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Beautiful Shining People: The extraordinary, EPIC speculative masterpiece…

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We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. That very final scene is perhaps one of the most understated but powerful scenes in the book and it really did make me smile.

As Grothuas describes events over a few short weeks one Autumn, we sense these issues lurking while remaining - initially - ignorant about their exact nature. The man (who is an ex-sumo wrestler) is holding a dog, a Bichon Frise, with the strangest haircut ever, making its head appear spherical. Its been over a month since I finished this book and I still don't feel like I have the right words to describe how hauntingly real and beautiful it is. I liked that much of the book was focused on the flaws of the characters and how this impacted their daily lives. You'll laugh when you know you shouldn't, be moved when you least expect it and, most importantly, never look at Hollywood, celebrity or sex in the same way again.The idea that we, humans, can create such powerful, destructive technological forces has stuck with me.

John being a tech wunderkind, the subject of the novel inevitably turns to the future of computing and its role for good and ill.

There’s a whole holocaust section there too, when the characters visit Hiroshima, that only clumsily shoehorns into the plot and feels out of place. Having the book set in Japan helped immensely with the world setting as we already know Toyko as a centre for the hi-tech, a world of fantasy and whimsy.

His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Litro Magazine, Fast Company, VICE, the Irish Times, Screen, Quartz, and others. He’s selling it to Sony as there’s something wrong with his body and he would like to use some of the money to fix it. Even her hands are covered by shiny, white gloves that run underneath the cuffs of her T-shirt all the way up to her elbows. Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the invitation to take part and to Karen at Orenda books for the gifted copy of the book.By no means is the book fast paced, rather it allows you to immerse yourself into the world that Grothaus has created, deliberating every last word.

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