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Street by Ryan A. Span


Street is a fast-paced online/print cyberpunk thriller about a woman alone in a dystopian future, Gina, working to make ends meet like the rest of the new underclass — by taking a powerful drug that gives her telepathic abilities. She skirts the edges of sanity when she takes a job she knows she really shouldn’t, and finds herself embroiled deeper and deeper into a dangerous mystery . . . .

Note: Street contains pervasive harsh language; also, some graphic violence.

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Streets Ahead

By Miladysa, editor, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Nov 6, 2008: There are two books in the Street Series – Empathy and Clairvoyance.

For a book that fits into the cyberpunk genre – Book One – Empathy – achieved something quite remarkable in my case, it hooked me in and kept me dangling right to the end.

With exceptional writing and fast-paced story lines Empathy should appeal to the majority of fiction readers. I found it exciting, easy to read and although set in the future it was not too far fetched to be a turn off for someone like myself with a preference for other genres.

A great plus was that the author presents believable and interesting characters right from the word go. The fact that I was able to pronounce their names and could almost bump into a Gina, Bomber or Gabriel in the street was a breath of fresh air. The dark mysterious Gabriel intrigued me no end and I could not get enough of him.

By the end of Book One I was as much of an addict as the main character Gina.

Book Two – Clairvoyance is enjoyable although at the moment I am not finding it as interesting or exciting as Empathy. My opinion is prone to change though because the story is still a work in progress.

My main gripe is that some of the characters are developing along what I would refer to as ‘comic book lines’. This development might agree with a lot of readers, may even attract more, but it is not something that I personally enjoy.

The site itself was a little difficult to navigate at first but in the past week or so it has been made easier by the introduction of some additional links. The majority of the home page is taken up by blog like notes from the author and I think that the site could be friendlier to new readers if these were to be replaced by something along the lines of a ‘twitter’. There is no opportunity to comment throughout the story and I missed the opportunity for interaction with the author and other readers. Apart from these tiny niggles I found this site extremely easy on the eyes and exceptionally quick to load.

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Very Fun

By Eli James, editor

Jan 12, 2009: Picture the scene in the Matrix where Neo is standing at the edge, on the top of a drab office block. Freeze that scene and plaster the concrete and glass buildings with neon signs and kanji. Fill the streets with a multi ethnic crowd. Cover the skies with polluted smog, wipe America clean with a trio of nuclear bombs and install an oppressive, all powerful technocratic government in place of the robots. You have now, in your mind’s eye, a graphical representation of Street.

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Horseless Cowboys

By Sonja Nitschke, editor

Jul 29, 2008: Caveat: I haven’t read all of Street, but I have read all of Year 1: Empathy.

The beginning instantly grabbed me. Crisp, clear, to the point.

I like that.

The story itself starts off strong: we are introduced to Gina, a woman working the Street, and telepathic mind drugs (which I thought was just cool). She takes a job she knows she probably [more . . .]

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A Mean Street, But Worth the Trip

By Ysabetwordsmith, member

Jul 14, 2010: It’s a mean "Street" out there, but fun to watch from a safe distance. This story has a short setup leading to a long, sharp drop into fast-paced action.

The viewpoint character, Gina, is a prostitute who sells not sex but something more intimate. She scans people’s thoughts and emotions with the help of a drug called Spice. Unlike some of the strung-out telepaths on the Street, Gina is good at keeping her head on her shoulders. Unfortunately, that’s not enough.

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Mean Streets

By Pete Tzinski, author of God in the Machine

Nov 29, 2008: There is a great deal of material present, in "Street," and if you take to reading it regularly then you’ll have a large archive to while away your days reading. And that’s just fine, because it’s a fantastic way to lose a few hours.

I’ve never been a fan of cyberpunk. I enjoy William Gibson a great deal—and I see pieces of him in the first novel, "Empathy," which I am nearly done reading as of this writing— but the genre [more . . .]

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Escape the Street; Find the Sky

By Kyt Dotson, author of Black Hat Magick

Aug 4, 2008: I have read so-far up to chapter 16 and am still reading. I just wanted to get a review to date because I am really enjoying this story.

Street: Empathy is an elemental cyberpunk in the vein that Gibson has carved for it and others have followed. Expect both the wires and the characters stripped raw, action and fury collided together with a dystopian future where the poor are still gripped by a strange poverty and the ultra-rich exist in elite [more . . .]

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