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Daemon (Daemon #1)
Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight...more
A) Give all your money to charity just in case you can buy your way into heaven.
B) Indulge in an around the world drinking, drug and sex spree until going out in a blaze of glory by crashing your private jet into an erupting volcano live on CNN.
C) Pour all your money into a cryogenics program and freeze yourself like Walt Disney in the hope that they’ll finally figure out a way...more
Daniel Suarez's Daemon is an amazing story. And I'm not talking about the actual plot; for that, the word "Amazing" would not suffice. No, I am referring to the incredible series of events which are leading up to its publication and release on January 8th.
After writing Daemon back in 2004, Suarez faced the uphill battle common to many first-time authors. Unable to find a buyer, yet confident of the quality of his work, he decided to self-publish. Using print-on-demand, Suarez pumped out a few do...more
I flew through this book and loved every minute of it. I could have done without the brutal mistreatment of a woman at the beginning of the the book, but it did server to vilify one of the main antagonists. After this opening scene, you are thrown into a world of action, and mystery. I lo...more
It ended in a cliff hanger! I hate cliff hangers!!!!! I have now downloaded the next book so I can start it immediately. For 2 days I laid all other books aside and whenever I could was reading this one. I finished it today...and there's only one other book.
In my experience nobody finishes a "new" series in TWO books anymore! I suspect i have fallen prey to another series I will soon find myself caught up on and waiting for more books!
Is this s...more
* The painstakingly correct detail distracts from the story a bit.
* The concept of the world being decided by a battle between carders feels silly.
* Suarez makes it a point to demonstrate just how evil some of the characters are. This squicked me out slightly...more
The problem with this book is that all the cards are held by the villains, to the point of absurdity. Literal absurdity, once they start pulling the Razorbacks in. The heroes exist only to be struck down, and while this might be good as a set-up, an entire bo...more
Once your hearing recovers and your bones have knit consider that in all likelihood you've based decisions and impressions of the real world on models informed by said fiction. How many times have you eavluated a trivial le...more
Daemon's merit is that the ideas in it serve a plot from the realm of sci-fi but one whose execution is feasible and even thinkable with our current state of technology and society.
The philosophy and story it tells is a bit of a mashup between Snow Crash, the Matrix and most pop-sci books from the past ten years. Unfortunately the story crashes under the weight of its own...more
Editors fix things like this:
> Southerners mocked as sounding like Colonel Sanders wouldn't subsequently say "ten March," they'd say, "the tenth o' March."
> How does a total stranger recognize a...more
This is pure thriller mater...more
What Daemon does is mix suspense, action and technology into a story that is rich with heroes, villains and a surprisingly plausible plot about a computer script taking over...more
Even before the book devol...more
There are a few drawbacks. The...more
Daemon absolutely has to be read with Freedom (tm). The two are one sustained novel.
Just as Cory Doctorow's Little Brother was science fiction when it was written, but there's little in the book that couldn't happen now, Daemon and its sequel may have...more
If you’ve read any of his Jack Ryan novels, you’ll know that, unlike the films upon which they’re based, the concept of a main character or even a main...more
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