When Al Gore released his movie, An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, it won an Academy Award for best documentary. Charles Fishman should win some kind of award in "The Big Thirst" because this could be another documentary that could overwhelm the screens. The Pulitzer Prize should give an award to Fishman in this category because this is the best informational book thus far.
Water is a natural resource that we need to survive no matter what is your economical status and no matter where you live. If you want to know everything about water, such as Las Vegas or how they meter water in different metropolis or not having 24 hour of service that people in America takes for granted, then, this will be your best book that you will ever read.
You don't have to be an environmentalist to be concern of water. I don't recycle, drive a gas guzzler, and like having more nuclear power plants, but I can't stand a drippy faucet or a running toilet.
A good friend of mine suggested that I should read "The Rape of Nanking." Many times I get great reads from my friends, even though I may not be interested. We all have different taste and different options, but that is what is so great about reading. Between my friends and I, we have read almost all books on the Holocaust, but never on Nanking. I couldn't stop listening to this one.
It's horrifying as heck what the Japanese soldiers did to the Chinese. I almost lost my lunch when I heard about the raping and torture in Nanking, but I couldn't stop listening.
Iris Chang drove the subject matter in my brain, wanting me to read more and more. I never heard about Nanking until I bought this book.
After reading "The Rape of Nanking", I understand why The Bird was so punishing with Louis Zamperini in Unbroken. Laura Hillenbrand never explained why the Japanese was so hard on their POW's. She never gave us an insight of their soldiers. Unbroken was all about Zamperini's life.
Iris Chang shed some light on the culture and the mindset of the Japanese and the hatred of the Chinese during the massacre.
As I kept reading, I was cross referencing in my mind between the two books and I understand why Zamperini went through hell in the prison camp. At that time, the Japanese had so much hate for all other races. In a way, Nanking was worst than the Holocaust simply because Adolf Hitler over shadow the world.
Unlike the Jews, Nanking hasn't been retold from its survivors.
Ever since "Gone Girl" there has been a surge of books with the word "Girl" in their titles. They all tries to mimic the best seller from Gillian Flynn. I don't like when I'm reading the synopsis of a book that they keep referring to another book from a different author. They are trying to ride on the coat tails from other authors' success.
"The Girl on the Train" was very disappointing to me and I found it to be sluggish from the first word to its last. Base on my friends' recommendations, it wasn't a page turner for me. I found that the main character to not be intriguing at all and if I really wanted to listen to a drunk, divorce, middle age women (or men), I can entertain myself by going to weekly meetings at my local chapter.
Maybe I miss Amy in "Gone Girl", but Rachel in "The Girl on the Train" wasn't so much of a mystery in my ears. It lacks in that psycho thriller that keeps you guessing at every page. I found the pace of the storytelling to be so slow. It barely held up to my attention. I did not care what happens next and how it ended. I just wanted to get to the end and move onto my next read.
I really don't understand what is all the hoopla about over this book. I bought this book because of my friends and Audible kept showing the cover on their front page. Many of my friends has told me that they finish this book in a matter of days, so I was excited to start on it, but after the first few hours, I needed to force myself to listen.
I really hope that the publishers will stop referring to Gillian Flynn's work, just because other authors' has a female character. It's getting really annoying and unnecessary.
I'm not too keen on Don Holbrook's ideas in "The Next America." Some of his ideas are great, like regarding education, but most of his ideas are so far fetch that they will never come true. You can't rebuild America base on theories. There has to be action, reaction, and leadership and Don Holbrook is just talking out of his rear without any examples.
I almost couldn't finish this one. At one point, I had to stop and listen to something else because Brian Daniel Young speaks in waves. He is the worst reader that I have yet to listen to. Avoid his voice as much as possible. His vocal folds is poison.
I purposely waited to read the newest one from Stephen King, "Revival." I wanted to wait for the fan fair to be over and give this book a chance. Many Constant Readers agrees that Stephen King is a much different writer than before. He hasn't wrote a gripping story since "11/22/63" and that was in 2011. All of his novels after that have been sub par at best where I don't consider myself as a Constant Reader anymore. He has become my least favorite author to follow.
Before you find this review to be not helpful, please read on to my theory of the great King of horror.
I really think that Stephen King is trying to make amends and perhaps throughout his recent books, he is writing an autobiography through his characters. Besides "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" and interviews, we know that SK had a problem with alcohol and drugs. He even say that he was high on booze and dope, when he wrote "Carrie."
All of his characters has some kind of addiction and trying to find redemption. It's always the same pattern in most of this books, especially recently. Maybe that's why many of his fans has lost their faith in horror from the King.
"Revival" follows the same pattern. Stephen King is trying to explain his past in the most arcaded way that I don't understand, but somehow it all fits. SK is trying to tell his life in pieces throughout his novels. The main character is also an drug addict and an musician. He meets a pastor that cure people through electricity and playing God. There is a dilemma from right or wrong and let's not forget the constant message from SK on smoking. Maybe the shadow is a metaphor from King's past.
I was about to give this book a bad review because after time travel and JFK, Stephen King has been a total disappointment for many because all of his books has been lack luster before his horror days. After having an epiphany on why SK changed his style all of a sudden, I finally understand what he is doing.
I will read more from Stephen King to see how he redeem himself from his vice.
I hope that this review was helpful to the Constant Reader that miss the young author that freaked us through the night. Hopefully, he will have one last horror before he meet his maker.
"The Innovators" is a history book of bits and bytes of computing and the Internet. Walter Isaacson does an excellent job at explaining the technology and introducing the great founders such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Paul Allen, and many others. Also, the history goes into the first social network, The WELL. You don't have to know how to write code to enjoy this book. This author does not dwell on one subject over and over. He tells you the history of the person and their invention and then moves on to the next item. Over 50 years of computing in this book.
I like to know how things work, like a diesel engine. Nothing is smoke and mirrors. There is always a process behind it. There are no hamsters running on a spinning wheel behind the curtain. Every line of code has a purpose. There is a reason why your cursor blinks and why your searches appears instantly before you type.
"The Innovators" is an important book to my generation and the future. It is like our almanac, but instead of keeping track of the weather each year, we are always updating to the newest technology.
I haven't read this good of a book on technology since I read "The Master Switch" by Tim Wu.
Science fiction murder mystery makes a great combo when you have Peter F. Hamilton writing. "A Quantum Murder" is the second book in the Greg Mandel trilogy. I read the first book sometime last year and I have forgotten to continue on with the series. The first few chapters was confusing because I forgot all about the main character, who is a sci fi detective. There is less action in the second edition than in the first book, "Mindstar Rising."
"A Quantum Murder" is better because Hamilton is known for his space opera. He goes more in depth into the high tech world and trying to solve the murder case. I need to write myself a reminder to finish the trilogy soon.
262 stories of dead bodies from a Medical Examiner. Old age, suicides, murders and even malpractice cases, Dr. Judy Melinek has seen it all as a forensic pathologist. She was even there when the Towers fell and had to examined the incoming bodies from the terrorist's event.
"Working Stiff" is her story about being a forensic pathologist in New York City. An real life CSI doctor, but without the lights, cameras, and bad scripts. Fascinating book on autopsies. Pretty wild how they can trace back the cause of death by examining the corpse.
This book is not for the faint of heart, but Dr. Melinek explains her career thoroughly. I highly suggest to not to Google "dead corpse." The pictures are much more horrifying then this book.
"Football 101" is kind of disappointing. I wanted to know more about the penalties in the game. Don't really care about the different positions because throw the ball, catch the ball, and run the ball. Football is actually a simple sport, but when the ref throws the yellow flag, the game gets confusing.
Too much field talk and not enough about the rules. Unless you never watch football, you don't really need this guide book. The game is easy to follow if you have a favorite team. Just watch the game.
It was pretty awesome to hear about the early life of Winston Churchill. I'm a big fan of this great diplomat and have learned about him religiously when I was in school. He was one of the best speech writers of all time. When Churchill spoke, his voice rumbled through the air waves like no other. There hasn't been a leader with this great enthusiasm throughout our history like Winston Churchill.
"My Early Life" is something that he wrote prior to World War II. Great sentence structure and great arguments for his time and you can see the outline shaping of his memorable speeches in this book. The man was a genus on how to get things in order.
"My Early Life" is a blog on paper. Churchill needed to get things off his chest and what better way to do it than writing a book on his complains. When listening to this book, I was imagining Churchill, sitting down in my living room sofa, just ranting. I enjoyed every second of it. In my opinion, there is no one that delivers like Winston Churchill. The fury in his speeches are almost perfect.
It's really hard for me to say that "The Son" is a modern classic. Cowboys, Indians, Texas, and Oil. There are three stories blended together and fails to explain about the McCulloughs'. While this book is worth reading, the plot is very disjointed. Every American Classic that I read have some kind of tragedy and hardship. "The Son" didn't really have neither. There is no epic sense of a mass story of pain and sorrow. It's pretty much how Texas turned into Black Gold.
As a Western, I was expecting more bloodshed, but there were none. Maybe I missed the story in this book, but I was disappointed throughout the plot. Having five different narrators was very distracting and it felt like an over budget episode of Dallas. I was hoping "The Son" would been like Bonanza.
There was no guns blazing in this Western.
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