quantity) of Mr. Roberts novels as well as a short story compilation... All quite good in my favorite so far is Jack Glass... Please keep writing sir!