Veneer

Veneer In the city state of Easton an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life It has replaced computers and televisions books and paintings Those who can control the venee

  • Title: Veneer
  • Author: Daniel Verastiqui
  • ISBN: 1461166225
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the city state of Easton, an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them Deron Bishop wan In the city state of Easton, an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them Deron Bishop wants to live in the augmented world, but reconciling the veneer has always been a challenge Already resentful of the one thing he could never master, Deron doesn t realize how much he needs the veneer until a violent run in with a childhood rival robs him of his virtual sight Now able to see the world as it truly exists, Deron must choose to abandon Easton or fight his way back to the veneered fantasy of his previous life a fight not everyone wants him to win Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 306 pages Published May 19th 2011 More Details ISBN 1461166225 ISBN13 9781461166221 Edition Language English setting Vinestead Universe Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Veneer, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 20, 2012 Jess B rated it liked it review of another edition I read this book because I downloaded a free copy for my Kindle and the description left me very intrigued an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them After reading Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson my mind was I read this book because I downloaded a free copy for my Kindle and the description left me very intrigued an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them After reading Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson my mind was primed for an alternate reality In that sense this story didn t disappoint The development of the world where veneer hides the reality of everything that exists and people can be anything they want to be left me enthralled However, the characters fall short of making me really care flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 23, 2014 Brenda Ayala rated it liked it Shelves first reads It was so close to being great So close There is a very real ability to write, a way of describing the futuristic aspects without being overindulgent Perhaps this is because the idea of the veneer is one that is easy to relate to Everyone knows about smartphones, about how we are making it increasingly easier for media to pervade every facet of life So upon reading this book, I can honestly say it felt like a very real potential future one in which the platforms for media cover every inch It was so close to being great So close There is a very real ability to write, a way of describing the futuristic aspects without being overindulgent Perhaps this is because the idea of the veneer is one that is easy to relate to Everyone knows about smartphones, about how we are making it increasingly easier for media to pervade every facet of life So upon reading this book, I can honestly say it felt like a very real potential future one in which the platforms for media cover every inch of our world.The author brought to life some behaviors that felt chillingly real a bit too realistic, and a bit too close to home Because Steb s twitchy fingers after playing his videogame, the restlessness that he exhibits with the lack of visual stimulation, seems far too truthful Everyone reconciling their veneers so that they can be the best parts of themselves was far too graphic, given the fact that everyone would change parts of themselves if given the opportunity And the lack of self worth and self identity was far too accurate too The world has learned to live behind a beautiful facade how do you come back from that How do you go from seeing the best version of yourself everyday, to seeing the mediocre version, at least in your own eyes It s incredibly intelligent world building It stems from very real issues we face today, particularly the obsession with ourselves that is so prevalent in my generation Really, this world was terrifically clever and I was impressed by the writing ability.Maybe you re wondering why I gave it three stars, if I was so impressed Because it deteriorated into schoolyard antics and romances Schoolyard bullies who have no reason for the hatred I suppose it works in that Russo, the bully, was ostensibly a psychopath and a sociopath He goes so far as to kill two people and to attempt to kill another even his failure not serving as a deterrent It made for a damn good villain, but I still had a hard time reconciling this dastardly asshole with the image of a schoolyard bully It didn t make it any less believable, only took a little of the enjoyment out of it for me.What really killed me though was the whole romance part of it I really don t have any clue what point Ilya had to the novel, aside from being a nice little side venture while we re waiting for Deron to return to Rosalia The tryst between Ilya and Rosalia, at least as far as I could tell, really didn t hold any value to the plot other than maybe popping some tents for the reader Which is fine and all, but it just drove me crazy You ve created this awesome world that actually makes sense and you instead choose to focus on a girl being raped by another girl Given the opportunity, I would tear out all of those excess pages and just stick with the meat of the book It was such a strong, fundamentally engaging idea And after it was over, it was still a fundamentally engaging idea, just with a little less power in the punch I received this in a First Reads giveaway flag Like see review Mar 01, 2014 Katie Bearor rated it liked it Shelves first reads I was lucky enough to have been given a free copy of this book through First Reads, and did not purchase this novel.First off, I will say that I did enjoy this book quite a bit It was pretty original, and Daniel Verastiqui did a lovely job of creating an intriguing, futuristic setting for the story The characters were realistic and easy to relate to, which definitely made me wish to read about them, even after I finished the book Beautifully written, the story hooked me from t I was lucky enough to have been given a free copy of this book through First Reads, and did not purchase this novel.First off, I will say that I did enjoy this book quite a bit It was pretty original, and Daniel Verastiqui did a lovely job of creating an intriguing, futuristic setting for the story The characters were realistic and easy to relate to, which definitely made me wish to read about them, even after I finished the book Beautifully written, the story hooked me from the first page and kept me interested until the very end.I ve read my fair share of sci fi futuristic novels, though not many of them have pleased me as much as this one did Daniel Verastiqui certainly has a knack for writing for this genre, and in my opinion, has some much needed creativity that many other authors lack For this kind of book to work, and be enjoyable, the author has to both be imaginative and able to bring their thoughts to the pages Luckily, this author can do both of these things quite well.But, despite the book s greatness, it also had a few things that require improvement One of those things is language The author curses many times over the course of this novel, despite the fact that he really doesn t have to This gives some of the writing an immature feel, and was slightly annoying to have to read Also, Daniel Verastiqui used the words reconciled and veneer WAY too many times during the course of the book I understood that they were part of the world he created, but I felt as though he could have swapped them out a few times to seem less redundant Grammar and spelling was great, and I found only a typo or two in the entire book The formatting was good, and the author used nice sentence structures that kept the story flowing smoothly The vocabulary used was irritatingly advanced at times, however, for the most part, it was good There was little confusion or jumps in the storyline, and the ending was crafted beautifully, which makes me hope that there will be sequel coming soon Overall, I read the book in record time, and was quite pleased with it I will certainly be looking into reading of the author s books, and will be giving this to a few of my friends for them to read I would recommend this novel to any fan of futuristic novels or stories involving advanced technology and its consequences Any fan of Sci fi and action would probably enjoy this book as much as I have Veneer is certainly worth reading, and I am happy the author gave me the opportunity to read and review it flag Like see review Aug 19, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it Shelves novels, kindle, spec fic The premise of this book the idea behind the city state of Easton was pretty cool I feel like this is the kind of book I d have loved reading when I was about fourteen It has a cool science fantasy theme going, good for nothing government agents, and As an adult I appreciated the way it depicted the complete irrationality and melodrama of teenage love I don t know if it was trying to or not, though I have to say that some of the characters were better than others, and I was really The premise of this book the idea behind the city state of Easton was pretty cool I feel like this is the kind of book I d have loved reading when I was about fourteen It has a cool science fantasy theme going, good for nothing government agents, and As an adult I appreciated the way it depicted the complete irrationality and melodrama of teenage love I don t know if it was trying to or not, though I have to say that some of the characters were better than others, and I was really disappointed with the trotting out of the predatory lesbian trope Aside from that I think the teenage characters were very thoroughly teenage, to such an extent that I couldn t help but feel second hand embarrassment for some of them view spoiler ahem, Rosalia hide spoiler.I m also not totally sure who the intended audience was When I first opened it on my Kindle, the blurb had a section that went along the lines of THIS IS AN ADULT BOOK WITH ADULT THEMES FOR ADULTS, but thematically it was a pretty typical coming of age YA kind of a book, with very teenage characters who were not at all mature beyond their years It just had lots of sex scenes in it And really, what problem is there with teens reading that The fanfiction they put out suggests they re pretty well acquainted with the idea So, I would recommend the book to teens ahead of adults The setting is really cool and deserves to be experienced, but I feel like the plot would appeal to people younger than me flag Like see review Feb 20, 2014 David Ketelsen rated it it was amazing I received a free copy of this book through First Reads.I really enjoyed Veneer quite a bit It was very original and Daniel Verastiqui has created a realistic and very futuristic setting for the story The characters really came alive due to Verastiqui s eloquent writing and apparent insight into the minds of teenagers.The book isn t a casual read but it s well worth learning the lingo used in the book because it s a very compelling story As a cautionary tale for what might come in I received a free copy of this book through First Reads.I really enjoyed Veneer quite a bit It was very original and Daniel Verastiqui has created a realistic and very futuristic setting for the story The characters really came alive due to Verastiqui s eloquent writing and apparent insight into the minds of teenagers.The book isn t a casual read but it s well worth learning the lingo used in the book because it s a very compelling story As a cautionary tale for what might come in our future, it s chilling but also hopeful since having the Veneer technology would be really wonderful and dangerous in the wrong hands Technology often presents a double edged sword.There s violence in this book and it s a testament to Verastiqui s skills that you feel so bad for the victims The violent scenes are used to demonstrate the dangers of this future world and it works You really wonder whether it s better to buy in or scram and go back to nature.This is an incredible book, and the paperback version has an amazing cover I love the graphic design It s a true work of art flag Like see review Dec 04, 2014 A.J van Rooyen rated it liked it The idea is awesome, but the implementation made it a difficult read Too much teen drama centered around a society where teens only care about violence and porn The antagonist, Russo, is the worst written villian I ve encountered He is one dimensional and basically just wants to kill Deron for no reason spoiler alert the whole he embarrassed me when I was like 3 is a weak excuse for the level of his violence The only character I started to like and that showed any development was Jalay The idea is awesome, but the implementation made it a difficult read Too much teen drama centered around a society where teens only care about violence and porn The antagonist, Russo, is the worst written villian I ve encountered He is one dimensional and basically just wants to kill Deron for no reason spoiler alert the whole he embarrassed me when I was like 3 is a weak excuse for the level of his violence The only character I started to like and that showed any development was Jalay The ending was just horrible And what happened to the people outside of Easton that can t see the Veneer The story has a lot of potential, but in its current form, I can t recommend it flag Like see review Jun 11, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it review of another edition Verastiqui s book was a fascinating take on the myopic world of teenagers He imagines a world in which everything is a computer generated facade veneer in the books parlance over concrete blocks and real people s visages, that can be easily changed with just a thought Teenagers are able to look like cartoon characters or any other way they want A fight between two teenagers leads to a glitch in the system that makes all the characters deal with what reality really means Fascinating ideas Verastiqui s book was a fascinating take on the myopic world of teenagers He imagines a world in which everything is a computer generated facade veneer in the books parlance over concrete blocks and real people s visages, that can be easily changed with just a thought Teenagers are able to look like cartoon characters or any other way they want A fight between two teenagers leads to a glitch in the system that makes all the characters deal with what reality really means Fascinating ideas about the identity of who we are vs the way people perceive us flag Like see review Jul 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2013 I really enjoyed this book I was worried as it started out great with the elementary school scene, and then started up with high school and I thought I hope this stays as good as it was Thankfully it did I loved it I found the world that was created was really interesting and instead of a lot of long drawn out explanations of what things are and do, they are shown to the reader instead which I loved I did like reading the different chapters from different characters POV, some evil people so I really enjoyed this book I was worried as it started out great with the elementary school scene, and then started up with high school and I thought I hope this stays as good as it was Thankfully it did I loved it I found the world that was created was really interesting and instead of a lot of long drawn out explanations of what things are and do, they are shown to the reader instead which I loved I did like reading the different chapters from different characters POV, some evil people some good people some of everyone I loved it I really would like to read flag Like see review Feb 06, 2012 Elena rated it it was ok review of another edition This book had a lot of borrowed themes It was almost too much Matrix and Minority Report thrown in There were some interesting ideas Would you stay if you knew your whole world was a sham Would love be the same if you looked differently that what other s thought Although, I could really get into the why of the characters What really drove them That being said, I read the whole thing flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 31, 2013 Bill Brent rated it it was ok review of another edition What could have culminated as a possible dystopian future based on a critique of our current state of affairs and our dependence on i devices, only resulted in an at least I didn t pay for it What promise this book had was dashed by the lack of character depth I know it took a lot of effort to write and publish this book, but the fact of the matter is this book could have been a short story that was elongated Additionally, as a novel this was a great 2nd draft but not a final draft flag Like see review Apr 17, 2014 Matt rated it did not like it I was extremely disappointed to find that this book was homophobic It is also disappointing to see that the other reviewers had no problem with an author and book with a homophobic agenda It supports bigotry If reviewers has warned about the homophobic bigotry, it would prevent people from wasting money on offensive books flag Like see review Sep 14, 2012 Tara rated it did not like it review of another edition I added this book because of its glowing reviews and I ll give it that it had an interesting idea But that s about all I can give it The dialogue is unnatural, characters are incredibly flat, relationships are undeveloped, plot holes abound, and there s a rape in the book that served no purpose whatsoever in the long run Interesting idea, carry through was too rough, though flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 15, 2013 Joyce rated it it was amazing review of another edition I found the story line intriguing and it kept me reading Though the beginning was a bit slow and I almost gave up But am glad I kept reading The ending left me hanging So is there a second book flag Like see review Feb 17, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok review of another edition This was a fine, quick read that reminded me of several other stories I ve read Bradbury handled it quite well if I remember correctly I assume he got the idea for the book while commuting on Mass Transit Could have used a good editor flag Like see review Mar 09, 2012 Sam rated it liked it review of another edition This was a pretty entertaining story The futuristic world and technology was intriguing with just the right amount of mystery flag Like see review Feb 20, 2013 Jane rated it liked it review of another edition Interesting story line, wish it hadn t been written for teenages and there were a few holes I would have liked some things explored but it was okay and lasted me a few nights flag Like see review Jan 27, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction, ebooks I ll expand on this later, but it was a really enjoyable book and I can t wait to see what the author does in a sequel flag Like see review Feb 24, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it review of another edition I got this as a free download and have to say that it was a pretty interesting concept for a book flag Like see review Feb 17, 2016 Carly Kirk rated it liked it review of another edition EnjoyedI enjoyed this book right up to the very end and then the author threw in an epilogue that upset me so much that I only gave it 3 stars instead of 4 flag Like see review Aug 07, 2012 Brandy rated it it was amazing review of another edition I enjoyed the rawness of the book and the goal of being an authentic Christ believing community Entertaining and well thought out flag Like see review View 1 comment D rated it really liked it Dec 28, 2014 Ahuva rated it really liked it Feb 28, 2013 Poonam rated it it was amazing Jul 18, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing Mar 30, 2013 Julie Swanson rated it it was amazing Feb 23, 2018 Alissa Chandler rated it liked it Feb 18, 2013 Forrest rated it it was amazing Apr 03, 2012 Bill Kulpa rated it did not like it Oct 13, 2014 Pangs rated it liked it Jan 14, 2015 Jul 11, 2017 Deborah Fruchey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi This book surprised me by being much better than I thought at first The personality portraits are rather basic, and it seems to start slowly, but after a good while I realized that this is a novel of ideas all about the concept of veneer, what it means, what it could mean in augmented reality, what people would be like if they could augment reality particularly the look of their own faces bodies what lies behind the veneer all taken to an extreme slowly and by degrees By the end, This book surprised me by being much better than I thought at first The personality portraits are rather basic, and it seems to start slowly, but after a good while I realized that this is a novel of ideas all about the concept of veneer, what it means, what it could mean in augmented reality, what people would be like if they could augment reality particularly the look of their own faces bodies what lies behind the veneer all taken to an extreme slowly and by degrees By the end, I was rather impressed, and I really enjoyed myself along the way And by the end, I understood that the slow start was completely necessary for readers to understand later how completely everybody had been played 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    The Vinestead Anthology One universe, five books, no sequels.Daniel Verastiqui is a Science Fiction author from Austin, Texas He writes about technology and relationships His books are pretty decent and you should probably read all of them.

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  • I read this book because I downloaded a free copy for my Kindle and the description left me very intrigued an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them After reading Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson my mind was I read t [...]


  • It was so close to being great So close There is a very real ability to write, a way of describing the futuristic aspects without being overindulgent Perhaps this is because the idea of the veneer is one that is easy to relate to Everyone knows about smartphones, about how we are making it increasingly easier for media to pervade every facet of life So upon reading this book, I can honestly say it felt like a very real potential future one in which the platforms for media cover every inch It was [...]


  • I was lucky enough to have been given a free copy of this book through First Reads, and did not purchase this novel.First off, I will say that I did enjoy this book quite a bit It was pretty original, and Daniel Verastiqui did a lovely job of creating an intriguing, futuristic setting for the story The characters were realistic and easy to relate to, which definitely made me wish to read about them, even after I finished the book Beautifully written, the story hooked me from t I was lucky enou [...]


  • The premise of this book the idea behind the city state of Easton was pretty cool I feel like this is the kind of book I d have loved reading when I was about fourteen It has a cool science fantasy theme going, good for nothing government agents, and As an adult I appreciated the way it depicted the complete irrationality and melodrama of teenage love I don t know if it was trying to or not, though I have to say that some of the characters were better than others, and I was really The premise o [...]


  • I received a free copy of this book through First Reads.I really enjoyed Veneer quite a bit It was very original and Daniel Verastiqui has created a realistic and very futuristic setting for the story The characters really came alive due to Verastiqui s eloquent writing and apparent insight into the minds of teenagers.The book isn t a casual read but it s well worth learning the lingo used in the book because it s a very compelling story As a cautionary tale for what might come in I rece [...]


  • The idea is awesome, but the implementation made it a difficult read Too much teen drama centered around a society where teens only care about violence and porn The antagonist, Russo, is the worst written villian I ve encountered He is one dimensional and basically just wants to kill Deron for no reason spoiler alert the whole he embarrassed me when I was like 3 is a weak excuse for the level of his violence The only character I started to like and that showed any development was Jalay The idea [...]


  • Verastiqui s book was a fascinating take on the myopic world of teenagers He imagines a world in which everything is a computer generated facade veneer in the books parlance over concrete blocks and real people s visages, that can be easily changed with just a thought Teenagers are able to look like cartoon characters or any other way they want A fight between two teenagers leads to a glitch in the system that makes all the characters deal with what reality really means Fascinating ideas Verasti [...]


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