Fun, but not entirely accurate. This book has been reviewed and discussed to death, so I won't do that here. The thing that really took away from my eFun, but not entirely accurate. This book has been reviewed and discussed to death, so I won't do that here. The thing that really took away from my enjoyment of the book was the claim of factual accuracy. A lot of the "facts" are mere speculation based on more speculation. As I said, though, it's still a fun read....more
The Zombie Survival Guide does just what it claims to do: it prepares you to survive a zombie apocalypse. Every aspect is covered, from the initial prThe Zombie Survival Guide does just what it claims to do: it prepares you to survive a zombie apocalypse. Every aspect is covered, from the initial preparations through the hideout destination to your eventual (hopefully) reunion with living society.
The book is superficially formatted like a reference handbook, but there is enough humor involved that it becomes an interesting read from cover to cover. Having read through the entire book, I now have no doubt that I will make it through the impending zombie invasion relatively unscathed....more
World War Z builds on the mythology of the Zombie Survival Guide and turns it into a war chronicle. The book is comprised of transcriptions of interviWorld War Z builds on the mythology of the Zombie Survival Guide and turns it into a war chronicle. The book is comprised of transcriptions of interviews with survivors and major players of the worldwide zombie epidemic. It tells the story, through the eyes of those who experienced it, all the way from the first outbreak to the aftermath of the war.
I think that's all that needs to be said. It's a fascinating look at how individuals--and humanity as a whole--might cope with this kind of situation. The audiobook, while abridged, is also extraordinary, featuring many talented voice actors. Including Alan freaking Alda!...more
It's difficult to actually review a book like the Principia Discordia. As a self-described Discordian (with the added stipulation that the definitionIt's difficult to actually review a book like the Principia Discordia. As a self-described Discordian (with the added stipulation that the definition of a Discordian is someone who wants to describe him/herself as one), it's something of a holy book for me. Except that we Discordians don't really believe in holy books. Except for the ones who do.
I've seen the description "a religion disguised as a joke disguised as a religion," and it's fairly apt. I consider this book an introduction to a way of thinking that most people would consider absurd. But hey, it works for me, and I'm the pope. So who are you to judge?
If you like to be reminded totally at random that King Kong died for your sins, you'll love the Principia fnord....more
I just finished my second read-through of this massive tome. If you don't like novels that could also be used to bludgeon a small elephant to death...I just finished my second read-through of this massive tome. If you don't like novels that could also be used to bludgeon a small elephant to death... READ THIS ONE ANYWAY.
Okay, it's actually not for everyone. This review will try to help you decide if you should delve into Anathem.
It helps if you like science fiction at least a little bit. It's not a space opera, nor is it anything that could be concretely labeled sci-fi, but there is that element, and it does take place on a different planet. Different, but not so dissimilar...
If you like to learn, even when reading for pleasure, I'd recommend ANY of Stephenson's books. This one will--often very subtly--acquaint you with the basics of etymology, ancient and modern philosphy and metaphysics, string theory, and the "many-worlds" interpretation of same. Among other things.
For all the education involved, the story is very good. It's much more engaging than one might expect based on the previous paragraph. Stephenson creates an entire world, complete with civilizations both past and present, and gives you just enough background story--worked seamlessly into the narrative--to make it real. You will literally be wrapped up in this fictional world to such an extent that when the story is over, the way you think about the real world will be influenced.
I have to warn you that, as with Stephenson's earlier lengthy novels, you might have to read for a dozen pages or so to really "get into" the story. But the first few characters you're introduced to are so eminently likable that you will find yourself caring about them very quickly. Once you've committed to the premise you won't be able to put Anathem down.
The story includes political intrigue, romance, action, clever dialogue, and analysis of deeply-ingrained prejudices. I don't know about you, but I personally couldn't ask for more from a novel. Anathem delivers on all those counts and then goes the extra mile.
Now I'm just gushing. If you haven't decided by now to check this book out, nothing I can say will convince you. If you have decided that it's worth a look, I applaud you for your bravery and good taste, and I hope you enjoy it as thoroughly as I did....more