This book was very well constructed and interesting but lacked emotional insight. I really enjoyed the plotting and scheming, but often wondered about the psyche of the characters.
I was bored with this book. Not a lot happens once the transplant occurs. There's a mildly interesting court hearing and a ton of mildly interesting sex. Unlike most of Heinlein 's work, the future society is not particularly interesting and there aren't any entertaining philosophical diatribes or characters (other than the protagonist).
This book is a fantastic overview how to apply the scientific process to make the most of a startup's limited capital and produce the best possible product. Virtually every concept is useful and applicable, even in the context of a large enterprise. My only complaint (why I didn't give it five stars) is that the book lacks overall depth - just as I'm really excited and ready to dive-in to a topic, the book moves on. The book is still plenty useful, but if it had been twice as long it probably would have been at least four times as good
A lot of clever humor and an enjoyably punchy writing style, this book had me laughing out loud on a few occasions.
This book covers the topic indicated by it's title very thoroughly. The result is simultaneously fascinating and boring. The arguments are well articulated and compelling, but the text lacks literary flavor. The content is so dense that it was, at times, difficult to stay attuned to what I was reading.
Full of hilarious and sometimes outrageous anecdotes, I was laughing out loud throughout each chapter. Feynman, as portrayed in this book, lived the way many of us would like to, but perhaps don't have the guts to.
This book is really about his personal philosophy for life, which is described through personal parables and anecdotes rather than direct specification. Feynman comes across as good natured, brutally honest, and uncommonly curious. These core characteristics take him on many adventures, from safe cracker, to bongo player, to atomic bomb builder.
It's good to brush-up on the basics of leadership every once and a while, and this books is a good way to do just that. The advice given can, for the most part, be found in virtually any book on leadership and/or career advancement; but it's still good advice that reinforces good habits and (hopefully) helps manage bad ones.
On the negative site: I felt that a lot of the book was irrelevant to me because they covered habits I don't have and that I don't deal with on a regular basis. These sections/chapters pretty much just took up space.
On the positive side: I did have a few "ah ha!" moments when a particular habit turned out to be a spot-on of myself or someone I work with. These sections/chapters were especially interesting and I took the advice to heart, plus got some great pointers on coaching others.
A fun book, with an interesting backdrop of society, the military, and an intergalactic war. Plenty of Heinlein-style pontification on morality and politics, which I've always enjoyed.
I'm a fan of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stories, and this was a good one. Despite the book being quite long, the plot moves forward at a good pace. There are some good twists and turns, and the characters face interesting challenges. Many of the characters in this book were exceptionally well developed and witnessing them struggle and evolve as the plot unfolded was more enthralling than the plot its self. Harold Lauder and Tom Cullen in particular.
The plot had a few weak points though. The Las Vegas inhabitants weren't evil, so much as they were disturbed. I felt more sorry for them than afraid of them. This ultimately made them their own worst enemies. The literal "hand of God" triumph at the end was a pretty disappointing way to prevail, too. There was a lot of unrealized potential to make the character of God a little more mysterious and profound than he ended up being.
I thought the reading performance was just okay. Every accent was some variation of southern, even when it wasn't appropriate.
I totally failed to see why this book/novella is so highly thought of and recommended. The entire story is essentially Juan coming to realize what is clear to everyone else - including the reader - from the very beginning. Vinge's vision of the future was nothing special; kids are really smart and get to use neat technology, whoopty do. Even though the story is relatively short, I found it difficult to stay interested though I did, finally, manage my way through it.
This book full of the good humor and wisdom of Einstein, not to mention plenty of mind bending physics. I didn't realize just how little I knew about Einstein until I read this book, so it was a great learning experience too.
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