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Thursday, November 25, 2010
The story is set in a near future, everyone is afraid of terrorism so government checkpoints exist everywhere from the ferry terminal to random stops on the road. Permanent life extension is just around the corner, in fact the protagonist works for a company that sells life extension. I loved how Gary Shteyngart handled the evolution of social networking. Everyone is on a global social networking site called globalteens. All of your information is on the site, your credit rating, a rating of how attractive you are, all of the photos and videos that you've ever taken or been in. I liked it because the truth may be that in the future, when so much information about ourselves is online, the only way to manage it will be to overshare.
I loved the book and the characters but I can't say it was a great or even a very good book. The characters were engaging, the world was deep and well thought out, but the plot was just missing. The characters wandered around in the world, the book came to a conclusion but I was left wondering where the other half of the book is. Not in a good way where you're waiting for a sequel but in a bad way where you wonder if the author and publisher took a half finished book and decided to push it out to meet a deadline. If you look it up on Amazon you'll see very mixed reviews, it's a like it or hate it kind of book. I'd liked it, but felt it deserved a bit more work.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
A Brief History of Time is called the most read physics book of all time. I've seen it hanging around in book stores for quite a while and since I've been on physics bent lately I decided to check it out. Like Einstein Stephen Hawking is able to describe some very complex topics in simple language. Unlike Einstein the math was missing from this book so the narrative experience was better. When I'm reading things like this I like to have the math handy but not in the middle of the text. Math in the middle of a theory book written for the mass market is like a Tom Bombadil poem is in the Lord of the Rings, you can just skip it and go on to the next line of the story.
If you're interested in a good description of quantum mechanics or black holes I'd recommend this book.