Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption: 4. The movie adaptation was true enough that there wasn't much new here. Apt Pupil: 2. I love Nazis and stiRita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption: 4. The movie adaptation was true enough that there wasn't much new here. Apt Pupil: 2. I love Nazis and still couldn't get into this too much. Silly. The Body: 3. Like a shorter, worse It. Breathing Method: 1. What the hell was this?...more
I. The Langoliers -- silly and confused. Could have done without the ending. Suggestive of The Mist. II. Secret Window, Secret Garden -- authenticallyI. The Langoliers -- silly and confused. Could have done without the ending. Suggestive of The Mist. II. Secret Window, Secret Garden -- authentically creepy. Unlikely ending. Suggestive of The Shining. III. The Library Policeman -- mildly creepy, some inspired portions. Suggestive in parts of It. IV. Sun Dog -- bleh, pretty ridiculous. References Cujo and Needful Things.
nothing great, but worth reading on the treadmill....more
this book could have dialed back on the childlike whimsy and wonder, preferably replacing it with some cold hard technical facts. for someone who knowthis book could have dialed back on the childlike whimsy and wonder, preferably replacing it with some cold hard technical facts. for someone who knows absolutely nothing about internetworking, this is perhaps a good follow-on volume to Where Wizards Stay Up Late, but it's not even as good as that bit of pop computer science. and don't get pissy with us not letting you into the Dalles datacenter, blum! i've been in there. it's a bunch of machines. there are large transformers. dudes scuttle around with hard drives. you didn't miss anything, and it's very doubtful that letting random journalist Brooklyn-by-way-of-University of Toronto asshats roam our data centers like lost toddlers would "really give the public insight into and relief concerning Google's use of their data," unless the public has 20/20 vision into the heart of hard drives and distributed systems, which it decidedly does not.
in stylish notes, the cover was stupid, Andrew Blum found some of his similes so nice he repeated them twice, or thrice, and his picture annoyed me....more
really magnificent; there were indeed some swaths probably best cut, but awfully few of them for 1300 pages spanning five continents. at its best it rreally magnificent; there were indeed some swaths probably best cut, but awfully few of them for 1300 pages spanning five continents. at its best it read like the saner parts of Gravity's Rainbow, but with a Mailer touch. it moves incredibly quickly for the quality of the prose. people complaining about "mailer's psychobabble" as if it's a serious theory he's advancing are really missing the point behind Kittredge and her whole development. definitely recommended for anyone who liked Ellroy's American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand, as it uses some of the same historical figures (the Kennedys, Sam Giancana, Hoover, etc.) and motifs, but is on the whole much more a serious and coherent piece of fiction. i'm surprised it didn't get more Pulitzer flair....more
This is not "a revolutionary look at humanity's most murderous century" so much as a scattershot economic and military history of Eurasia, 1940-1945.This is not "a revolutionary look at humanity's most murderous century" so much as a scattershot economic and military history of Eurasia, 1940-1945. There's several places where Ferguson attacks other authors' claims, but targets rather dubious, second-rate literature--there's no great corrections to Shirer, or Trevor-Roper, or Beevor, or Tuchman, or any of the other accepted canon. These challenges furthermore regard "controversies" like to what depth Stalin had planed a preemptive invasion of Germany--great questions for a targeted history, but by no means a new synthesis of a war, let alone a century of war, let alone the socioeconomic, nationalist, racial and other drivers of those wars.
Whether Stalin and the NKO wargamed for a first strike westward seems anyway moot, unless their plan included the phrase "two thousand kilometers of fascist dogs non-stop whuppin' our asssssssssssssss along the unpaved road to Stalingrad" and was decorated in the margins with little Stukas strafing massed Soviet infantry. Even then, it's the Red Army under the Terror, so every corporal who studies the plan ends up shot within a week anyway.
It's war, and nazis, and strategic bombing, and bizarre ethnologists, and fairly well-written, so it's a pleasant enough read. It's not necessary, however, for even the most amateur historian of the Great Wars, and there's better introductions to the story.
I would have given it three stars, but there was a table somewhere in the 300s with a particularly egregious typo, which I now can't find. Apparently there wasn't room in 746 pages for an index of tables. THANKS NIALL FERGUSON PHD....more
totally unreadable. dialogue on the level of LaHaye and Jenkins's execrable Left Behind. they said this was the new tom clancy; this isn't even the ntotally unreadable. dialogue on the level of LaHaye and Jenkins's execrable Left Behind. they said this was the new tom clancy; this isn't even the new larry bond OOOOH SICK 90s TECHNOTHRILLER BURN. i will be giving this book away....more
Angrod son of Finarfin was the first of the Exiles to come to Menegroth, as messenger of his brother Finrod, and he spoke long with the King, tellingAngrod son of Finarfin was the first of the Exiles to come to Menegroth, as messenger of his brother Finrod, and he spoke long with the King, telling him of the deeds of the Noldor in the north, and of their numbers, and of the ordering of their force; but being true, and wisehearted, and thinking all griefs now forgiven, he spoke no word concerning the kinslaying, nor of the manner of the exile of the Noldor and the oath of Fëanor. King Thingol hearkened to the words of Angrod; and ere he went he said to him: "Thus shall you speak for me to those that sent you. In Hithlum the Noldor have leave to dwell, and in the highlands of Dorthonion, and in the lands east of Doriath that are empty and wild."
WHO CARES WHO CARES WHO CARES. i didn't tortuously reject Christianity at 14 to read this, augh.
immediately after finishing this, i found this picture of a german parachute bomb in someone's backyard:
and was like, "looking at that was better than reading the silmarillion." it's not even a particularly great picture.
i killed a fly in the bathroom with it, so i gave it a second star....more
richie ramirez was a dark, dark guy, and any book about him is going to be at least minimally interesting. that said, this had a lot of minor editingrichie ramirez was a dark, dark guy, and any book about him is going to be at least minimally interesting. that said, this had a lot of minor editing concerns (primarily swapping of names, especially when discussing richard's large hispanic family)--if Richard's father Julian had truly "aged twenty years" every time Carlo uses the phrase, he'd have been a hundred--and the third part (trial coverage) was exceedingly boring. i'm unsure how bugliosi managed to make trial coverage so exciting in Helter Skelter; no one else has done it nearly as well. discussion of richard's "trial groupies" (one of whom eventually married him on death row) was pretty interesting. i would have liked more comparison with Manson, given the similarities (southern California, multiple savage murders, psycho followers), and a brief discussion of the recent legal history of capital punishment in California would have been a nice inclusion, also....more