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Before AidSat I had no self, no soul. I was a billing address. A credit score. I had a TV, a computer, a phone, a car, an apartment, some furniture, and a health-club locker. Then AidSat hired me and gave me a life. And not just one life. Hundreds of them, thousands.Kent Selkirk is an operator at AidSat, an omni-present subscriber service ready to answer, solve, and assistBefore AidSat I had no self, no soul. I was a billing address. A credit score. I had a TV, a computer, a phone, a car, an apartment, some furniture, and a health-club locker. Then AidSat hired me and gave me a life. And not just one life. Hundreds of them, thousands.Kent Selkirk is an operator at AidSat, an omni-present subscriber service ready to answer, solve, and assist with the client’s every problem. Through the AidSat network Kent has a wealth of information at his fingertips–information he can use to monitor subscribers’ vital signs, information he can use to track their locations, information he can use to insinuate himself into their very lives....

Title : The Unbinding
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ISBN : 9780307277411
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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The Unbinding Reviews

  • Bandit
    2019-03-14 04:31

    Based on two quite decent film adaptations of Kirn's work, I was hoping the unfavorable reviews of this one were merely overly critical, but no, this book lived up to all of them and then some. The Unbinding, although charitably brief, was a sort of experimental mess of a profoundly unlikeable unsympathetic main character's adventures in identity. It wasn't utterly terrible and it even had some cleverness to it, multiple perspectives, multiple personalities, social media satire and so on, but the general impression was that of a stylized stream of consciousness nonsense that just didn't have much to offer. Took just over two hours to get through and wasn't worth the time. And yet, it seems like the sort of thing someone out there would just love, a strange acquired taste like spaghetti and marshmallows or something. Yeah, that sounds like an experimental mess too.

  • Sheila
    2019-02-25 10:15

    I vacillate between two and three stars on this one. I found this story of super-high technology and psychosis interplay(with a heavy dose of paranoia mixed in) rather compelling, although it ultimately left me feeling stranded and confused (maybe not an inappropriate reaction at all, given the subject matter).The whole thing had me thinking "well, this is what you get when you put modern technology in the hands of the wrong individuals". Unfortunately, it also has me thinking that we're all potentially the wrong individuals. Each one of us laboring, creating our own delusions of ourselves and the world around us, and rapidly gaining access to make those of our choosing an active part of our own personal plot. The mindf*** potential here is overwhelming (as the book clearly illustrates).

  • Mike
    2019-03-04 05:16

    This book was crazy. It made very little sense. It was mostly confusing.On the good side it was short and some parts were interesting. I liked the spy aspect to it but that was also a confusing part too.

  • Joseph
    2019-02-24 10:25

    There are so tremendous cultural insights that show up as nuggets. The style reminds me of Bret Easton Ellis' Lunar Park part Douglas Coupland circa Girlfriend in a Coma.

  • Radha
    2019-03-11 06:16

    I've tried to read this book a few times, and am finally giving up.

  • Meg
    2019-03-20 07:26

    The best thing I can say about it is that it's relatively short.

  • Meg
    2019-03-19 09:23

    Unsympathetic, amoral characters with no interesting personality traits.

  • Bridgette
    2019-03-14 11:29

    What was with Tom Cruise?

  • Vicki
    2019-02-27 04:09

    I'm still technically reading this book. (As in, I haven't finished it yet, not that I'm actively reading it.) But I don't like it. I'm going to finish it, for two reasons: 1) I will not be bested by a book; and 2) it's like 35 pages long. Seriously, if I ever just pick it back up, I'll finish it and then I can hate it, qualm-free.Here's the thing: it's a book that was initially published online, in installments. If you read it when it came out, you followed all of these links in the text to webpages that acted not like footnotes, but like thousands of (often jarring) minijokes and assisted the tone. But it's really been an awful experience for me. You can't get swept away in a book if you have to hover over the webpage (provided for those who purchased the bound book) clicking the appropriate links. Oh, and did I mention that about a third of the links are defunct? P.S. whoever writes blurbs for the backs of novels: disliking authority is not enough to make a writer Orwellian.I have to stop now; I'm talking myself out of finishing the book.edited to add: Screw this, I got like 15 books for Christmas that I WANT to read. I'm finished pretending that I'm going to go back to this one.

  • Shaina
    2019-03-10 09:10

    Every so often you'll read a book that makes you hate the written word. Welcome to The Unbinding. Originally written as a serialized web book, it is scattered through with words randomly in bold that were once probably a link to something that lead to something tangentially interesting. Perhaps that would have been helpful in understanding what this book is actually about. ...Then again, maybe not. Told in epistolary fashion for the age of email, the book is filled with unlikable, unreliable narrators whining in what is basically their diary. Each character tells conflicting stories that sometimes go along the lines of, "I got you!" to which the other replies, "No, I got you because of this super secret thing that I'm not going to describe and for which there was never any foundation laid. Haha!" And then the other character replies, "I know about the super secret thing that was never mentioned before two pages ago, and I triple got you because Stuff! Haha to you!"You're left having endured 165 pages that feels like 1500 and when you finally, finally close the back cover you think, "I have no idea what that book was about and I resent you for wasting my time."

  • shawn mac
    2019-03-07 05:37

    This novella was okay. I like the structure and "flow" of each chapter. Originally for the web (I think Slate), the author of Thumbsucker delves into a not-too-distant future scenario of a society well entrenched in the information age, where background checks replace rumors and speculation, surveillance is more a formality than a sign of mistrust, and the term "blind date" loses all meaning.When originally published online, it was chock-full of links for further reading which allowed for more interactivity on the part of the reader. In its book form, you lose that, but the publisher does provide a website you can visit to see what the boldfaced words in the text are all about. I didn't do this since I primarily read during my morning and evening commutes, but it's still an interesting feature for a book.

  • Nick
    2019-03-06 04:35

    Really disconcerting book. The main character is fairly sociopathic, yet is strangely sympathetic (?) (probably lending to the disconcertion). It takes place in a near future where everything is monitored electronically. The main character's job as one of these monitors dominates the book. I've heard this described as "Orwellian" but thats really wrong. Its too corporate-friendly, or suspicious-internet-person-friendly to be Orwellian. The story is told through internet posts, emails, letters, and that sort of thing, which was both interesting and confusing. A lot of this book was confusing, but I think it was meant to be that way.Disconcerting, confusing, interesting but not engrossing, seriously weirded me out.Thanks IHS for another really weird book.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-05 09:16

    "But that's my impression whenever I ask my colleagues for helpful tidbits on clients I'd like to bang.""'Forget the White House. Forget the Capitol. If somebody wants to kick us in the balls, he should attack the Library of Congress."'"Her smile was like the flap on a white envelope: that clean, that even, and that wide.""When you finally let someone in, completely, wholly, it's nice to know that he has insides, too.""They merely said, 'Follow us,' and my friend did. Out of the building and into a parked car that carried him down the driveway and through the gates and off to wherever they keep the things I love once it has been determined that I can't have them.""Quick. But meaningless. Wit can be adrenal."

  • Alex
    2019-03-13 05:18

    This novel was compiled from an online serial about an operator at AidSat – a ubiquitous company (like medicalert) whose powers to offer emergency aid and assistance are abused by the obsessive love-struck protagonist. A paranoid romp; through consistency this novel manages to achieve in some small part, the successful paranoia of DeDillo. This writer was at his best writing scathing rants about the everyday lives of the middle and upper middle class.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-20 08:30

    There's no story here. Or rather, what there is storywise amounts to an argument over the internet. Not precisely the stuff that stirs the soul.Kirn has some worthwhile insights and satirical points. Not worthwhile enough to read this short book to glean, but, you know, theoretically worthwhile

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-24 06:23

    ok i've only read 4 pages of this book and i'm already hooked...------------------------------too bad the above review did not very confusing towards the end, lost some of the plot and too many random references...but still interesting as a concept

  • Ellen Gawryla
    2019-03-14 12:17

    A quick read, well written and enjoyable.

  • Beth Shields-Szostak
    2019-02-23 08:18

    pb original; 1st edition, signed by author

  • Lesa
    2019-02-18 08:24

    OK so I didn't read it all... it bored me. Don't bother, life is to short to waste time on insignificant literature.

  • atusa
    2019-02-18 07:37

    i bought this book for a dollar and regret spending even that much money on it

  • Brandi
    2019-03-01 07:18

    I realized I already read this on-line. Meh...

  • Joslyn
    2019-02-18 04:31

    was originally a serial on salon, lending interesting of-the-moment elements, and enjoyable for folks of a sci-fi bent. not the best bit of literature ever, but i had fun with it.

  • Corey
    2019-03-06 09:09

    Kirn is one of our best and most important writers.