Couldn't get through it. I was very I interested in the story and, like many, played all the games from that era. What made me put it down was that ICouldn't get through it. I was very I interested in the story and, like many, played all the games from that era. What made me put it down was that I could jus not stand the lame, hackneyed "dialogue" and movie screenplay in waiting like pacing....more
As a longtime fan of both Godzilla and Kaiju in general, I was very excited to quickly snatch this book away from my fifth grade daughter to read firsAs a longtime fan of both Godzilla and Kaiju in general, I was very excited to quickly snatch this book away from my fifth grade daughter to read first when she brought it home from the school library.
For the most part, I enjoyed the book as it described the history of the franchise and the development of a global icon. The ridiculous nature of the plots, campy acting and famous rubber suited special effects are all described in detail and bring back great childhood memories, When I first saw the advertisements/posters for MechaGodzilla at the age of 8 I thought it was the coolest thing ever created by man!
The book loses me a little when the author insists on spending too much effort trying to describe the deeper meaning of Godzilla. Beyond the original Gojira and it's warnings of nuclear terror, I have a hard time connecting with the deeper lessons of Godzilla. It's B movie fun at it's very best and that is good enough for me.
The book also, at times, seems so focused on building up to the last bit of substance before the conclusion...the trashing and outright hatred of the 1998 Tri Star Godzilla movie. Ok, I get it. It wasn't your Godzilla...it was some rip off of Jurassic Park raptors, laid eggs and should never been killed by just a few missiles. And the movie decided to blame the French for nuclear testing instead of the US. Let it go...the movie was still fun. Besides, the Heisei series Godzilla often looked bloated and walked as if he were suffering from gout. A lighter speedier Godzilla was refreshing.
Overall, well worth it if you are a fan of stuntmen in rubber suits smashing model tanks or the modern CGI version....more
A very solid addition to the compendium of zombie literature. I really liked the idea of hiring someone to hunt down and "return" a loved one who hasA very solid addition to the compendium of zombie literature. I really liked the idea of hiring someone to hunt down and "return" a loved one who has become a zombie. Also, the use of turkey vultures as a natural early warning system of a zombie hoard is genius.
I found myself questioning the plot as to why you'd only send a few guys on this mission instead of an entire division...but heck...it is a zombie book. ...more
Ok...part of the problem I have with this book is me. I admit it. I found Gary Taubes's books so well written, Dr. Peter Attia's blog so full of detaiOk...part of the problem I have with this book is me. I admit it. I found Gary Taubes's books so well written, Dr. Peter Attia's blog so full of detailed information and Fat Head so enjoyable that everything else I read in this area I compare to those three. I'd recommend all three of those over Fat Chance.
Certainly he seems very much on point in terms of sugar and fructose. Very good information and well presented. Like others have said, I could do without the ranting/regulation stuff.
My big question with the book is simply this: If you identify insulin/leptin as the issue (which I would buy into) then how can you justify an unlimited amount (green "ad lib" in the food recommendations) of stuff like shredded wheat and whole grain bread? For what? A few grams of fiber? This concept would be counter to the thoughts of many others who target insulin spikes and production as the problem with obesity and other metabolic syndrome related diseases. If you are going to support the healthy whole grain line, I'd want to see a lot more data to support that idea than what was presented by Dr. Lustig....more
With the title "Death By Food Pyramid" and a statement such as "Warning: Shock and Outrage Will Grip You As You Dive Into This One-Of-A-Kind Expose" (With the title "Death By Food Pyramid" and a statement such as "Warning: Shock and Outrage Will Grip You As You Dive Into This One-Of-A-Kind Expose" (back cover) I was not expecting the book to unfold as it did.
The main strengths of this book are the details on the scientific method and types of studies (Chap 5), tips on how to evaluate your source (Chap 4) the history/politics behinds George McGovern and the Federal Governments intervention into the duets of Americans (Chap 3 titled, with the rather late night show mock headline "Amber Waves of Shame").
What I kept waiting to read was support for what the title led me to believe this book would be about, the assertion that the USDA Food Pyramid has increased the rate of death in Americans by increasing the prevalence of chronic diseases (heart diseases, diabetes etc.). The book never heads in this direction. Instead the focus is on the history of health research, the main players involved, some very good critical reviews of key studies and an overall tone of "one size does not fit all." And all that may be a fine book, but perhaps should have been titled "What We Know and What We Think We Know and What We Don't Know."
The health advice given in the concluding chapter certainly seems sound but nothing you haven't read in may other places (except perhaps this idea of eschewing muscle meat for "nose to tail"). ...more
Good...not great. The strength of Bartlett’s argument is that whether it is Keynesian or supply side economics the important thing to understand is thGood...not great. The strength of Bartlett’s argument is that whether it is Keynesian or supply side economics the important thing to understand is that these theories were developed to address the challenges of their era and are often misplaced when circumstances change. Much of the book describes the success and failures of these approaches. Keynesian success in the late 30's early 40's and failures in the 70's, supply side success in the 80's and failure in the 2000's are both discussed in detail
His final argument is for a VAT to address the problems of today. Importantly, he joins the growing ranks of economists that clearly state, whether they like it or not, that revenues must increase. The important debate is not about the need to government revenues to increase (and forget that whole "starve the beast" thing) but how to raise those revenues in the most growth oriented way.
Bartlett is not alone in recommending a VAT, but I wish he spent more time on the workings of a VAT and addressed the benefits and risk in greater detail. Since a VAT is the only solution he proposes in the book, I think it could have used a bit more fleshing out. ...more
In the Afterword which follows the novel and song lyrics, Peart tells about the inspiration for the story and the process of writing the novel with KeIn the Afterword which follows the novel and song lyrics, Peart tells about the inspiration for the story and the process of writing the novel with Kevin Anderson. Among others, he cites Voltaire, Joseph Conrad and Robertson Davies as having an impact on the plot and characters in the story. While I don't ever recall reading a Kevin Anderson novel, he seems to have been very successfull.
So all I could think was....what happened?
Clockwork Angels reads more like a poor youth fiction than a great coming of age story with an inventive sci-fi background. The dialog has that unfortunate attribute of sounding the same regardless of who is speaking. The character development is very thin, but it could still have worked if the dialog between the characters wasn't so trite. The story of the love affair gone bad which sends Owen from the carnival and eventually to the seven cities is probably the worst offender.
Peart's tale of reading the final draft left me even more confused. Did we read the same book? He says "the entire end section, from the wreckers out, felt like an emotional climax, not just a dramatic one."
Reading the book, I got the impression that this section was completely rushed (excuse the pun). As if the deadline for the book was fast approaching as the album was about to be released. Let's get things wrapped up and fast!
The album is excellent and I echo many of the others in saying I think it is some of the best Rush you'll ever hear. If this was their last studio effort, it would be a great capstone to their career. I am really looking forward to the show in October.
The book, however, could have been much better. ...more
Great Zombie book. You'd think the format would get boring after a while being journal entry after journal entry but this is not the case at all.
The oGreat Zombie book. You'd think the format would get boring after a while being journal entry after journal entry but this is not the case at all.
The only depressing thing is that I've come to realize how inept I would be in a world of zombies. I've been in sales all my life and those skills will be completely useless when the zombie plague hits.
Pilots = useful, military trained = useful, engineer = useful, medical = useful, institutional based medical sale professional = someone to distract the zombies while the other people do the important work (i.e. zombie bait)....more