If you are a fan of Bryson, stop reading now and purchase this book; it's another home run. If you've never heard of Bryson, read "In a Sunburned Country", then read this book. I don't think many authors could have made a summer nearly 100 years ago come alive so beautifully. His stories weave together seamlessly with a depth and expertise that you assume he was actually there to witness these events.
It's a good book. Fun to listen to and paced well....but....I expected more from Eggers. Many people have made the 1984 comparison. I would consider it a modern retelling of 1984 with a lot of Daniel Suarez mixed in. My biggest problem is that the protagonist, a well educated and intelligent woman, essentially just blindly accepts what is little more than a paper thin argument for ' total transparency.' And for that matter, so does just about everyone in the book. Ironically, the plot of the book is just as transparent as what The Circle calls for. There were no real surprises and you can pretty much see each plot point telegraphed about a mile out. Don't think I'm panning this book. Eggers is a great author and "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" still pretty much tops my list of all time great books. I just would have really liked have seen more depth.
A really fun book. I was a little worried that it would be a bit dry because the story is about copyright infringement, but fear not, that is just a vehicle to move the story forward. Nor is this a sci-fi book. It's just a very witty and intelligently written story was really fun to read. Hodgeman was AWESOME! Highly recommend this book
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