Sunday, September 06, 2015

Five of the best books featuring heroic hackers

E(ugene). C. Myers is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning young adult science fiction novels Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, and The Silence of Six, a young adult cyber thriller. At he tagged five books featuring heroic hackers, including:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

You’ve probably seen the Fincher movie, but the novel really drives home the amount of work and research that goes into hacking and solving decades-old mysteries—kind of like the difference between Gandalf popping into the library and learning about the One Ring in the film of The Fellowship of the Ring and him spending 17 years digging up the truth in the book. It should be dry reading, but it’s fascinating to follow Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander as they meticulously piece together the puzzle, even if most of the “action” happens at a desk with stacks of photos or company records. The rest of Larsson’s Millenium series is also worth checking out, and you should watch the Swedish films if you have the chance.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo made Fanny Blake's top five books about revenge, Kat Rosenfield's list of the eight most famous body parts in fiction, Rebecca Jane Stokes's top ten list of books about women in peril…who fought back, Maureen Corrigan's top five list of crime & mystery novels of 2008, Camilla Läckberg's top ten list of Swedish crime novels, and is one of Lynda Bellingham's six best books. The Millennium Trilogy is one of Ken Follett's five best trilogies, and Lisbeth Salander is among Panayiota Kuvetakis's top ten fictional female friends we'd like to have as anything close to real-life friends and Anne Holt's top ten female detectives.

--Marshal Zeringue