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The much endorsed Daemon... and trying to read it

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message 1: by Andrew (last edited Mar 11, 2010 10:44PM) (new)

Andrew Littler (alittler) | 24 comments Long before the author, Daniel Suarez, the 27th episode of 'Sword and Laser' I heard Daemon recommended to me over and over, including Leo Laporte.

Due to some other novels I was reading (Eleanor Rigby, Neverwhere, Good Omens and a few more), but I finally got to reading it after the interview.

Honestly, I could not read it. I found this hard to believe, even being it from myself, as so many people praised this book so highly, but after a dozen attempts, I still could not read it. The sentences were short and distracting, to the point where to get anywhere in the page I had to imagine commas and semicolons.

Also, some people spoke that the author actually knows about the technology he writers about. While I do not doubt this, I found his specific descriptions superfluous,

I also found the plot predictable, but as I never got past chapter 10, I cannot yet accuse it of being so.

Please do not hate me, but am I not the only one here that thought as so?
Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Daemon


message 2: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4188 comments I definitely thought that the books had good points and down points. I also seem to remember it was a slow starter for me. I finished it, and really hated the ending, but ended up reading the sequel, too (don't ask why). I wouldn't call it great by any means, and it's certainly not a "must-read" or a book I'll read again.

I think, if I hadn't been fairly isolated on work travel, I probably wouldn't have finished it.


message 3: by Wayne (last edited Mar 12, 2010 08:05AM) (new)

Wayne | 2 comments Andrew wrote: "Long before the author, Daniel Suarez, the 27th episode of 'Sword and Laser' I heard Daemon recommended to me over and over, including Leo Laporte.

Due to some other novels I was reading (Eleano..."


Yes you are the only one ;) I personally could not put it down. I am a software developer for a living so that might be a part of it. I have not read "Freedom" yet, but it will be my next book after "The Windup Girl".


message 4: by Scott (new)

Scott Ceniza-Levine (sclevine) | 2 comments I really enjoyed Daemon and how it starts so simple and ends so out of conrol.

I read Freedom too. Did not like it as much as it has a very strong 'war' sort of slant to it that I didn't like. I found it less technically stimulating, but a good story and I liked the end.


message 5: by Shawn (new)

Shawn (dodgerwa) | 3 comments No, you're not alone. I'm reading it now (based on the same recommendations). While I love the premise, despite being a software developer myself I have many of the same issues with the writing that you do. I'm still relatively early in the first book, as I've only been able to digest it a chapter at a time while reading other things in between.


message 6: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 960 comments Mod
I absolutely gobbled it up - found it a fascinating combo of thriller and extrapolation of current-and-near-future technologies. It's sequel, Freedom, however, did not have that page-turner effect on me -- I still found it interesting, but I did not zoom through it like I did with Daemon.


message 7: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Littler (alittler) | 24 comments terpkristin wrote: "I definitely thought that the books had good points and down points. I also seem to remember it was a slow starter for me. I finished it, and really hated the ending, but ended up reading the sequ..."

I have a bad habit of buying a new book before I finish the one I am reading, so when I did manage to read any of Daemon I was constantly haunted by the covers of so many other books I could be reading


message 8: by Nemaruse (new)

Nemaruse Neoxeekhrobe Hulkonnowolf | 33 comments Andrew wrote: "...constantly haunted by other covers..."

Is it that good? :)


message 9: by Martin (new)

Martin (mafrid) | 50 comments Reading the previous comments I realized that you might enjoy the book more if you have a technical background. I'm a programmer myself an really liked Daemon as a technology-heavy detective novel, but in my book (no pun intended) I didn't really see the book as a stand alone novel as it's so tightly coupled with Freedom. Without Freedom Daemon doesn't really make sense. Freedom on the other hand I found a bit too 'political' to be really enjoyable. It was however very thought provoking.


message 10: by Patrick (new)

Patrick (halfadd3r) I would rate myself as a Fanboy, and loved both books. However, I consider this very similar to Accelerando. Many times you've got to stop and do a little research on what's going on. If I ever run out of planned books to read, I'm going to go through the suggested books in the back.

I would love to not have to explain my job to people, and just have a HUD display show me as a LVL X - Computer Technician.


message 11: by Chris (new)

Chris  | 57 comments I loved both books but can say not all books appeal to all people. For example, I am forcing myself to read The Once and Future King and am not enjoying it. I am about 1/3 of the way through it and plan to press onward, but I guess my taste for Arthurian legend was spoiled by the many movies and TV shows.

As for Deamon and its sequel, I could not put them down. The use of the dark net and other tech appealed to me enough to overlook any other shortcomings.


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