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Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success


Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success
Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I enjoyed so much this book, the concepts and arguments that Syed uses are not really new but are presented with clarity, examples, anecdotes and scientific studies. Syed makes a compelling argument that there is no such thing as innate talent, nor shortcuts to success and that in order to become an expert at any activity you need at least 10000 hours of practice with purpose. It really made me re-think some things I had taken for granted and for that I highly recommend it.



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: El Impostor (La Mosca Muerta)


El Impostor (La Mosca Muerta)
El Impostor (La Mosca Muerta) by Antonio Malpica

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



El libro tiene una excelente premisa, aunque siento que me decepcionó un poco el final y la poca profundidad con la que se describe el mundo o en este caso la Ciudad de México, después del día del trabajo.Yo imaginaba que las implicaciones en un mundo así, serían mucho más intrincadas (y tal vez lo fueron, pero faltó describirlas), por ejemplo la falta de flores y plantas debido a que no hay animales que las polinicen o el posible canibalismo, como medio de supervivencia.
Me agradó mucho la historia pero creo que le faltó contenido.



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Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: Ben Quiere a Anna


Ben Quiere a Anna
Ben Quiere a Anna by Peter Härtling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Obviamente lo escogí por que el personaje principal tiene mi nombre, sin siquiera saber de que trataba el libro. Fue una grata sorpresa, un libro infantil, ligero y ameno, que retrata el primer amor de Ben quien pertenece a otra cultura y nivel o al menos así le dicen los adultos.



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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Missy Tonight


Missy Tonight
Missy Tonight by Tom Lichtenberg

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I don't really know how I got this book, but what caught my attention was the atheist and sceptic tv show, because I really enjoy watching debates about creation vs evolution, life after death, theism vs atheism, etcetera.
Unfortunately this was addressed very little, instead somehow it became an absurd plot about two guys who want to work on TV and half way this pursuit meet an alien, wich was in my opinion unnecesary and irrelevant.



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Review: The Catcher in the Rye


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



To use one of the countless phrases repeated over and over again in the book. "It killed me, it really did", of boredom and exasperation that is. Boredom because the story goes nowhere and exasperation not only because of Holden's attitude but the way it is written (the teenage like writting).
I really can't see why people like this book, it is so repetitive and with such a flat story, that even the ending is weak. I get that it is probably a very accurate description of the mind of a sociopath and a cynical teenager, but that doesn't make it any more interesting, at least not for me.



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