So after a good start with ‘The Making of Socket Greeny’ this book continues in very much the same high paced, action packed way.
All super good fun, with young people creating lots of chaos while saving humanity from the evil things. Well written and enjoyable — even for a 54 year old — so i’m just gonna dive straight into ‘The Training of Socket Greeny’ and find out what happens next.
As a short prequel to the main trilogy it sets the stage quite well.
We’re definitely dealing with teenagers running amok in full immersion virtual reality environments. It’s got aspects of ‘Ready Player One’ and Anthea Sharp’s ‘Feyland’ series, so if you enjoyed those Socket Greeny may just be your thing.
At the end of the day, a prequel should serve one purpose and that’s to get you wanting to read the rest of the series, and this has definitely served it’s purpose as i dove straight into ‘The Discovery of Socket Greeny’. It could have used a little editing to get rid of a few typos, but other than that it’s well written with a fast flowing narrative.
The Training of Socket Greeny — Tony Bertauski
An ‘American Gods’ spin off novella which has Shadow getting mixed up in an ageless fight between Scottish monsters and those who want to keep them in their place.
All the usual Neil Gaiman excellence.
Available as a stand alone novella, as part of the ‘Fragile Things’ collection and also included in the Kindle edition of ‘American Gods’.