Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal. As of February 2017, he has an estimated net worth of 13.9 billion, making him the 94th wealthiest person in the world.
I remember reading a headline about Elon Musk when he started selling actual flamethrowers. Then I had a chance to listen and review a book about him so I jumped at the chance. This guy, I cant decide if he seems more tony stark or more dr. evil. On one hand he dose so much good I cant help but respect the man. On the other....if someone told me the man had a moat of lava around his house I would be surprised, but I wouldn't really question the validity of it. The world is better for having this man in it and as far as biography's go I Highly recommend this one.
Now, Jelly is accompanying Princess Liliana on her way to the Royal Varian Academy of Magic, where they both plan to learn more about the mystical arts. But not all is well, for a mad woman seeks the death of Varia's princess and will stop at nothing to ensure it happens. Add onto that new friends, bullies, and a prophecy, and Jelly has his tendrils full keeping the people he knows and loves safe.
For the second book in the season this was both amazing and somewhat strangely lacking. Any scene where the students were just being students was fun and entertaining, but other things like how some plot threads come out of nowhere and others just get clipped short like it was a movie reel budget cut just felt strange. There were a lot of scenes that felt like they either got left out or that the book could have benefited from letting them go on a bit more.
What if anything you wrote became true? When an angry dwarf at a traveling carnival promises Roger something that could change his life, he never thought it would come in the form of a magic pen. Now, anything the introverted college student writes becomes true, and with its power, he'll finally be able to take revenge on the bullies who have tormented him. There's just one problem. A group of assassins will do anything to get the pen, he accidentally made a entire squad of dancers into slaves, and his best friend somehow got an all-powerful mech. Maybe that's three problems....
I am a bit split on how to review this book. On the one hand it is a smutty romp where the MC swings his rod at everything in sight and hits damn near everything with a XX chromosome. Yet even as high school fantasy as the setup was..............crap if I didn't enjoy it. It was like one of those movies you know is awful but cant stop watching and just have a blast the entire way through. Heaven help me but Im looking forward to book 2
Grandfathers is a heart-warming story of grandfathers and grandsons told in two parts. The first part is set in 1946 and relates the experiences of five-year-old Billy Johnson with his grandfather. The second part is set in 1996 and tells of Billy's experiences with his own five-year-old grandson. What a difference 50 years makes!
It was a touch hard to get into Grandfathers, as James H Kiser didn't quite do it for me. That said I think this book benafitted heavily from being the first thing I listened to after trying to enjoy kafkas the metamorphosis. After that, the gentle tone and kind nature of this book might as well have been aloe on a burn. Its not long or in depth, but I liked how this book basically told the same story twice only with one character being a grandson and a grandfather. Some things may change, and the world may move forward, but some things will always be the same. That in and of itself was wonderful.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.
I enjoyed this book for what it was, and even learned a few new tidbits about Tyson. It even had me laughing at one point which I didn't expect from such a short biography. All in all highly recommend the book if your curious.
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The Metamorphosis is a short novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into an insect.
Ok. So, I didn't want to hate this book. Its supposed to be super smart, and super deep, and oh so meaningful. But I listened to it, and to give this audiobook the only credit I think its due JD Kelly did a solid job narrating this book, and god I loath every single thing about this book. I even went out of my way to start looking up info on what different items were supposed to mean and represent, then listened to it a second time because surely I was just missing the thread........nope still hated it. How in the love of anything did this book become famous? The more I looked into it the more its just the equivilant to one of those impressionistic art pieces that make no darn sense but everyone praises them because your supposed to praise them not because they actually mean anything or are actually good. There are plenty of books that have made me think, and I have loved them for it. Telling a story in a way that makes you look at something in a different light or step aside and consider a long held belief can be amazing. The metamorphosis did neither of those things for me. It comes off as a half baked story, with a writer so famous that people like to put their smug face on and layer on praise.
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By working together, Henry Sato and Jason Booth have managed to survive their unwanted trip to Ludus, an experiment planet. However, Delvers LLC has made some enemies...if monsters, bandits, mages, criminals, bounty hunters, and even dark cults can be called, "some enemies." After their latest battle, the two have been separated and must adapt or die. Henry in particular faces a trial by fire - perhaps literally - that may be impossible for him to overcome. The two American men will face their greatest challenges yet while working as conscripted Berber Intelligence agents. But even while outnumbered, and most likely outgunned, the former veteran EMT and resilient IT programmer will be armed with modern Earth know-how.
I wanted to love this book. I really REALLY wanted to love it. Book 1 and book 2 were fun and amazing and when I saw this come out I snagged it up without even reading any of the reviews or preface. Now that I have binged on the book I went back and looked at the reviews......and.......I just don't see it. Overall, this book is ok, just ok. Coming from a start like the first two I feel like this third installment is going a bit off the rails. There are so many things holding this book back that I'm going to break this up so its not just one wall of text that looks like a Rosetta stone
Almost all of the main characters are well fleshed out and 3 dimensional.....that said god almighty why dose every single character aside from the cat and the elf have to go in the "I'm so sad" or "I'm holding everyone else back" or "why cant I be as strong as x". Sure one or two characters can have something like that in a book to give character development but when almost every scene has someone talking about how weak they are or how they aren't suited to doing something and wish someone else was there to do it, to me at least, it got grating as all hell. This is made even more infuriating when Corvin makes every single character again with the exception of the elf and the cat god awful overpowered.
I pulled this aside to be its own little rant even if it is a bit of "character development" technically. For a book that is packed with fights and conflict......there is almost zero risk anywhere in the book. I have come to expect a bit of overpowered shinanigains from the two main characters, its kind of their thing to use weird combinations of magic and lateral thinking to make them way more dangerous than they should be. In the beginning of the book henry loses some of his magic and is told how hell be without it for a while. Awesome I thought, it will make him be even more creative, oh wait.....he gets it back like 1/4 the book later after it was made out to be a huge deal and now he has even more overpowered abilities. Jason oddly enough gets new powers......and they just kind of never come up aside from vaguely mentioning them twice right after getting them. As for the rest of the cast, I am far less understanding, I can understand if our main characters are going to be that powerful that the people around them need to gain strength too so they can stand with them. That said how A and Marina are done is much less growths in power and way more "Here have a you win button" and "You got power at a cost but not really" respectably. The main characters even talk a few times about how absurd some of the power is, which was somewhat funny but also a bit irking as it means Corvin is well aware of how broken he has written some of his characters. This kind of thing is highlighted the most with Tony's new flame. A very highborne noble shows up half way through the book, has zero magic and is not orb bonded. Another half a book later and she is second level orb bonded and fighting along side the team holding her own. The only real character that isn't absolutely broken in one way or another is the elf....and the only reason for that is that she is setting her sights on a weapon so powerful its probably going to end up being her own "I win" button.
This honestly wasn't terrible. When the characters were interacting it was the book I wanted to see. The humor is there, the world is expanding, and that's what kept me in the book. I do feel like a few times there were plot threads that could have been followed up on or scenes that got cut short when a bit more would have been fun.....perhaps even swap out some of that for the endless moping every character seems to do.
Buddhism is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs, and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia, whereafter it declined in India during the Middle Ages. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle").
For what it is Buddhism for Beginners is a wonderful book. You wont find any life altering nuggets of wisdom within its pages, but if you are interested in Buddhism and need a place to start I cant think of a better place to look. Matt Haynes voice is pleasant and easily understood through the whole book. Not sure what else to say aside from if you want to learn about Buddhism there are way worse places you could look.
I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest and fair review.
Sun Tzu's iconic treatise, The Art of War, has been studied by military historians and strategists for centuries. The concepts he recommends remain as effective and his advice as perceptive today as it has ever been. However, The Art of War is certainly not only of use to individuals in the military. The principles he lays out are remarkably applicable to a wide variety of professions and situations, from business to politics to everyday interpersonal relationships.
I feel like, for me at least, that a book like this would be much better if adapted a bit. There is a lot of amazing information in the book, and its the main reason its stood the test of time. However there is so much in there that doesn't translate well or could be given better examples. One particular example that springs to mind is when Sun Tzu starts listing army conscripts and costs of the conscripts. His point that prolonged wars or maintaining a massive army when your not at war can drive you broke still stands, but perhaps there is a better way to phrase it is all. All the same its an interesting book I think almost everyone should read at one point in their life.
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The Apology of Socrates, by Plato, is the dialogue that presents the speech of legal self-defense, which Socrates presented at his trial for corruption in 399 BC. Specifically, The Apology of Socrates is a defense against the charges of "corrupting the young" and "not believing in the gods which the city believes in, but in other gods which are unknown" to Athens.
Good god, this book was freaking hilarious. Slightly depressing knowing how Socrates ended his life shortly after this happened, but the amount of burns he lays down before going out is simply wonderful. This is the second book I have heard from Michael Downey and I think he did head and shoulders better in this one, which is saying something as I did enjoy his last work as well. If your considering this book I would highly recommend giving it a try.
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