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The Innocents Abroad (1869) (Oxford Mark Twain)
The Innocents Abroad (1869) (Oxford Mark Twain)
von Shelley Fisher Fishkin
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Oddly timeless in many ways, 11. Dezember 1999
Some parts of this book give an incredible insight into the way life was actually lived all western Europe and the middle east in the 1800s. Other parts give testament to Twain's incredibly casual bigotry and racism and intolerance. But in one page he'll note his desire to not appear ignorant in front of a freed slave acting as tour guide in Venice; and then widely compliment the fellow for his intelligence and manner. Twain doesn't smooth the rough edges - he's all rough edges. But so much the better.


Moving Mars
Moving Mars
von Greg Bear
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Moving the planet, yes, but emotions, a little less, 11. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Moving Mars (Taschenbuch)
It's pretty amusing in parts as a kind of future political potboiler - a "Primary Colors" for Martian government. Bear, based on my readings of his books Eon and Eternity, really likes talking about democratic political maneuvering in the midst of ecological or worldwide devastation. It's charming with some notable Asimov-like stilted characters who don't quite sound anything like real people. But there are plenty of more realistic characterizations to enjoy. (And Bear nicely adopts the Heinlein convention of unconvential marriages to adopt to hostile climates.)


Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet
Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet
von Michael Wolff
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Preis: EUR 18,50

5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating book about rise and fall of early net co., 30. November 1999
I can see why people were so scathing about it. He doesn't pull punches. He got in bed with financial types he didn't like from the start, and hated by the end. He didn't stay entirely clean himself, and he's surprisingly candid about it. At the end, he is shriven (sort of), leaves the field, walks away from a big pile of money, and returns to writing.
If you read some of the pissy and not so pissy backstory pieces that came out after his book, you're told that he abandoned his employees for his own needs (true, but after many months of pretty much shredding cash, and without any short-term or long-term hope of success). You're also told that he manufactured people, incidents, dialog. Hard to say without having been there. But I've met many people like the people Wolff describes, and I don't doubt that they would act precisely as they are acting in reaction to the book, including denying everything whether true or false.
Brill's Content ran an extremely fatuous piece back in October 1998 that moves me to profanity when I read it; it's attack journalism without balance. The piece quoted many parties' gripes with the book without confirmation except from other parties with gripes. Wolff wrote a pretty funny story about getting the pin stuck in him as Brill tried to maneuver him into the formaldehyde.
It's still unclear to me why people don't want to believe his account of events. I don't know if it's true, but my descent into the Internet maelstrom, during which I met or worked with many interesting content and ecommerce types, confirms the tenor of what he describes. I'm inclined to think that a little dramatic license and a lot of fact inform the book.
A number of reviewers (and Amazon.com customers) describe Wolff's ego as enormous. I don't see it. This book is a bunch of beech branches beating him in the back. He doesn't let anybody off easy - okay the Hoover's folks are nicely presented, as counter example - but he presents himself as the money hungry nut he was during those crazy days. But he walked away from a big pile of cash (as I did, somewhat around the same time, but in substantially different circumstances), and lived to tell the tale. And write a successful book about it, in much the same style and mode of interest as Jerry Kaplan's Startup.


Shiva 3000: A Novel
Shiva 3000: A Novel
von Jan Lars Jensen
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful, thoughtful, but cries for a sequel, 29. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Shiva 3000: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Shiva 3000 is a story about an indefinitely far future in which the subcontinental Indian gods have been made real, but apparently through technology long forgotten. The appearance of a Baboon Warrior, the hero of India, shakes up the status quo and causes a young man who desires his downfall to release himself from his own dharma to question the role of the gods made flesh and discover alternate modes of thinking and behavior. Unfortunately, the book ends at a point which makes it too ripe for a sequel. More volumes are obviously to come, but they will be welcome. The book is most reminiscent of Celestial Matters (ISBN 0312863489).


The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.: How Everyday Artefacts ... and Zippers - Came to Be as They Are
The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.: How Everyday Artefacts ... and Zippers - Came to Be as They Are
von Henry Petroski
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Preis: EUR 11,45

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great reading, just too repetitive, 10. Mai 1999
Petroski introduces some wonderful and introducing ideas about the develop and baroque-ing of ordinary objects, as well as illuminating the whole notion of "things" that seem self-evident after they were invented. Okay, the man needs an editor. Please, someone, convince him. His book The Pencil suffers from the same needless and enormous repetition. Both books could have been 1/2 to 1/3 of their sizes and been enormously improved. His saving grace is his solidity of research and his interesting ideas.


What to Eat If You Have Cancer: A Guide to Nutritional Therapy to Your Treatment Plan
What to Eat If You Have Cancer: A Guide to Nutritional Therapy to Your Treatment Plan
von Maureen Keane
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,29

5.0 von 5 Sternen Nutritional science and studies back up solid ideas, 16. Mai 1998
Having had the opportunity to hear Daniella Chase talk about the value of soy proteins and phytochemicals, as well as a variety of other topics, I can emphasize that the book doesn't approach the subject from a touchy feely or "eat what you want" approach. Instead, using the best and recent studies showing cancer-fighting and general-health benefits of specific categories and subcategories of food (like soy and cruciferous vegetables, to name toon), the authors provide a solid basis on which a cancer patient (like myself) can make good nutritional choices while going through a period that can feature nausea, lack of appetitite, and general inactivity.

If I were a better patient, I'd eat exclusively from the items in this book, prepared according to their companion recipe book.

The book is not quite incidentally a great introduction to how the body works, how it processes food, and how cancer derives nutrition in order to grow. The short story: no fried foods, no alcohol, no processed sugar, no simple carbos; limited meat. Do eat legumes, phytochemical-containing vegetables and fruits, soy, fish, and lots of protein.

This book has helped me considerably in keeping myself healthy during chemotherapy without sacrificing nutrition.


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