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Coffin Dodgers
Coffin Dodgers
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced fun, 24 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Coffin Dodgers (Kindle Edition)
Of all the inspirations for literary dystopias, an ageing population isn't exactly the sexiest. But Coffin Dodgers paints an entertaining picture of a world gone grey. Fast paced and funny. For fans of Ben Elton and Cory Doctorow.

2600 Magazine: The Hacker Quarterly
2600 Magazine: The Hacker Quarterly
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 21 Jan. 2011
2600 is as much social commentary as technical information. Informative, open-minded and entertaining, it examines security, privacy, law and society with a mixture of anarcho-punk enthusiasm and concern at emerging threats to our liberties. Whether you're a bearded *nix guru or an everyday user of IT systems, you'll learn something from 2600.

It's also worth noting that the magazine is completely free of restrictive Digital Rights Management measures. You can freely back up or convert the files to do with as you pleased. Nice to see a publisher which doesn't treat its customers like criminals!
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The Keep (The Adversary Cycle Book 1)
The Keep (The Adversary Cycle Book 1)
Price: £3.20

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to live up to its potential, 3 Nov. 2010
The Keep shows initial promise with a genuine sense of mystery, but as the plot unfolds, a number of faults reveal themselves.

The book suffers from a lack of focus. It's unclear which character, if any, is meant to be the protagonist. Some characters in particular are given an excessive amount of frankly rather dull back story. The initial air of mystery falls apart as the characters discover more about the Keep and its occupant, and the story suffers from a lack of effective scares.

One particular annoyance is the constant recapping of the story so far, where one character summarises the events of the plot to another, or considers them in an inner monologue. It seems as though the reader isn't being credited with the attention span to keep up with events.

The Keep is not without its strengths. The author has clearly researched wartime Romania well, and it's good to see someone attempting to write a genuine horror story in the era of sugar-coated teenage paranormal romance. But ultimately the book falls flat.

2600 Magazine: The Hacker Quarterly - Autumn 2010
2600 Magazine: The Hacker Quarterly - Autumn 2010
Price: £2.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading in the information age, 3 Nov. 2010
2600 is a great source of information and opinion, whether or not you consider yourself to be a hacker.

The magazine takes an in-depth look at the information and communications technology which has become an integral part of our lives. While some articles require a level of technical expertise (it'll help if you know your way around a Linux distribution and a programming language or two), much of the information is accessible to anyone with reasonable computing proficiency.

Where 2600 really excels is in its examination of the effects of technology on society. Issues including Wikileaks, intellectual property law, privacy, data protection and media manipulation are frequent themes, and the magazine provides a platform for a range of views which sometimes aren't heard in the mainstream media.

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