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Book - The Ghost Map

Fantastic book. John Snow was absolutely an amazing man -- finding a theory, using statistics to prove it, convincing the government to act, then helping rid the modern world of one of the most deadly diseases -- awesome. Steven Johnson does a great job of telling this story, with a bit of history, a bit of back story, a bit of science and great pacing. Worth a read.

14 October 2012

Book - The Victorian Internet

Very interesting and the parallels to our modern day internet are astounding. I felt that Standage didn't need to point out so many of these similarities as they will not date well; however, you can clearly see how the telegraph changed the world and how the internet is doing the same. At the same time, you see how people are people -- scheming, loving, misunderstanding, etc...

10 October 2012

Book - The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

I loved this book. I love the understated sense of humour, the irony, the characters. I laughed out loud page after page. It is impossible and fun, highly recommended.

28 September 2012

Book - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Well, you don't win the Pulitzer by mistake. This book was pretty amazing. There was a lot of Spanish (my wife claims most of it was filthy) and a lot of sci-fi references. But it was great. I think the end was the only flaw... a bit to much effort on Oscars side to explain the fuku... and too many loose ends to tie up, but still, really well done. I definitely recommend it.

10 September 2012

Book - A Dance with Dragons (Song of Ice and Fire)

I can't recall my previous reviews, but this was everything I love and hate about Martin. Love the characters and atmosphere, but he utterly fails to follow a plot, understand how to make people love a hero or underdog, resolve conflicts. And, he kills off one of the last heroes left at the end... so, I guess I say... 'fuck you George' and I will NOT BE READING ANOTHER WORD FROM THIS MAN.

7 September 2012

Book - 1491

Thought provoking, well researched, hopefully transformative, this book tries to set the record straight on what the 'new' world was live before and shortly after the 'old' world arrived. I learned much. If there was a flaw, the book didn't spend enough time explaining what happened after 1491. Luckily there is a second book, 1493 to explain all.

15 August 2012

Book - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Loved this book... Angela read it and passed it over... when she does this, I know it is good. It was funny, uplifting and interesting. I don't know why I hadn't heard of it, but I recommend it.

15 May 2012

Book - A Storm of Swords

Clearly starting to loose the _plot_ ... get it? There is no arc... no plan, great characters that you can only kill off at their peak of power and interest.

21 March 2012

Book - A Feast for Crows (Song of Ice and Fire)

Great characters that have _nothing_ to do with the other books. No plot movement in years... KEEP AWAY!

21 March 2012

Book - A Clash of Kings HBO Tie-In Edition

14 March 2012

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