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The Restoration Game

av Ken MacLeod

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There is no such place as Krassnia. Lucy Stone should know--she was born there. In that tiny, troubled region of the former Soviet Union, revolution is brewing. Its organizers need a safe place to meet, and where better than the virtual spaces of an online game? Lucy, who works for a start-up games company in Edinburgh, has a project that almost seems made for the job: a game inspired by The Krassniad, an epic folk tale concocted by Lucy's mother, Amanda, who studied there in the 1980s. Lucy knows Amanda is a spook. She knows her great-grandmother Eugenie also visited the country in the 1930s and met the man who originally collected Krassnian folklore, and who perished in Stalin's terror. As Lucy digs up details about her birthplace to slot into the game, she finds the open secrets of her family's past, the darker secrets of Krassnia's past--and hints about the crucial role she is destined to play in The Restoration Game. Combining international intrigue with cutting-edge philosophical speculation, romance with adventure, and online gaming with real-life consequences, this book delivers as science fiction and as a sharp take on our present world from the viewpoint of a complex, engaging heroine who has to fight her way through a maze of political and family manipulation to take control of her own life.… (mer)
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All in all, this is a fun read, although it seemed overly complex.

Lucy Stone works for a video game company, where she has helped to create a quest video game. Her mother, who used to be a spy for a small former Soviet republic called Krassnia, contacts her and asks her video game company to make a game based on Krassnian legends. From there, things start to get complex fast as a series of coincidences fall into place. Lucy is eventually sent into Krassnia, which is on the verge of war with Russia, to uncover whatever secret has been hidden in the mountains of Krassnia for generations.

The book gets really complex.... at one point, Lucy is given a series of documents, and the story is interrupted while she reads through the documents. I had a little trouble following the significance of some of the documents. There are a lot of names, and I kept getting them all confused. It seems like a lot of the complexity could have been cut without hurting the story.

Complexity aside, the book is a lot of fun. MacLeod writes with humor. It's a solid political thriller with some fun sci-fi elements.

[spoiler] The book avoids grappling with the major existential crisis at its core... what Lucy ultimately discovers is that her world is a simulation. Since she discovers this right at the end of the book, the book doesn't have to deal with how she deals with this information. In some ways, fully dealing with this existential crisis would have really changed the nature of the book, but it still felt like cheating that MacLeod avoided it. [/spoiler] ( )
  Gwendydd | Feb 25, 2020 |
Plus half a star. Maybe I am being mean. I loved the game, the places, the characters, the physics - but there seemed a bit of a hole at the middle that wasn't filled in. Perhaps I have been reading too much physics and working as a programmer too long...? ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
It's the future and we killed religion! Atheists and agnostics finally had enough of their god botherin' ways and kicked some sense into the true believers! Now peace and reason reign and the world is a utopia. The end.
EXCEPT when someone blows up a priest! Who? Why? How? What? Huh? Edindurgh's finest future fuzz are on the case, sniffin' round with wiki pages and superbots and things, uncovering a dastardly plot even more dastardly than a dastardly museum full of dastardly creationists moving the dinosaurs next to the neanderthals.
Yes, it was good, though I slightly preferred the more wide ranging thriller style of The Execution Channel. This is more Ian Rankin than James Buchan, ifyouknowhatImean. Also, I'm in a hurry. Bye, now. ( )
1 rösta Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
The science fiction is subtle, but good. ( )
  gregandlarry | Mar 29, 2014 |
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MacLeod’s last novel had, as well as the usual SF, elements of the police procedural to it, not to mention a setting which featured Edinburgh heavily. In this book he mixes SF with the espionage thriller and makes an excellent fist of the spy novel aspect. Is he thinking of moving away from the genre?

In the one time Caucasian Autonomous Region of Krassnia, one of those strange enclaves of the former Soviet Union where ethnic strife both within it and with its neighbours was just waiting to break out when that state disintegrated, there is a mountain which hides a secret. A secret which when filmed in 1952 put the fear of God into Stalin and Beria. Krassnia has for centuries been divided between its habitual rulers the Vrai and the underling Krassnars. The mountain is said to hold the secret of the red-haired Vrai and bad things happen to ordinary Krassnars who venture there. (I pondered the significance of vrai being the French word for true but couldn’t work out if there was any.)

Despite her being a US citizen currently living in Edinburgh - again a welcome setting for part of a MacLeod novel - Luciane Stone’s family has been tangled up in Krassnian affairs (the word is apposite) for four generations; indeed she was born and schooled there. In her job with an Edinburgh computer game company she has incorporated almost all the Krassnian folklore that she learned at her mother’s knee into their latest project “Dark Britannia.” Cue much speculation regarding simulations and simulacra. Another game project in hand is of a timeline where the Spartacus revolt in ancient Rome was not crushed. As a consequence Rome did not fall in the fifth century and the industrial revolution occurred much earlier than in Lucy’s world. The Romans reach Mars.

When the call comes from her mother to produce a version of “Dark Britannia” specifically aimed at the Krassnian market Lucy becomes embroiled in all the shenanigans you might expect in a spy/thriller story. As this scenario demands, Lucy does of course ascend the mountain, where she encounters a strangeness illuminating the nature of reality.

While fizzing with speculation, The Restoration Game blends the SF and spy elements a little awkwardly, with the more down to earth sequences fully realised and the fantastical standing somewhat aloof from them - at times appearing almost as an add-on. Nevertheless MacLeod’s prose enables the book to speed by. It is a page turner.
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There is no such place as Krassnia. Lucy Stone should know--she was born there. In that tiny, troubled region of the former Soviet Union, revolution is brewing. Its organizers need a safe place to meet, and where better than the virtual spaces of an online game? Lucy, who works for a start-up games company in Edinburgh, has a project that almost seems made for the job: a game inspired by The Krassniad, an epic folk tale concocted by Lucy's mother, Amanda, who studied there in the 1980s. Lucy knows Amanda is a spook. She knows her great-grandmother Eugenie also visited the country in the 1930s and met the man who originally collected Krassnian folklore, and who perished in Stalin's terror. As Lucy digs up details about her birthplace to slot into the game, she finds the open secrets of her family's past, the darker secrets of Krassnia's past--and hints about the crucial role she is destined to play in The Restoration Game. Combining international intrigue with cutting-edge philosophical speculation, romance with adventure, and online gaming with real-life consequences, this book delivers as science fiction and as a sharp take on our present world from the viewpoint of a complex, engaging heroine who has to fight her way through a maze of political and family manipulation to take control of her own life.

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