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Shadow Song
Shadow Song
von Terry Kay
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good writing but love sory misses the mark, 23. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Shadow Song (Taschenbuch)
The theme of lost love and "what might have been" or woven together in the rhythmical, almost mystical writing of Shadow Song, written by Terry Kaye. Kaye is a masterful storyteller and his method of weaving the past and the present into a coherent rendering was done very well. I read page after page waiting for the answer to the question: why did Amy and Bobo love each other? What values did they share that made their love so special?
Unfortunately, the question was never answered. As near as I can surmise, the only reason Bobo loved Amy was because she was the most beautiful girl he had ever known, and at 55, she still possessed he teenage luster (a dubious claim at best). Without some reason for loving each other, the love story of Amy and Bobo seems more like a memory of a teenage infatuation, shared by two people suffering from a middle age crisis. There just does not seem to be any substance to their feelings for each other.
When Amy and Bobo meet in the forgotten resort town of the Catskills, they are 55 years old and in their entire 55 years of life, they have spent all of a few weeks together. The rest has been dreams of what might have been and of what it would really be like to love and live with that other person. They don't know each other.
To be honest, as I was reading, I thought that Kaye left their love devoid of reason intentionally, that they were beginning to realize the truth and act accordingly-until the final page. Their decision simply did not make sense, given the facts presented in the book.
I enjoyed reading the book because I think the story telling itself was very good; I could genuinely feel myself in the Catskills. The character development was good for some, especially Lila and Sammy, whom I feel I know and understand better than Amy. The love story itself; however, missed the mark.

Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earth's Earliest Fossils
Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earth's Earliest Fossils
von J.William Schopf
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read for nonscientist and scientists alike, 9. April 2000
I enjoyed reading this book. It was non-technical enough for a non-palentoligist like myself to understand, and compelling enough to create an earnest desire to turn the next page.
I was a bit troubled by some errors. For example, Schopf mentioned that little children at play sometimes feel a stitch in their side, a condition he ascribed to a build up of lactic acid. Even first-year exercise physiology majors know this to be untrue. (One proof is that people who are incapable of producing lactic acid can still feel this pain). Another is when he says that 10 to the 47th power is rouglhy half of 10 to the 80th. These are both minor points I know, but when I read basic mistakes in a science book, I wonder about the validity statements of which I have no previous knowledge.
However, I enjoyed the concepts and the rendering of the topics, especially the section on radioactive dating techniques and the "Sagan-esk" chapter on life on Mars.
A worthwhile read.

Visible Worlds: A Novel
Visible Worlds: A Novel
von Marilyn Bowering

3.0 von 5 Sternen Good read but characterization not strong enough, 6. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Visible Worlds: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Good read but characterization not strong enough
The plot of this book was exceptionally well crafted. The imagery and descriptions were written so well, you can truly see yourself in the Arctic Ocean, northern Canada, Siberia, and Germany and everywhere else the author takes us. Reading the book though, I kept thinking there was not enough character development to make me truly feel something for these people. It was almost like too much was happening in too few pages. Still, it is worth reading.

Effective Executive, The
Effective Executive, The
von Peter F. Drucker

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for anyone in a supervisory position., 7. Dezember 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Effective Executive, The (Taschenbuch)
I first heard of this book while watching an excerpt of Newt Gengrich's class (yes the one he got in so much trouble over). He said that he always recommends this book to his subordinates. When asked if he ever follows up to find out if his advice has been followed, he replied, "I don't have to follow up; I can tell by their work habits whether or not they have read the book." Yes the specific examples are outdated but human nature has not changed during the last several thousand years. The basic elements of his advice have not changed. I recommend anyone who is in a supervisory capcity, or considering it, read this book. Have your subordinates read it, and keep it on your shelf. You will want to refer to it again and again.

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