Isn't it funny that companies will produce these beautifully crafted books that in the end add absolutely nothing to the game because they will simply end up sitting on a shelf gathering dust after the initial flicking through after you bring it home from the store. In fact, you probably spent more time reading the book in the store than you actually did once you had brought it home. Though, being the type of person who uses the train a lot, I also would spend time reading it on the train, and I would also drag it along to sessions, pull it out of my bag, and dump it on the table, where it would stay until the end of the gaming session, at which point it would go back into the bag, though it may be picked up and flicked through by one of the players during the game.
Such was life back in the days when I had time to play roleplaying games. Well, okay, I should say that I still have time to play roleplaying games, but time is one of those commodities that if you use it doing one thing then you may have to sacrifice another thing. Still, roleplaying games are fun, and social, and I have even discovered a website where you can find roleplaying games in Melbourne to join, but the problem with roleplaying games is that you have to regularly attend them, and by attending the roleplaying games, there are other things that you cannot do (such as sitting in my bed writing commentaries, or researching stocks, or even learning German).
I guess by this stage you have probably worked out that this book is really little more than background for the Shadowrun world, though I am also sure that Findlay did enjoy writing it, though whether it really made a huge amount of money is still questionable. This book is pretty much about the corporate world of Shadowrun which, in some ways, is probably little different to the corporate world of today. Hey, they can be quite critical of the way corporations pretty much enslave people. In fact Shadowrun even has a word for an average employee: a wage slave.
I could go on, but there are other places where I go hell for leather against the corporate model, so I feel that I don't really need to do that here.