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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Every Move Must Have a Purpose: Strategies from Chess for Business and Life


Every Move Must Have a Purpose: Strategies from Chess for Business and Life
Every Move Must Have a Purpose: Strategies from Chess for Business and Life by Bruce Pandolfini

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I liked this book, mainly because of the chess anecdotes, but I think the book is too short and the strategies too general for them to be useful in business or life. I have yet to try these "strategies" at chess.



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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist


An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I was expecting a really interesting story of his life, and I wasn't dissapointed, it was fun to learn about his childhood and his family even with detailed anecdotes of some of his forefathers. This I envy a bit, since my knowledge of ascendants is limited to 3 or 4 generations, which I guess it is normal, like Douglas Adams, used to say: "Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner".

The part about his academic life is entertaining also, specially the programming releated bits, and the descriptions of the experiments on animal behavior.

I will definetely read the second part of this biography.



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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



So, I actually have never read Murakami, and I found this book looking for audiobooks about running, not searching specifically for a runner novelist. I emphasize this, because it's not the book's fault that I didn't loved it, I simply expected something different.
It was not etirely unpleasent, but it just wasn't the kind of book I was hoping for, I hoped it would have tips, advice or inspiration for running, but it was a lot more of a biography with running anecdotes, than a running centered book. I guess it may have different if I had already read some of his novels, so maybe I will.



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Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: The Developer's Code: What Real Programmers Do


The Developer's Code: What Real Programmers Do
The Developer's Code: What Real Programmers Do by Ka Wai Cheung

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



The book is divided into small essays that suggest and advise things to do and avoid when programming, generally not in a technical, but more in a state of mind and the way in wich we should aproach a programming challenge. Although some of the essays were good ideas that made me consider to change the ways in wich I work, most of them were too repetitive and not that helpfull.



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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Review: Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - From America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness


Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - From America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - From America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Fisher had such an interesting life, that it would be impossible for the book to be otherwise. There was so much about his life that I didn't know, and now that I do, I both despise and admire him even more. A great listen/read if you like chess.



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