John Golden: Freelance Debugger
by Django Wexler
Series: John Golden, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ragnorak Publications, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
I found a socket and plugged Sarah into it, leaving her leaning against the wall.
—  Seattle power: fruity and piquant, with the hint of citrus that comes from a dash of hydroelectricity. Not as subtle as San Francisco, but quite palatable. —
As I’d told Delphi, a fairy burrow is a kind of extended metaphor, a story telling and retelling itself through the medium of bits and pieces of computing time. From the outside, with a connection to the underlying system, Sarah can push or pull in certain ways.
- Such a different urban fantasy.
- This fantasy gives a whole new spin to debugging!
- A fun book to read. I didn’t like that it was so short, but that also made it a good, quick read!
- An irreverent and breezy writing style.
- John Golden is good at his job, but also kind of a lovable flake! He hides his expertise behind his wisecracking exterior.
- Sarah is John’s sister and his assistant. John explains in this story that her soul is a computer program in a Dell Inspirion computer. Wow! She helps John with his debugging work.
- In the Kindle edition of this book Sarah makes mocking and tongue-in-cheek comments via footnotes (at the end of a paragraph) about the things John does. (See the quote above for an example.)
- It’s too short! I wanted more.
And a few thoughts . . .
The second novella in this series–John Golden and the Heroes of Mazaroth–was published in August.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?