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11/02/2012 01:16:08 PM · #351
Pines by Blake Crouch

10/10 - Superb, couldn't put it down. (Well, I finally did put it down at about 4am once I'd read the last page!)
11/27/2012 07:22:53 PM · #352
77 Days in September by Ray Gorham

7/10 - Another post-apocalyptic story, I seem to be drawn to these for some reason!

'Terrorists' manage to detonate a nuclear device a couple of hundred miles above the USA. The result is an EMP which destroys everything electronic and electrical across the whole country (this is all valid science apparently) , resulting in a breakdown of society. The story focusses on a guy who decides to walk 1,500 miles to get home. A good read, quite captivating. But I couldn't get past the question of why he didn't cycle...
11/27/2012 09:40:12 PM · #353
I finally found some time to pick up a book! And believe it or not, this was my choice...

A Nation of Wusses by Ed Rendell

7/10 - Rendell's autobiography is an easy read about some of his political exploits from his time as District Attorney to his time as Governor of Pennsylvania. This does not seem to be a deep well of wisdom to draw from, rather it is a good collection of stories about his different political campaigns and achievements. The chapter I enjoyed the most was about his time as Mayor of Philadelphia when he had to take on the unions to balance the budget and turn the city around. He cared about union labor but had the realization that basic accounting principles rule when it comes to budgets. He laid out his campaign to win the battle of the budget by rewrititing the rulebook for the way labor worked in the city and cinching the purse a little tighter where it mattered. Part of the story about re-writing the rules told how the labor was set up to change a light bulb. It was a 4 man team consisting of a laborer to carry the ladder, a carpenter to set the ladder up, an electrician to climb the ladder and change the bulb, and a supervisor to oversee the team. Throughout the book, the stories reveal a few specific details along with a big picture overview of what he accomplished, and he uses a tough talking Philly attitude throughout!
12/20/2012 11:44:58 PM · #354
The Bone People - Keri Hulme
I'm trying to read every Booker, Giller, and Pulitzer prize winner. This was one which wasn't crossed off, now I know why it took so long. Book was terrible.

419 - Will Ferguson
This year's Giller prize winner. It's a quick read, even at 400 pages. One of the better books I've read this year.
10/16/2014 03:27:16 PM · #355
Dataclysm 10/10 - extremely well written, humorous and fascinating book about online data. The author sheds light and tries to show human behavior through the immense data collected as a founder of an extremely popular dating website and gives examples that reveal who we really are on a macroscopic scale. it also goes into interpreting data collected from other sites such as facebook and google.

the book does a good job of remaining unbiased and shows the ugly side of data collection and its possible abuses aw well.

highly recommended.

08/23/2015 08:23:57 PM · #356
Chocolate Wars - the 150 year rivalry between the World's greatest Chocolate makers

Rating, it's so boring that I may never get to the end of this saga.
How could anyone take such a fascinating subject and drag it thru the ... oh, alright, you read it and tell me my semi-not-so-sweet review is wrong.
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