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Monday, May 23, 2005

Digital Fortress-Dan Brown

My one word description is fluff. If you have nothing else to do and you would like to keep your brain semi-awake, and out of a persistent vegetative state then you might want to check this out. Adding a second word I might say "suspenseful fluff". You have to at least admit that Dan Brown keeps the plot moving, even if you can kind of guess what is going to happen next. And this review might be a trifle unfair because I was exposed to the Cryptonomicon before reading this. So any other cryptographic novel pales in comparison.

This book discusses how the NSA supposedly snoops on all of our emails. The author seems to be debating the merits of this with himself throughout the book. Totally Evil to completely necessary. The NSA claims it is being done with our best interests in mind, but other characters in the story believe that we should have privacy. etc.. So I don't know you could read it for that alone I suppose.

Final note, Decent fluff. I wouldn't advise anyone not to read it really



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  • Dan Brown: not worth the effort of avoiding? I read "Angels and Demons" a while back and described it to Trav as "Foucault's Pendulum for Dummies."

    By Anna, at 6:48 AM  

  • That is a good description of Digital Fortress:Cryptonomicon for Dummies. (Although Cryptonomicon had nothing to do with the NSA, and was more of a treasure hunt.. oh well you get the idea. ;)

    p.s. on the way to work this morning I was wondering if I was to harsh in my criticism of Dan Brown. I was considering changing fluff to Brain Candy in my post. but I'll go ahead and stick with fluff.. sometimes you just want to let the cotton candy lull you into a sugar induced comatose state.

    By Jason, at 9:13 AM  

  • This bodes poorly for my current choice, Angels and Demons. Sigh.

    By jch1530, at 10:07 PM  

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