Showing posts from January, 2012

Review: Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson

Engaging thriller. Unexpected twists for fun.

I'm thinking he wanted to comment on terrorism, and also on gold-farming, and ended up bashing them into each other for this novel. That's ok, and made for a gripping read. It's not really scifi, it's more spy novel in the end.

Some of the convergence was forced - there were some hard-to-believe chance encounters to drive everyone together at the end.

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Review: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Compelling, unexpected. Not a pop-sci book. Personal experiences from the author, adjustments and discussion of how he changed his life.

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Zero History, by William Gibson

Many of the gadgets are real:
Festoair penguin, and manta ray.
The smartphone was inspired by a DIY Linux phone, says twitter.