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Predicting new titles that Greg Homer will tackle with his unique breed of comedy is getting too easy; I called this one yesterday. Homerfodder. We need a new nom du keyboard, someone with a higher vision of comedy. And someone who, I daresay, really leaves when he says he is going to. ;-)

Anyway, I read the book. It has the basic saboteur's info, but it also contains material on how to manipulate people into conducting sabotage for you.

If you ever read Gimpel's "Agent 146", the story of a German spy in America during WWII, you'll start to understand that the front-line spies and saboteurs lead a uniquely depressing lifestyle. As a spy/saboteur, your superiors don't really care about what happens to you, you can't really trust anyone, and you have to convert your mind away from the constructive/creative mode that most aspire to.

As this book (inadvertently) shows, a saboteur is not some creative Robin Hood type so much as someone who fell prey to brainwashing and ended up as a thug doing their runner's bidding.

For example, what benefit do you gain from polluting your own water supply? Here you may be part of a resistance movement supporting a cause kept at bay hundreds of miles away from your location. What good does it do to potentially kill your friends and family while you wait for help?

The most critical thing to do if you find yourself surrounded by the enemy: Get Out. Don't stay and turn yourself into an anti-worker who dreams of comeuppance.

Finally, this book is dated in terms of technology and does not take into account video/audio/physical surveillance.

I know all this from experience; I served as commissar in a very backwards country during the Cold War.

In a computer game.
08/06/2008
Gripping non-fiction book about several hackers, their motives, their methods, and their private lives. If you enjoyed "The Cuckoo's Egg" by Cliff Stoll, or if you like computer books in general, you'll probably like this one.
05/30/2008
Could hardly put it down. Surprisingly adventurous and readable for a book from 1898. I felt as if I were in the main character's shoes.

I highly recommend this book if you are up for some nautical adventure! Also if you own a cat, as I do, I think you'll like it too. :-)
05/15/2008
"The story lives up to its promise"

You can find a short review of this title from a 1922 New York Times, using this link:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9B05E6DE1F3CEE3ABC4953DFB6678389639EDE

This links to a full-article PDF; the review is the last paragraph of the PDF article. It was awesome to come up with that from a Google search! :)

Looking forward to reading this one!
05/01/2008
T.R. Slauf - A Fantastical and Truly Imaginative Work of Fiction
FEATURED AUTHOR - T.R. Slauf has always been torn in two; one half revels in all things scientific and longs to explore the secrets of the universe, while the other half finds solace and excitement within the arts. After not feeling satisfied working as a research scientist T.R. started working on their debut novel Legends of Lightning, Hidden Realm. As our Author of the Day, T.R. tells us all about the book and the inspiration behind it.