Saturday, 4 June 2016

Book Review: Daemon - Daniel Suarez


 


The book tells the story of a daemon created by a computer game designer named Matthew Sobol, CEO of CyberStorm Entertainment, a company responsible for the production of successful MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games). 

A daemon, in techno-speak, usually refers to a computer program that runs in the background, without any interaction with the user. 

The Daemon kicks into action as soon as websites on the Internet print the obituary of Matthew Sobol. The existence of the Daemon is revealed when two programmers who unwittingly worked on the Daemon’s functionality are killed in seemingly bizarre ways. Upon further investigation, what the two deaths have in common is their utilization of the Internet.

What follows is a spiral into madness as the Daemon’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) is revealed to be frighteningly intelligent and perceptive, with it always being a step ahead of our heroes. It knows all and sees all. It recruits those best suited to its cause, with a remarkable understanding of what drives human beings and how to best use that for its own ends.

Needless to say, I enjoyed it immensely, and I look forward to reading the sequel. As someone who reads a lot and watches a fair amount of film, it is difficult sometimes when your field (in this case, IT) isn't often depicted in mainstream culture and when it is, it relies on tired, old cliches such as geeks who lack social skills, despise themselves, and are forever on the sidelines of society, coming in only to propel technological advancement. Without giving away too much, there is one such person in the book, but the most part most of the characters who work in typical IT fields like system administration and the like are given their full treatment as people who have lives, something that many do not associate with those who work in the IT industry. 

Another strength of the book is how well computer equipment as well as IT operations is described in the book. I found myself smiling nearly every other time at recognizing terms that are part of my vocabulary as someone who's in IT.

If you are a computer person who misses seeing your world well depicted in fiction, then this book is for you.


1 comment:

  1. hai do you by any chance have this book in pdf format? I would love to read one but unfortunately I am not able to read online or purchase this as it is not available in my country (Malaysia)

    please email me if you do! fashanatra@hotmail.com

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