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Fatal System Error by

I work in the tech industry and have an interest in cybercrime, especially tales from the front lines. I put some of that down to Cliff Stoll’s excellent account — still the best book I’ve read on the subject. This professed to detail the story of the hunt for shadowy crime lords who use the – Read the rest of this review

Before the Fall by

I have absolutely no idea where I got the recommendation for this book, but wherever it was deserves some credit. The book tells the tale of a private jet that crashes into the ocean, with only two survivors: a four-year-old boy, who stands to inherit millions, and an unknown painter. Together, they make the seemingly – Read the rest of this review

Raising Steam by

I approached this book — the last of the Discworld series Terry was able to write before his untimely death — with some trepidation, in part because I was saving it, like you would a vintage wine. Terry’s books are lumped into the categories of fantasy and comedy, two genres that don’t always get the – Read the rest of this review

Spam Nation by

Krebs has become a celebrity in the security community, one of the few well-known names that have made it into the mainstream media. So I was expecting this to be a detailed walk through the how and why of spam.┬áThat’s not what I got though. The author started out as a journalist, and it’s this – Read the rest of this review

Ghostman by

It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary thriller, partly because every back cover I read sounded so cliched. That accusation can’t be leveled at this book. Following our protagonist, a ‘ghostman’ — which is to say a chameleon who can change his appearance and body language to take on different personalities — we – Read the rest of this review