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Villainy Victorious (Mission Earth)
Villainy Victorious (Mission Earth)
von L. Ron Hubbard
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,29

1.0 von 5 Sternen Terrible!, 23. Juni 2000
This guy really can't write. I've heard so much about Hubbard, so I picked this book up on a whim. It's the worst-written sci-fi book I've ever tried to read. The dialogue is incredibly artificial and the plot is pretty thin. I only managed to get a couple of chapters in. Don't bother.


Get Shorty
Get Shorty
von Elmore Leonard
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Fun but laboured, 23. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Get Shorty (Taschenbuch)
Having seen the film, I was hoping for a more snappy book. Get Shorty is a good read, but at times the plot and dialogue drag. If you have the staying power, it's amusing.


Liar's Poker
Liar's Poker
von Michael Lewis
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Wall St expose, 23. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Liar's Poker (Taschenbuch)
Lewis, as always, writes extremely well in this book. He spends most of the book explaining the details of bond futures, whole mortgages and other esoteric financial terms, but manages to do it in a way that never bores you. The book is filled with a colorful cast of characters who are entertaining throughout (although they're more down to earth than those in Po Bronson's Baombardiers).
The book looses a star, however, for its somewhat impersonal and inconsitant nature in parts. It starts with an account of Lewis's own start in Salomon Brothers, but then drifts into a narrative about people he heard about, or who worked with his friends, etc. In the last chapters, Lewis struggles to relate the story back to himself. Unfortunately, the ending left me frustrated -- Lewis talks about all the people leaving the firm for various reasons (mostly for more money) and says he'd never leave for money; "I'd leave Salomon Brothers for other reaons, however. And I did." That's more or less the end of the book. A wandering eplilogue closes without telling you any more about his motivations.
Those criticisms apart, Liar's Poker is a great book for anyone who's interested in how Wall Street really works, and especially what happened during the 80s boom.


A Scientific Romance
A Scientific Romance
von Ronald Wright
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent!, 27. September 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Scientific Romance (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This novel is one of the most evocative and gripping things I've read in a long time. Wright combines a vivid writing style with a great futuristic vision. Very hard to put down.


High-Speed Networking with LAN Switches
High-Speed Networking with LAN Switches
von Gilbert Held
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen Lots of information, but badly presented. Don't bother., 24. Juli 1998
Held obviously knows his stuff -- this book contains a lot of detail on various networking technologies. However, he seems to have a hard time presenting the information in a readable and coherent way. In many sections, if you didn't already know the stuff then reading the book wouldn't make you much wiser. Protocols are discussed in bits scattered over different chapters, making it hard to follow.
The book also suffers from terrible graphics, which look like they came out of a dot-matrix printer.
In general, the book won't be useful to as a learning tool -- consider it only as a reference.


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