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TanjaMaFi

vor 1 Jahr

What if you weren't real?

Brandon Sanderson, usually a master of fantastic tales, now excels in creating a detective thriller which takes us to a world that seems just like ours but is yet absolutely different ...

David and Chaz are two seemingly ordinary detectives but for one little detail. They are the only real people in their town. But the crimes they attempt to solve are all the more real. Discover Brandon Sanderson's crime story Snapshot and find out that everything is not what it seems!

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If you could re-create a day, what dark secrets would you uncover? From New York Times #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery—until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order they have to refuse. The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn’t mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight.

More about the author
Brandon Sanderson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1975. From very early on he was fascinated by fantastic stories and proceeded to study English Literature and to teach Creative Writing. His debut novel Elantris became a bestseller. Sanderson has become one of the most well known authors and has been finishing the Wheel of Time Saga after Robert Jordan's death in 2009.

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Autor: Brandon Sanderson
Buch: Snapshot

StefanieFreigericht

vor 1 Jahr

Who is participating?

o.k. just bought it. I rather thought, I would not at first, but then...I think I ought to try at least SOME fantasy, maybe it works if it is a crime story, it's short, all of the monthly reads were at least good, that last one was great...

StefanieFreigericht

vor 1 Jahr

Have you read any other works by Brandon Sanderson?

Prior to this, I never even heard about him before.

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MrsFraser

vor 1 Jahr

What would you do in a snaphot?

Since nothing I would do in a Snapshot can affect the real world, I would not have the pressure to use it for something meaningful. If I could choose the day, I would (cliche!) relive my marriage day and the birthdays of my children. Sorry, I know it's tacky, but they are the most memorable days of my life. :)

MrsFraser

vor 1 Jahr

How did you like the idea of the snapshot?

Sakuko schreibt:
The idea is awesome and rife for exploration. I feel there is so much lost potential here, so much to do with this idea.

I can only agree with Sakuko. The idea is great. But somehow Sanderson deprives it of it's significance since nothing the real people do in a Snapshot affects the real world. On the other hand he avoids tons of complications with this definition. Somehow Davis killing Chaz or vice versa is the only significant thing which could happen and would be more than just a theory.
I don't know (as you probably realized ;) ) - it seems as if the idea is worth something more than Sanderson did with it, but that would have been definitely more risky and require a lot of thinking-through.

paevalill

vor 1 Jahr

1st Section: Beginning to chapter 5
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I agree with both of you, Sakuko and MrsFraser, that there is something going on with Davis and Chaz. Though I am not sure if it is so much of a secret. I guess if you have that kind if work, you just see a lot which affects you in a certain way. So no, I don't want to switch with them. The snapshot idea seems pretty good, but obviously it is not a secure way of finding your murderers and so on. I really wonder who the murderer is. It seems as though the murder is 'real'and Not only part of the snapshot. Had to think about the movie Minority Report somehow, though the idea is very different.

paevalill

vor 1 Jahr

2nd Section: Chapter 6 to ending
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I partly agree with you two. I did also expect something "bigger" - a bigger plot, concerning the whole concept of the snapshot idea maybe.
But while expecting this, I already felt kind of disappointed because of the small number of pages. And I really wondered a lot how well this whole idea could get to paper.
So on the one hand I felt disappointed in some way that the plot twist went to another completely different direction. On the other hand it came totally unprepared. At least I couldn't see it coming at all, though there had been hints for it.
The characterization was impressive for that small number of pages. Sakuko already wrote that.

paevalill

vor 1 Jahr

How did you like the idea of the snapshot?

MrsFraser schreibt:
it seems as if the idea is worth something more than Sanderson did with it, but that would have been definitely more risky and require a lot of thinking-through.

Totally agree!
The idea of the snapshot itself is simply brilliant, I think. And it reminded me a lot of the movie Minority report.
Still I think that it is also nice to have a good story in a complicated setting that doesn't need to prove itself. And it left me with a lot of questions anyway, especially about free will, changing the behaviour because of very small details, about the whole system to punish someone, and so on.
So though the author doesn't fulfill all of our imaginations, it keeps letting me think about the setting anyway. This is good for something ;)

paevalill

vor 1 Jahr

What would you do in a snaphot?

If I had the chance, I would probably try out different versions of myself in tricky situations. Have you ever thought about how things could have been totally different if you'd just behaved differently?
I guess I'd just try out and learn for new situations in the future - based on the very new experiences ;)

paevalill

vor 1 Jahr

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Oha, hatte ich ganz vergessen:
https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Brandon-Sanderson/Snapshot-1483805406-w/rezension/1492246736/

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