Not what I expected, though as my husband put it, "there wasn't really a way to expect that".
He was the one who discovered Ryk Spoor and has insisted I read a couple.
This one wasn't as much my thing, I enjoyed Phoenix Rising more overall, but the characters were engaging and entertaining and the concept enjoyable.
Paradigms is very episodic-- almost more of a collection of short stories than a novel. The stories are connected though and the same characters run throughout.
I do wish that Spoor had erred a bit more on the side of rewriting rather than keeping true to the original. This is technically a rewrite and expansion of his first work Digital Knight, and the resulting writing can be a bit choppy. As a writer, I can fully appreciate hesitating to redo older work, but as a reader it would have benefited.
Overall, an interesting read. If you're looking for a paranormal/urban fantasy with an interesting and fresh approach, check this one out.