I read this book for school. It seemed a little biased, since the author was one of the top salesmen at Informix during its rise to success, and he se...moreI read this book for school. It seemed a little biased, since the author was one of the top salesmen at Informix during its rise to success, and he seemed to worship the ground Phil White walked on. Otherwise, the book did point out some of the strengths, and some of the critical mistakes made by Informix executives. It also showed just how dangerous tiny decisions can be at a publicly traded company, especially one that's in the media spotlight.(less)
As the brother of this author, I think reading Core of the Nations added dimension to my understanding of my brother. Whenever an author writes about...moreAs the brother of this author, I think reading Core of the Nations added dimension to my understanding of my brother. Whenever an author writes about an idealistic society, the reader gets a glimpse of that author's perception of what ideal is (only a glimpse, as writing is never transparent).
The idea behind this book is unique, and brilliant. The main ideal of achieving world peace is a worthy one.
This story provides fictional explanations of things left unexplained by science and history. It also provides unique ideas for intriguing, futuristic technology.
I enjoyed the story, and the insight I received while reading this book. Although this edition of the book is in obvious need of a little revision, the point definitely gets across to the reader.
One of the weak points is that there is little variation between some of the characters (possibly a consequence of complete unity of purpose). Also, the quick acceptance by the main characters of their situation seems a little unbelievable. But all in all, this was a great read.(less)
This book is full of action, from start to finish. It is also an interesting look at how American politics might work. The big takeaway, I think, is t...moreThis book is full of action, from start to finish. It is also an interesting look at how American politics might work. The big takeaway, I think, is that you don't have to be a powerful nation to build a hydrogen bomb, and it wouldn't be that difficult to get such a bomb across our borders.
Although I don't foresee complete disarmament of the worlds nukes any time soon, the idea that these devices should not exist, even in the hands of world leaders, is compelling. How can even the President of the U.S. feel it is right to use weapons of mass destruction, which inevitably would kill men, women, and children? This book presents a scenario of how even good government leaders could let a situation escalate to the point of nuclear holocaust.
This was a really long book. I think it could have been shorter. The first half of the book, which focused on a treaty for peace in Palestine, almost seemed like it belonged in another book. It's really two good books wrapped into one.
I recommend this book for adults who like a lot of action, politics, submarines, and technology. There is some strong language, and a little adult subject matter (not explicit).(less)
I read this book about fifteen years ago in school, and I remember enjoying it. I just read it again with my wife, and we loved it. Deathwatch is an a...moreI read this book about fifteen years ago in school, and I remember enjoying it. I just read it again with my wife, and we loved it. Deathwatch is an action-packed book about right and wrong, integrity and guile, and survival.
The geological descriptions help paint a vivid picture of the California desert, the rugged setting for this gripping story.
This story is a reminder that sometimes bad things happen to good people. That doesn't make it okay to become a bad person, even if the result of such action is fairer than the consequence of doing the right thing. Most of the time, though, if you do the right thing, it will pay off. Definitely read this book to see if it pays off for Ben, the hard-working college student who's facing a life or death moral dilema.(less)
This book made me think of other books I've read: That Hiddeous Strength, 1984, and The Giver. I enjoy this type of book, but I don't think that Anthe...moreThis book made me think of other books I've read: That Hiddeous Strength, 1984, and The Giver. I enjoy this type of book, but I don't think that Anthem gripped me quite as much as The Giver.
This was a wonderful reminder of the importance of freedom. It reaffirmed my passionate opposition to any form of limitations being placed on our freedom. It reminded me of the importance of learning from our predecessors. It reminded me that our right to choose, to follow our dreams, to love, are all vital components to our humanity.
I love this book because you can read it all at once. Even though it's not the best book I've ever read, it is a very quick, enjoyable read.(less)
The Wheel of Time series starts with a glowing story, depicted in The Eye of the World, but then really starts to drag. I had a difficult time focusin...moreThe Wheel of Time series starts with a glowing story, depicted in The Eye of the World, but then really starts to drag. I had a difficult time focusing while reading The Shadow Rising, book 4 in this series. I am starting to get the idea that each book introduces a prophecy that Rand al'Thor needs to fulfill, and he cuts a path through Trollocs, Myrdraal, and the Foresaken to arrive at the fulfillment thereof. The last few books seem to have been detours from the actual story that end nearly in the same place as where they started.
Despite not making huge strides in his story, Jordan does succeed in introducing the Aiel culture more fully. Book 1 seems to follow many parallels to The Lord of the Rings. In subsequent books I see more and more similarities to Dune, by Frank Herbert. Jordan's Aiel are for all intents and purposes Herbert's Freman. Also, Jordan's Aes Sedai are very similar to Herbert's Bene Gesserit. Finally, Jordan's Dragon Reborn, the male Aes Sedai, is similar to Herbert's Kwisatz Haderach, the male Bene Gesserit. My opinion after reading both strories is that Jordan's story pales in comparison to Herbert's.
I can see the appeal that The Shadow Rising holds for many people, but I think this series is really starting to drag. I definitely need to take a good break before continuing the series. I do intend on continuing, though.
If you liked this book, Dune by Frank Herbert will knock your socks off. I can't talk it up enough.(less)
After reading The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt is a slight disappointment. On its own, however, it is a worthwhile fantasy read.
I still like the c...moreAfter reading The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt is a slight disappointment. On its own, however, it is a worthwhile fantasy read.
I still like the concept of 'the one power' and the seductive nature of its use. The Great Hunt gives much more detail about the use of the one power and showcases many previously unrevealed powers.
If you're a teenage girl you might find the romance in this story fascinating. Otherwise, you might get bored because there is sexual tension between almost every male and female that come into contact with each other.
Overall, this story kept my attention and entertained me. I wouldn't classify it as one of the best books of all time, but it's a good book. For those who read and loved The Eye of the World, it's fun to see how the story continues.(less)
Several years ago I read Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. Since I am a huge science nerd, this book quickly became one of my favorites. The sequel,...moreSeveral years ago I read Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. Since I am a huge science nerd, this book quickly became one of my favorites. The sequel, The Lost World, is also a good book, and worth reading. I wouldn't say that the sequal is much inferior to the original book, but it feels anti-climactic after the earth-shattering genious of Jurassic Park. Honestly, The Lost World is kind of like missing your stop on the subway. Jurassic Park is where you want to go, and The Lost Lost World is where you end up if you stay on when you should get off.
If you liked Jurassic Park, you'll probably enjoy the Lost World, too. Especially if you haven't read Jurassic Park in a long time.(less)
This is the best book I have read in a long time. One of the main appeals in this book is that it satisfies our longing to be more than we are. That i...moreThis is the best book I have read in a long time. One of the main appeals in this book is that it satisfies our longing to be more than we are. That idea parallels Tolkien’s idea of insignificant hobbits performing deeds that shake the foundations of the earth. Although Jordan openly admitted to a little Tolkien emulation, similarities to the Lord of the Rings in no way detract from the grandeur of The Eye of the World. In the basketball world it is difficult to talk about Kobe Bryant without also mentioning Michael Jordan. Which is the better player? People aggressively take both sides of this debate. Since Michael Jordan was the first to rise to a level superior to any that had before been achieved, he will be mentioned whenever another player rises to a similar level. The same holds true with The Lord of the Rings. Whenever any fantasy author creates a masterpiece of epic proportions which rises high above other literary works, his or her work will inevitably be compared with Tolkien’s original masterpiece. The best book then becomes a matter of personal opinion.
Just as I am a fan of Michael Jordan, I still love the Lord of the Rings more than any other fantasy novel. That said, The Eye of the World is a very close second. Robert Jordan’s masterpiece took me to a new world and made me feel things I haven’t felt since the first time I read my favorite book of all time: The Fellowship of the Ring. For all of you Kobe Bryant fans, it is a joy to have such a talented and superior athlete performing in the NBA today. If you don’t believe me, just watch him play a few games. Similarly, if you don’t think that The Eye of the World is one of the best fantasy novels ever written, then read the first few chapters. I guarantee that you’ll be hooked!
If you enjoyed this book, I think you’ll also like Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, Taran Wanderer, by Lloyd Alexander, and of course The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien. (less)
While I read The Road, I found myself asking some important moral questions: "Where would I draw the line between right and wrong if my family's and/o...moreWhile I read The Road, I found myself asking some important moral questions: "Where would I draw the line between right and wrong if my family's and/or my life were on the line?" "What situations would cause me to comprimise my personal moral code of conduct?" My cushy life makes it difficult to reallistically answer these questions, but I believe they are worth thinking about. This alone made The Road a valuable piece of literature.
The book itself was a fairly easy read. There are some gut-wrenching moments, and I found myself pretty emotionally involved with the characters. The writing style is unique, and despite the lack of standard punctuation, is effective. I found myself unable to put this book down, partly due to the lack of chapter seperations, and partly because I wanted to know what would happen next.
I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. The plot was unique and well-thought-out. If you can handle a little bit of blood, guts, and brutality; you won't be disapointed with this book.(less)
Atlas Shrugged is a ferocious defense of the concept of capitalism. Although Rand depicts capitalism from her objectivist perspective and makes monume...moreAtlas Shrugged is a ferocious defense of the concept of capitalism. Although Rand depicts capitalism from her objectivist perspective and makes monumental over-exaggerations, she succeeds in demonstrating the importance of such basic social necessities as self sufficiency, personal responsibility, accountability, punctuality, and hard work. She equally condemns such economic poisons as socialized industry, redistribution of wealth, laziness, entitlement, and incompetence. Rand shows how these economic poisons also have the power to poison the human soul, embodied in the character of James Taggart. The ideas discussed in Atlas Shrugged are of monumental importance and Rand successfully unveils the consequences of a large-scale destruction of capitalism and how and why such destruction could become reality.
Aside from the political implications inherent in Atlas Shrugged, the book is also an excellent work from the fictional literature perspective. Critics condemn Rand’s bipolar use of almost godly heroes and devilish villains, claiming this as a failure to create human characters. This misconception is obviously false, based on the fact that Rand includes a Greek god’s name in the title. Creating god-like characters to emulate is not failure, it is an effective tool Rand used to establish a moral framework in a mythological industrial era. The only real criticism I can offer of this masterpiece is the use of repetitive, far too lengthy orations on objectivism, which culminates in John Galt’s two-hour speech over radio waves near the end of the book. This book could have, and probably should have, been shorter than it is. That said, I couldn’t put the book down for the first two-thirds of the story. The last couple of hundred pages were arduous, but the ending was worth the effort.
I recommend this book to adult readers of all ages, creeds, and political interests. The story is gripping, and the concepts it teaches are of great value. The enjoyment and enlightenment found in the over one thousand pages of this book are well worth the time and effort it takes to get through it. (less)
Battlefield Earth is a good science fiction novel. One of the most remarkable ideas from this book is the complete unity of the population of earth. I...moreBattlefield Earth is a good science fiction novel. One of the most remarkable ideas from this book is the complete unity of the population of earth. I know that world unity and peace may be just as science fiction as aliens and advanced technologies, but I hope we can make progress in that direction. I just hope it doesn't take a severe global disaster (like aliens threatening to destroy or enslave all of us) to accomplish world unity.
L. Ron Hubbard leaves his philosophical ideas, for the most part, out of this book. I was hoping I would pick up a little insight to scientology while reading this book, but there is little to no illusion to Hubbard's philosophies. If you want to find something out about scientology, this is not the book to read.
On the other hand, if you want an entertaining science fiction novel full of alien races, advanced technology, struggle for survival of the human race, and intergalactic polotics, this is a great book to read.
I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is very long, so make sure you have a lot of time before you start it.(less)