I am listening to it again, and making notes.
I found the material fascinating, but more important to me, it gave me a major insight on how to continue the plot-line of a novel I am writing. Just as the study of perspective and dimension in art is useful to artists, I think this book would be very useful to anyone who writes fiction because it provides a foundation for how to accomplish misdirection and suspense. (It's all in the MIND, right?). It also gave me some very useful thoughts around character development and setting. (Good Continuation is necessary in the mind of the reader too.)
Overall, it also gave me more food for thought about how the world works and how people interact with each other. I have long held the opinion that "reality is virtual" (our sense of smell is the only one that provides direct contact with our environment). This book explains that notion in a much clearer way than I had previously thought out. But beyond the illusion created by the senses (think Plato's Cave, or Maya, the veil of illusion), this book really illustrates the illusory nature of the day to day lives we lead, and helps me think about what more is possible.
I really don't know. The author mentions some attention experiments (that showed that the "subconscious" may be driving, and that the consciousness has only veto power) which I once read about in another book, but it wasn't anything like this book.However, that reminds me - I Googled the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and discovered that their website has a wealth of studies on various aspects of mind research. There is more than will satisfy the most avid curiosity about neuroscience.
I read this book more for useful information than entertainment. I think of it more in terms of threads than scenes.
Not plausible. However, having said that, a note to those who thought the narrator took too many pauses - just adjust the narration speed to 1.5x normal. That should take care of it.
As a non-magician, I now feel a need to design some of my own magic tricks
Abra- tremendous complexity to her abilities
Great range of voices and emotional expression
This was a rollicking good sequel to "The Shining".
I enjoyed the story (although I am not a horror fan). It kept my attention throughout. King is very creative with his ideas and very detailed in their development.
What I didn't like:
- too much use of causing harm to children as a currency to generate excitement
- the plot developed over a very long period of years - not a fault in itself; it just didn't seem to forward the action to stretch it out over such a long period
- Even as the intricate and well-turned strategy to go up against the massively powerful baddies took form, I couldn't help wondering "why not just stay out of their way for a few days and let them all expire from (won't spoil the surprise).
Of course, the way it happened was much more suspenseful
Haven't read the print version.
Seeing Einstein's vision of curved space and non-Euclidean geometry based on the evolution of math from the triangle.
Some great background and stories about how math developed from the Geometry of the Ancient Greeks, through non-Euclidean Geometry of Gauss, Riemann, etc., which set the stage for the math of Relativity and Quantum theories. Fascinating listen on audiobook. Not many charts or graphs, so you wouldn't miss much by listening in the car.
And you can download the pdf of accompanying illustrations anyway.
Many of the stories had little plot, but instead pivoted on a small realization.
I liked "Corrie" much better than the rest of the story because it had plot, excellent characterization, and a pivotal realization.
However, there was something more - effective use of the Unreliable Narrator (she adopts Howard's POV early on to give the reader information stated as fact, then later adopts Corrie's POV to state contradictory information as fact) to suggest a resolution that was never actually stated.
Many reviewers conclude (as Corrie apparently did) that Howard had been pocketing the blackmail money that supposedly was going to Sadie.
Let's assume that Sadie received that money and donated it to the church to pay for the new steeple, which Howard was then paid to design and build.
Remember how the parishioners all thought that Sadie was "a rare person", and they all knew who Corrie was, even though she didn't know them?
The deeper irony is that the new steeple was directly counter to the philosophy and wishes of Corrie's now-deceased father, who had hired the architect in the beginning of the story, which was how Howard the architect and Corrie met.
Remember how Corrie's father despised modern church buildings, and hired Howard to build a traditional one?
So, ultimately, the father's money paid for a steeple he would have despised.
Borges is a master of paradox and magical mysteries. He expresses ideas that are way ahead of his time.
Occasionally he waxes a bit pedantic, but it doesn't interfere with the genius of his work overall.
Some think it is fashionable to say that inner dialog is undesirable in fiction.
Mitty still brings the inner life to life.
If you don't know what that means, it's the voice in your head saying
"What does that mean?"
This book contained some high-level ideas, but never drilled down into what was involved in starting and running a business and making it profitable. Mostly it was war stories about Harvard Business School grads in their ventures to hit their numbers, make millions, and feel fulfilled for creating hundreds of jobs. Sometimes those jobs lasted, and paid well; sometimes they did not and made unreasonable demands on the people that worked them.Looking at it one way, Harvard Business School exists to train talented people to go out into the world and make it a better place by creating employment and technological improvements. Looking at it another way, HBS is a cross-section of people who become multimillionaires by working their asses off night and day, making tons of mistakes, burning through capital like paper in a blast furnace, and doing whatever they have to do to make their number!At times, the book seemed like one long advertisement for Harvard Business School.One of the best parts was the interview with the Entrepreneurs themselves at the end. They became more human at that point - not just two-dimensional hoop-jumpers.I found this book useful because it helped show me how to instill motivation in characters when writing a novel. Which is a form of entrepreneurship in itself.
This is the only reason I am not returning it to Audible for an exchange.
Listened to it on audio -very good - starting to understand the whole attempt to join the very large with the very small, including quantum gravity, and the "perturbatively non-renormalizable" (or asymtoptically unsafe) infinities involved.
I am re-reading it on Kindle, bits at a time, to try to understand and retain it better.
Predictions that come true; somewhat wooden vision and execution of story.
Read some years ago.
Predictions that come true; somewhat wooden vision and execution of story.
I liked Karl Schroeder's story best.
Being able to listen while commuting.Different voices in narration.
NO- it's short stories, not a novel.
common dystopian theme that dwelled on failure of culture and values was imaginative, but a bit inside the box at times, due to different characters visions, that did not seek to break the box.Nonetheless, a solid set of works, and somewhat ground-breaking.I liked the environmental orientation.
The first explanation of the distinction between the Special and the General parts of Relativity that started to make sense. Now I have to go back and re-read it so I can remember how to explain what Inertial Frame of Reference is.
The whole manifold concept of spacetime is fascinating, along with the effect of velocity and gravitational field on the observed rate of time. Can all points in time exist in each point in space?
Got to go and study "Frame-dragging" more so I can get the significance of that too.
Lots more to read it for - could be looked as a simple intro to the development of the math involved in Relativity for non-mathematicians.
Just read it - or better yet, listen to the audio, then read it.
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