Thad Roberts is clearly a sociopath. Ben Mezrich seems to be a sociopath too, the way he fawns over Thad and takes his silly excuses. And I'm highly s...moreThad Roberts is clearly a sociopath. Ben Mezrich seems to be a sociopath too, the way he fawns over Thad and takes his silly excuses. And I'm highly suspect of anyone who likes this book or identifies with Thad. (less)
Fantastic. I didn't expect this to be 1/2 as engaging or thrilling as it was.
I probably never would have made it through the book, so the audiobook wa...moreFantastic. I didn't expect this to be 1/2 as engaging or thrilling as it was.
I probably never would have made it through the book, so the audiobook was a good choice. The John Lee narrated audio book was very well done and the narrator's accents made it easier to keep track of the dozens of characters. (less)
I thought it terribly fitting that the QC comic on the day I finished Avogadro Corp was this:
Errr, or not really. What do I know?
I know about as much...moreI thought it terribly fitting that the QC comic on the day I finished Avogadro Corp was this:
Errr, or not really. What do I know?
I know about as much computer language as it takes to put the image above into a book review. So there is your baseline. I thought the scenario played out in Avogadro was entirely believable. Having worked in the world of high tech for many years, the only part that wasn't believable was the speed of procurement, but then again, ELOPe could have possibly taken care of that.
Imagine if gmail could send emails without you. Just let it know that you're interested in buying concert tickets off Craigslist for the lowest price possible and it takes over and writes some sob story to a dude who can't go to the show because he just lost his grandma. Your email program knows about the grandma, so it writes about how you want to take your own (imaginary) sick uncle who loves Jimmie Buffet and didn't think he'd be able to go but now he's feeling a bit better and you want to surprise him with tickets at the last minute. Of course it works like a charm and the sad dude offers you the tickets for half price. That would be cool. A bit invasive and some major privacy holes, but cool. And didn't Google's launch of Google+ demonstrate their willingness for privacy holes. Yes. It's possible. It could work. Everyone would be a bit creeped out at first, and tweak their privacy settings a little bit and then assume they were safe and go about writing and sending email. Only your grandpa who still uses AOL will occasionally ask you over Thanksgiving dinner why you didn't reply to his forwarded email (that you never received) about how gmail is going to get your house robed while you're on vacation or some dumb thing like that. You don't take him seriously.
That's what the Avogadro Corporation was inventing. Until the R&D team decided to use the software's persuasive power to ensure their project wasn't canceled. So now the internet is buying more servers and buying weaponized robots and hiring programers and manipulating just about everyone into sending more email and not looking into why they can't view their sent mail anymore, not to mention actively preventing the company's attempts to uninstall the program.
In the end it was fascinating to see what means ELOPe used to get toward it's goals. Seems like the author really thought through a lot of AI scenarios. The environmentalist in me thought that would have been cool is if the ELOPe caused the invention of better/safer electronics recycling and/or technology so it could grow it's server needs without running into material shortages. Hmmm, maybe that's in a future book. Also, I would have liked to see the story from the perspective of one of the women. (less)
**spoiler alert** OK. I get it. But I don't like it.
In Catching Fire I was all upset because Katniss doesn't really DO anything. Now I see that that w...more**spoiler alert** OK. I get it. But I don't like it.
In Catching Fire I was all upset because Katniss doesn't really DO anything. Now I see that that was kind of the whole point.
She's a pawn, a TV star, a puppet. She knew that in the Hunger Games and she accidentally subverted it. In the other two books she's just a pawn, but she didn't fully realize it until the end of Mockingjay.
This was my least favorite, because the drama of District 13 is not nearly as exciting as the anticipation of the Hunger Games. And the attempt to turn the capitol into an arena just didn't sit right. The city battle as page-turning ending was even more anti-climactic than the Quarter Quell! All the work and deaths and drama of the super squad was for nothing when the rebels got there first anyway. They were just TV stars, they couldn't take down the capitol.
I'd really like to find some discussion about this series and it's commentary on war, reality TV, celebrity, etc. becuase I have a lot of not fully articulate thoughts.(less)
**spoiler alert** Who doesn't love a good thriller?
I have two reasons for giving Catching Fire only 3 starts rather than the 5 stars which it deserves...more**spoiler alert** Who doesn't love a good thriller?
I have two reasons for giving Catching Fire only 3 starts rather than the 5 stars which it deserves based on enjoyment alone.
1. Katniss doesn't do anything in the book. Everything happens to her. She doesn't even win or escape! She's rescued. 2. The end seemed to come out of nearly no where. Exciting, exciting, exciting, oh hey, we're changing topics almost completely and now the book is over.(less)
If this were a movie, I never would have made it through. It was just so so horribly descriptive, nearly boarding...moreWow. So incredibly violent and sad.
If this were a movie, I never would have made it through. It was just so so horribly descriptive, nearly boarding on rape-porn or something. I was cringing and crying and feeling like some kind of creeper listening to the audio book in traffic. Maybe that comes through differently in print, listening to a woman with a lovely voice and lovely accent calmly and graphically describing rape in beautiful prose was just gross.
I get that it is supposed to be gross. And supposed to make the reader angry (and it did), but it also had another vibe that I just couldn't shake. I felt so exploitative to use this story as entertainment. If someone can read this and take it as a call to action to help these kids, then yes. Some good can come out of this book. But just reading about horrors for the shock and emotion just isn't siting well with me.(less)