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  • Audio CD
  • Lágrimas en la lluvia
  • Rosa Montero
  • English
  • 10 March 2014
  • 9781469211404

10 thoughts on “Lágrimas en la lluvia

  1. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    I've been over my cyberpunk phase for a couple decades now so I don't know exactly what attracted me to this story or why I chose to pick it up It didn't hurt that both Audible and Kindle versions are part of Kindle Unlimited so it was functionally free This is the kind of thing I generally need to be in a specific mood to enjoy and that's even stranger because I maintained my interest despite listening to it on every other work commute and that makes it uite broken up so the reading was spread out over a couple of weeks And yet I was never tempted to put it down or to move on to something elseThis is an atmospheric story that takes its tone from the Blade Runner movie but does so completely unselfconsciously and even uotes the movie at one point I'm a fan of the film but hardly a purist so this story felt like visiting an old friend who had changed careers or spouses or something but still remained or less the same—in a good way that retained all the things I liked but with new flavor to get to know So you have the crushing edge where technology meets irresponsibility and human banality and individuals struggle in the face of an impersonal hostility that only wants to give you exactly what you crave and none of what you need This includes the exaggerated fears of the current generation with climate change and toxic environmental damage ramped up to maximum conseuence and then compounded by forces we haven't even started to fear yet like hostile space colonies and mutations caused by irresponsible teleportationIt helps that Montero gives us a core of sympathetic but broken individuals to personalize those struggles Bruna is a detective and a replicant manufactured human hired into a case that starts small but uickly spirals out into broader movements and bigger conspiracies Bruna simply refuses to give up even when it's clear she has no chance at coming out of it unscathed and I liked her even when she exasperated me because her flaws are as important as her talentsI nearly spiraled into a plot pit there but this is not a short book and there's a ton of great worldbuilding and lots of stuff happens and all of it was fascinating Suffice to say that Montero has a great imagination and the plot holds together with a couple of caveats I'll get to shortly In the end I was happy to find some suspicions confirmed and some real surprises and an overall satisfying conclusion that was a good payoff for an entertaining listenAny story this wide ranging is going to have things I have to set aside as that's how this story world works just to get along with the narrative It's still a bit of friction though because I don't think actual people can turn on each other and tribe up uite like this story posits And while the part of the plot that impacts Bruna works out fine the broader orchestration doesn't hold together too much had to happen too perfectly for too long for it to actually work So while the world building is fantastically imaginative I think some of the details don't add up as neatly as they could have And that's before the central science magic comes in memories as a scientific playground with people able to erase and create them at or less whimSo I can't give this all the stars Still it's a very solid four star story and an incredibly faithful homage and extension to a genre I thought moribund or at least moribund to me And I'll add that while I can't speak to how faithful the translation is to the original Spanish they did an outstanding job creating a strong story where that evocative atmosphere is absolutely key to maintaining engagement Then add on top of that some outstanding narration by Mary Robinette Kowal and you have a true collaboration of artists who managed to end up with a unified and satisfying whole in the end The only clunker I found was the third person narrative referring to the main protagonist by a variety of monikers switching a little too freely and freuently between them the rep the detective the android Bruna Husky etcA note about SteamyChaste There's sex in the story but Montero doesn't get very explicit Enough that I can't call it chaste but not so much that I can really call it steamy either It felt very appropriate to the story actually now I think on it


  2. Simply Sam ツ Simply Sam ツ says:

    25 StarsThat's right folks I am done It only took me a year to finish it but here it is This book suffered from too many words That's right too many words It has got to be the longest 400 page book ever There were pages and pages of info dumps that I eventually just skipped through Honestly it should have been about 100 pages shorter This time just like last time I made it to the 50% mark and began constantly checking my progress However there were some really neat concepts mentioned in this book The idea of walking billboards people made to wear talking advertisements that they couldn't mute and were only allowed to take off for 9 hours a day? It was one that made me incredibly sad but at the same time I was like Wow that's a diabolically ingenious form of torture There were also lung parks with artificial trees that absorbed carbon dioxide and increased the oxygen level in those areas Clean air was scarce and was luxury that had to be paid for That could be our future too right? It was those little details and I say little because they are literally mentioned in passing that added to the story for mePart of the problem with this story is that the whole concept behind the replicants or reps was confusing to me I'm not sure what made them all that different from people The term replicant and android was used interchangeably but when I think of an android I think of a machine made to look human You know covered in synthetic flesh but inside they are a jumble of whirring parts tubes and cables Not so with these reps They bleed like humans suffer from concussions like humans and apparently develop cancer like humans So is a replicant just a genetically modified human similar to a clone? That would make that term make sense And if so how is that an android? Does it not make sense because I've never seen Bladerunner? I don't know I just ended up going with it but it was one point of contention I had with the overall world building Anyway there's I want to say but haven't the time at the moment Maybe I'll come back and do a thorough review I'll just say this overall I think there could have been a good story and world in this work it was just overshadowed by the tediousness of the unnecessary filler


  3. Dawn Dawn says:

    1 star I did not like it DNF at 10%Oddball here No offense to those who liked it I personally need something to engage me enough to continue This book did nothing for me Sorry Gavin I know you loved it but it is just not for me No hard feelings?Basically if a book can't grab me in the first 10% it is very hard for me to go onI loved Blade Runner the movie and liked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep I know I didn't read very far but except for the fact the author used the term replicant I couldn't see ANY similiarities with either the film or the book Just to clarify Blade Runner the MOVIE and Do Androids Dream of Electric SheepBladerunner the BOOK which the movie was LOOSELY based on are very different from each other I saw alot of people make a comparison to Blade Runner and I can only assume people were referring to the filmHere's why I stopped1 Info dumps2 Tell no show3 I do not care about nor connect with ANY characters4 Poor if not non existant physical world building5 Little physical descriptions6 Way too much backround history over too many years info dumpOk some may think I didn't give it enough of a chance I think I didBooks I enjoy tend to capture me very early onthey give me something that makes me want to see what happensto continueThis one did notI just don't want to continueI don't want to invest my time in a book that was doing nothing for me


  4. Eric Means Eric Means says:

    If any of you are Blade Runner fans and are desperate for poorly written Blade Runner fanfic look up Tears In RainOr don't Because it really is terrible fanfic It ticks pretty much every single terrible fanfic box Uncomfortable kind of out of the blue sex with someonesomething weird check Author using the protagonist as their own personal dress up doll check because it really matters that as the protagonist is checking out a lead she has carefully gotten dressed in a leopard print skirt Hint no Incredibly heavy handed exposition badly disguised as an unnecessary plot point check Painful call outs to the source material being fan fic ed checkTerrible surprise ending that resolves everything lets the whole world know who the bad guys are and totally clears the good guys' names and lets them get back to their lives CheckIf the problem had just been awkward prose I might have been willing to blame translation or something but the plot was just not good


  5. Gavin Gavin says:

    When I first discovered the existence of Tears in Rain I was very excited by the prospect of a Blade Runner inspired sci fi novel I'm happy to say this book lived up to my high expectations The most enjoyable aspect of the book was the fantastically well crafted futuristic world that Rosa Montero has created I really enjoyed some of the social and political aspects of the story even though they were never really explored in any great detail I definitely finished this feeling like this world has tales left to tell and I really hope we get a seuel At it's heart this book was sci fi mysterycrime novel It was the story of the replicant detective Bruna Husky and her investigation into the suspicious deaths of a number of other replicants Bruna may have been a technohuman but she was a multidimensional character who while flawed was still very likable and easy to relate too I listened to the audio of this and feel the need to lavishly praise the wonderful performance of the narrator Mary Robinette Kowal


  6. Rachel Hyland Rachel Hyland says:

    For all my love of science fiction I have never been particularly drawn to cyberpunk as a subgenre Of course I have read Neuromancer and Johnny Mnemonic Snowcrash and Altered Carbon among other such not to mention a bunch of applicable Philip K Dick I’ve seen every iteration of Blade Runner that exists on film and that is a lot But I think there is something about its generally bleak vision of the future — that technology and progress will overtake us so implacably that we will be powerless to prevent society’s inevitable descent into cybernetics dehumanization and above all loneliness — that makes me unutterably sadThis novel echoes those themes in spades but also gives it all a Spanish flair — it is set in New Madrid in the too near future — while also giving us an artificial life form as our detective heroine who rejoices under the unlikely moniker of Bruna HuskyBruna — who is usually referred to as “the detective” and “the rep” which is kind of annoying to be honest — is employed to get to the bottom of a suspicious death and before long she gets drawn into a far reaching conspiracy against her race “rep” is short for “replicant” and yes the title is indeed a reference to Blade Runner; it is even mentioned in the text and the very controlling government There are aliens in this world and a barely sentient very cute pet type creature who speaks but all of this is thrown at us as though it’s really no big deal Maybe it isn’tThe book is perhaps a tad overlong and Bruna’s investigative skills aren’t exactly top notch her method being distinctly of the “crash around until someone tries to kill me” school of detection but the book held my attention throughout and I liked its contemplation of what makes us individuals what makes us human and how important our memories are to our sense of self Despite myself and her I even liked Bruna debilitating drug addiction and frank sexual encounters and all Bruna Husky #2 was translated into English and released in 2016 but the third in the series released last year does not yet have an English version I’ll wait


  7. Matt Matt says:

    This is the best book I've read in a while Think sci fi meets detective story meets philosophical reflection on the nature of identity and mortalityMany things make this book good The main character Bruna Husky is compelling somehow both kick ass and vulnerable simultaneously The world is futuristic eg sky trams yet also realistic labor strikes involving the sky tram workers The technology is seamless antibacterial lights in the operating room and politicized anti aging surgery accessible to all but the poor thus wrinkles are a sign of poverty The ideas are thought provoking the technohumansreplicants are created at about 25 years of age and only live for 10 years They are implanted with false childhood memories to stabilize their sense of identity It leads you to a place where there is no difference between the implanted memories of replicants and the real memories of the humans thus highlighting the epistemological ephemerality of memory Living for only 10 years is of course a microcosm of universal mortality except that Bruna has a literal countdown continually going in her head of how many years months and days she has left to live The book isn't afraid to be political such as the poor who must survive by allowing electronic billboards to be permanently affixed to their bodies and being reuired to walk around the city 12 hours a day This is of course a logical conseuent of selling ourselves to consumerist capitalismThe book has its flaws such as a overly uick and tidy wrap up of all the tension the book delightfully develops over hundreds of pages But I highly recommend reading this thoughtful exploration


  8. Jaylia3 Jaylia3 says:

    This engrossing thought provoking Blade Runner inspired Sci Fi detective novel by Spanish author Rosa Montero held me from beginning to end With thorough world building multi dimensional characterizations and a detailed and suspenseful plot Tears in Rain explores the complexities and psychological tensions of living in a futuristic climate damaged world peopled with humans replicants and aliens Normally I am wary of translations but in this case I felt no story element was missing including the joy of being able to sink into the text Replicant Detective Bruna Husky knows she only has about ten years total to live a fact that runs through her mind several times a day Created by humans for combat she is strong smart and fast but the melancholy she sometimes feels can cause her to be rash and self destructive Every replicant has 500 implanted memories of a childhood that didn’t actually exist false memories that are meant to make their short lives comfortable but in Bruna’s case knowing they aren’t real just makes her feel a sense of loss When hired by a radical replicant rights group to investigate a series of suspicious headline grabbing murder suicide deaths of replicants which are turning public opinion against her species it becomes personal for Bruna She has an engaging and well drawn Star Wars bar assortment of friends and acuaintances but as she gets closer to the truth it becomes harder for Bruna to know who to trust


  9. Tom Tom says:

    Tears in Rain take its title from the movie Blade Runner where replicant Roy Batty delivers the following solilouy just before he spoilers diesI've seen things you people wouldn't believe Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion I watched c beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain Time to die Tears in Rain shares other elements with Blade Runner it also features replicants and a detective trying to solve a mystery on a dystopian future Earth In a way I think this is unfortunate because it would be easy to dismiss this novel as Blade Runner fan fiction It's not This is a deep poignant and compelling work in its own right and if it was inspired by the film it manages to explore the film's themes of memory and death in a way that the original never approachedThe book acknowledges the existence of the film Blade Runner within its timeline but this is not a seuel or even set in the same universeIt is about one hundred years in the future and the Earth is a very different place Breakthroughs in technology have lead to the creation of replicants genetically engineered human beings who are 'hatched' at a human euivalent age of 25 implanted with false memories of a fictional childhood and then sent to work in dangerous conditions fight in wars or explore hostile worlds A replicant uprising has lead to theoretical eual rights for 'reps' in the newly formed United States of Earth but in practice they are still feared and discriminated against To complicate matters a rep has a natural lifespan of about ten years at that point their bodies suddenly decay and death uickly follows Science has not been able to solve this problemBruna Husky is a combat rep who has 'retired' and become a private investigator in Madrid When a fellow replicant goes insane and tries to kill her Bruna starts to investigate a strange string of murders replicants who have been forcibly implanted with new false memories that drive them to killMiriam Chi the leader of a group for replicant rights suspects that this is part of a conspiracy to turn human citizens against reps Bruna is skeptical but soon finds herself becoming paranoid as the conspirators appear to be able to track and anticipate her every move She needs allies but is torn between the disgraced memorist whose final work was to create Bruna's own false memories and the sly human policeman who claims he's on her side Meanwhile replicants with infected memories are committing ever horrific killings and the an anti replicant hate group has inexplicably risen to political power And Bruna is haunted by memories false and real of her own past and the ever shortening frame of her own futureAuthor Rosa Montero has created a really interesting future in Tears in Rain Human teleportation is possible but carries grave risks Humans have created orbital colonies the so called Floating Worlds organized around fringe ideologies The shortening of the vast distances of interstellar space has brought humanity into contact with alien civilizations Yet despite all these advances pollution has rendered much of the Earth uninhabitable horrific wars and genocides have killed millions and people still age and die This novel properly belongs to the sci fi subgenre of 'cyberpunk' which concerns dystopian near futures And it owes a lot to a Harrison Ford movie from 1985 But this is a rare book that transcends its own genre The mystery is not really the heart of the story Montero is writing about loss and how we remember the people we have lost and what that means Bruna's false memories of the childhood she never had are vivid than her friend the aging archivist Yiannis' true memories of a child he lost long ago If the dead live on in memory and memory is fragile and mutable and eventually we all die where does that leave us?Montero's novel is poignant and compelling all at the same time The themes she works with are resonant ones and her world is one I would very much like to explore further Word is that she's writing a seuel I for one will be looking forward to it


  10. Gwen Gwen says:

    Let me get this out of the way This book was not irredeemably terrible You can tell this because I actually finished it and for this alone it gets two starsBut ButThe writing is stilted I don't know if this is an artefact of the translation but if it is then the translator needs to get their act together prontoThe story despite its title and the main character even viewing Blade Runner during the course of the book bears little to no resemblance to Do Androids Dream Dick fans go elsewhereThe author can't seem to make their mind up what it is they want to write about The focus is supposedly on replicants explicitly referred to as androids but they are creatures of flesh and blood with organs and hormones and vulnerability to cancers and everything else that entails Also for some reason there are aliens with one in particular starring in a bizarre subplot that meanders exactly nowhereA number of the main character's progressions in her investigation are the result of lucky guesses handwaved away in world as the result of some kind of synthetic hormone despite her being an android despite her being flesh and blood but what it basically comes down to is the author writing herself into a corner and having no way out other than the MC magically having the informationThere are several incidents of literal infodumps which were boring and mostly irrelevant only one of which actually served any plot relevance and by that time I'd taken to skipping them entirely due to their being tedious pointless readsThe obligatory romance is rather painful to watch developing especially when everyone involved is simply painfulling oblivious to the fact the author is barely able to keep herself from the moment of now kissThe ending is a super convinient everyone lived happily ever after except the villain and the dead people I guess which comes rather abruptly out of nowhere after far too long explaining away clues which nobody has bothered investigating for the entire duration of the novel in half a sentence before focusing back on what the MC is currently wearingIn short for a published science fiction novel written as a tribute to Dick's work and deliberately trying to invoke it it's embarassingly amateurBut like I said it's not irredeemably terrible There are a few interesting ideas and themes in the novel the Clean Air Tax and its subseuent effect on the underclasses the employment of the desperate as living billboards for unscrupulous corporations even if they don't get given the time they deserve It's perfectly readable if you have some time to kill and switch your brain off Just don't go in expecting anything akin to PKD or alternatively just go and read something better


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Lágrimas en la lluvia[Read] ➺ Lágrimas en la lluvia ➶ Rosa Montero – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk As a replicant or “technohuman” Detective Bruna Husky knows two things humans bioengineered her to perform dangerous undesirable tasks and she has just ten years on the United States of Earth befo As a replicant or “technohuman” Detective Bruna Husky knows two things humans bioengineered her to perform dangerous undesirable tasks and she has just ten years on the United States of Earth before her body automatically self destructs But with “antitechno” rage on the rise and a rash of premature deaths striking her Lágrimas en eBook Å fellow replicants she may have even less time than she thoughtInvestigating the mysterious deaths Bruna delves into the fractious violent history shared by humans and replicants and struggles to engage the society that fails to understand her — yet created her The deeper she gets the deadlier her work becomes as she uncovers a vast terrifying conspiracy bent on changing the very course of the world But even as the darkness of her reality closes in Bruna clings fiercely to life.


About the Author: Rosa Montero

Rosa Montero Gayo is an award winning journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País and an author of general fiction and Children's fiction.


10 thoughts on “Lágrimas en la lluvia

  1. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    I've been over my cyberpunk phase for a couple decades now so I don't know exactly what attracted me to this story or why I chose to pick it up It didn't hurt that both Audible and Kindle versions are part of Kindle Unlimited so it was functionally free This is the kind of thing I generally need to be in a specific mood to enjoy and that's even stranger because I maintained my interest despite listening to it on every other work commute and that makes it uite broken up so the reading was spread out over a couple of weeks And yet I was never tempted to put it down or to move on to something elseThis is an atmospheric story that takes its tone from the Blade Runner movie but does so completely unselfconsciously and even uotes the movie at one point I'm a fan of the film but hardly a purist so this story felt like visiting an old friend who had changed careers or spouses or something but still remained or less the same—in a good way that retained all the things I liked but with new flavor to get to know So you have the crushing edge where technology meets irresponsibility and human banality and individuals struggle in the face of an impersonal hostility that only wants to give you exactly what you crave and none of what you need This includes the exaggerated fears of the current generation with climate change and toxic environmental damage ramped up to maximum conseuence and then compounded by forces we haven't even started to fear yet like hostile space colonies and mutations caused by irresponsible teleportationIt helps that Montero gives us a core of sympathetic but broken individuals to personalize those struggles Bruna is a detective and a replicant manufactured human hired into a case that starts small but uickly spirals out into broader movements and bigger conspiracies Bruna simply refuses to give up even when it's clear she has no chance at coming out of it unscathed and I liked her even when she exasperated me because her flaws are as important as her talentsI nearly spiraled into a plot pit there but this is not a short book and there's a ton of great worldbuilding and lots of stuff happens and all of it was fascinating Suffice to say that Montero has a great imagination and the plot holds together with a couple of caveats I'll get to shortly In the end I was happy to find some suspicions confirmed and some real surprises and an overall satisfying conclusion that was a good payoff for an entertaining listenAny story this wide ranging is going to have things I have to set aside as that's how this story world works just to get along with the narrative It's still a bit of friction though because I don't think actual people can turn on each other and tribe up uite like this story posits And while the part of the plot that impacts Bruna works out fine the broader orchestration doesn't hold together too much had to happen too perfectly for too long for it to actually work So while the world building is fantastically imaginative I think some of the details don't add up as neatly as they could have And that's before the central science magic comes in memories as a scientific playground with people able to erase and create them at or less whimSo I can't give this all the stars Still it's a very solid four star story and an incredibly faithful homage and extension to a genre I thought moribund or at least moribund to me And I'll add that while I can't speak to how faithful the translation is to the original Spanish they did an outstanding job creating a strong story where that evocative atmosphere is absolutely key to maintaining engagement Then add on top of that some outstanding narration by Mary Robinette Kowal and you have a true collaboration of artists who managed to end up with a unified and satisfying whole in the end The only clunker I found was the third person narrative referring to the main protagonist by a variety of monikers switching a little too freely and freuently between them the rep the detective the android Bruna Husky etcA note about SteamyChaste There's sex in the story but Montero doesn't get very explicit Enough that I can't call it chaste but not so much that I can really call it steamy either It felt very appropriate to the story actually now I think on it

  2. Simply Sam ツ Simply Sam ツ says:

    25 StarsThat's right folks I am done It only took me a year to finish it but here it is This book suffered from too many words That's right too many words It has got to be the longest 400 page book ever There were pages and pages of info dumps that I eventually just skipped through Honestly it should have been about 100 pages shorter This time just like last time I made it to the 50% mark and began constantly checking my progress However there were some really neat concepts mentioned in this book The idea of walking billboards people made to wear talking advertisements that they couldn't mute and were only allowed to take off for 9 hours a day? It was one that made me incredibly sad but at the same time I was like Wow that's a diabolically ingenious form of torture There were also lung parks with artificial trees that absorbed carbon dioxide and increased the oxygen level in those areas Clean air was scarce and was luxury that had to be paid for That could be our future too right? It was those little details and I say little because they are literally mentioned in passing that added to the story for mePart of the problem with this story is that the whole concept behind the replicants or reps was confusing to me I'm not sure what made them all that different from people The term replicant and android was used interchangeably but when I think of an android I think of a machine made to look human You know covered in synthetic flesh but inside they are a jumble of whirring parts tubes and cables Not so with these reps They bleed like humans suffer from concussions like humans and apparently develop cancer like humans So is a replicant just a genetically modified human similar to a clone? That would make that term make sense And if so how is that an android? Does it not make sense because I've never seen Bladerunner? I don't know I just ended up going with it but it was one point of contention I had with the overall world building Anyway there's I want to say but haven't the time at the moment Maybe I'll come back and do a thorough review I'll just say this overall I think there could have been a good story and world in this work it was just overshadowed by the tediousness of the unnecessary filler

  3. Dawn Dawn says:

    1 star I did not like it DNF at 10%Oddball here No offense to those who liked it I personally need something to engage me enough to continue This book did nothing for me Sorry Gavin I know you loved it but it is just not for me No hard feelings?Basically if a book can't grab me in the first 10% it is very hard for me to go onI loved Blade Runner the movie and liked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep I know I didn't read very far but except for the fact the author used the term replicant I couldn't see ANY similiarities with either the film or the book Just to clarify Blade Runner the MOVIE and Do Androids Dream of Electric SheepBladerunner the BOOK which the movie was LOOSELY based on are very different from each other I saw alot of people make a comparison to Blade Runner and I can only assume people were referring to the filmHere's why I stopped1 Info dumps2 Tell no show3 I do not care about nor connect with ANY characters4 Poor if not non existant physical world building5 Little physical descriptions6 Way too much backround history over too many years info dumpOk some may think I didn't give it enough of a chance I think I didBooks I enjoy tend to capture me very early onthey give me something that makes me want to see what happensto continueThis one did notI just don't want to continueI don't want to invest my time in a book that was doing nothing for me

  4. Eric Means Eric Means says:

    If any of you are Blade Runner fans and are desperate for poorly written Blade Runner fanfic look up Tears In RainOr don't Because it really is terrible fanfic It ticks pretty much every single terrible fanfic box Uncomfortable kind of out of the blue sex with someonesomething weird check Author using the protagonist as their own personal dress up doll check because it really matters that as the protagonist is checking out a lead she has carefully gotten dressed in a leopard print skirt Hint no Incredibly heavy handed exposition badly disguised as an unnecessary plot point check Painful call outs to the source material being fan fic ed checkTerrible surprise ending that resolves everything lets the whole world know who the bad guys are and totally clears the good guys' names and lets them get back to their lives CheckIf the problem had just been awkward prose I might have been willing to blame translation or something but the plot was just not good

  5. Gavin Gavin says:

    When I first discovered the existence of Tears in Rain I was very excited by the prospect of a Blade Runner inspired sci fi novel I'm happy to say this book lived up to my high expectations The most enjoyable aspect of the book was the fantastically well crafted futuristic world that Rosa Montero has created I really enjoyed some of the social and political aspects of the story even though they were never really explored in any great detail I definitely finished this feeling like this world has tales left to tell and I really hope we get a seuel At it's heart this book was sci fi mysterycrime novel It was the story of the replicant detective Bruna Husky and her investigation into the suspicious deaths of a number of other replicants Bruna may have been a technohuman but she was a multidimensional character who while flawed was still very likable and easy to relate too I listened to the audio of this and feel the need to lavishly praise the wonderful performance of the narrator Mary Robinette Kowal

  6. Rachel Hyland Rachel Hyland says:

    For all my love of science fiction I have never been particularly drawn to cyberpunk as a subgenre Of course I have read Neuromancer and Johnny Mnemonic Snowcrash and Altered Carbon among other such not to mention a bunch of applicable Philip K Dick I’ve seen every iteration of Blade Runner that exists on film and that is a lot But I think there is something about its generally bleak vision of the future — that technology and progress will overtake us so implacably that we will be powerless to prevent society’s inevitable descent into cybernetics dehumanization and above all loneliness — that makes me unutterably sadThis novel echoes those themes in spades but also gives it all a Spanish flair — it is set in New Madrid in the too near future — while also giving us an artificial life form as our detective heroine who rejoices under the unlikely moniker of Bruna HuskyBruna — who is usually referred to as “the detective” and “the rep” which is kind of annoying to be honest — is employed to get to the bottom of a suspicious death and before long she gets drawn into a far reaching conspiracy against her race “rep” is short for “replicant” and yes the title is indeed a reference to Blade Runner; it is even mentioned in the text and the very controlling government There are aliens in this world and a barely sentient very cute pet type creature who speaks but all of this is thrown at us as though it’s really no big deal Maybe it isn’tThe book is perhaps a tad overlong and Bruna’s investigative skills aren’t exactly top notch her method being distinctly of the “crash around until someone tries to kill me” school of detection but the book held my attention throughout and I liked its contemplation of what makes us individuals what makes us human and how important our memories are to our sense of self Despite myself and her I even liked Bruna debilitating drug addiction and frank sexual encounters and all Bruna Husky #2 was translated into English and released in 2016 but the third in the series released last year does not yet have an English version I’ll wait

  7. Matt Matt says:

    This is the best book I've read in a while Think sci fi meets detective story meets philosophical reflection on the nature of identity and mortalityMany things make this book good The main character Bruna Husky is compelling somehow both kick ass and vulnerable simultaneously The world is futuristic eg sky trams yet also realistic labor strikes involving the sky tram workers The technology is seamless antibacterial lights in the operating room and politicized anti aging surgery accessible to all but the poor thus wrinkles are a sign of poverty The ideas are thought provoking the technohumansreplicants are created at about 25 years of age and only live for 10 years They are implanted with false childhood memories to stabilize their sense of identity It leads you to a place where there is no difference between the implanted memories of replicants and the real memories of the humans thus highlighting the epistemological ephemerality of memory Living for only 10 years is of course a microcosm of universal mortality except that Bruna has a literal countdown continually going in her head of how many years months and days she has left to live The book isn't afraid to be political such as the poor who must survive by allowing electronic billboards to be permanently affixed to their bodies and being reuired to walk around the city 12 hours a day This is of course a logical conseuent of selling ourselves to consumerist capitalismThe book has its flaws such as a overly uick and tidy wrap up of all the tension the book delightfully develops over hundreds of pages But I highly recommend reading this thoughtful exploration

  8. Jaylia3 Jaylia3 says:

    This engrossing thought provoking Blade Runner inspired Sci Fi detective novel by Spanish author Rosa Montero held me from beginning to end With thorough world building multi dimensional characterizations and a detailed and suspenseful plot Tears in Rain explores the complexities and psychological tensions of living in a futuristic climate damaged world peopled with humans replicants and aliens Normally I am wary of translations but in this case I felt no story element was missing including the joy of being able to sink into the text Replicant Detective Bruna Husky knows she only has about ten years total to live a fact that runs through her mind several times a day Created by humans for combat she is strong smart and fast but the melancholy she sometimes feels can cause her to be rash and self destructive Every replicant has 500 implanted memories of a childhood that didn’t actually exist false memories that are meant to make their short lives comfortable but in Bruna’s case knowing they aren’t real just makes her feel a sense of loss When hired by a radical replicant rights group to investigate a series of suspicious headline grabbing murder suicide deaths of replicants which are turning public opinion against her species it becomes personal for Bruna She has an engaging and well drawn Star Wars bar assortment of friends and acuaintances but as she gets closer to the truth it becomes harder for Bruna to know who to trust

  9. Tom Tom says:

    Tears in Rain take its title from the movie Blade Runner where replicant Roy Batty delivers the following solilouy just before he spoilers diesI've seen things you people wouldn't believe Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion I watched c beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain Time to die Tears in Rain shares other elements with Blade Runner it also features replicants and a detective trying to solve a mystery on a dystopian future Earth In a way I think this is unfortunate because it would be easy to dismiss this novel as Blade Runner fan fiction It's not This is a deep poignant and compelling work in its own right and if it was inspired by the film it manages to explore the film's themes of memory and death in a way that the original never approachedThe book acknowledges the existence of the film Blade Runner within its timeline but this is not a seuel or even set in the same universeIt is about one hundred years in the future and the Earth is a very different place Breakthroughs in technology have lead to the creation of replicants genetically engineered human beings who are 'hatched' at a human euivalent age of 25 implanted with false memories of a fictional childhood and then sent to work in dangerous conditions fight in wars or explore hostile worlds A replicant uprising has lead to theoretical eual rights for 'reps' in the newly formed United States of Earth but in practice they are still feared and discriminated against To complicate matters a rep has a natural lifespan of about ten years at that point their bodies suddenly decay and death uickly follows Science has not been able to solve this problemBruna Husky is a combat rep who has 'retired' and become a private investigator in Madrid When a fellow replicant goes insane and tries to kill her Bruna starts to investigate a strange string of murders replicants who have been forcibly implanted with new false memories that drive them to killMiriam Chi the leader of a group for replicant rights suspects that this is part of a conspiracy to turn human citizens against reps Bruna is skeptical but soon finds herself becoming paranoid as the conspirators appear to be able to track and anticipate her every move She needs allies but is torn between the disgraced memorist whose final work was to create Bruna's own false memories and the sly human policeman who claims he's on her side Meanwhile replicants with infected memories are committing ever horrific killings and the an anti replicant hate group has inexplicably risen to political power And Bruna is haunted by memories false and real of her own past and the ever shortening frame of her own futureAuthor Rosa Montero has created a really interesting future in Tears in Rain Human teleportation is possible but carries grave risks Humans have created orbital colonies the so called Floating Worlds organized around fringe ideologies The shortening of the vast distances of interstellar space has brought humanity into contact with alien civilizations Yet despite all these advances pollution has rendered much of the Earth uninhabitable horrific wars and genocides have killed millions and people still age and die This novel properly belongs to the sci fi subgenre of 'cyberpunk' which concerns dystopian near futures And it owes a lot to a Harrison Ford movie from 1985 But this is a rare book that transcends its own genre The mystery is not really the heart of the story Montero is writing about loss and how we remember the people we have lost and what that means Bruna's false memories of the childhood she never had are vivid than her friend the aging archivist Yiannis' true memories of a child he lost long ago If the dead live on in memory and memory is fragile and mutable and eventually we all die where does that leave us?Montero's novel is poignant and compelling all at the same time The themes she works with are resonant ones and her world is one I would very much like to explore further Word is that she's writing a seuel I for one will be looking forward to it

  10. Gwen Gwen says:

    Let me get this out of the way This book was not irredeemably terrible You can tell this because I actually finished it and for this alone it gets two starsBut ButThe writing is stilted I don't know if this is an artefact of the translation but if it is then the translator needs to get their act together prontoThe story despite its title and the main character even viewing Blade Runner during the course of the book bears little to no resemblance to Do Androids Dream Dick fans go elsewhereThe author can't seem to make their mind up what it is they want to write about The focus is supposedly on replicants explicitly referred to as androids but they are creatures of flesh and blood with organs and hormones and vulnerability to cancers and everything else that entails Also for some reason there are aliens with one in particular starring in a bizarre subplot that meanders exactly nowhereA number of the main character's progressions in her investigation are the result of lucky guesses handwaved away in world as the result of some kind of synthetic hormone despite her being an android despite her being flesh and blood but what it basically comes down to is the author writing herself into a corner and having no way out other than the MC magically having the informationThere are several incidents of literal infodumps which were boring and mostly irrelevant only one of which actually served any plot relevance and by that time I'd taken to skipping them entirely due to their being tedious pointless readsThe obligatory romance is rather painful to watch developing especially when everyone involved is simply painfulling oblivious to the fact the author is barely able to keep herself from the moment of now kissThe ending is a super convinient everyone lived happily ever after except the villain and the dead people I guess which comes rather abruptly out of nowhere after far too long explaining away clues which nobody has bothered investigating for the entire duration of the novel in half a sentence before focusing back on what the MC is currently wearingIn short for a published science fiction novel written as a tribute to Dick's work and deliberately trying to invoke it it's embarassingly amateurBut like I said it's not irredeemably terrible There are a few interesting ideas and themes in the novel the Clean Air Tax and its subseuent effect on the underclasses the employment of the desperate as living billboards for unscrupulous corporations even if they don't get given the time they deserve It's perfectly readable if you have some time to kill and switch your brain off Just don't go in expecting anything akin to PKD or alternatively just go and read something better

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