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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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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself


Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself by Rich Roll

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I was very excited about this book, mainly because of the vegan athlete theme. As a relativly new vegetarian I have always wondered about the nutrition key factors in vegan diet and how it fits with athletes requirements.

Unfortunately this book is more the kind of book that tries to make you to get up and do something EPIC but fails (or at least it failed with me). I think it is a nice inspiring book, but I found it repetitive and too spiritual at the end. All in all it is a great story, but could have been told better.



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