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5.0 out of 5 starsCreative and funny. If you can read the glossary, you can get the jokes.
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2017
I read the reviews first and took the advice to read the glossary. I also read a wiki article on computer daemons. It didnt take much time and I like a sci fi novel that helps me understand more about technology. I may have missed a few jokes, but I don’t think so. If I didn’t get it, I looked it up. Maybe that’s a pain for some people but I google stuff all day long because I’m curious. Having said that, it was a great read, quirky and funny. I am basically a techno moron who is also a scifi geek. (How did that happen?). The book didnt bother explaining how daemons became self-aware, it was just assumed as a starting point. Their conversations reflected how little or how much each devise understood about the human they served. That alone was hilarious. The devices/programs had to work together to figure out how to interact with the external environment within their limits, solve a mystery and keep their human operational. Very mild spoiler alert--they accessed a dog to accomplish a goal. The book is goofy, creative and entertaining.
Most of us are glued to our phones. We'd be lost without them. Eventually, these things will be implanted as a part of us--I mean, just look at the work in Black Mirror. But in Nanodaemons by George Saoulidis, this has already become a reality and becoming cybernetic is commonplace.
Leo works in construction and was recently in a work accident where he pushed a stray dog to safety, which lost him his arm. With medical treatment, he was able to get a second-hand arm and get back to work within a week. But this new-to-him arm appears to be a problem when Leo appears to have murdered the kind-hearted mayor. As the nanodaemons try to figure out the mystery behind why Leo would have committed murder, they find that Leo is being framed and work to reveal the truth.
An interesting premise in a not too distant future with a moderately decent execution, as it was still a bit difficult to read. It wasn't so much that it was filled with tech talk, but I think it was the format of how that text was presented. If it were to have been augmented in a way to more easily delineate for readers traditional narrative versus the nanodaemon exchanges, it might reduce the struggle readers have with it--something as simple as offsetting it and using a different font could have eased it a bit.