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4 of 5 Lovecraftian Stars – The Phone Company by David Jacob Knight.

This is a very interesting book. I really didn’t think I would like it, because the title is just plain retarded. It doesn’t do the story any justice. Because, it’s a fascinating story. And, if you’re addicted to your smartphone, like most people are, this book may very well scare the living shit out of you.

This book is the story of how The Phone Company is controlling everyone’s lives. I mean, literally. Because their new super fancy phone, the Tether, actually connects to your brain, and allows the Provider to control you like a motherfucking drone.

It’s also the story of one man who refuses to sign up with this new Provider. He likes his old Nokia phone just fine, thank you very much. So, he’s the only one in town that isn’t a mindless zombie. And it’s up to him to stop the Provider from making his son and several other children kill themselves as sacrifices to the Provider.

What? Sacrifices to a cell phone provider? What the bloody fuck is going on? When did the Provider turn into a goddamn religion that requires sacrifices? This part of the book made absolutely no fucking sense. There was no reason for it.

I mean, there’s this great story, with apps that allow you to spy on everyone in town. Hell, there’s even an app to strangle someone’s cat. And someone uses an app to pilot a plane, and crash it into the local middle school. So the story is great, without the religious Provider nonsense. I think it would have been a much better book, if it had just stuck with the awesome sci-fi elements, and left the religion and fantasy out of it.

That being said, it’s still a compelling read. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is paranoid about their cellphones running their lives. Or anyone who’s paranoid about google knowing their every thoughts. Because it’s true. Google knows everything about you. Your deepest, darkest secrets. Nothing is safe anymore.

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Comments
  1. J.W. Kurtz says:

    ” Lovecraftian Stars ” – Love it!

    Like

  2. Dan says:

    I have a Kindle, I work for a phone company so I absolutely have to read this book. On my way to Amazon right now…

    Another great review!

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