“If I use a tampon, am I still a virgin?” “How drunk am I?” “Can I catch herpes from my cat?” “Is it bad to make yourself throw up?”
“There’s strange and...more“If I use a tampon, am I still a virgin?” “How drunk am I?” “Can I catch herpes from my cat?” “Is it bad to make yourself throw up?”
“There’s strange and then there’s Google strange. People turn to Google to ask the questions they don’t dare ask anyone else. This collection of unbelievable Google searches reveals the bizarre, ill-informed, and sometimes sick nature of everyday people. Whether it’s researching how to manually force poop out of their body or wondering if jail is really that bad, this book proves that the truth really is stranger than fiction.” - Summary from Amazon
I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. It was a quick read. Seemed like a fun enough concept. But I found myself laughing more at the Google searches that weren’t highlighted and coming up with my own commentaries for them rather than enjoying the commentaries provided by the editors and authors.
Also, there were several examples where, had the authors actually bothered to Google these questions before poking fun at them, they would have found that they were very legitimate searches. Just because you don’t understand the question, doesn’t make it stupid. 2/5 stars(less)
"In a dystopian near-future, neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset, and it's the Internet at the speed of thought. F...more"In a dystopian near-future, neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset, and it's the Internet at the speed of thought. For teen hacker Sam Wilson, a headset is a must. But as he masters the new technology, he has a terrifying realization. If anything on his computer is vulnerable to an attack, what happens when his mind is linked to the system? Could consciousness itself be hacked?
Brian Falkner, author of The Tomorrow Code and The Project, delivers an action-packed and thought-provoking sci-fi thriller in which logging on to a computer could mean the difference between life and death." - Summary From Amazon
I'm a pretty tech savvy person, but I have to admit that this book was a little hard to get into at first because it is loaded with tech speak and hacking jargon. At the same time, though, it grabbed me on the introduction so I was determined to keep reading. I was definitely not disappointed. Once the story started to unfold, I was hooked. I read a good 75% of this book in one sitting. Great action, great story, fun characters.
The book raises a lot of interesting questions in a technology dependent society. How much privacy are we really capable of holding in a society where everyone is linked in online? Can a collective consciousness ever be trusted? Is our dependence on all this technology eventually going to destroy us? How do we find a balance?
The only problem I had with this story is there are a few places where Sam is almost too good at what he does and comes a little close to becoming THAT character that annoys everyone, but he enjoys enough mishaps and failures so that you hardly notice.
I highly recommend this read and definitely see how it earned its way into YALSA's Best of the Best challenge for 2012. 4/5 stars(less)
I absolutely loved this book. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer and included more people. Perhaps there will be a sequel? There should b...moreI absolutely loved this book. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer and included more people. Perhaps there will be a sequel? There should be.(less)