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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War


AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War
AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War by Tom McNichol

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Wars are always interesting, and as most wars this one was very dirty and not without casualties.
I liked a lot this book, because it explains very well the technical differences, advantages and problems in both electrical systems, and it also gives a nice introduction to the people involved in the war.
What I didn't like very much is that the book is very much Edison centered, leaving Westinhouse and specially Tesla relegated to a second plane.




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Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Safari


Safari
Safari by Parnell Hall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This book is about a safari in Africa where people die and none of them by wild animals atacks, fourtunately one of the passangers is private investigator Stanley Hartings, who is there to solve the mystery.
I liked very much the details, and I could really imagine what it would be like to be on a safari on africa, where people from the city like myself are the least prepared and the most defenseless, to all the dangers of Africa.
The mysteries and motives, where a little weak for my taste, but the story is well narrated and not at all boring.



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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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