Interesting book, but I think a little wordy for me. I wonder if it wouldn't have been better as two'ish books.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and itInteresting book, but I think a little wordy for me. I wonder if it wouldn't have been better as two'ish books.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and it kept me turning in the pages and I felt it was well written and seemed to make sense (and didn't make me want to yell at the book, which is always a good thing), but still it seemed to just be a little wordy... does that make sense?
Also it's pretty "right." If you're more of a left kind of leaning person, not sure if you'd like this book.
Anyway, if you like military science fiction, you might want to check out this book...more
Great first book. Given how close (well close'ish) I am to the basic tech, I wonder how a non-techie would handle it? Also while the tech was very souGreat first book. Given how close (well close'ish) I am to the basic tech, I wonder how a non-techie would handle it? Also while the tech was very sound (as it should be given the author ;) I wonder at the action part. I'm not going to spoil it, but I think there would be more of an emotional impact from some of the actions taken. Normal people don't do that and not feel major emotions. Heck trained professionals don't do that and not feel the emotional impact...
Still if you like tech action adventure pick this up...
PS. I did have to chuckle at the Osama segment. I bet Mark was kicking himself when the truth of his location came out... ...more
I don't read steampunk all that often, but I thought this book and plot interesting and it kept me turning the pages (and buying the others in the serI don't read steampunk all that often, but I thought this book and plot interesting and it kept me turning the pages (and buying the others in the series :)....more
I'm not sure if this is book #2 or #3 in the series. Here it says it's #2, but on Amazon there's a reference that this is #3.
In any case, reading thisI'm not sure if this is book #2 or #3 in the series. Here it says it's #2, but on Amazon there's a reference that this is #3.
In any case, reading this as #2 in the series still worked for me. It's fairly stand-alone and I don't think you'd be lost if you even started with this one (but make sure you catch #1).
Besides steampunk it's as much alternate history (with zombies) as anything. If you wonder what a 20 year civil war might have done to us (mixed in with a drug that will turn you into a zombie if you do it too long), check out this series......more
Interesting book and one that has actually held up well. Given when it was written and then published (a decade+ apart and originally typed, yes, on pInteresting book and one that has actually held up well. Given when it was written and then published (a decade+ apart and originally typed, yes, on paper...) the story doesn't really feel all that dated, which is amazing given how fast tech has moved since then.
And the NSA part is really pretty weird, again given what was revealed this past year....more
Lots of action, but I messed up and started this series with this book, the middle book and not the first, so I was really kind of lost. Yet even withLots of action, but I messed up and started this series with this book, the middle book and not the first, so I was really kind of lost. Yet even with that the story kept me turning the pages......more
Nothing more needs to be said, if you've read the first in this series, read the rest. If space based combat in science fiction makes you crazy becausNothing more needs to be said, if you've read the first in this series, read the rest. If space based combat in science fiction makes you crazy because it doesn't take reality into consideration (is that an oxymoronic statement?) then read this series....more
In my usual review style, I'm going to give you my impressions, feelings and thoughts about the book. I'm not going to give you chapter-by-chapter blow-by. That you can get from other reviews and by visiting the book's site...
So let's get started then!
I received the eBook on Thursday and two train rides later I was done. The book has 126 pages, but the first part (ToC, author and reviewer notes, etc) and the index at the end take a percentage of those. That just means the rest is more like condensed soup that just needs your brain juices to reconstitute (hum... not sure where I'm going with that... but it sounded kind of cool...lol). Anyway, I pretty much couldn't put it down.
This book isn't for LINQPad Ninja's. It's not really for LINQ Ninja's either.
It's perfect for those that might not be using LINQ as well as they think they should be. It's perfect for those who think they might not be using LINQPad as effectively as they could. If you're anything like me, doc's and help are a last resort. We install the app and just start clicking. If we can get it doing something, well, we're good. This means through that many times we miss features or don't use the app as well as we could be. This book will help you if you use LINQPad like that...
But more importantly, this book is a great tutorial on LINQ. It's like learning LINQ with LINQPad added as extra flavoring. That said, if you're 100% new to LINQ, I'd get a broader book. But if you're using LINQ a little, or know one or two tricks, this book is a great way to expand your existing LINQ knowledge.
I'm gushing aren't I?
Well when I read a book on one day and use what I've read the next to help me solve a problem and save a number of lines of code... well, that causes me to gush a little.
Oh it's not perfect. There's a couple tip sections repeated. The focus on Linq to SQL, while the linq stuff is great and seeing it work in the utility is really cool, it might give the impression that Linq to SQL is something you should use in your app's. Personally, I wouldn't. It's not that the tech is bad, it's just the tech is dead. Linq to SQL has about zero future.
I'd liked to have seen the "other data sources" expanded on.
But in those two chapters, there's Linq learning going on, and I wouldn't skip them, even if you don't use that tech.
If you're a LINQ Jedi or your already live in LINQPad, this book might not be for you. Think of this book as a 200 Linq & LINQPad class. So if you're already a 300, 400, 500, then, well you get the picture)
If you're looking for a book to help you improve your existing Linq knowledge, to expand beyond a limited/working use, check out this book.
If you're looking to better use the awesome that is LINQPad, check out this book.
Would I recommend this book to a friend or co-worker, knowing they'd have to pay for it? I think I've been doing just that above... :)
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