Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Review: The Fear Index (Robert Harris)

Down here in Peru it has taken me longer to get some of my computer stuff done, for various reasons.  One thing that I have been able to do is read a remarkable and wonderful new book: The Fear Index (by Robert Harris).  Harris is perhaps most well known for one of his first books: Fatherland which takes place in the 1960s after Nazi Germany had one in Europe and the USA still has to deal with Hitler in a cold-war kind of environment.

The Fear Index is brand new.  So far, this is the best book I have read this year (only two and a half months, but still).  The story runs at the nexus of high frequency trading, artificial intelligence, high finance and insanity.  I will not say much else, as there are various surprises that must not be given away.

ANYONE interested in what big money does when run by the robots really ought to read this book.  Some of you know the kind of stuff I like to read.  This is one of the very best.

Five stars!


1 comment:

  1. im jealous of you for having the time to read a complete book.

    Ive got a pile of em waiting .......

    Think i find it easier to reed the pooter screen in the artificial light of evenings and night time, not least because you can choose the text size (-;


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