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Interface by Neal Stephenson
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Mar 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, mystery, physicians, sci-fi
Read in May, 2008

This book was originally published under a pseudonym, and I think I read it before I had any idea that it was really by Neal Stephenson, several years ago. I recently re-read it and enjoyed it again.

A prominent candidate for President is struck down by a massive stroke. His campaign is contacted by a shadowy group that offers a new kind of therapy to help him recover from the stroke, with a brain implant of sorts. It's decided to go ahead with the implant, but to keep it secret from the public. The catch is, the implant can be used to control the candidate's behavior... and the shadowy group may not have his best interests in mind.

It's kind of a thriller, kind of a sci-fi novel, and there are glimpses of Stephenson's quirky and funny style that would be more obvious in later books like Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.

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