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Installing Linux on a Dead Badger Paperback – October 15, 2007
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If you like your fiction with healthy doses of humor, horror, and computer in-jokes, this is definitely something you're going to enjoy. -- Lubbock Online, November 6 2007
Lucy is funny. There's no way to put a different spin on this, but this book is darkly, terribly hilarious. -- Everything 2, October 18 2007
About the Author
- Shotgun Sorceress
- Switchblade Goddess
- Soft Apocalypses
- Orchid Carousals
- Sparks and Shadows
- Chimeric Machines
- Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
- Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide
She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is a mentor in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.
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Top Customer Reviews
The collection is a slender volume, maybe 110 pages long, with about 12 stories or so. The titular piece is written as a set of instructions for using Linux to create your own zombie badger (with an Appendix for additional instructions and warnings for use with alternate species or unsupported animals). The following eight stories are written in a journalistic style, immersing the reader in an alternate universe where this sort of software opens up whole new vistas. In the manner of Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, these individual stories combine to create a strangely familiar world. The author blends humor with eeriness in a heady, must read mix... In this world, teens run wild with their borderline illegal Linux installations, zombloyees usurp the jobs of less cost efficient living employees, companies install a new requirement for the ruthless (some might say bloodsucking) world of middle management, IT networking goes to extreme dimensions, playing dead might be the only way to survive, and the relentless killing machines of a previously unknown "pest" become the season's hottest pets...
I found the last three stories in the volume to be somewhat less involving. Perhaps this is due to the shift to a more "familiar" writing style, less "you are there" gonzo and more traditional first/third person narratives.
While the first of these ("The Great VuDu Linux Teen Zombie Massacre") is certainly a part of the previous world, it makes the mistake of repeating the content of the titular piece.Read more ›
One of Snyder's strengths in this collection is disguising her fiction as news articles or technical writing. The title story is actually written like a software guide, instructing readers on what kinds of software will need to be installed to raise the dead (like a Duppy card, FleshGolem software, or ItzaLive programs, for you Mac users), and well over half of the other stories read like something out of the business or technology sections of your local paper or a national newsweekly.
Can't imagine necromancy as big business? Obviously, you've never considered the financial benefits of replacing your living employees with zombies who will work for 20 hours a day for a bucket of cow brains. Not to mention the benefits of networking your office computers with eldritch extra-dimensional demons who will deliver your e-mail and make market predictions for the price of a few delicious kittens. Sure, there's a problem with cthonian horrors sucking out your soul, but everyone's gotta make sacrifices in business, right?
Verdict: Thumbs up. If you like your fiction with healthy doses of humor, horror, and computer in-jokes, this is definitely something you're going to enjoy.
The author has obviously read too many tech manuals and too many business books, and been driven mad by them. But fortunately it's one of the good kinds of madness, not something scary like a CEO.
I do feel obliged to mention that NetBSD's dead badger support is far better than Linux's. But the book is absolutely fabulous nonetheless.
I'm a few pages in (Locations 80-90 of 797), and I'm already wanting to tear my hair out from the typos in this edition. There appear to have been at least one or two missing words so far, there's missing punctuation (e.g., opening or closing parentheses), and a lot of words that look like they should have hyphens are instead just jammed together (e.g., "gangreenfree"). So far, the text reads like someone rammed it through a cheap converter and didn't proof it afterwards to ensure it was properly formatted.
If you want to read these stories and are the kind of person who's easily distracted by errors, I'd recommend picking up a hardcopy until they push an updated edition of the Kindle version.
The wit and wisdom displayed in this book are exceptional, with everything from step by step instructions on how to install Linux on a dead badger, to using your dead badger to fight zombies. This book has it all, from stories about IT helpdesks starting to staff with zombies to cut down on cost, to using vampires as supervisors to keep the zombies under control and working, to management having no brains to begin with so the zombies have no interest in eating them anyway.
Pick this book up for yourself, for your geek friends or anyone in IT or computer science; they will ROTFL while reading it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This feels like a collection of lightly amusing web posts collected together as a "book". The stories/articles quickly start to feel very similar, but they're short and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Peter Wake
Very Funny. Some of the "younger" users may not get all the jokes, however, it's a light hearted read, that is enjoyable.Published on November 12, 2013 by Denis G. Dimick
Genius! You know, I still cannot get through "Installing Linux on a Dead Badger" without laughing so hard that I literally cry. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Thom Bone
This book was a quick and easy read, and highly entertaining. I recommend it for any techie-nerd, especially if you like zombie humor.Published on March 31, 2013 by Karolyn R Grafton
Although each of the short stories or essays in "Installing Linux" stands alone, you'll find a few common themes. Most touch on technology. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by BigAl
REVIEWED BY THE FUNKY WEREPIG
INSTALLING LINUX (On A Dead Badger)came out a few years back as a satire of `How To' manuals and articles that cater to the business world. Read more
The title-chapter is a great article combining absurd computer-geeky imperatives with plausibly zombie-ish sounding companies and products, but the remaining articles tend to... Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by Kelley Reid
This is just a funny book all said and done. I can't say that I understand it all seeing as some of the jokes are for Linux users only----but I bought this as a present and he... Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Ashley F. Jones
Not actually funny, jokes are based on incoherent and incomplete research, and also contains plenty of irrelevant political swipes and sucker-punches. Not recommended.Published on April 22, 2010 by DSM