The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling My review rating: 4 of 5 starsI like this look at an apocalyptic future. The end of the nation state, China excepted, created two mass movements one concerned with commerce and one much more green in nature. While the universe portrayed was cool, the book itself felt more like a
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Spook Country by William Gibson My review rating: 3 of 5 starsLike every other Gibson novel I have read, the ideas in the novel are fascinating, but ultimately the plot flutters and sputters along.
When I was out sick I read a favorable review of the book, “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need”. I dropped it into an Amazon order. If you feel some angst about your career and you don’t have a good mentor or have only been in the workplace for
This is a book that is about right now. It plays out the tension and intersection of privacy versus safety in the after math of a terrorist incident in the SF Bay Area. The book will probably seem dated pretty quick since the technology and lingo are so current, but the story is still great.
If you have children like mine — hungry to build things and “experiment” you should check out Howtoons. It is chock full of small, fun projects to build. Some are quite simple like the safety goggles made from a 2 liter bottle. I wish I would hire the authors to create technical manuals for me
Arthur C. Clarke departed this world at the age of 90. I love his quote about “real globalization” at about 6:00 minutes into this interview. He speaks convincingly of our need to leave our tribal divisions behind. I couldn’t agree more.
I picked up a few books in a little bookstore in Darjeeling. One of the winners was a slim volume titled “Delhi is not far” by Ruskin Bond. I don’t see it available on Amazon, but his “Best Of” collection has the story. Like many short stories it has a tremendous sense of place including
I love reading books for pleasure. A few years ago I realized that there are lots of people who rarely or never read a book for fun. There were a few interesting articles lately on this topic you might want to check out. “Twilight of the Books” – New Yorker article “To Read or Not
A few years ago I ran into the web site “Big Dead Place” and it reignited my fascination with Antarctica. I have read a lot of the first hand accounts of early explorers. Reading how people cope with the challenges given current technology and resources makes for an interesting contrast. I ran into a mention
In the last few years I have read a handful of very good graphic novels. Some of my favorites include “Maus” by Art Spiegelman, “Blankets” by Craig Thompson and “Road to Perdition” by Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins. While reading these novels, I kept stumbling across the book “Making Comics” by Scott McCloud.