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Adam Christopher

Author of Empire State

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Works by Adam Christopher

Empire State (2012) 394 copies, 34 reviews
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (2019) 279 copies, 6 reviews
Made to Kill (2015) 262 copies, 18 reviews
Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith (2022) 196 copies, 2 reviews
Seven Wonders (2012) 146 copies, 6 reviews
The Burning Dark (2014) 146 copies, 17 reviews
The Age Atomic (2013) 94 copies, 6 reviews
Hang Wire (2014) 91 copies, 10 reviews
Killing Is My Business (2017) 62 copies, 3 reviews
The Machine Awakes (2015) 59 copies, 3 reviews
Elementary: The Ghost Line (2015) 50 copies, 2 reviews
Standard Hollywood Depravity (2017) 43 copies, 2 reviews
Elementary: Blood And Ink (2016) 38 copies
I Only Killed Him Once (2015) 35 copies, 4 reviews

Associated Works

From a Certain Point of View: 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars (2017) — Contributor — 847 copies, 36 reviews
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014 Edition (2015) — Contributor — 154 copies, 3 reviews
2014 Campbellian Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 25 copies, 1 review
2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 9 copies


Common Knowledge

New Zealand
Country (for map)
New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Places of residence
England, UK



A good story overall, but it just felt like the author kept using 5 words when 3 would've done just fine.
Library_Guard | 1 other review | Jun 17, 2024 |
This was a Goodreads Giveaway ...2.5 stars. It was a short and entertaining read with a specific style that was well-written but not my favourite type of style. The rating was solely based on the fact that it was not the type of book that I typically enjoy reading. It did make me feel like I was in another time and place though - which was good!
Bambean | 1 other review | May 20, 2024 |
I breezed through this fast little novel in two days, and it was a nice palate cleanser after my last read.

Good things: I really love how they explain that Ray, our robot protagonist, can pick up sensory details, how he relates to Ada and applies afterimages that may or may not be connected to whoever her personality imprint is based off of. The templating is good, and the afterimages are excellent -- he explains Ada's control of him, but he doesn't seem to rankle at the idea that she broke into him at some point and reprogrammed him to get from the semi-profitable PI business to the killer-for-hire business. At no time do we know what Ray was originally programmed for, but that's easily explained by knowing that he was broken down and rebuilt...

...but not perfectly. Between his creator's template and his own 'after image' memories, he is able to have some idea of what it is to smile, frown, laugh. He sometimes remembers details he shouldn't, after images on his tapes. He remembers a humanity that he's been gifted, and it makes him more sympathetic even if he can throw sparks from his fingertips and has an internal Geiger counter.

The prose is short and sharp, and has a nice pulpy feel to it. I didn't quite like how the dialogue was handled because it seemed a touch choppy, but beyond that it was good.

Bad things: I could have done with some fleshing of the plot, and more on Ada's involvement expounded on -- especially since it's clear that she has Ray on a leash and without him she has no hands or eyes or legs, but with her he's a puppet and less free than he seems. That relationship needed more meat. However, the ending brings up great questions about how their relationship will evolve in regards to his upgrades, and I definitely want to get the next book because it opens up a lot of character possibility, so hopefully in the next book we'll learn a lot more.

In short: good noir read, needs a little meatier plot but the character of Ray and his attempts to sort of human through his robot life is engaging and makes the thinner plot worth the read. Will get the next book.
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crowsandprose | 17 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
I loved this book. Superheroes, noir, mystery, robots, blimps, the kitchen sink. One of my favorite books of the yer.
cdaley | 33 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |



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