When I play D&D, I like to play bards. I'd much rather use my skills to deceive and bluff my way through an obstacle rather than fight. Kevin MitnWhen I play D&D, I like to play bards. I'd much rather use my skills to deceive and bluff my way through an obstacle rather than fight. Kevin Mitnick is a real-life bard. While his hacking did, of course, require some technical savvy, his true skills are in social engineering--convincing people to help him get access to things he isn't authorized to access.
So obviously he got into some trouble.
This memoir reads like a novel with exciting close calls and finally, his downfall. The reader on the audio is fantastic; sometimes I forgot it wasn't actually Kevin just talking to me. I became inspired to learn more about computers and social engineering, and I definitely would like to read more of Mitnick's books.
If you are a memoir junkie, have a novice's interest in hacking or computers, or liked things like Catch me if you Can, then I think this book would be enjoyable....more
When a new sweetener that actually helps you lose weight is announced, the public can't wait to try it. Laurel and her friend, Vivika, get to go on aWhen a new sweetener that actually helps you lose weight is announced, the public can't wait to try it. Laurel and her friend, Vivika, get to go on a special celebrity cruise to promote the product a week before it's available to the general public! Former child-star Tom Fiorelli (and Laurel's biggest childhood crush) is hosting all of the star-studded footage. And most of the people on the cruise never question whether this could be too good to be true...
Emmy Laybourne has written a quick but powerful book about the lengths people will go to to get thin. She mentions in an author's note that she struggled with sugar addiction, and that theme certainly comes through. While a lot of issues are merely touched upon rather than covered deeply, I liked the way the book kept me thinking for days after I had finished it. It was also the first book in a while that I actually stayed up late to finish, my heart pounding as I reached the final, chilling pages.
The writing style is cinematic--because of its length, I think this could be an exciting movie and you wouldn't have to sacrifice any story elements. However, it's not for the squeamish. As a reader, it was pretty clear to me that the cruise wasn't going to end well, but I had no idea just how far things would go.
This is a quick, exciting standalone read that would be great for a book club or discussion group. The author doesn't hit you over the head with her point, although it is pretty clear what she's getting at. The book was body-positive without seeming like an "issue" book.
If I had one complaint, it would be that the book suffers from Allegiant syndrome. The narration alternates between Laurel and Tom, and their voices really weren't that different. It was always clear from context who was speaking, and the alternation really heightened the tension, but they definitely could have had more distinctive voices. However, it didn't ruin my enjoyment of the story. I highly recommend checking this out when it comes out in a few weeks.