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The New, New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
The New, New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
von Michael Lewis
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Preis: EUR 16,61

4.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting story about one unique engineer, 1. Juni 2000
This is an interesting story about Jim Clark-the man(and only man)that started three companies worth a billion dollars or more. Jim Clark was a high school misfit and onetime seaman recruit doing scut work when the Navy discovered he was a math genius. Clark goes on to have his revenge by getting a Ph.D. and becoming the Silicon Valley mogul who engineers are beating down the doors to work for. He also has his revenge on the venture capitalists and dramatically changes the economics in favor of the engineers and the programmers. Lewis writes an interesting book about how Clark starts up Healtheon and begins groping to the new new idea-My CFO. Clark really beats to a different drummer or the Silicon Valley equivalent-clicks to a different mouse. What Clark really seems to want to do is to spend sixteen hours a day writing code for his computerized giant sail boat. Lewis also has an intersting discussion about how the competitive Indian education system selects and trains some of the best programmers in the world. Overall an interesting well written book. Although if you are only going to read one book about Silicon Valley, I would recommend Po Bronson's Nudist on the Late Shift.


Round Ireland with a Fridge
Round Ireland with a Fridge
von Tony Hawks
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A delightful and humorous read, 31. Mai 2000
Tony Hanks is a parttime standup comic and it shows in this humorous book which has as its premise a drunken bet to hitchhike around Ireland with a fridge. Hanks makes it with the help of a radio disc jockey (Ireland has a national radio station.)It must be fun to live in Ireland as apparently most evenings are spent in a pub drinking and singing. Hanks ends up in a pub most evenings. I rate this book slightly below Bryson's a Walk in the Woods and Helen Fields Bridget Jones Diary in terms of laughter intensity.


The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
von Po Bronson
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating glimpse into Silicon Valley, 8. Mai 2000
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Po Bronson tells the stories of the many people making up Silicon Valley-salesmen, newcomers, programmers, entrepreneurs, futurists and by doing so you gain an understanding of the tremendous pressures to make your numbers. He follows one company through its IPO. His writing is vivid. For example, he defines the various sales jargon. "Mindshare. As opposed to market share, When a salesman says 'he's building mindshare', what he means is he hasn't sold a thing. Or in describing the physical fitness of one newcomer. "He has less fat than an unflavored rice cake." He explains the headhunters. One girl criticized for being a job hopper (and thus unlikely to stay long enough for the headhunter to get his commission), replied "I'm a prisoner of ambition." The quality of the writing is such that even if you are not particularly interested in Silicon Valley, you will enjoy the book and by the time you finish the book you will be interested.


Compass American Guides: South Dakota, 2nd Edition (Compass American Guide South Dakota)
Compass American Guides: South Dakota, 2nd Edition (Compass American Guide South Dakota)
von T.D. Griffith
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Pictures are better than the text, 6. Mai 2000
I am planning to visit South Dakota this summer and since I manage to turn everything I do into an educational project I have been reading up and writing chambers of commerce for information. This book is written in the neutral public relations politically correct style of a guidebook. (Heaven forbid we ever say anything critical about the Indians or why we're still paying $1.5 billion a year for Indian health care.)In fact I believe the author has a PR background. He conveys a lot of information but he could have made the book much more interesting. For example, the story of the trapper Hugh Glass is one of the best stories ever. Glass was mauled by a grizzly and left for dead by his companions. He vowed revenge on those who left him and literally crawls back to civilization to kill the men who left him. However, the author here really does not get into the revenge theme. I had to get that from a Chamber publication. The pictures in the book are great and I would rate the pictures five stars. However, there just aren't that many books about South Dakota. So if you are going to South Dakota it probably is worth picking up. For an interesting book about the entire Great Plains which includes South Dakota read Great Plains by Ian Frazier, which is a five star book.


Slow Burn (Leo Waterman Mysteries)
Slow Burn (Leo Waterman Mysteries)
von G.M. Ford
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too unbelievable for me, 6. Mai 2000
I really enjoyed some of the other Waterman novels, but this one was just too unbelievable. The premise of the book of the rivalry between the two competing steak houses and what they had supposedly done in the past to each other was way beyond any willing suspension of disbelief on my part. This is more a comic novel than a mystery and that is not a genre I care for.


Cast in Stone (Leo Waterman Mysteries)
Cast in Stone (Leo Waterman Mysteries)
von G.M. Ford
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,32

5.0 von 5 Sternen A rare delight, 6. Mai 2000
I really enjoyed this book. The plot reminded me of some John D. McDonald books where Travis McGee backtracks an evil killer. Plus Leo Waterman has a hilarious sidekick--a foul mouthed New York phototgrapher--that helps him Some of the scenes with the photographer are laugh out loud funny. One negative is Ford's characterization of the minister which showed some anti-Christian bigotry on the part of the author.


High Fidelity
High Fidelity
von Nick Hornby
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,60

3.0 von 5 Sternen Moderately amusing, 28. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: High Fidelity (Taschenbuch)
I bought this book with the expectation it would be as funny as the two Bridget Jones book. It is not. It was fun reading the various top five lists that the characters came up with for almost every situation. However the abortion of the girlfriend was a turnoff. I sold my book to the used book store for credit rather than reccomending it to anyone.


Death of a Dude: A Nero Wolfe Novel (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery Series)
Death of a Dude: A Nero Wolfe Novel (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery Series)
von Rex Stout
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nero Wolfe plays better at home than away, 26. April 2000
The review below describes the characters and I will not repeat it. In this book Nero Wolfe leaves his brownstone and established routine and goes to Montana to assist Archie. I had read the Rex Stout series some thirty years ago when I was in a hospital in Staten Island and the medicos were trying to stick a lymphoma diagnosis on me. (They were wrong.)It is fun to go back and spend time with my former friends Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe. Objectively, this novel is not as good as some others. The Montana characters are not very well defined and the plot is not what I would call a pageturner. However, it is enjoyable to read how Archie adjusts to and copes with the tyrannical and ultra-opinionated Wolfe. Also you will want to eat a Montana trout deal.


Bright Star
Bright Star
von Paul McCarthy
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen A confusing slow read, 10. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Bright Star (Taschenbuch)
I was disappointed in this book after reading Team Yankee (a five star read). The author writes from several viewpoints-Russian advisor, Russian commander,bad American commander, Libyan commander, different American soldiers. However it just doesn't work. Many of the characters were either not well developed or I just didn't care about them. It seemed like maybe the author was trying to do too much in one book.


Team Yankee
Team Yankee
von Harold Coyle
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The excitement of being a U.S. tank commander in WWIII, 21. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Team Yankee (Taschenbuch)
I read a review in the local fishwrap that Harold Coyle was the best writer of military fiction. Team Yankee confirms this. It is a realistic hour by hour account of the first fourteen days of combat in World War III as it follows the commanding officer of a tank unit-Team Yankee fighting the Soviets on the Russian front. It also includes brief accounts of the viewpoint of the opposing Soviet tank commanders a la Killer Angels. A real page turner that kept me up half of the night.


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