This is the single best book I have seen or read about Java to date. Bloch, who has been involved in the development of the latest versions of the JavThis is the single best book I have seen or read about Java to date. Bloch, who has been involved in the development of the latest versions of the Java language and specification, does not teach how to write Java code; he teaches how to write GOOD Java code.
This is a MUST READ for anyone who plans to write more than a little bit of Java code. But not only that, it is fairly easy to read and rather interesting.
I had a few second thoughts after writing the review above, so I thought I'd better add two things. First, make sure you get the most recent edition of the book as there have been substantial changes. Second, this is not a beginner's book - you won't find "HelloWorld" here. Learn the Java basics first....more
A unique children's story told with a fascinating mix of pictures and words. The drawings are intricate works in black and white, which sometimes go oA unique children's story told with a fascinating mix of pictures and words. The drawings are intricate works in black and white, which sometimes go on for many pages as if animated. The text can fill multiple pages in a row at times, while other sections have only a few sentences sndwiched between several pages of images. The end result leaves the feeling of classic film-noir unfolding in the form of a child's chapter-book which can also appeal to adults....more
The author is a renowned expert on the psychology of choice, and the book as a lot of interesting studies, but as I read the book I realized why I'm nThe author is a renowned expert on the psychology of choice, and the book as a lot of interesting studies, but as I read the book I realized why I'm not really into this kind of psychology. The studies show a lot of interesting correlations, but the psycho-analysis that follows each study seems to me to be a lot of supposition stated as fact.
There are some really interesting conclusions that are implied by some of these studies. One point that sticks out in my mind is that the presidential election in 2000 may have had a totally different result just by randomly ordering the names on the Florida ballots. The author estimates that such order that was used would have favored Gore by 50,000 votes, while the election was decided by fewer than 1000 votes.
On the whole it was interesting, and there was a lot to be learned, but there was also a lot of psycho-babble and not enough information about the actual studies that were done to know whether the conclusions that were drawn were warranted....more
I read the title of this book and thought it was funny. I should have stopped there. Instead I took it with me to read on an airplane. It wasn’t longI read the title of this book and thought it was funny. I should have stopped there. Instead I took it with me to read on an airplane. It wasn’t long before I realized that the book should have been issued with a warning: “This book is known by the State of California to diminish intelligence in some readers.”
At this point I should disclose that I did not read the whole book. I did read perhaps 100 pages or so, at which time I decided that I really shouldn’t risk reading anymore. It is a lesson in all the classic categories of logical fallacies: hasty generalizations, unwarranted assumptions, straw men, begging the question, guilt by association. I could go on and on.
Buts what’s worse than the poor logic is the author’s arrogance. Consider this passage, describing the reception of his previous book from 1992, The Conservative Crack-Up: “In the New York Times Book Review, the book received a page-2 review, the Review’s silver medal for the week’s literary competition. To review the book, the Times’s [sic] editor chose a former Reagan speech writer, the conservative Peggy Noonan… Peggy’s sly disparagement validated another of my propositions about conservatives, namely: conservatives, particularly conservative writers, have remained marginalized by the political culture and left with only one expedient to stardom, which is to snipe at fellow conservative’s.”
Give. Me. A break.
(Seriously. Mr. Tyrell, even if you didn’t like her review, don’t use it as evidence to support your self-serving assumptions and vague generalizations. )
The book has a number of citations to other works and interviews. This is all fine and dandy, although sometimes the point of the citation is really unclear. (Do you really need to cite a source after saying Bush won a presidential election?) He also seems to think that the number of "scholarly" citations is a measure of the quality of a publication, and he actually at one point used the quantity of citations in his previous work to validate its quality. (Mr. Tyrell, quantity of citations is never more important than the quality of your argument).
I should say however the book is not entirely without merit. Tyrell has apparently worked closely with some key figures in the conservative movement. He has a very specific take on what that movement is and should be. You might like this book if you want to read someone’s personal history of spawning a new conservative movement with contemporaries of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. There is an interesting section on William of Buckley. But whatever you do, DON’T read it just because you think the title is funny. You are bound to be disappointed.
I grabbed this book to read on the airplane; I haven't read her other books. This apparently belongs to a series of books.
It was interesting enough tI grabbed this book to read on the airplane; I haven't read her other books. This apparently belongs to a series of books.
It was interesting enough to pass the time on a trip, but I wouldn't recommend anyone go out of their way to read it. It has a Da Vinci Code kind of feel to it with a little bit more mysticism, a lot more ESP, and a little less surprise. Not that Da Vinci code was surprising if you have read any of Dan Brown's other books, but I digress.
You might like this book if you like a somewhat adventurous story in a contemporary setting, you are willing to suspend your disbelief, AND you really need something to do to pass the time. You might not like this book if you are looking for a remotely plausible story, or if you expect a story to have clever twists and turns: there isn't much to this story that you won't find on the cover of the book....more
This mystery/crime drama touches on a number of interesting and controversial topics including immigration, death penalty, the "Innocence Project", thThis mystery/crime drama touches on a number of interesting and controversial topics including immigration, death penalty, the "Innocence Project", the war on drugs. It raises lots of questions about the equity (or lack of it) in the justice system, and how the system can be manipulated by both prosecution and defense.
A very interesting story that kept me thinking about not only about "who dunnit" but also about the cracks in the legal system. Those thoughts stuck with me for some time after I finished reading the book....more
A thoroughly fascinating book, told from the point of view of an alien parasite. The story is gripping, interesting, and unique from anything I have pA thoroughly fascinating book, told from the point of view of an alien parasite. The story is gripping, interesting, and unique from anything I have previously read.
Meyer has a tendency to treat Love as an all encompassing all or nothing emotion, to the exclusion of all other feelings, which to me seems a little one-dimensional. This book is no exception. But where the emotions are one-dimensional the relationships are not. The narrator must cope with sharing mind and body with her human host. There are a number complex relationships between her and the freedom fighters she joins, including the narrator and her host, the other aliens, and the human freedom fighters she joins.
You might like this story if you enjoy science fiction stories from a unique point of view, or if you like a story that explores complicated relationships. You might not like this story if you are bothered by sci-fi in general, but overall I think it is a great story....more
You MUST be in the mood for an allegory to enjoy this, but by and large it is one of the most original books I can remember reading. That said, appareYou MUST be in the mood for an allegory to enjoy this, but by and large it is one of the most original books I can remember reading. That said, apparently at least one author believes it to be a copy of his own work....more
I read the first chapter and it was disturbing enough to make me feel ill, but I thought that since the bad part was over I could then read the rest.I read the first chapter and it was disturbing enough to make me feel ill, but I thought that since the bad part was over I could then read the rest.
I was wrong. It was already flying pretty low, but it kind of took a nose dive at the "Gifted and Talented" competition when the competition became to design the perfect murder. A competition for Jr. High? Sponsored by a school? An actual, publicly sanctioned competition about murder? Give me a break.
That is when I decided that the author would include any plot twist, no matter how improbable, in an effort to make one of the sickest stories ever. With some success.
I quit reading a few chapters after that, about halfway through.
I don't actually know how it ends, but this is a really, really, really sad story. And violent. And disturbing. With all that, it could have been good, but as far as I can tell it had no redeeming value and I'm not willing to finish it to find out if that changes in the second half of the book.
Normally I don't put a star rating on stories I don't finish, but I think I read enough of this one. If I could give it zero, I would....more