There's nothing really wrong with this overview of the development of the digital revolution, but it didn't particularly grab me though. It's a perfecThere's nothing really wrong with this overview of the development of the digital revolution, but it didn't particularly grab me though. It's a perfectly serviceable introduction to the history of computers, feeling more like a textbook until maybe the final chapter where Issacs lends his own spin on the importance of collaboration over indivuals.
Throughout, there's a long list of folks that are introduced and then dispensed with so frequently that I started to feel like even naming these people wasn't really all that important; that the important bits were that some person 'x' did this thing that person 'y' used to make something that person 'z' used to make the Internet or something important like that.
I think these stories would have been more interesting if they were somehow less about the people than what was being contributed to the overall story. I'm not so interested that Sergey Brin had a speech problem and was quite but smart or that Steve Jobs was like... well.... Steve Jobs. I just want to know what the building blocks were for each piece of digital revolution.... what the steps were. Maybe that would have made for a colder book, but it would have probably met better with the author's stated goal than what we got.
Not bad, worth checking out, it just didn't blow me away the way I was hoping it would. ...more
This may be my favorite thing I've read from Neil gaiman. I've read probably a half dozen of his other books( not counting the Sandman stuff) and I'veThis may be my favorite thing I've read from Neil gaiman. I've read probably a half dozen of his other books( not counting the Sandman stuff) and I've had kind of a troublesome relationship with him as a reader. Without going into it too much, I find some of his stuff over stays its welcome. The great thing about this book is that it's a pretty tight story that comes in, does its jobs and then leaves. The problem I keep seeing the last several years is when books have a great idea but then they're stretched out too far into some sprawling 1000 page book. This books has a ton of great ideas and moments, but ends up actually leaving me wanting more at the end because it wraps itself up so promptly. I'd love it if more authors thought about when the reader would want a story to end rather than when they were done or just tired of writing the story. Anyways, I highly recommend this book. If you like fantasy of any sort, there's probably something for you in here. ...more
I got this as part of a Humble Bundle for Oni Press books. (those Humble Bundles with comics has been fantastic for discovering new writers/artists toI got this as part of a Humble Bundle for Oni Press books. (those Humble Bundles with comics has been fantastic for discovering new writers/artists to follow) I had read O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim books around when the movie came out and enjoyed it enough to pre-order his newer book Seconds. I enjoyed them both quite a bit but this one didn’t really connect with me. I won’t say the story is bad, I’m just not entirely sure that its meant for me. I think for some, this could be a touching story, just not me at my age. Regardless, I like O’Malley’s drawing style and the dialogue and pace seem to be all in place. The story was a little ‘meh’, but the art and coloring are all pretty good. If you haven’t read any of his stuff before, I’d recommend his later work and then come check this out later....more
I'm not sure what to think about this one. I've read several Murakami books in he past (maybe as much if not more than any other author) and the lastI'm not sure what to think about this one. I've read several Murakami books in he past (maybe as much if not more than any other author) and the last two books I've read haven't really been as satisfying as when I started reading his work in the late 90's. I felt similarly about Kafka on the Shore where it starts off strong and I'm very engaged, but things just sort of stop happening half way through and I'm left noticeably pushing myself through the rest of he book.
Here in 1Q84, I'm reading this after a 4-ish year break in reading Murakami. I immediately felt that the story and style were familiar and I even felt comforted, like coming back to something you didn’t know you missed. About 2/3 of the way through though it felt like everything stopped though. There's a long tunnel of chapters in the book where folks are largely sitting in rooms alone waiting for the story to move forward again. I understand why that happens in the story, but it was a shift in style for the book and I lost interest. Finishing the last half took 2-3 times as long as the whole front end of he book.
Still, its not an awful book. The writing is always good and I've always dug his dialogue. It's fun and weird in all the ways you'd expect a Murakami book to be, I just wish that it were a little more even for something this long. It'd have been a killer story if it were condensed down a bit. Ho ho. ...more