If you liked Freakonomics, you'll want to read Superfreakonomics. More of that freaky economics is included.
I was surprised by the amount of gender-r...moreIf you liked Freakonomics, you'll want to read Superfreakonomics. More of that freaky economics is included.
I was surprised by the amount of gender-related stories that were in here. The reason behind improvements in the fate of girls and women in India. If it's better to have a pimp or not if you're a prostitute. Why at one point in time, in one hospital, it was safer to have your baby delivered by a female midwife than a male doctor. And other stories like that.
The style is highly readable, occasionally funny, and just pulls you along until before you know it, the book is done.
Which is the main problem. The last big chapter is about global warming, and I didn't see how that had too much to do with the economics they'd been talking about in previous chapters. It almost felt like they were trying to preach their newfound viewpoint. I found it much less interesting, much less compelling. And I think partly that had to do with the global warming not being grounded as much in human behavior. We didn't learn any neat insights into the motivations of human beings.
At the end of that chapter, I was ready to get back to an interesting people-focussed story. But.. the book was done.
There's only 200 pages unless you count the footnotes. And I was almost so hungry for more, just one or two stories more, something, that I considered reading all the footnotes. But I was also annoyed at the authors for it being so short and them taking up my time with the global warming stuff (which would've been fine, btw, if I'd read it in another book, because it was interesting in a different way), that I didn't read the footnotes. Rather, endnotes, I guess I should say.
Some interesting new ideas or ways of looking at writing. But a lot of it is a rehash of things you already know if you read or write science fiction...moreSome interesting new ideas or ways of looking at writing. But a lot of it is a rehash of things you already know if you read or write science fiction and fantasy extensively. Or if you've read other books about writing science fiction and fantasy. World-building, etc.
He also uses a fair amount of excerpts from his own writing. Which is useful in a way, but also annoying, especially when the excerpt goes on and on, as one sex/love scene example does.
Though I'll admit he did say some things about some of his books that intrigued me. I really should read some more of his novels.(less)
A collection of pieces Malcolm Gladwell wrote for the New Yorker. If you like Malcolm Gladwell's other books, I think you'll like this okay. Some inte...moreA collection of pieces Malcolm Gladwell wrote for the New Yorker. If you like Malcolm Gladwell's other books, I think you'll like this okay. Some interesting things to think about and chew on in here. Such as a whole new way to play the stock market, reasons to be mad at the inventor of The Pill, and.. wow.. some other things I already can't remember. But I'm sure the ideas are up in my head, waiting to be triggered by something.(less)
Wil Wheaton reviews the first half of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He writes a summary of each episode, infused with his memori...moreWil Wheaton reviews the first half of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He writes a summary of each episode, infused with his memories and insider view of what was going on at the time.
It's very interesting, insightful, and incredibly funny. And I hope he'll keep going and review all of the episodes.
My problem with it that reduces it a star is that he's really down on Wesley and makes jokes like 'and all fans everywhere gave a cheer' when Wesley's killed or told to shut up, or whatever. And once or twice is fine, but he keeps doing it. And I was one fan who was not annoyed by Wesley Crusher. He was one of my favorite characters.
I wasn't quite sure what this was about before I started reading. But it's about your Public Booklife and your Private Booklife. What are your goals f...moreI wasn't quite sure what this was about before I started reading. But it's about your Public Booklife and your Private Booklife. What are your goals for each? What do you hope to get out of writing and publishing? Do you have an overall strategy? If not, why not?
Jeff VanderMeer discusses the role of social media and web 2.0 in your public booklife and talks about tactics (as opposed to strategy) for promoting your work, and etc.
I do wish he'd started with private booklife first and then public. That would seem to me a more logical progression. You have to write first, before you think about getting it published and promoting it!
He's also included a lot of extra bits of writing from himself and others in the appendix and I would've liked to see most of that included in the rest of the text. It needn't have interrupted the flow of the narrative if it had been included as sidebars that one could read or skip and go back to. As it is, it felt like the main body of the book was a bit short, and then had a hodgepodge collection tacked onto the end.
Lots of good stuff to think about in here though.(less)