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Turn of the Century by Kurt Andersen
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** spoiler alert ** Personally, I enjoyed this one a good bit, but I'm only giving it three stars. That's because I can't see it being particularly accessible to anyone who has never lived in New York and worked in either media, technology, or possibly finance.

The software-company boardroom scenes, and the depictions of i-bank trading (while eerily pertinent given the events in the financial services industry earlier this month) sometimes got flat-out, instruction-manual boring, but the rest of "Turn of the Century" drew me in enough to sit through them.

One more nitpick: the subplot involving the anti-Microsoft hackers is integrated rather sloppily. I would've rather seen this having a stronger bearing on the two protagonists earlier on. I realize that the point is that thanks to New York media's ongoing butterfly effect they were indirectly responsible for the Fark-like antics, but I would've liked to see this as more of a running subplot than an "oh wait!" that pops up in the last quarter of the book.
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