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Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
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Feb 07, 12

Read in February, 2012

Can't believe it's taken so long to read this book - it should be required reading for every geek. The book starts in Seattle at Microsoft, but quickly moves to Palo Alto and the Silicon Valley startup scene. The story follows a rag-tag assortment of geeks of every stripe, side-stepping the usual stereotypes. It's true that geeks are nerdy about the same things (computers! anime! pop-culture!), but Coupland captures the individuality of the hackers and even the supporting roles have their own story. The narrative wanders, somewhat aimlessly, to an ending that is unexpected, but very satisfying.

The only negative is some of the words put in the characters mouths - they spout metaphysics and real physics that's hard to believe. Not that smart people wouldn't be interested in those subjects, but that they would be so glib and trip-off-the-tongue articulate. Not enough to lose a star, but an occasional false note.
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