This is the first book I read by Jack Vance. I was surprised when I realized that many of his ideas inspired many modern and much more famous authors. Even RPG games such as dungeons and dragons were inspired by his books, for example the wizards having to memorize spells and then forgetting after they have been cast.Jack Vance has not receive the credit he is entitled.
Dying earth is gloomy place, and the characters reflect that. You are not going to find a happy endings here if that is what you are looking for. I just did not give it 5 stars because the outline of the 5 or 6 tales are very similar. But that does not mean I'm not listening to this author again, in fact I just purchased the next book in the series
The narrator is great at bringing the dying earth to life, metaphorically speaking since it's actually dying. haha
Very detailed book spanning the whole of Einstein's life. And surprisingly his post life is also briefly covered. Apparently his brain liked to trip through the USA.
The period after he discovered relativity is probably more interesting as before his great discoveries.
It goes beyond merely relating what happened to Einstein. The author explain many of the relationships between Einstein and others and the political situation of the time.
I was surprised by how much wrong information I had on Einstein. Even if you put all the documentaries about his life toguether you don't get close to the depth of details within this book.
I highly recommend this book because it is about the life of one of the greatest scientists humankind has and probably will see and second because of the effort the author has put into recreating Einstein's life year by year.
As the previous two books there is some good stuff, and some not so much.
The Ex series has a very original premise - superheroes against zombies, this way you wont loose your beloved characters to the mindless horde of undead.
That is a good thing and bad too because that worry that the next mission will be your last is absent. That I can recall no main character has died in the series.
Some characters simply disappear though, like the "Driver" from book 2. He was one of the main reason they were successful escaping from the base but simply is not mentioned in the book.
Another thing that strikes me is that it appear that each book is planned when the author starts to write it. Like he was not planning to write a second, a third and so forth.
But overall is a good listen. The narration is awesome.
This is a book that there is just so much important information, that is simple not possible to get it all one single listen. I certainly will listen to it again.
I can name a few likeChapter 9 was The golden rule - don't do unto others what you wouldn't want them do unto you and its implications are not as simple as they seem at first. Emanuel kant's review of the law - treat people a an end not as a means. Chapter 11 with the master and slaves ethics and where the judeo-chistian tradition have taken their ideals from are also very interesting.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don't know what justice is, I'll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.
Republic, 354b-c - On the last lecture
A book that all humans should listen to.
Overall the second book is better written than the first. There are less superheroes on the scene so there is better character development and some very nice plot twists. You can even learn a thing or two about influence.
But of course there are some things that don't make sense, like the most badass superhero becoming the damsel in distress. I really need to share my thoughts about one scene because I just couldn't believe the logic or lack of:
* Zap is locked inside the nuclear reactor. He manages to cross the glass barrier to reach the adjacent room where the doctor is but is not able to get out of the reactor room out because of the Faraday cage which surrounds the whole reactor?!
* Anyway it does not occur to him to take the doctor as a hostage, maybe vaporize a leg or an arm just to show how serious he is. And besides, a Faraday cage is used for protection against electric currents not against nuclear reactions of stars.
Oh and Captain America appears to save the day.
On summary :
Unexpected plot twists - good
Bad logic - bad
Unrealistic physics - bad
Zombies - good
Cool villains - good
So 3 stars
well written, there are good characters. The story is funny story but not likely to make you laugh.
To me books, movies etc... must have a meaning to them. Well I could not find any here other than remembering my not so great adolescence. Maybe I have to watch the movie to find out if there was supposed to have a deeper meaning to the book other than just a weird teenager talking about his life. Movies usually go straight to the point.
I don't want to spoil it, but Charlie is not a skizo as is seemed to me at some point during the book, I thought that his best friends were created by his imagination.
It feels like big brother on the first person, when you are watching the show you just get glimpses of what is happening since the producers have to cram a whole day into a few minutes.
*** After the end of the book update.
The previous paragraphs were written while I was reading the book.
Yes, there is a point to the story, but you won't make you fell better in the end. And you just really understand what is going on at the very end of the book
Big history is not focused on a period, rather in all of them. As the name suggests you get exactly what you are paying for. It all starts on the big bang and covers all 13.4 billion years until the modern era.
To make sense of all this information, the author focuses on thresholds of complexity. The big bang, when the stars lit up, when new chemical elements are created on supernovae, and so on until the modern era.
Collective learning is the mark of humanity.
Among the many new things I've learned from it one that I wont forget is how the author defined what is to be a human (homo sapiens) and it is not using tools - monkeys can do that. Collective Learning - to able to learn and build upon knowledge from people who lived before you - is the key of the rise of mankind.
On summary, get the book.
Good story, Great narrator - I even got very emotional a few times, maybe one of the top 50.
The story of how James Bowen met Bob is just one of those amazing tales you find in novels. James became so committed about looking after this one cat that it made him want to become a better person and drop his addiction. Becoming famous was just one extra; James is still cashing in because of Bob, but is not likely that Bob minds very much.
The narrator does a great job at performing naturally; it's like listening to a close friend telling about his life.
A laughed most times, got worried a few and had a few tears running down my face specially towards the end of the book. And that is not usual for me.
The idea of superheroes meeting zombies is original. The storyline is kinda boring. There are a few good characters but I did not feel immersed in the book as I do when I watch the walking dead, for example.
No big surprises and the good guys win. I just don't get why Zap just did not started to wipe all zombies from the face of the earth instead of sitting on a wheel chair. And there is no explanation about why the superpowers started.
The most profound part of the book is the author's comparison of human and chimps. If we are genetically only one percent distant from chimps and can do some much more than them, what if we are to meet a species that is genetically one percent smarter than us?
Overall is a good book, but as it's shortness suggest contains only questions, not answers. Good insights as the one mentioned above though.
I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a biography and a meditation guidebook. It is definitely not a regular meditation guide though. There is no transcendental bu****it on it.
The author who is a reporter in his spare time (a popular one by the way) has a very analytical mind and tries to uncover what is truth and what is not in self help. He talks about many self help books I read in the past .Eckhart Tolle, Joe Vitale Deepak Chopra he interview all of these guys and they are full of s**t, Eckhart being the only exception;
The author is able to go straight into the most important questions about meditation, self help and controlling the ego. The closest to a mystical free of bias meditation teachings.
It is a biography as well. Very enlightening because I face many of the difficulties he faced as well;
One of the best meditation and self help book I read. Already listen to it twice, planning to listen again at least once every year.
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