YAKIMA, WA, United States | Member Since 2013
I enjoyed this book, though some of the pieces of information or anecdotes weren't new to me. I liked how the author clearly laid out his arguments, though I didn't always need 15 examples of the phrase or concept he was explaining. The book was a pleasant listen and I was pleased that it was broader than a basic discussion of language. The author allowed himself to spend time explaining related concepts and instincts to put the language stuff in perspective.
My main concern with the book was that it was a bit dated in places, including one reference that was just ridiculous from a 2012 perspective (but not central to the story Pinker was trying to tell). The book was first written in 94, I think, but was updated more recently. The end of book addresses those dated items. It was nice to hear a short update on some of the affected topics, though it sounds like Pinker's general theories did not change. The dated bits were mostly just pop culture references, I think the science (or theory) holds up.
The book sounds fascinating, unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. There seemed to be too much elaboration on the less interesting bits and not enough interesting bits. I just couldn't get into it enough to think much of the book.
This wasn't my favorite of the Connie Willis stories I've read, but it had some interesting ideas. The performance was good. I found the main character a little tedious, but its been a little while since I listened to it.
I got this book for some research into feminism for a presentation later this winter. I was surprised by how much I already new, but this book helped refresh my memory and straighten out some information for me about the earliest iterations of feminist action.
Good quick review if you need it. Good intro if you need that.
I was hesitant to get this because I've read a lot about evolution and figured this wouldn't be anything new. I did enjoy Nye's debate with that one creationist guy, and the reviews for Undeniable were quite high, so I gave it a shot.
And I was not disappointed. This book was really great. I was surprised by how many new ideas or new explanations or new perspectives Nye managed to cram into the book. Nye seems like an interesting guy and is a good performer/ reader.
You won't regret this purchase.
I loved the rest of the Lunar Chronicles and I thought this was the next in the series. I guess that's what I get for not reading the description carefully. I am looking forward to the real next book in the series, which comes out in FALL 2015.
Soler is good. Its the book I have a problem with.
nope, not really. Ok, maybe if you're really really into the Lunar Chronicles and need all the backstory, but this was just slow and depressing backstory for a storybook villain.
Don't read this expecting any of the things you actually enjoy about the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, like interesting women fighting the "man" against all odds. This is a book about the "man" (except, uh, the queen, in this case).
On average I enjoyed the book. There were some topics (or materials) I found riveting, others I would have skimmed or skipped in a paper copy.
sure, the book is a pleasant, enjoyable listen, especially if you already read Bossypants, enjoyed it and are looking for something different that is almost as good.
I found Poehler's struggles with the process of writing endearing and interesting to hear.
I can't imagine reading this particular book, because it has so many guest narrators (famous comedians, mostly) and a live performance of the last chapter.
Its not that kind of book, but Seth Myers' praise of the Palin Rap made me go watch it again. funny.
If you like Scalzi books, especially those read by Will Wheaton, you'll probably enjoy this one. It's fast paced, interesting but certainly a fairly light read.
Also Wil Wheaton is the best narrator ever (right after Jim Dale) and perfect for this sort of story.
I'm not sure why I thought I might enjoy the second of this series when I only vaguely liked the first. I think I just wish it were written by Connie Willis.
The story kept veering off randomly after what seemed like major events. Bad things happened, but then we're just over it, I guess? Whatever. I think the plot could use some editing to make it more clear or more logical or something.
Neat premise, but skip Taylor and read the Doomsday Book or Connie Willis' other Oxford Time Travel books.
This book was a little underwhelming, but the premise was neat.
I didn't particularly like the main characters, but I did enjoy some of the events that happened to them as they wandered through familiar stories. I also liked the way the changes in the story caught us up to our real world. It was fun to imagine the world as it was supposed to be at the start of their story.
I want more of this, but written by someone else.
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