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I first read this in April 1990 and most recently in April 2001
Allie Haas is into getting out of her head. Dare her to take a drug
and she'll do it. Jerry Wirerammer is her dealer and like dealers
everywhere doesn't care so much for his clients. This time Jerry
persuades her to try an illegal, stolen "mindcap". This experience goes
very wrong She ends up hospitalised and criminalised, facing a serious
sentence. But then she's given one last chance - to take up a
dangerous and, to her mind, loathsome career as a mind-player.
Once she embarks on her new career, the novel becomes a serious of
episodes as she handles various cases, learning about herself and
her own skills in the process.
This is a very satisfying book. It may be a little deeper than than I
initially realised. I should spend more time thinking
about the various psychological conditions that were described. Jerry
Wirerammer's slow mental deconstruction is superbly executed.
It also powerfully describes the reform of an addicted personality,
becoming increasingly able to abandon the causative environment.
What's it got? cyberpunk attitudes, drugs and electronic direct-to-brain
interfaces, technological telepathy and a lot of thinking about the human
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.