Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Maybe my expectations were to high due to the book’s reputation, but it was a middling reading experience. The premise and plot concept were very interesting, but the execution was ham-fisted: vast swaths of info-dumps, awkward pacing, and a cast of two-dimensional characters. I’m […]
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline My rating: 5 of 5 stars Despite occasionally trying a bit too hard, this book is great! I was on the edge of my seat for a good 70% of the time, and it was the most fun I’ve had reading a book in recent memory. Definitely worth the […]
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I appreciate Neil Gaiman, but I’ve never been a fanboy or anything. So I expected to enjoy ‘the Graveyard Book.’ I just wasn’t prepared for how *much* I’d enjoy it! The book is simultaneously familiar and novel (no pun intended). And Gaiman’s balance […]
Was it spring or winter? Was I six or was I eleven? I honestly can’t remember. Pop and I were out picking up supplies at the local mall, and I’d lobbied my way into three minutes at the toy store. I made a bee line to the Lego section (Legos being, before computers, the only […]
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger My rating: 5 of 5 stars Insightful, humbling, and terrifying. Worth every moment spent reading. View all my reviews
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris J. Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars There’s a bunch of really solid material in here. Though, as a word of warning, this book is best used as a reference manual rather than something to be read straight through.But the thing is worth […]
A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss My rating: 4 of 5 stars Not at all bad. I was mostly interested in exploring the apparent paradox of why there is still matter when it should have been eliminated with its respective antimatter during initial inflation. (That’s definitely […]
Meerkat + Ubuntu + time^internet → Plex Spurred on by the universe giving me a big shove toward get rid of my gaming laptop, I decided to take the plunge. So far, it’s been a relatively simple adjustment. Unfortunately, I didn’t foresee one thing: Sarah and Liam (and apparently a few of our close friends) […]
From Impossible to Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross My rating: 3 of 5 stars Despite being not at all what I expected, this was still a solid book. It was definitely geared WAY more than I’d planned to early-stage start-ups. Additionally, it was less focused than is probably best, skipping […]
For We Are Many by Dennis Taylor My rating: 4 of 5 stars Just as solid as the first. The endings are a bit less satisfying than those of book 1, but that’s to be expected (and excused) with a trilogy. I’m gonna have a hell of a time charting out Bobs for this one, […]