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Sybernika by Patrick Whittaker

 

Rhiannon was dead but it didn’t last. Her husband has downloaded her mind into a computer-generated world where he is Lord and Master and she has no rights.

For him, it’s Heaven. For her, it’s Hell.

Danny Jasinski is a freelance computing genius on a mission to hack the unhackable, while battling bizarre hallucinations and paranoid conspiracy theories.

What’s real and what isn’t? And who’s really in control?

Note: Sybernika contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.


A complete novel

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Listed: Nov 12, 2013

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Editor’s First Impression

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 7, 2014: A cyberpunk web classic. Violent, depraved, and weird!

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Amazingly Well Done Horror Story

By MaddiroseX, author of Twisted Cogs

Jan 10, 2014: If you’re a fan of horror and scifi/cyberpunk, I can’t recommend this story enough. I only intended to read the first handful of chapters, but I ended up blowing through all of Part 1 (about half of the completed story, from what I can tell). It was grim and creepy, and incredibly well written, both in structure and story.

The story is told in a lilting, almost poetic style. I thought I would get bored or annoyed with it at first, but after a while I realized it really adds to the building atmosphere of the story . . . and what atmosphere! The scifi hook kept me reading at the beginning, but as the author subtly and unrelentingly built up the dread I found it impossible to stop.

I would mention the flipside of such amazing writing abilities; with such believable characters the darkness of this story became increasingly difficult to read. The violence, the domestic, emotional and sexual abuse, and the overall dark tone was a little hard to deal with, precisely due to the fact that it felt so real. I thought it was perfectly appropriate to the story, but readers with more delicate sensibilities may want to beware.

Honestly I’m shocked at how real the emotions were while reading this serial/novel. Module (read: chapter) 10.0 was able to deliver an emotional punch to the gut, and it’s a single sentence long. It’s rare that I encounter a character that I truly, viscerally hate, not because they’re annoying or over-the-top evil, but because I can see them as an actual person, real enough to loathe. The antagonists of Sybernika fall into that short list of characters.

Long story short, Sybernika has its ruthless moments, but as long as you know what kind of story to expect going in it’s a marvelous work. Well worth my time.

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