What I gleaned about the story: One AI works for the government – or maybe a research institute – hunting down rogue AIs. And now a virtual celebrity chef is about to go rogue.
Find this book on Amazon.
Kudos: I have a soft spot for faux commercials and merchandising from the future. Especially when there’s a bit of tongue in that cheek. The whole thing starts out as a sort of cozy SF, complete with a television cooking show from the future. I enjoyed a couple of the product references.
Analysis: This is just a brief excerpt from the dialogue exchange, but the whole exchange kept me from immersing. It wasn’t two characters talking about something that revealed anything about them. It’s two guys talking for the sole purpose of conveying backstory. As a result, it comes across as stilted and unnatural.
Analysis: In some of the narration about the computer, the phrases “it” and “the computer” are used, while in other places, “Fancy,” and “she” are used, but I couldn’t find a logic behind these changes. It seems that the POV narrating character can’t decide whether Fancy is an it or a she, and this indecision kept popping me out of the story.
Analysis: Again we have a piece that kept me at a distance until the 10:00 buzzer sounded. And since immersion hadn’t really settled in yet, the treadmill stopped here.