[ BOOKS ] ✬ Buzz Kill Author David Sosnowski – Pimply.info

Buzz Kill This book is a prequel to Happy Doomsday which I haven t read It s definitely not necessary to read the previous book first, but I suggest that you pay attention to the prologue of this book This book is about 2 teenaged hackers, who never meet face to face, but join to create the AI named Buzz George Jedson is hired by Quire, a social media company, to develop an AI that can prevent suicides by its users Pandora Lynch is the daughter of George s therapist, and what she really cares about This book is a prequel to Happy Doomsday which I haven t read It s definitely not necessary to read the previous book first, but I suggest that you pay attention to the prologue of this book This book is about 2 teenaged hackers, who never meet face to face, but join to create the AI named Buzz George Jedson is hired by Quire, a social media company, to develop an AI that can prevent suicides by its users Pandora Lynch is the daughter of George s therapist, and what she really cares about is an AI to which all of her memories can be transferred She is inspired by her grandmother s slow decline into dementia It turns out that Quire has a lotgoing on than chat groups, and George and Pandora are not really equipped to handle the child they created Although the subject matter is serious, the book is not without humor George and Pandora are both interesting and intelligent characters Quire is a company with lots of benefits, but it doesn t really care if its developers die young Pandora s visits to her grandmother s assisted living facility felt too real I liked the way the book introduced both the technical and ethical issues in the creation of Buzz how they exposed him to information and situations Buzz was a quick learner, although they never managed to teach Buzz that sleeping is not a voluntary loss of consciousness that needs to be prevented The creative process was fun until it wasn t any No gore or romance, but lots to think about What s not to like I would readby this author I received a free copy of this book from the publisher David Sosnowski can write rings around a lot of contemporary authors and he has a knack for making you really feel and want to hang out with his characters and he proves that once again to the prequel of the wildly entertaining Happy Doomsday The problem is, that while the characters are engaging, they don t really do anything There s a ton of exposition and obviously a ton of research went into this book but, man, it s dull I found myself skipping over sections and the book was a chore to David Sosnowski can write rings around a lot of contemporary authors and he has a knack for making you really feel and want to hang out with his characters and he proves that once again to the prequel of the wildly entertaining Happy Doomsday The problem is, that while the characters are engaging, they don t really do anything There s a ton of exposition and obviously a ton of research went into this book but, man, it s dull I found myself skipping over sections and the book was a chore to get through and once you finally realize why the events of Happy Doomsday happened, it was a bit of a letdown I m a big fan of Sosnowski s and love his other books but this one just didnt work for me This was a difficult one to rate, and I finally went with my gut the three star rating partly reflects the fact that it was such a downer, which is not to my taste The title turned out to be accurate in a couple of ways that took me unpleasantly by surprise, though it s not like I wasn t warned at all I just kept hoping it would turn out better than it was threatening to I ve read a few books now in the genre you might call contemporary science fiction, as spawned by William Gibson of All This was a difficult one to rate, and I finally went with my gut the three star rating partly reflects the fact that it was such a downer, which is not to my taste The title turned out to be accurate in a couple of ways that took me unpleasantly by surprise, though it s not like I wasn t warned at all I just kept hoping it would turn out better than it was threatening to I ve read a few books now in the genre you might call contemporary science fiction, as spawned by William Gibson of All Tomorrow s Parties, and they tend to have three flaws First, they re world weary and cynical This book is definitely those things, though it is at least witty about it Second, they tend to feature alienated losers wandering through a series of events without much in the way of goals, and therefore without much plot For a long time until about 45% and with the losers part in brackets, I thought this book checked that box off as well, but the pair of protagonists do finally get a goal, or a pair of aligned goals It is very much choked with exposition and high flown prose, though, with long infodumps either via a character or directly from the narrator about artificial intelligence and various other topics The explanations are plot relevant, but there are an awful lot of them I gained the impression that the author narrator was a bit in love with the sound of his own voice The third flaw that many contemporary SF books share is the flaw that according to Sturgeon 90% of everything shares they re crap, in the sense that the author has a poor grasp on the basic tools of writing like punctuation, sentence structure, and vocabulary, not to mention plot, characterisation and setting This book has, I think, had extensive copy editing to remove most though, in the review copy I got from Netgalley, not quite all signs of those problems, and reads as better written than average That would normally have kept it at four stars, but sustained cynicism and a tragic ending were not what I was hoping for, and when you spend almost the first half of the book waffling around with backstory and the characters feeling and thinking and experiencing a lot but doing very little, I will ding you for it David Sosnowski is an interesting author whose first novel is one of my favorite books His current tale is a dark Buzz Kill hard from 47 North in which the ending is shown by the prologue Sixteen year old George Jedson had been hacking and living in the San Francisco public library when he hacked the autonomous car of tech billionaire Because his hack actually improved the car s software, he is hired The company is looking for a solution to the problem of its users committing suicide on th David Sosnowski is an interesting author whose first novel is one of my favorite books His current tale is a dark Buzz Kill hard from 47 North in which the ending is shown by the prologue Sixteen year old George Jedson had been hacking and living in the San Francisco public library when he hacked the autonomous car of tech billionaire Because his hack actually improved the car s software, he is hired The company is looking for a solution to the problem of its users committing suicide on the platform George thinks that AI bot might be the solution Pandora Lynch s father does remote psychiatry from Fairbanks Alaska Pandora is very bright had also a hacker The two teens start collaborating Pandora s first reaction of high school after being home schooled is to throw sodium in the boy s toilets after they teased her Her punishment is to visit her Grandmother, who is slowing losing her memories Somehow Buzz gets created and becomes self aware I wish the ending wasn s so dark, because I was fascinated by the two teens I m gonna jump into the meat of this review headfirst, if you don t mind I think the book deserves it.There are precisely two 2 reasons the book didn t get a full 5 stars from me one istechnical, and it may even be fixed already since I read an ARC the editing The book keeps repeating itself a lot, re describing things we just had narrated to us a few pages ago like it s new information, or rehashing the same information but worded slightly different Also, the infodumps, because B I m gonna jump into the meat of this review headfirst, if you don t mind I think the book deserves it.There are precisely two 2 reasons the book didn t get a full 5 stars from me one istechnical, and it may even be fixed already since I read an ARC the editing The book keeps repeating itself a lot, re describing things we just had narrated to us a few pages ago like it s new information, or rehashing the same information but worded slightly different Also, the infodumps, because BOY, there were a lot of them, with so much technical jargon I could barely keep up at times and I consider myself modestly knowledgeable about tech And this leads us to reason number 2 the book hadn t decided what it wanted to be Was it a lighthearted young adult comedy satire Was it a philosophical text about consciousness and responsibility, suicide and family Was it aimed at tech savvy adults who are into AI I think it tried to be ALL three things at once It mostly succeeded, in my opinion, but sometimes you re in danger of getting whiplash from the tone shifts.That said I really, really liked the book If not for the above, it d have gotten a full 5 stars from me I expected a silly book about teenagers fooling around with computers, and I got something much, much bigger than that while still encompassing my first idea The characters are likeable and developed well, and the plot and pacing aren t handled optimally towards the end, the pacing sped up a lot, like the author just needed to get it over with but it s not that much of a problem I also love that Alaska plays a big role as a setting in Pandora s portions, it s almost a character on its own.I highly suggest the book, honestly It wasn t perfect for me, but it was close enough.Oh, onething I only found out today upon finishing the book that this is a prequel to Happy Doomsday I don t think anything would have changed if I had read that one first, there s no problem getting into the book s world, it s not a fantasy story I ll definitely be reading Happy Doomsday next, though I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley All opinions are my own I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review After reading other reviews, they seem to mostly cover the plot so I won t repeat what others have already thoroughly done I will get to the point the review I have to admit that the first several chapters were slow for me Perhaps the author purposely introduced us to the characters and their situations slowly in order to keep us grounded and ready for the roller coaster ride which is the main body of the book Once I was able t I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review After reading other reviews, they seem to mostly cover the plot so I won t repeat what others have already thoroughly done I will get to the point the review I have to admit that the first several chapters were slow for me Perhaps the author purposely introduced us to the characters and their situations slowly in order to keep us grounded and ready for the roller coaster ride which is the main body of the book Once I was able to truly get into the story line, I was thrilled The connection between George and Pandora was immediate and created a foundation for a promising future From the get go, I really had hopes of an amazing and long lasting relationship built on not only an emotional need for one another but a mutual respect for one another They were mildly confident in their modern texting relationship to be able to intellectually spar with one another without major fear of abandonment I liked that part a lot.By the middle of the book, the climax was inevitable That s not a bad thing so I m not judging, it s just an observation As an older reader, I remember watching 2001 A Space Odyssey when it first came out So at some point, remembering HAL, I keep uttering Oh No when the story took a turn that I had hoped it wouldn t I even set the book down and walked away but did return to finish the book Even though the story had several important issues, the one point of here it comes again kept returning as I thought about where the story was headed Then again, where could it go but where it did Life can t always be peaches cream with a Hallmark ending, so the author stuck with a realistic ending I had high hopes that the mission of George and Pandora via Buzz would somehow conquer all the bad in the world regarding the issues presented A girl can hope, can t she It s a book, so that hope was potentially there since real life regarding major issues, like bullying and dementia, are so prevalent and hurting so many families However, a realistic ending prevailed It s not a terrible thing so I would still recommend it to readers who enjoy the genre I received a copy of Buzz Kill through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review Buzz Kill is the latest novel from David Sosnowski You probably recognize the insanely bright colors used on his covers Marketed as a hilarious read about hackers, this novel is as creative as it is quirky Amazing or dreadful things can happen when two hackers put their heads together At least, that is the case for Pandora Lynch and George Jedson Together these two are about to create something I received a copy of Buzz Kill through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review Buzz Kill is the latest novel from David Sosnowski You probably recognize the insanely bright colors used on his covers Marketed as a hilarious read about hackers, this novel is as creative as it is quirky Amazing or dreadful things can happen when two hackers put their heads together At least, that is the case for Pandora Lynch and George Jedson Together these two are about to create something new, and that s arguably about to get out of hand Pandora grew up in Alaska, with the internet as her best friend and teacher That is, up until it was decided that she needed to learn how to interact with real people her age That didn t go over so well But it did give her some ideas George is a hacker, but not what you might expect He loves breaking into systems, cleaning them up, and leaving them even better than what he found It sounds counterintuitive, because it is And it s also probably still very illegal Buzz Kill is actually the prequel novel to Happy Doomsday But don t worry if you haven t read that one yet it isn t a requirement to follow or understand this one Though perhaps one would appreciate some of the elements , knowing where they ll lead In retrospect, she could see how her revenge might be mistaken for an act of terrorism Warnings Buzz Kill touches upon bully, abuse, and mental health issues all at once All of these elements are all fairly integral to the core plot, and thus fit in nicely, andor less provide a bit of warning before they happen Buzz Kill was an entertaining and highly unique read from start to finish I didn t read Happy Doomsday, but I had no problems following the vein of this rather chaotic and compelling tale This novel is told through multiple perspectives, namely that of Pandora and George These two characters are extremely different, so getting to see their way of thinking was very much appreciated It did a great job of setting the tone and explaining their future attempts and actions I think my biggest complaint if you want to call it that is that Buzz Kill was marketed as a hilarious read, when I honestly found it to be a bit of a well, downer It was fairly depressing at times, including the introduction This is a novel that did not showcase the best that humanity has to offer, and boy do you feel that On the whole, Buzz Kill was an interesting read, though perhaps not the read I was expecting going into it I don t regret having read it, which is certainly something And I d probably pick up Happy Doomsday and give that a read I would be curious to see if my appreciation for this novel would change, after reading it Forreviews check out Quirky Cat s Fat Stacks Two hackers join forces to help stop social media led suicide rates but how do you teach an AI about the value of human life and how to preserve it Buzz Kill really intrigued me by its blurb but ended up confusing me in its execution The first 30% I found a weird mixture of amusing and sad I enjoyed learning about Pandora and her father Roger and I found the description of her and her school life quite funny in places We then learn about her grandmother Gladys who is suffering from dementia Two hackers join forces to help stop social media led suicide rates but how do you teach an AI about the value of human life and how to preserve it Buzz Kill really intrigued me by its blurb but ended up confusing me in its execution The first 30% I found a weird mixture of amusing and sad I enjoyed learning about Pandora and her father Roger and I found the description of her and her school life quite funny in places We then learn about her grandmother Gladys who is suffering from dementia, which is where the book takes a turn into the depressing The subject is heartbreakingly written but I did find it compelling reading that kept my interest It was when we start to learn about George and his job at Quire and the creation of the AI called Buzz that I started to find the book becoming a bit of a slog Although I have a bit of understanding of coding and didn t really find it too technically difficult to understand, it just gave the impression that the author was just trying to show off how clever he could sound I didn t find it very engaging to be frank and found it hard to have the impetus to pick it up and read it, despite the lack of other distractions in Quarantine The only bits I enjoyed reading in the latter half of the book were the rest of the chapters on Gladys but even they started to get too repetitive I found the ending confusing and there were some serious unanswered questions from about of the book which weren t even resolved at the end no spoilers.There are serious topics of suicide and dementia which are explored well and I enjoyed the banter between the two main characters Pandora is particular is interesting and well rounded and I enjoyed the fact she has a hyper expressive face that can t hide how she feels I didn t really get how old she was supposed to be she starts off the book at school but the subject of her education seems to drop off by the middle of the book and her intellect and experience seems a lot higher than than 14 15 she is supposed to be I also found it odd that George s company doesn t keepof an eye on him, content for him to just do nothing for weeks We learn a lot about his boss as well that seems to come to nothing in the end.Overall, I found Buzz Kill to be initially interesting but came to a disappointing and confusing conclusion with far too many unanswered questions Thank you to NetGalley 47North for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.Forof my reviews please go to www.kindig.co.uk TWO YOUNG HACKERS WITH THE BRAINS TO SAVE THE WORLD OR AT LEAST CHANGE IT WHAT CAN GO WRONG Pandora Lynch Lives In Alaska With Her Single Dad, An Online Therapist For Silicon Valley S Brightest And Cagiest Homeschooled By Computer And A Self Taught Hacker, Pandora Is About To Enter High School To Learn How To Be Normal That S The Plan At LeastNorCal Runaway, George Jedson, Is A Hacker Too One Who Leaves The Systems He Attacks Working Better Than Before After Being Scooped Up By A Social Media Giant, Will George Go Legit Or Pull Off The Biggest Hack Ever Not Even His Therapist Knows For Sure, But Maybe The Headshrinker S DaughterAfter Meeting In Cyberspace, The Two Young Hackers Combine Their Passions To Conceive A Brainchild Named BUZZ Can This Baby AI Learn To Behave, Or Will It Be Like Its Parents And Think Outside The Box With A Hilarious And Deeply Empathetic Narrative Voice, This Elegiac And Unapologetically Irreverent Novel Is Both Humorous And Tragic Without Ever Taking Itself Too Seriously In the vein of WarGames and 2001 A Space Odyssey, David Sosnowski s latest novel Buzz Kill takes a good look at Artificial Intelligence and asks what could possibly go wrong Though separated by several thousand miles, the main characters George and Pandora are linked by circumstance and team up to create an AI capable of recognizing and preventing suicide Together, the two explore concepts from plant consciousness to the ethics of hacking for the greater good to what it means for a person or In the vein of WarGames and 2001 A Space Odyssey, David Sosnowski s latest novel Buzz Kill takes a good look at Artificial Intelligence and asks what could possibly go wrong Though separated by several thousand miles, the main characters George and Pandora are linked by circumstance and team up to create an AI capable of recognizing and preventing suicide Together, the two explore concepts from plant consciousness to the ethics of hacking for the greater good to what it means for a person or machine to truly have consciousness Meanwhile, George is struggling with his increasing knowledge of the darker parts of his parent company and the rest of humanity In her corner of the world, Pandora comes to terms with her own mortality as she watches her grandmother slowly fade to dementia Buzz Kill is an extremely slow burn, with a long and thorough buildup to a potent finish, reminiscent of Stephen King s Needful Things The concept of artificial consciousness is extremely fleshed out, using George and Pandora s text messages to each other as a sounding board for a variety of pretty interesting ideas Though the science behind the plot seems a bit wonky, this is easily overlooked in light of the story The story itself is well planned and perfectly executed The circumstances that line up to allow the final bang to happen are phenomenal Many things are hinted at throughout the novel, but these hints aren t recognizable until it s too late The most memorable thing about Buzz Kill is the clever linguistic stylings of Sosnowski The dialog and thoughts of the characters flow very smoothly Pandora and her father have a quippy, clever relationship that is well portrayed in their interactions This quirky writing makes reading easy and enjoyable There is a bit of a tendency to ramble, however Also, some of the phrases and text speak used by the younger characters do not seem natural at all, and can take the reader out of the story Despite these flaws, the writing and dialog is particularly enjoyable throughout the novel Buzz Kill is a very interesting and thought provoking novel It explores very cool concepts and poses some good questions This book really makes you think A must read for fans of sci fi or anyone interested in artificial intelligence


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