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Saturday, April 1, 2017

#CJSReads REVIEW: Touch No One by Joseph Kirsch

Touch No One by Joseph Kirsch
Black Rose Writing

If sci-fi is your thing, this will be the book for you - quite the different read for #CJSReads!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Body Modification is nothing new in Schengen City. Even Detective John Moglich has a cybered arm, on account of being shot by a punk with an auto-shotgun back when he was a cop. Naturally, when Detective Moglich is given a hefty sum to investigate the attempted murder of a woman with more than her fair share of mods, he doesn't hesitate.

As he gets deeper into the investigation, things get weirder. He discovers a fetish subculture centering on the worship of the female breast, and the conversion of its milk into a pain-soothing drug. The milk may be poisoned though, since those who drink it are dying in strange ways. Even worse is the discovery that those who taste the breastmilk are also found to be carrying an ugly parasite in their blood. The bloodsucker is half-monster, half-machine, and Detective Moglich must find its creator before it's too late.

Jessica's Thoughts:
3.5 / 5 Stars

I give this 3.5 stars! I guess going into this book, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. It was definitely more on the science fiction side when I was expecting more of a thriller/mystery. 

There definitely were the thriller elements to it though! The difference is that it's set in the future in a more dystopian type world (that's how I interpreted it), the investigator has a cyber arm, and body modifications aren't just limited to tattoos and piercings. 

Detective John Moglich is asked to investigate the attempted murder of a woman. The parts that stick out to him the most are that she has an unusual bite mark on her breast and that she has a lot of different body modifications. Now, body modifications aren't just limited to tattoos and piercings (like most are now), these can include different memory chips, eye lenses that enhance your vision to extreme levels, cybered limbs, and even completely new fingerprints (one that Kyra has - the victim). As Moglich gets further into this investigation, he is introduced to a fetish culture that worships the female breast, and specifically the conversion of breast milk into a pain relieving drug. However, some of the followers of this fetish are getting sick and are all found to have the same parasite infecting their blood. So now Detective Moglich has a new mission - to find whoever is poisoning the breast milk and the creator of this parasite.

While this was a very interesting read, I wasn't prepared (I guess that's the right word) for this story. The body modifications aspect was very intriguing to me. If you're a fan of science fiction and mysteries, then I would definitely recommend this to you! It was a quick read so that helped with the pace of the story. 

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Sam's Thoughts:

As we all know, not every book suits every reader.  This just wasn't the fit for Sam and Touch No One.  But stay tuned - we have plenty of more thrillers coming your way!

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My Thoughts:
2 / 5 Stars

In a world where body modification is the norm, Detective John Moglich is no exception. With a cyber arm and other helpful implementations (he's 80% meat), he investigates the attempted murder of a woman. Strangely, her breasts are the only indications that she may be pregnant, but it's clear that she's not. She's been modified to "lactate" a pain-soothing drug that men (or women) can drink from. And if that's not strange enough for you, it seems that this milk is being poisoned. Parasites are being put into this liquid and people are dying - their tongues erupting from their bodies and taking off.

What.The.Hell.Did.I.Just.Read. While I do love me some sci-fi, I think this was just a case of reader and book not meshing. I felt like I was in an episode of Total Recall where I didn't get to select my journey and was put into a man's (cyber) body. Then thrown into a world without a dictionary. But thank god for my mod that allows me to understand all languages... kinda. I did love that this was completely off the wall and out there. I applaud that. However, for me this type of sci-fi is better suited for me to watch than to read.

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