I like David Sedaris. I have read or listened to many of his prior books. Some, such as Me Talk Pretty One Day, are among the funniest books I have ever read. This one, not so much. A lot of it felt kind of sad with an edge of bitterness. Some of the essays were just boring. I found my mind just drifting off focus while the words seemed to just drone in the background. Never a good sign.
There is humor, but it is not the laugh out loud type of previous works but more the mild amusement type.
He talks a lot about his father. Usually his family stories are some of the funniest but these seemed more resentful and angry. He portrays him as both physically and mentally abusive which is somewhat unsettling and not at all humorous. I read Sedaris to smile and laugh, but I found myself feeling saddened and sorry for him for much of the book. Not enough humor to balance the scales.
The universe is strange and endlessly fascinating. There is so much we don't yet understand yet what we have learned so far is mindblowing. This course is a fast paced review of our current knowledge of the cosmos. If you like astronomy you will like this course. Prof Kaler does a great job here. Some of this stuff is pretty complex and just plain weird and he does a great job making it as understandable as possible. Not only does he explain what we think is out there he explains how we figured out what we know, which is very interesting in itself.
Excellent course. I really enjoyed it.
As never before , we have easy access to massive amounts of information from a myriad of sources.
How can we determine fact from fiction, science from pseudo science, the effect of biases, and the relative validity of the information we are exposed to? How do we avoid scams, charlatans, con artists, spin meisters, , bad science, and deception? How do we keep from fooling ourselves by our own faulty senses, biases, and flaws in our cognition?
Critical thinking. These skills are vital to most accurately understand and interact with the world around us. Bad information abounds and this course will give you the tools to avoid the pitfalls so many fall into.
This course is excellent. The material is presented in a very clear and enjoyable way with many examples we are all familiar with. I can't say enough good things about this course.
EVERYBODY should listen to this course!!!! The world would be a much better place.
This is my second Gaiman book. I really disliked American Gods but thought I would give him another try, mainly because a lot of other readers love his work. I was hoping to love it too, but I did not.
I do like his writing and the imagery he paints. I can picture scenes in my head quite vividly. I like the characters and the dialogue as well. He is marvelous as a narrator.
It is just the story, or lack thereof. It is just rather bizarre fantasy without any direction or point. Maybe there is a point buried in there somewhere but I didn't get it. This seems to be fantasy just for the sake of fantasy, not a real story.
It reminded me of someone telling be about a very weird dream they had the night before. It may be interesting to them but I always find those recountings boring and silly, kind of like this book..
This is science fiction heavy on the science, and I like that. I am no NASA engineer but from what I do know much of the astro science in this book seemed entirely plausible. It is a rivetting space survival tale told with great humor and realism. Think Apollo 13 but on Mars and much lower likelyhood of survival. There is a lot of wonkish math to slog through but this adds credulity to the tale. I really enjoyed this book.
I just could not get into this one. I only made it a few hours but the material was very dry. This is compounded by the narrator who has a nasally monotonous delivery. My attention kept drifting off. I had to force myself to pay attention but found a lot of it very boring. Maybe if I stayed with it a little longer it would have gotten better but I pulled the plug.
This whole series is great. These are some of the best this genre has to offer. You will not be disappointed. I would recommend reading them in the order of publishing starting with the Ryria Revelations Trilogy. I hope Michael Sullivan keeps writing these because I love his characters, world, and stories. If you haven't read any of this series yet you are in for a treat.
You know what is special about Michael Sullivan's writing? He writes characters and dialogue extremely well. Think Quenton Tarantino or Martin Scorsese. I love their movies for the fast paced witty sarcastic banter between characters. Sullivan knows how to do this and does it well. Most fantasy writers fail miserably at this (ie Patrick Rothfuss, whom everyone seems to love, which for the life of me I can't understand). I digress.
This books tells the origin of the partnership of Hadrian and Royce, the Butch and Sundance of the fantasy world. If you have read the others you will not be disappointed. If you have not I suggest you do. Start with the original Ryria Revelation trilogy and them come back to this one.
Keep them coming Mr. Sullivan. Bravo.
Anyone interested in Astronomy and our solar system will enjoy this course. The topic is thoroughly covered in detail and is understandable for those who haven't taken a math or physics course in many years. I had learned all the material in this course in college many years ago and found this to be an outstanding review. I believe it would also be a great starter to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of our fascinating solar system. There is a lot of material to cover and he moves fast. What is great about an audiobook format is that you can rewind and re-listen if something blows by too fast.
Another epic battle this time involving the various creatures of Faerie. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Marsters is once again phenomenal. Can't wait for Skin Game.
I got suckered in again by all the high reviews. 5 stars??? Really??
This book would probably be quite enjoyable for early teens. It is essentially a comic book geared for that age group. If you like cardboard stereotyped characters and situations, cheesy banter, teen puppy love,... etc..etc you will be happy with this.
The unknown and unproven teen aged protagonist joins a group of veteran guerrilla fighters who immediately follow his plans for mission impossible and place him at the forefront of every mission. He is precociously brilliant and has a deep knowledge base well beyond his years and background as an orphan working in a factory. In the rebel group is an impossibly beautiful teen girl who is also an uber skilled warrior. He has puppy love and is persistently tries to impress her. She is cold at first but slowly warms up to him. There are conversations about there feelings toward each other while in the deadliest of situations. The other characters are all plug and play one dimensional stereotypes. The world they inhabit is not well thought out, many logic gaps. This small rag tag group of 6 people take on heavily armed outnumber opposition with superpowers and emerge without a scratch multiple times. You get the picture.
This isn't Mistborn which I liked very much. I think Sanderson is cranking books out too fast. This feels hastily slapped together. Not impressed at all.
I got through part 1 but just couldn't take it anymore and returned it.
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