I picked this book, The Children of Men, because I loved the movie so much. Clive Owen and Michael Caine were brilliant in a dystopian science fictionI picked this book, The Children of Men, because I loved the movie so much. Clive Owen and Michael Caine were brilliant in a dystopian science fiction masterpiece full of dark mood and atmosphere. I expected the book to be like the movie but it's not and that's not completely disappointing. What I found from PD James story was a thorough investigation of a man struggling to find identity in a world that no longer needs him.
Theodore Feron is an historian in a world where no woman can become pregnant and no woman has become pregnant in 27 years. What need is there for history - what need is there for society - what need is there for Theodore Feron in a world that no longer cares and is just waiting to die? It's a question of character that is a central theme of a novel investigating the psyche of a man who's wondering if he has a will to live in a world that has lost its will. That's what I love about this book - it answers the question in such detail in a way that the movie couldn't approach.
To compare the book and the movie is rather unfair because while they take the same setting their exploring entirely different aspects of the world. The movie is dark, moody, and action-packed. The book is cerebral and appeals to the side of the reader who wants to know why.
When Julian searches Theodore out to enlist his help in meeting the Warden of England it ranks him back into a world that he thought he'd left. More importantly, that world thought that they had that rid of him and it's that central conflict more than the question of what is a world without children like that shapes the story.
I do recommend this book, but not if you're expecting a repeat of the movie....more
Kitchen Confidential is part an autobiographical tour through the seedy drug-addled life of an up and coming New York celebrity chef, part travelogueKitchen Confidential is part an autobiographical tour through the seedy drug-addled life of an up and coming New York celebrity chef, part travelogue through the names and places of the Big Apple's culinary history, and part awe-inspiring fan letter to the most pure ingredients prepared lovingly by professionals who truly seek perfection. With nods toward the pop-culture icons and recognition of the rolling entourages of powerful people, Anthony Bourdain creates a memoir that takes his readers to those smoky steakhouses and noisy Italian Bistros and makes them sample the greatness that is the New York food scene.
I loved every minute of this book with its clever prose and fast-paced memory tour. Bourdain can not only sear a filet to perfection, the man can write. He can write so well that oft-times it's difficult to believe that he's slaved over grills on endless twelve hour days and still found time to write one of the best books I've read this year - and one of the best back-stage memoirs I've ever picked up. If you can't follow him on his journey and enjoy every morsel he feeds you, you're absent taste buds or a fondness for gritty stylistic prose.
This book is real life, man. It comes with all the ugly and beauty that is life and without one you can't appreciate the other. ...more
Like the Little Green Book, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their no-limit hold'em game. I will be reviewing, highlighting, and stLike the Little Green Book, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their no-limit hold'em game. I will be reviewing, highlighting, and studying this book for years to come....more
This small book is filled with some of the best, most understandable advice on No Limit Hold'em that I have read anywhere. It's essential and may stanThis small book is filled with some of the best, most understandable advice on No Limit Hold'em that I have read anywhere. It's essential and may stand as the best investment in the game I've made to date. ...more
I happen to think there are more tactics and math in Limit Hold'em than there is in No Limit Hold 'em. I, like everyone else who watches poker on teleI happen to think there are more tactics and math in Limit Hold'em than there is in No Limit Hold 'em. I, like everyone else who watches poker on television, started playing the No Limit game but I have moved to low stakes limit poker because I believe there's more opportunity to win money over the long run. This is the perfect instruction manual for that game. It steps through every part of the hand - Preflop, flop, turn, river, and shows how to tighten up your game, plug leaks and show a steady profit. I can tell you that it works - I'm consistently winning 3 Big Bets an hour playing the game now and online multitabling 4 tables, that adds up to some good money. ...more
There's not much to complain about - it's a good story, told well, with some great ideas. The problem is that it just didn't grab me and hold my attenThere's not much to complain about - it's a good story, told well, with some great ideas. The problem is that it just didn't grab me and hold my attention. My mind kept wandering, probably because I just didn't care what happened to the anti-hero protagonist. There was nothing that connected him to me and made me care what he was doing and whether he'd survive.
The lesson is that an author has to make his main character important to the reader or all the great ideas in the world (universe) don't matter at all.
I'm not terribly excited to pick up another Culture book. I probably will, just not soon. ...more
This is a nice little book of short anecdotes and advice from the poker master who's seen it all. Doyle's soft spoken and observant and that's the calThis is a nice little book of short anecdotes and advice from the poker master who's seen it all. Doyle's soft spoken and observant and that's the calm feeling you get while he relates these tales to you - each with a moral and each with a little bit you can take away and improve your own game. It's almost zen, the way he approaches the game. ...more
That's what the narrator is and his only outlet is himself - talking to himself, narrating the minutia of his neurosis, to hEmbittered and powerless.
That's what the narrator is and his only outlet is himself - talking to himself, narrating the minutia of his neurosis, to himself. He's angry and with reason to be sure, but angry has turned into angry for anger's sake.
It's hard to read because the narrator is helpless to change his situation - our protagonist cannot protag. He is not our hero but instead he is our despised roommate in prison. He is our own worst selves. He is what we become without love.
I say that it was a hard read. It was excruciating. It made my head explode. But Dostoyevsky made the attitude and feeling of an angry man come through so very well. It makes the reader become this man and that is not what I want to become.
Even if it's good, I can't bring myself to like it....more
Sometimes it's enough to simply dislike a book. But that wasn't enough for me. I, foolishly, looked up Brian Haig's bio before writing this review andSometimes it's enough to simply dislike a book. But that wasn't enough for me. I, foolishly, looked up Brian Haig's bio before writing this review and now I feel ill. I don't even think I can stomach a review, but for you people who need to know about this atrocious, steaming pile of waste, I'll do it.
In his world, everything is black and white and all people are valorous or inept. In his world the government is a terrible burden and pot shots at its incompetence is just matter of course where his readers are so on-board with it that it's a simple inside joke. In his world, major political leaders can be assassinated and it affects the running of nations no more than the time-out for the funeral and the bothersome ritual of half-staff. In his world those who protect and serve are worth far more than the protected.
Of course he's a Fox News employee. God, I should've known this. But more troubling is that he has credentials – West Point, Infantry Officer, and then years working in command at the Pentagon . . . OH WAIT JUST A MINUTE - - dude's got a complex. He was part of the bureaucratic machine he hates so much and he knows he was dead weight on the ass end of a bloated military industrial complex that he has to transfer blame in any and all ways possible.
Oh I know he was taking pot shots at the Bush administration in this book. But really he loathes the administrative branch more than a grade-schooler hates broccoli.
In this book, our hero, Major Sean Drummond is the ideal right-wing champion. He's sarcastic to just beyond compulsive, and handsome, and dedicated to saving the Republic at all costs - - except that killing a few bureaucrats is good fodder for crime scene clues.
Oh yeah, there's a twist at the end of the book that is kind of clever if you're not too mind-numbed by propaganda by the time it comes up to care. I didn't care, to tell the truth, and wasn't surprised – but I knew our hero would figure it out before the assassination reached its true target – his reputation. Because Sean Drummond's reputation is the greatest asset our nation could possibly possess.
Blech. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go vomit....more