I noticed there was a second book in the series, also free. Based upon the first book I'm not interested even at the price of free. The book started out with interesting possibilities but never came close to fulfilling them. There were some interesting puzzles to solve but the story which these puzzles were in was poorly constructed, had virtually no character development, there was zero explanation of motivation, especially for the killer and the story just didn't make sense. In general it felt like I was trapped in a bad game of Clue.
This book is a combination murder mystery and cook book; a crime fighting cookie baker in a small town in Minnesota. The story was definitely rated PG if that is important to you. While I can't speak to the quality of the recipes as I've not tried any, I can say that I hope they are better then the writing. I came very close to giving up on this book several times; which is very rare for me. There is very little character development, the scenes in the story are very primitive in their construction and the plot felt very contrived. I would recommend the "Goldy Bear Culinary" series by Diane Mott Davidson as a vastly better murder mystery / cook book hybrid series.
I think there are some really valuable ideas in this book; I know it has been very helpful in my interactions with my wife, who is a highly sensitive person. Unfortunately the author tends to ramble on a lot, particularly in the last half of the book. I found there was about 3 hours of very valuable material in the almost 10 hours of the book.
Some young adult books do a great job of trancending their young adult target market and being enjoyable reading for adults too; the Harry Potter series and the young adult books written by Neil Gaiman come to mind. Unfortunately I really can't recommend this book for adult readers. That being said, I think that younger readers will enjoy this book.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has an abrasive personality which comes through very strongly in his writing. A lot of people will be turned off by that, but if you can get past that and really listen to his ideas you will be rewarded with well though out ideas that are presented in an easy to understand way. His books should not be considered light reading, you will need to spend time thinking about them to digest the ideas! I love his books and look forward to each new one. You may not agree with everything he says but his books will get your juices flowing and get you thinking. What more can you ask for from a book?
I've read many of Scott's other books and loved them. This book, you could edit out about 60% and not loose much of value. The 40% worth reading was really very good. Unfortunately the 40% worth reading is mixed in with the 60% not worth reading so you are kind of stuck reading everything.
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