Lucky Ghost: The Martingale Cycle

Lucky Ghost The Martingale Cycle Early one Monday morning much like today journalist Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face Hard He thanks her They ve both just earned Emoticoins in a new all cons

  • Title: Lucky Ghost: The Martingale Cycle
  • Author: Matthew Blakstad
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  • Page: 286
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  • Early one Monday morning, much like today, journalist Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face Hard.He thanks her.They ve both just earned Emoticoins in a new, all consuming game that trades real life emotions for digital currency Emoticoins are changing the face of the global economy but someone or something seems to be controlling theEarly one Monday morning, much like today, journalist Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face Hard.He thanks her.They ve both just earned Emoticoins in a new, all consuming game that trades real life emotions for digital currency Emoticoins are changing the face of the global economy but someone or something seems to be controlling the game for their own, nefarious purposes.As Alex begins to pick apart the tangled threads that are holding the virtual game together she finds herself on the run from very real enemies With the world economy teetering on the brink of collapse, it seems there s only one person who might have the answers she seeks.Someone who hides behind the mysterious name Lucky Ghost But who is Lucky Ghost and can they really be trusted And what do they want

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    1. Matthew Blakstad

      Matthew writes pacy, character driven fiction that explores the impact of technology on how we live and who we are His first full length novel, Sockpuppet, came out in May 2016 It is the first book in the Martingale Cycle, a series of stand alone but interconnected novels that gravitate around a fictional computing pioneer and political radical called Elyse Martingale Matthew s first career was as a professional child actor From the age of ten, he had roles in films and TV dramas including Hammer House of Horror The Lost Boys no, not the Kiefer Sutherland one Young Sherlock Holmes well as appearing on stage at theatres including London s Royal Court After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, he began a career in online communications He now works in the public sector, helping people understand and manage money.You can follow Matthew on Twitter at mattblak or find out at matthewblakstad.Author photo Paul Treacy


    1. Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesFirstly a confession. I think I probably took about 8 weeks(ish) to read this book. For me, that is an exceptionally long time, especially when you consider that I normally get through at least two books per week. The reason for my slow reading wasn’t anything to do with the author’s writing, nor his expertise, but down to the actual subject matter of the book.You see, when it comes to technology I’m kind of hit and miss. Give me a computer or an iPho [...]

    2. Lucky Ghost (the follow up to the amazingly brilliant Sockpuppet ) is a banging speculative novel with yet more geeky gorgeous and some top notch often controversial but always fascinating characters.Lucky Ghost certainly should not be trusted, nor should you necessarily trust anything in this game, the plotting is brilliantly done, a woven web of tech and trauma, human foibles and group shenanigans all mixed up into a beautiful hotpot of a story where nothing is ever quite as it seems. Alex as [...]

    3. I’ve been really looking forward to reading Lucky Ghost since winning it in a giveaway a few weeks ago. It’s a little different to my usual reads, but it had me intrigued, so I wanted to give it a try. I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed it.I think the best way to describe this book is a cyberpunk thriller, but the kind of science fiction that feels like it is already becoming all too real, and not so very fiction at all.At first I was fascinated by the virtual reality game, known as the S [...]

    4. In The Martingale Cycle the spectre of the past, present and future fictionally predicts the rise of a new brand of economic and social manipulation that is lurking right around the corner. While I don’t object to cyber pioneering I can’t say I’m entirely comfortable with its potential consequences eitherThis next instalment (Book 2) sees a generation of technology where ‘feelings’ become a commodity that can be traded online. The philosophy may not allow us to quite sell our souls y [...]

    5. It all starts with a new, innovative and modern idea. As always, the idea is something that is normally based on for the good of the people. Nice one, Dani Farr! Add to this idea a nation-worth of people who want to escape reality, mix it with digital currency and all of a sudden, sinister agendas start to emerge.Dani Farr (jeap, the same firecracker techy coder from Sockpuppet) has yet again graced the people with one of her creations. This time it’s the Strange. A virtual environment where h [...]

    6. This is a fun post-cyberpunk read, in which a virtual gaming world is not confined to the computer any more. On London streets, players called Strangers walk around wearing hats or masks from which mesh dangles in front of their faces. The mesh is real but it projects an augmented reality for them, called the Strange. In this world people can act out scenarios and interact with Strangers. However, it doesn't end there Strangers don't pay to be in the Strange, and while there they can gain Emotic [...]

    7. Like Sockpuppet, Matthew's first novel, Lucky Ghost is scarily prescient. Fake news, manipulation of public emotion through social media, augmented reality, the gamification of life, the commoditisation of our relationships, refugees, hacktivism, political corruption all the big themes of our times come to vivid life in this super-smart near-future book. But it's not just smart - it's fun (and funny). In Lucky Ghost, the exuberant early promise of Sockpuppet sharpens into a tight, taut thriller, [...]

    8. An interesting (and terrifying) glimpse at where tech is taking us as a society. Lucky Ghost has a language of it's own which took a little while for me to get my head around but once I had I really started enjoying the story.Focusing on a world where most people are literally plugged into a virtual world 24/7, it isn't hard to imagine a time when this will be feasible. Using The Strange interface as an escape from the mundane reality of life, people trade using Emoticoins. This concept struck a [...]

    9. Lucky ghost by Mathew blakstad.Early one Monday morning, much like today, journalist Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard.He thanks her.They've both just earned Emoticoins in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoins are changing the face of the global economy - but someone or something seems to be controlling the game for their own, nefarious purposes.A very enjoyable read. Strange and unusual. I liked ale [...]

    10. This review originally appeared on Pop Verse.Cyberpunk has, understandably, been enjoying a resurgence of late. Our lives are practically a cyberpunk reality, with net neutrality issues and augmented reality devices growing in popularity. Not only is the technology of cyberpunk becoming ubiquitous in the real-world, the thriller conspiracies no longer seem farfetched. In the age of Trump and Brexit, we can easily believe that big corporations are manipulating us for their own monetary gains.Blak [...]

    11. I’m surprised there isn’t more hype over this book - it’s superb, a level up from it’s predecessor Sockpuppet, which I’d advise reading first to get the full effect.Full review to follow

    12. This is book 3 in Matthew’s Martingale Cycle series, but you don’t have to have read either of the other books to understand this one as it is technically a stand alone book but with some people from the first books appearing in this one.The book starts off with a woman, Alex, being told to slap a man she has never met, and act in a Virtual Reality game where you gain points for doing various acts.It then switches to a man/boy who goes by the name Thimblerig as he instigates a group of peopl [...]

    13. I won't pretend I understood all the IT references because I didn't and it did take me longer to read than my normal reads. I’m not a computer wiz at all and I tend to shy away from the fact computers are a lot more advanced in our society than I would like. Did this all impact on my enjoyment of this book? certainly not in anyway. I really enjoyed it, I did have to work harder as the reader because I choose to Google words I was unsure about, and again this was purely because I'm oblivious to [...]

    14. Wow. Blakstad has seized the zeitgeist and run with it. From his clearly gargantuan brain spins a future-tech conspiracy thriller that is terrifyingly apposite for our times.What I love most about this book is the brilliantly original and spot-on ideas. Set in the near future of the 'Sharing Twenties', players on a virtual reality network called The Strange wear a face-covering mesh to game with other Strangers. They wander round the streets in an alternate world, becoming like zombies if discon [...]

    15. As someone who would definitely own a ‘mesh’ (Augmented reality device) and have probably gone fully ‘strange’ I found this book both insightful and exciting.The story revolves around a future blogger come old school journalist called Alex and her gradual realisation that things might not be as utopian in her augmented reality coping mechanism as she would have hopedI found the near future vision of the world not that hard to imagine given where we are today and the future crimes involve [...]

    16. Well written with a brilliantly imaginative world & technology and genuinely unnerving. You may get more out of it, however, if you've read Sockpuppet first. A Good book, just didn't do it for me. But I would definitely recommend it if you like well written/ inventive Cyberpunk Sci-Fi.(I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review in a giveaway.)

    17. This book was pretty techie and it took me a bit longer to get into and read because of this. However, once I got into it I really enjoyed it. The whole concept of 'living' in a different world as well as in the 'real' world is fascinating as so true to life in the techie world we now live in. I will definitely be giving more of this author's books a go.

    18. I won this advance copy through . I believe I may have enjoyed it more had I read Sockpuppet first and, to be honest, it was well written but perhaps a little too geeky for me.

    19. I’m going to make a confession, despite marrying a computer scientist very soon my knowledge of computers is sub optimal. Similarly, my knowledge of economic theory is a little lacking so as much as I would love to tell you all how super accurate this book is in both of those factors…I cannot, nor will I try. There is a lot of interesting knowledge thrown about in this book though which just adds to your enjoyment of the reading. It’s done in such a way that it doesn’t feel boring but yo [...]

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