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Book Review + Giveaway: Cypulchre by Joe MacKinnon

“If you can’t kill the dreamer, kill the dream.”

What’s it about: Paul, an exiled, schizophrenic, neuroscientist hacker who invented the CLOUD, a virtual reality internet-like thing that is difficult to explain but is totally bad and has allowed the Outland Corporation to basically control everyone and everything, teams up with some rebels to destroy his creation and save his estranged family (and the rest of humanity).

What I thought: I really liked it. It’s got everything from CLOUD addicts and mad-max-esque gangs to tech geniuses and gun-toting men of the cloth, from android strippers, to bionic samurai and even giant insectine war-robots. How can that not be awesome?

Paul is an interesting character. Although I didn’t exactly buy his schizophrenia, he was definitely unhinged, and his actions constantly surprised me, and not always in a good way. I would have liked to see a lot more of the other characters though, as well as more of the CLOUD and the world in general. I think it could have been more thoroughly explored.

I also really enjoyed the writing style. I liked the way the author used words to describe things that were sort of technically incorrect, but really gave you a perfect sense of what was being conveyed. I found it to be quite unique and felt that it suited the book perfectly.

“He is an electric ghost painted in the colours of a dead moment.”

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot, and it definitely makes me want to read more cyberpunk.

 I rate it 3.5stars

Note: There’s a glossary at the back. You might want to use it. 

Want to win a copy of this book? Just leave a comment below on this post, or reblog the post on tumblrYou must be willing to give Guy Faux Books your shipping address to enter. The giveaway will be open for two weeks, until midnight  AEST July 23rd 2015.

I was sent a copy of this by Guy Faux Books in exchange for an honest review

Find it here: 

Goodreads. Amazon. The Book Depository. Kobo.


  1. Myles says

    Cypulchre’s been on my tbr list for a while. I’m pleased you reviewed it; certainly makes me want to read it more. Fingers crossed for the Giveaway!


  2. Kate says

    Sounds like a great read, Im always looking for different books. I’d like to participate in the giveaway please!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Uzma says

    You had me at “neuroscientist hacker”. I’d like to enter the giveaway please!


  4. evangelyne inay says

    This books sounds aweesome, I would really love to read it. But unfortunately it’s impossible to find a physical copy in my country (Morocco). So i would like to participate in the giveaway.

    Liked by 1 person

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