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Uncertainty by Michael Larsen
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Nov 10, 2009

Read in November, 2009

A very readable page turner of a sorts.

I think the problem with this book is that it isn't old enough to be "old" but it is too old to be current. So I was laughing at many sections that were never made to be funny. The premises hinges on the fear over technology - primarily computers. But given the book was copyrighted in 1994 even the internet as we now know is a murky world left to the techies. The bit where somebody talks about this "new" program named Explorer had me in stitches.

This is something that can happen to any book trying to explore modern times. It doesn't make the book bad - I enjoyed it. But yes, with my laughing at all the wrong places (it isn't supposed to be a comedy) this did prevent me from giving it four stars.

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message 1: by Sherry (new)

Sherry IE 1.0 was brought out in 1995 :) I looked it up - because I was trying to remember what year I got 'online' (for work - we were pioneering in those days!) and I'm pretty sure 1996/1997 were big years. 1997 was IE 4.0 - the speed of development in the 90s was phenomenal, so yep - a book about tech would definitely feel very vortex-ey. Speaking of which, Alien Safari started in 1996 - tech and music and psychedelic thinking. I'm proud of all authors who dared venture into that turf. Have you ever read Jeff Noon's 'Vurt'? That was written in 1993 - maybe do a comparative reading and see how they stack up against each other?

message 2: by Tiah (new) - added it

Tiah Have not read Vurt.

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