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by Liz Maverick

When L. Roxanne Zaborovsky discovers that fate can be manipulated and identites can be changed after being attacked by two mortal enemies, she must decide who and what she wants to be, and which man she should trust with her life. Original.
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ISBN: 0505527243
ISBN13: 978-0505527240
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Author: Liz Maverick
Language: English
Publisher: Dorchester Shomi; 1st edition (July 3, 2007)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1825 kb
FB2 size: 1703 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 875
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My Wife received a bag full of samples at a recent romance writer's conference. In it, there was a book called "Shomi." Having no idea what that was, and trying to help my Wife, I thought I'd try it and fill her in. It was supposed to be the "next big thing." So I began reading Wired. When I reached around page 30, the sample ended. I never read samples. They are a cheap marketing ploy. In this case, however, since I didn't know I was reading a sample until it cut off, I fell victim to the ploy. Yep, that's right, after a hearty "What the hell..." I ran to my computer, found the book on Amazon, and ordered with expedited delivery. I was totally hooked.

Wired is a Cyberpunk re-telling of "The End of Eternity" by Asimov. Liz Maverick does a good job with the cyberpunk genre, and the story is quite compelling, but there is a major flaw. The characters, particularly when interacting with each other, act in an almost completely unbelievable fashion. Normally, as one who does not like character driven stories, this would not be such an issue. In Wired, however, the story is clicking along, I find myself being drawn into the universe, and then the character does something completely unbelievable. For example, early in the book, after two strange guys who clearly pose a danger to her (or at least one of them does), each of these men do something such as blow on her ear or such, and she swoons with the attraction to the guy she thinks is out to kill her. Come on! A burgular breaks into your house and whispers into your ear; you (a) get hot with the prospect of sex, or (b) reach for your Glock? If you answered (b), you will not like the heroine of this book. If you answered (a), seek help.

Aside from being jarred out of the moment by unbelievable actions/thoughts of the characters, there is the occasional misused profanity. The "F-word" where the "S-word" should be, I guess because the "F-word" is more "edgy." Unfortunately, it just sounds like a 50 year old trying to be "dope to the max with his homies." Also, as a minor point, there are technological incongruities (ie. Her cordless phone is interfered with by her Wi-Fi network, when it actually works the other way round, since the phone transmitter is far more powerful than the WiFi transmitter. In reality, she would have noticed no difference on the phone, but her computers would have been knocked off the network. I don't hold this too much against her. After all, the father of cyberpunk, William Gibson, the man who coined the term "cyberspace" knows nothing about computers by his own admission.)

I had great hope for this book from the first 30 pages, and I have to admit that the story kept me going right to the end. I would probably have chosen to give this 3 stars rather than 2, if not for the fact that the characters detract from the story so much. So much potential, so little result.

I think I'll put the SHOMI line aside until it matures a bit. I would, however, still consder trying it again in the future.
I'm a huge fan of cyberpunk and Wired does the job not just ably but most fabulously!

Roxanne finds herself walking to the convenience store in the middle of the night, not quite knowing why when her life is suddenly turned completely upside down. Repeatedly.

Wired keeps the reader guessing just as much as Rox is guessing. The first person POV lends an intimate air to the story, keeping you in Rox's head as she's trying very hard to figure out just what is going on and who to trust.

Maverick is clever and witty and her dialog and storytelling are even better than the very high bar she's set for herself in the past.

Shomi is off to a great start with Wired and I can only hope for more of this sort of breathless new world of novels when Marianne Mancusi's Moongazer comes out next month
Wired is a book about L. Roxanne Zaborovksy her future, past and present and all the layers in-between. This book is a mix of romance and sci-fi, sadly more science fiction with just a hint of romance. I say layers because in this story she is moved between different time lines by two men both of which are trying to "create" a specific future. It's unclear, in the beginning and to our heroine, which is trying to right the future and which is trying to make things go to the future he wants. Who should she trust the man with two last names Mason Merrick, or the charming well put together brit Leonardo Kaysar. Which man has her best at heart or they both only concerned with their own agenda. This is what Roxie has to figure out while she is being "spliced" from one timeline to another, while also finding out what kind of woman she is and what kind of woman does she want to be.

There where times when I got lost in the story because of the terminology but I didn't let these few moments deter me from the story. Over all I enjoyed the story and the start of this Shomi series enough that I reread the book in order to write a more accurate review of it.

If you enjoy stories about time travel with just a hint of romance then give Wired a shot it's a nice quick read.