Random Books


It’s been a while since I posted some book reviews (a disproportionately long time considering that I still manage to go through an average of two books a week), so here goes.

The Shallows Rule 34 Live Free or Die
★★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★
I read it a while back, but Nicholas Carr drove home his points so well that I feel compelled to return to it now and then. As much of a well, thought out, detailed retrospective of how we dealt with multiple media as an assessment of how the Twitterization of the Internet is currently shaping our thought processes, it should be recommended reading for everyone in the industry. Stross’s take on the panopticon society is eerily possible, which is one of the main reasons I read this cover to cover, as it were, but grim and grinding. It is masterfully penned, although for some reason the plot and characters failed to resonate with me as much as in his previous novels. More of a curiosity than a milestone in my reading, this one is a typical Sci-Fi summer book – good pace, interesting twists, shallow characters that you can take in easily. Oh, and miscellaneous cataclysms and collateral damage, for it is, after all, a mix of trading and space warfare with a story arc that is designed to span three books. It’s glib and enjoyable, but there are better reads.

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