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Being from Minneapolis, it was interesting to read about an Englishman's misinterpretation of the Twin Cities, but the satire could have taken place aBeing from Minneapolis, it was interesting to read about an Englishman's misinterpretation of the Twin Cities, but the satire could have taken place anywhere.
Not sure it lived up to it's title, particularly the "And What It Means", and not sure they showed that everything is connected to everything else. BuNot sure it lived up to it's title, particularly the "And What It Means", and not sure they showed that everything is connected to everything else. But that was probably what the publisher came up with.
This is a 10,000 foot view of the topic. Not enough that you could do anything on it on your own, but enough to let you know if you would be interested enough to dig deeper. And, while I think there are references to other texts that one can read to be able to dig deeper, it is not very clear.
For example, he has several pages of notes at the end, but no visible tie in the regular text to indicate they are there. And, while it looks like there are other text cited in these notes, it is not obvious--you need to dig. In a future revision, I would suggest creating a "Further Reading" section.
But it was more helpful than Freakonomics, in that Linked actually discussed how they did their research. (Freakonomics was a fun read, but there was not, that I could determine, any way to find new/different relationships, similar to what is amusingly discussed in the books, nor did they discuss how they found the odd relationships--they only discussed what they found.)
I thought Linked dropped off in the last third or so. The first two thirds discussed their findings on scale-free networks and how they applied to the Internet and people. But then he applied it to other areas, and I didn't see the point (i.e. the "What it means"). Whereas how it applied to the Internet and people, still not sure what it means, but it was more interesting. I guess I might just be slow. ;) ...more
I liked the world that Me. Edelman created. But not so sure the characters were much more than 1 dimensional. Certainly none of them went through anyI liked the world that Me. Edelman created. But not so sure the characters were much more than 1 dimensional. Certainly none of them went through any kind of character development or arc. They are they way they are and they didn't change. The lead character was an alpha male, and I really hate reading about alpha males, unless they get their come-uppance. And that didn't happen in this book, but because it is a trilogy, it may. However, from reading Mr. Edelman's bio, it sounds like Natch might be too much like Mr. Edelman, and so that probably won't happen.
Still, the world envisioned is interesting enough to carry the book. And although I went into it knowing it was a trilogy, it ended rather lukewarm. Not really ending the story, but not generating enough interest that I had to go out and read the next volume. I will probably get to it next year.