Read this for a workplace initiative in creating a healthier workplace. The edition I read, first published in 2009, seems a little outdated. A secondRead this for a workplace initiative in creating a healthier workplace. The edition I read, first published in 2009, seems a little outdated. A second edition published in 2012 also is a little old. Overall some of the strategies and tips may still work. It's not like technology that gets old super fast. The book wasn't very applicable where I work, the book will work better in a corporation or small company setting. There was maybe one thing I said, oohh that's interesting. I skimmed and skipped many parts. Just gave a middle of the road rating as it wasn't great, nor bad. ...more
I read this book because of the portrayal what the future may look like. And it delivered. There was wearable clothing and contacts that connect you tI read this book because of the portrayal what the future may look like. And it delivered. There was wearable clothing and contacts that connect you to everything, as long as you know how to use it, as with any technology. When you are “wearing” you get an overlay information and graphics onto the real world, gain extremely easy access to the internet and communication (like silent text messaging), as well as let you be virtually anywhere. This future also had medical cures that brought people back from devastating diseases and nearly everything else. The main character was cured from Alzheimer and his skin and body was rejuvenated to a young man’s. Oh, and this future has self-driving cars that no one seems to own.
What I didn’t expect is the main plot based around something I deal with in my work at a university library, the clash between digital and print books and journals. Our protagonist Robert Gu stumbles into being involved with a group of old/new guys that tries to stop the destruction of REAL books in order to digitize them. The library in question was UC San Diego's Geisel Library. They had a huge vacuum that would suck in the books at an incredible speed, cut the books up like a tree shredder while digitizing at the same time. The pieces would then be seamed together by a program. Multiply library shreds would insure the loss rate was low. So yeah, how much do you destroy print for having online access?
The exploration of what our future could possibly look like was interesting, but much of the story was muddled by excessive futuristic jargon that it was difficult at times to really understand what exactly was going on, particularly during the high-action moments. Some of the technology was explained and much wasn’t. Since our main character Richard had “awoken” to this new world he had to learn how to “wear” and learn all about this new future world, so the plot device was there to tell the reader all about the technology, but it was poorly used and the reader is left confused.
The writing overall wasn’t all that great considering that it won many awards including a Hugo. Yeah it was interesting, but the poor writing got in the way of this being a really great story. I’m not even sure I would have finished the book if the plot wasn’t about saving the books from being destroyed. (view spoiler)[And sadly that was only delayed by a few days at most. (hide spoiler)]
A fun, humorous book written for kids. The title got me to check this out, yes from a library. It's about a young tomboy teen girl, Eleanor "PeeWee" wA fun, humorous book written for kids. The title got me to check this out, yes from a library. It's about a young tomboy teen girl, Eleanor "PeeWee" who tests the limits of what a woman can do in the pre-Jazz era, as she works on cars with her brother. After the local public librarian "checked out under the card catalog" a cohort of library school students show up in the small town to interview as her replacement. Since they come from wealthy families the fathers bribe the town council with library improvements if they just hire their daughters. The women decide to share the job, and pay, so the council doesn't have to decide which one is best. The second half of the book is about cars and a local race, so it's an odd mix of topics in this short book. It's an interesting tale for young girls to prove they can do whatever they want, which is definitely more evident today than in the 1910's.
To end, with the engraved gravestone of the old stuffy librarian:
Electra Dietz 1851-1912 Shhhhh Here lies the Librarian After years of service Tried and true Heaven stamped her Overdue
PS: There are some problems with book, the worst being the "historical" aspects were not accurate....more
This was much funnier than I expected, well I didn't expect any humor. It wasn't sustained well throughout. Very interesting story of this guy livingThis was much funnier than I expected, well I didn't expect any humor. It wasn't sustained well throughout. Very interesting story of this guy living with his illness, trying not to make his life about his illness. He names it Misty (maybe spelled wrong, since I listened to the audio book). He also confronts his belief, or not, in the Mormon church. There's lots of funny parts when he talks about trying to date.
Each chapter starts with a Dewey Decimal number and that subject classification. It gives you the title for the chapter. Then you have a little story about his job working in the public library. Then it get into his own personal story, his life growing up, dating, trying to have a child, dealing with his illness, and ways to stop all the ticks. One way is guitar, but what seemed to help him more was weightlifting. Not to give even more of his story away, but he does end up buying a kilt and joining in on the Scottish Highland games! That warmed my heart even more.