Series: John Golden
Published by Ragnorok Publications on February 3, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 64 pages
Source: Publicity Agency, Publisher
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
John Golden is a debugger: he goes inside the computer systems of his corporate clients to exterminate the gremlins, sprites, and other fairies that take up residence. But when he gets a frantic call from Serpentine Systems, a top-of-the-line anti-fairy security company, John finds out he's on much more than a simple smurf-punting expedition.
With the help of his sarcastic little sister Sarah (currently incarnated in the form of a Dell Inspiron) and a paranoid system administrator, John tackles Serpentine's fairy problem. But the rabbit hole goes deeper than he thinks, and with the security of all of company's clients in danger, there's more at stake this time than John's paycheck
Reading JOHN GOLDEN: FREELANCE DEBUGGER was in a way refreshingly different from what I've been reading in the urban fantasy genre. The main reason for even picking up this book was to find out how a freelance debugger 'debugged' computers of fairies. I was not disappointed. It fuses fantasy with scifi and modern technology, and come out with a fresh, sarcastic story that I wish was longer. there are a lot of pop culture references and IT jokes that will make any computer geek smile.I loved the way the insides of computers become a completely separate world in which the fairies exist. Making fairies into sort personifications of viruses and other malware who create burrows in our servers is a great new take on fairies.
Aside from the most excellent battle against pesky fairies who want to take over our servers; the main characters, John and Sarah are a fun duo whose brother/sister dynamic was reflected in the unique footnotes at the bottom of the pages. At first I was confused about why there were footnotes with Sarah's sarcastic comments on what was happening to John in the main text. The footnote confusion was only temporary as Sarah is hilarious and really smart and I came to keep glancing down just to see Sarah's response to something John said. The footnotes add to the humor, worldbuilding and flavor of this novella.
With its sarcastic wit, pop culture jokes, and unique take on fairies I would recommend JOHN GOLDEN: FREELANCE DEBUGGER to everyone who likes a good quick adventure story. After reading this novella I await more John Golden adventures and I will for now blame any computer virus on those pesky pixies setting up burrows in the server.Series Titles:
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