First the good. Then the not quite as good but still okay.
When this book is actually discussing waves and the science, it's well written and fascinating. A truly interesting study of something we still understand little of.
When it's discussing surfers......well that's something different entirely. Laird Hamilton is a god among men and the rest of the surfers are merely lesser deities. All chiseled features and tans and muscular whatnot. Sure the scientists get similar discriptions, but it's the surfers she adores. Not as interesting as the science to me, but I'm a geek and a guy so hearing about hot bodied surf gods isn't really my cup of tea. ;-)
Even then, it's still a great book. The narration is excellent and the subject matter (even the surf stuff) is interesting. Perfect for a summer listen or a winter listen when you're wishing it was summer. Highly recommended.
The ideas in this book were more interesting, more scientifically accurate, and less pretentious when it was called Fight Club. Just go read Fight Club.
I have to admit that I was a bit unsure about this book. As much as people have mixed feelings about the Dark Tower series (particularly the end), I enjoyed the whole of it and wasn't sure about a return trip.
I shouldn't have worried. Not only was it comfortable to return to the familiar characters (aided no doubt by the reading done by Stephen King himself), the stories added color and depth to the world of the gunslinger, making it feel less like a central hub in the universe according to King and more like a world of it's own with lore and characters all it's own.
Either as a return to an old haunt or an introduction to the world of the Dark Tower, this book is worth a listen or two and is likely one you'll return to.
Combining the worst parts of the zombie genre, the television show 24, and the movie Men in Black. I couldn't finish the book. The main character is a standard "best of the best" working for a standard top secret government whatnot. His only flaw (which of course is really a strength) is he has a temper that he says he can't control but really can with ease. His wisecracks are painfully nonstop, making him come across as a jerk who desperately needs to find an offswitch for his mouth. Is there a term for a male Mary Sue character?
One star, only because I can't give less. Get World War Z instead.
While the book itself was kind of cool, it felt more like a Readers Digest summary of some interesting articles on the subject. Each bit of science given a paragraph or two but lacking any real substance.
I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The authors discussions of the discoveries of mirror neurons and the basic conclusions were fascinating. That said, the last half of the book goes a bit off the rails. The author attempts to draw conclusions about human behavior using mirror neurons that seem to stretch logic.
Three stars. The science is worth a download, but the conclusions about human behavior aren't.
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