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Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by John L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/03/2014 17:50:00

Good story, was hoping for a little more stuff, however. The heavy roto-drone was nice, but that was it. (beside the character stats) Probably a stupid criticism, but the last enhanced fiction I bought (Sail Away, Sweet Sister) had a couple of spells and other things. It was kind of like buying a WoW pet, but much cheaper. Despite my minor complaining, it was well worth the $1.99 price!



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Martin W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/29/2014 07:52:47

In quite enjoyed this book; plenty of intrigue coupled with an interesting point-of-view that I've rarely, if ever, seen in a work of Shadowrun fiction.

The story held my attention throughout, and I found both the characters, their stories, and the plot twists to be highly engaging and amusing.

Well worth the low price of admission.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2014 17:32:30

Shadowrun seems to be going through a resurgence of popularity of late with a new video game and RPG edition and it made me want to pick up this story to give it a try. Once upon a time I loved the stories of Nigel Findley, Robert N. Charrette and Mel Odom who in my mind have already gone and set a standard for the setting of Shadowrun. A Shadowrun story brings some expectations for me. A world of magic and near future where machines invade everyone's life and even their bodies. A grey world of cyberpunk meeting the light and dark of fantasy. With Street Samurai, Native Shamans caught up in the schemes of ancient elves and dragons. A genre of its own where other unlikely genres come to meet and interact.

The story while well written didn't evoke any of that for me. It started with a cold sex scene that had me wondering what I was reading right form the start. None of the traditional mixes of Japanese slang or other Shadowrun slang are used in the story that I noticed It isn't a cyberpunk walk through culture ruin and invasive technology and it isn't a fantasy with any characters having any redeeming qualities that make me want to care for them. I usually would reserve a low rating for something with bad writing mechanics which this story does not have and had it been written for a different setting I easily could have given it a higher score.

I haven't read any of the other short stories released to go with the 5th edition roleplaying game, but with this as a measure I think one could do better just reading fan fiction from the Shadowrun community on steam.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal (Enhanced Fiction)
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Alan M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/23/2014 20:54:13

Nothing Personal is a relatively entertaining read. Looking at a run from the perspective of Mr. Johnson definitely isn't the usual take you get. The bevy of double crosses and intrigues amuse as always. This is pretty light on the metaplot elements, something I am always grateful for. The only point I noticed was the changes in hacking in the new era in Shadowrun, and that isn't really integral to the plot.

I do have three criticisms, though I'll acknowledge the first two are matters of taste. Nothing Personal uses more conventional profanity and slang rather than the more traditional Shadowrun terms. I know that has fallen out of favor in recent years but I still prefer my "slots" and "frags." The second criticism I have is that there is a somewhat explicit sex scene near the beginning of the story. While I understand that the protagonist is supposed to come off as a slime ball, I think it's a case where alluding to it would be better than showing us his misogynistic nature. Again, I'll say those two things are a matter of taste. My final criticism is that some of the action sequences at the end felt both rushed and muddled. The climax should be savored and clear. It's an exciting part of the story and develops the character of the protagonist, so it would have been nice to have been polished and expanded.

On the whole, I enjoyed Nothing Personal, and recommend the piece. I hope to see more of the character Martin in the future, and hope to read more from Olivier Gagnon.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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