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A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away
A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away
by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It verged on too much character development..., 23 Aug. 2002
An excellent read - although it does almost have too much character development. The book takes many diversions from the main plot to go into the various character's backgrounds. Whilst it does give you a rich mental picture of who the main protagonists are, Brookmyre almost goes over the top with the detail.
Brookmyre has the rare skill of developing a character who you can respect and hate all at the same time: the introduction of Simon, and his cynical views of modern life are something many of us can agree with. But this character is quite evil - so you find yourself agreeing with some of what this utterly hateful character has to say. The other main character, Raymond Ash is an unlikely hero (who I can readily identify with, being a frequent Quake and UT player at LAN parties).
There's some superb plot twists in the story - some unexpected, and some you can see coming from a mile off, and Brookmyre leaves a hanging questionmark at the end of the book: maybe there's more to come?
Or maybe Simon will just end up facing some nice Black and Decker power-tools...

The Blue Nowhere
The Blue Nowhere
by Jeffery Deaver
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are technically inclined, avoid..., 23 Aug. 2002
This review is from: The Blue Nowhere (Paperback)
I bought this book to read on the boat back home to Douglas. It looked like a promising story - with a good "geek" theme matched with a twisting, turning murder plot.
All I can say is if you're technically-inclined, avoid it like the plague. Deaver shows his cluelessness about the Internet and computers in general within the first few pages - calling passwords "passcodes", source code "source codes". That's just the tip of the iceberg - some of the computer parts of the plot are simply unbelievably bad. It looks like he skimmed ESR's hacker jargon website, and slung in a bunch of interesting-looking buzzwords.
Think of the scene from Jurassic Park where the little girl says, "This is a Unix system! I know this!" - if that scene from the film looked cheesy to you, avoid this book.

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