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Recommended book: Freedom ™

Freedom (TM) (Daemon, #2)Freedom (TM) by Daniel Suarez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not nearly as shocking as Daemon, but a worthy conclusion to a very interesting plot nevertheless. Its ideas on distributed systems, oligopolic capitalism , the hero’s journey and distributed economic & social networks will stay with me for a while.

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Recommended book: Daemon

Daemon (Daemon, #1)Daemon by Daniel Suarez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I saw a friend of mine had recommended this book and I had to check it out. Its mixture of IT security, philosophy, gaming, mobile technology, economics and intrigue makes for a very engrossing read that mashes up all sorts of disparate ideas into a very exciting plot.

The only downside I can find is a certain ignorance of Hispanic culture and Spanish spelling where relevant, which struck me as a little odd. Still,I cannot recommend it enough.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Somewhere between post-apocalyptic sci-fi, the Japanese classic Battle Royale and a teenager telenovela, this is a seriously entertaining page-turner in the young adult genre. Good escapist literature, even if sometimes I was annoyed by the pumped-up teenage girl drama and continuous cliffhangers.

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Recommended movie: Cloud Atlas


Every once in a while there comes a movie that makes you think when you’re watching but leaves you with a sense of wonder once it’s done. Based on a popular book I am yet to read, Cloud Atlas uses the same idea of the reincarnated group of souls as one of my favourite novels: The Years of Rice and Salt.

Recommended book: World War Z

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I like books on history, science, science fiction and the odd work-related thing, so I didn’t expect to like this one so much. Couldn’t put it down during the Easter weekend. The richness of the story, the well-planned progression and the variety of characters lent it an air of authenticity, even if some minor facts would on a couple of occasions detract from the experience (if you are going to write Spanish phrases, make sure you know how they’re spelled). I don’t give 5 stars lightly, but to me this is a classic like “Forever War” or “I am Legend”, mixed with enough Anthony Beevor to suspend disbelief.

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Recommended book: Triggers

TriggersTriggers by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting premise, well-paced plot and an ending that left me gobsmacked for a little while. Minus one star for almost stereotypical characterization in some cases that ended up distracting me from the book. A good effort from the dean of Canadian Sci-Fi nevertheless.

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