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interesting, but flawed
on 28 March 2003
i got this book on the strength of the writing in "the cuckoo's egg", which i absolutely adored, and had a very hard time putting down during the two days in which i read it. "silicon snake oil" took me much longer to get through, for a few reasons. first of all, the writing is much less focused and the organisation not nearly as strong. secondly, much of the time it amounts to a rant, and one that has often not stood the test of time. many of his most vehement complaints about the internet, for example, have proven unfounded.
although i was disappointed, ultimately the book has something to say, whether you like his style or not. he raises some valid points, and even if you disagree with his rants, he makes you think. therefore i give it three stars. worthwhile, but not as good as his previous work.