Right before [[http://floatingsun.net/blog/2005/07/26/the-half-blood-prince/ | Harry Potter]], I finished reading [[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0452286514/amzna9-1-20/ref=nosim/002-7210026-9576015?dev-t=D26XECQVNV6NDQ%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2 | Transmission]], a book by Hari Kunzru.
Its just an //average// book. Quite melodramatic, but low on technical details. Makes writing computer viruses sound like some obscure Japanese art which has a lot of “feeling” in it. I’m not saying there isn’t, for I haven’t written a virus myself, but probably because I’m from a CS background, the book didn’t appear convincing to me.
The plot is mildly interesting. No fascinating twists and turns, no deeper inklings, very simple and straighforward. I did feel that some of the characters and some of the events in the story held little or no meaning. The author tried to create an open ending of sorts, but I think most readers will end up with similar guesses.
So bottomline, it was a passable read.