I found myself zoning in and out of this book, taking the words in without digesting them at times. There would be parts and bits that would hold my aI found myself zoning in and out of this book, taking the words in without digesting them at times. There would be parts and bits that would hold my attention, but then it would revert to droning on and on about details that would turn out to be irrelevant to any plot development. I would say that *too* much care was given to descriptions – to the point that it was monotonous and cumbersome - without much purpose behind it, or connection to the individual being described. As has been mentioned, character development was severely lacking. The only characters I found myself caring about, even slightly, were Dinah and maybe Sonar Taxlaw.
I was fascinated by Neal’s knowledge of hard science and found these core nuggets to be truly interesting. Unfortunately, they’re surrounded by layers and layers of unnecessary fluff. Was this Stephenson going Jan Brady on us? “Rothfuss! Rothfuss! Rothfuss…!”
As has also been mentioned, there are also two connected but separate stories in this book. Had he split them into two, maybe that would have helped; or trimmed the gratuitous rambling down to a minimum (thusly reducing the word count by half)....more
I started following Mike and RP Strength because of their work with Juggernaut and the well-rounded, experienced staff on-hand. Despite their accoladeI started following Mike and RP Strength because of their work with Juggernaut and the well-rounded, experienced staff on-hand. Despite their accolades, I actually disagreed with a good part of the things I'd read/hear Mike say in public. It wasn't that it just didn't jive with my own beliefs, but it was contradictory to many others who were just as, if not more, established and renown in the field.
However, the testimonials and before/afters spoke for themselves. Since I'm wanting to get into competition (Strongman) this year, I thought I'd see what they had to offer that might give me a bit of an edge with my diet and picked up The Renaissance Diet. While it was an easy read, there was nothing groundbreaking here: IIFYM + CBL + LeanGains.
"Science" says the weekly caloric balance trumps the day-to-day, so I never tried calorie cycling. It seemed like too much work/confusion, especially if I could get the same results by creating a standard deficit and sticking to it daily. However, as I said, I'm looking for the next step in my preparation for Strongman, so I'm willing to give it a try. Here goes...
I'll give it 4 stars, rather than 3, because of the way it laid out macro partitioning and glycemic timing. I'd like to bump it back to 3.5, since the intensity descriptions of the workouts (moderate vs hard) left a bit to be desired (I'm just going with 'moderate', despite most of my workouts being PE8+s, because of the rep/set scheme they tried to categorize with)....more
Ted Dekker was recommended to me as the best in this genre, as I wanted to get into some Christian Fiction.
I picked Hacker up from the 'bargain' shelvTed Dekker was recommended to me as the best in this genre, as I wanted to get into some Christian Fiction.
I picked Hacker up from the 'bargain' shelves at LifeWay, not realizing it was the 3rd book on the Outlaw Chronicles. I don't think I really missed much by starting with this book, as it read ok on its own.
The writing seemed 'just ok', full of cliche and tropes, but that would be comparing it to the suspense/thriller/mystery genre as a whole. If you niche down to just Christian versions of these categories, then maybe, by comparison, his writing stands apart. But, seeing as how this is my first book in such a category, I have nothing to measure against....more
This book was a little slow to read. It’s neither that the arguments weren’t valid nor the testimony not interesting, just the way it was presented. SThis book was a little slow to read. It’s neither that the arguments weren’t valid nor the testimony not interesting, just the way it was presented. Strobel’s writing style made it almost feel like I was reading a white paper, which could be a little off-putting to someone on the fence looking for evidence, potentially leading them to take the leap of faith (no pun intended). I think he realized this, then trying to inject some personality into his conversation from a third-party perspective, which just made it feel forced and even worse than if he had not.
Despite that, the interviews are deserving of a 4-start rating and worth the effort it took to digest the material....more