Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
If you're not a techie, keep on browsing
am 12. Februar 1997
In light of the predominantly positive reviews I've read about this book, I almost regret not liking it.
Copeland has done a masterful job of illustrating the techie "geek" lifestyle and perhaps this characteristic still makes the book a worthwhile read for non-techies such as myself. Yet many of the reviews I've seen to this point were written by people who identify with the characters Copeland has created. Such mutual experiences could very easily lead a reader to enjoy an otherwise unexceptional novel. Judging from the popularity of characters as diverse as Huckleberry Finn and Bilbo the Hobbit, however, these mutual experiences should not be prerequisites for potential readers.
Unfortunately, while the reader gets a very detailed understanding of the techie lifestyle, Copeland's techies are not involved in a particularly engrossing story. As a non-techie reader, I found the novel amusing in two regards: 1)there are a number of hilarious observations made by the novel's central character, Dan, and 2)at times, the sheer geekiness of certain actions or observations was astounding.
However, once I sit down to read a book, I prefer to read something with a rather unpredictable plot of some kind (and the makeshift ending of this book does not qualify as unpredictable). Microserfs has some brilliant character sketches but, in the end, lacks the suspense and plot-twists of first-rate literature. With Copeland's character development abilities, he could have done so much more with this book.