Book review: "Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles"

My theme of hacker / hacking-related books continues, and last night I read "Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles".

I read it in one sitting, and it was... fine.

Not brilliant, not terrible. Fine.

The opening sequence is excellent, and I was really looking forward to seeing how it panned out.

Then the book moved from computer hacking into bio-hacking. Interesting enough, I guess, but it was not what I was expecting or looking for.

Finally, it turned a bit too much like "Inception" for me, and I found myself skipping through some of the extended sequences. Which probably explains how I finished it in one evening without staying up late.

I think it was trying to make a deep and meaningful point about going beyond our inhibitions, and how the brain is capable of far more than we appreciate.

Perhaps it was commenting on the notion that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Either way, it didn't grab me: for a book seemingly set in reality, it felt too fictional, and required too much suspension of disbelief. Which is, I guess, an odd thing to say about a work of fiction.

Oh well. Perhaps this was just not one for me.


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I'm Neil. By day, I run a law firm, decoded.legal, giving advice on Internet, telecoms, and tech law. This is my personal blog, so will be mostly about tech stuff, cycling, and other hobbies.