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Daemon by Daniel Suarez
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Recommended for: geeks, spazzes, 20-somethings

Is 'Neal Stephenson' a genre? This book would probably fall into that classification, if so.

The death of a high-tech mogul puts into effect his plan to infect the world's networks with a distributed daemon in order to bring about a change to the social fabric. It's a very cool concept—sort of a cyberpunk take on Assimov's The Foundation Trilogy. that idea is backed up by a lot of cool thought exercises about the vulnerability of society, the relationship of parasite to host and how that applies to human/computer interfaces, and if one were attempting to bring down the current financial status quo, how could one do so.

The devil in the details. The characters seem to be props, woodenly moving the plot forward. The level of detail about areas in which I am not expert seemed impressive, but my faith in that detail was shaken by logical errors in non-technical scenarios (so while he's riding a motorcycle on a high speed chase he is also operating a hand-held radio and firing a gun?).

It's a fun read, but more in a Steven King sort of way than a Arthur C, Clarke fashion.
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