Good mystery novel that is especially interesting to someone with an interest in Chinese culture. I could take or leav...moreI'd rate this a solid 3.5 stars.
Good mystery novel that is especially interesting to someone with an interest in Chinese culture. I could take or leave a good chunk of the poetry, but I found it a quick read, and not too formulaic. Looking forward to reading more of this series.(less)
Overall, this was a quick read, and a fairly entertaining one. Definitely made me nostalgic for working at an early stage startup.
I do have some gripe...moreOverall, this was a quick read, and a fairly entertaining one. Definitely made me nostalgic for working at an early stage startup.
I do have some gripes with the book. I felt like the author kind of has a chip on her shoulder because of her background in liberal arts and her entry through a less prestigious (customer support) job. I have some of the same things in my background, but since I work more on the tech side, I guess my perspectives are a little different.
It's annoying that she can't quite seem to get some of the geek terminology she uses (especially "trolling", which she uses quite a bit in the book) quite right, not to mention the bit about running finger "from" Pine.
My bigger gripe is that she seems to conflate Facebook's fratboy / bro culture (which I've heard about, and definitely believe exists) with some more general ideas, for example implying that people on the tech side don't ever think about the human side of what they do. Also, while I sympathize with her irritation with alpha geeks to a certain extent, I think she should keep in mind the way society treats boys who aren't traditionally masculine or don't fit in early in life, and keep this in mind.
I also understand why she breaks the developers and tech folks into 3 groups for narrative reasons, and to make things fit along with her thesis a little more cleanly, but I have to imagine that, even in those early days, things were probably not quite so clear-cut.
I have definitely seen the "upstairs / downstairs" divide between non-tech folks and engineering / tech folks at places I've worked, but (and this may be because of my own biases) I still think that there are good reasons (including some which she alludes to, such as the scalability problem for "human" parts of a business like customer service) tech companies are tech-heavy. Sometimes Getting Stuff Done is more important to a business's success than careful consideration and planning of all the human implications.(less)
I was pretty familiar with most of the ideas in this book from other things I've read and from the NYT magazine article featuring the authors, but I r...moreI was pretty familiar with most of the ideas in this book from other things I've read and from the NYT magazine article featuring the authors, but I really enjoyed reading this. I think it's well worth reading by any parents who are interested in keeping the various aspects of their life (work, family, hobbies, and relationships) balanced. In fact, I wish I could make it required reading for all new parents.
Some of the examples (intentionally, I think) play up gendered stereotypes, which is probably intended to make the book friendlier and more approachable, but I found it a little irritating at times.
Amazingly, the hardcover is available from a lot of Amazon sellers for $0.01 + $3.99 shipping... well worth picking up a copy if this sounds like something you'd be interested in.(less)
This was a really engaging (and disheartening) book -- well thought out and reasoned. While there does seem to have been a lot of progress as far as e...moreThis was a really engaging (and disheartening) book -- well thought out and reasoned. While there does seem to have been a lot of progress as far as episiotomies go, most of the other things in this book are still very relevant. I especially liked how she skewers the myth doctors often perpetuate about the increase in c-sections being driven by demand from mothers vs. by doctors. I felt fairly well-informed going into my wife's birth, but still wish I had come across this book earlier, and I'm really glad I read it now.(less)