2021: October TBR Hopefuls

With September all wrapped up and done with, I figured it was time for an October TBR post!

This month, as I’m getting ready to start my BBNYA books, I’m not intending to read as much as the last two months. However, I did decide to do a themed TBR month and for October, I’ll be reading cyberpunk! These are the books I’d gathered to read, though I’m still deciding whether I want to read all five of them or maybe just three or four. I also don’t have a set schedule like I did back in August and September (I’m working on it though) but I do know that my first read will be Neo Cyberpunk an anthology.

Some of these books have Cyberpunk as a main theme (corporation-ran futures, dystopian, toppling the government, AIs, hackers and jacking in to the internet, etc.) while others may be more of a futuristic setting.

Amazon Blurb:

A clone searching for her identity, an android out of control, a young man fleeing from killer-cyborgs, a synthwave DJ whose music slays, a deadly videogame – and a very hungry cyber-croc.

Welcome to the world of Neo Cyberpunk!

Fifteen of the hottest contemporary cyberpunk authors have joined forces to create a unique anthology. In this book readers will find the full spectrum of modern-day cyberpunk, full of action, mystery, technology and humanity.

Cyberpunk is Now!

Goodreads Blurb:

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous… you’ll recognize it immediately.

Goodreads Blurb:

When former hotshot homicide detective Tom “Doc” Holliday is recruited to join Special Crimes, he trades in his boring desk job for a second chance to do what he does best, hunt down killers. And his first case doesn’t disappoint: a murdered woman with a bogus past, her body drained of blood, and two eyewitnesses wasted on the designer drug goldjoy claiming a vampire did it.

For Holliday is no stranger to the unusual. He wields the Insight, a fickle clairvoyance that allows him to see the dark and terrible things that hide upon his world. After all, when you live in Empire City, where magic and technology co-exist, and humanity endures behind walls of stone and spell-forged steel, anything is possible.

Saddled with a team whose past is as checkered as his own, Holliday embarks upon an investigation that pits them against bio-engineered vampires, interdimensional parasites and the magical masterminds behind it all.

From nightclubs and skyscrapers, to underground drug labs and coffee shops, Holliday’s search for the truth will uncover a shadowy conspiracy that spans the ages, and forces him to confront a destiny he never wanted.

Goodreads Blurb:

A near-future science fiction thriller.

Police Analyst Haz Edmundson arrives at a crime scene in the abandoned warehouses of megacity now covering West Yorkshire. Riots are rolling across the city and the police engage in street warfare against protestors. Haz discovers the dead body of an activist who has crashed through the factory roof and cocooned in a wingsuit used in a daredevil sport, her head shattered by a mysterious mid-air impact.

The case is immediately swept aside and labelled an ‘accidental death.’ However, Haz knows there’s more to the case than the higher-ups are letting on, someone is working hard to bury a murder, and the more Haz investigates the more dangerous the trail becomes.

Set in a near-future Britain where technology has disguised the landscape with utopian megacities. A population under heavy surveillance, memories sold back to them for entertainment, and robotic drones pervading both life and liberty.

Welcome to Airedale.

Goodreads Blurb:

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn’t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.

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