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The English Monster or The Melancholy Transactions of William Ablass
it was amazing
Murders, detectives, pirates, London history. What more could you look for in a novel? What's that you say? A touch of magical realism? Well, you're i ...more
Mar 2012
Feb 11, 2012
Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World
it was amazing
If you have any interest in how people find, digest and share information through old media, new media (who remembers new media?) or social media, the ...more
May 25, 2017
May 17, 2017
Programming Scala: Scalability = Functional Programming + Objects
it was ok
Gave up. Either Scala is too complex, this book is badly written or I'm a bit thick. This wasn't clarifying anything. I'm going back to Javascript.
Nov 02, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
Saving Bletchley Park: How #socialmedia saved the home of the WWII codebreakers
really liked it
Interesting and important story. COuld have done with a little more careful editing.
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 12, 2016
FinTech: The Beginner's Guide To Financial Technology
did not like it
One of the most badly-written books I have ever read. It's possible that the author had something useful or interesting to say, but it's hard to say g ...more
Sep 21, 2016
Sep 21, 2016
Penetration Testing with Perl
did not like it
I've been wanting to learn a bit about Penetration Testing for a while and as Perl is my programming language of choice this seemed like a great book ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
Tracing Your Ancestors' Parish Records: A Guide for Family and Local Historians
it was ok
This isn't a bad book. The problem is that its title doesn't match its contents.

I started to read it because I thought it would be a guide on how to t
Mar 29, 2018
not set
Mar 24, 2018
SEO Warrior
liked it
So, it turns out that reading a 2009 book on SEO in 2017 is a terrible idea. Only the very basics are still valid and, in particular, the available to ...more
Mar 13, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
Introducing Regular Expressions
liked it
Very slim introduction to regular expressions. I noticed a couple of errors that I'll report to O'Reilly. But if you want a quick read to get you up t ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
liked it
Re-reading a book that was a favourite over thirty years ago. And, to be honest, it was pretty disappointing. Who would have thought that a book set i ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Apr 16, 2016
I Should Know That: Great Britain: Everything You (and the Prime Minister) Really Should Know About GB
liked it
Some nice subtle humour in here, but I think that it might be too subtle and that people will take it seriously. If you look closely, it becomes obvio ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
Take Back the Skies (Tellus, #1)
liked it
I bought this as I saw Lucy Saxon speaking at a book festival and I was impressed with her. Unfortunately, although she is really impressive for her a ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
I Will Teach You to Be Rich
liked it
This would have been a lot better had I been thirty years younger and American.

As it is, I was far too old for any of this advice to be of any use to
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
it was ok
Not sure what I hated the most - the fact that the author seemed to be determined to reduce Hollywood's production to cut 'n' paste identical stories, ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
The Productive Programmer
liked it
I should make more of an effort to read books when I first buy them. This has been sitting unread on my bookshelf since 2008. A lot of the more genera ...more
May 10, 2017
May 04, 2017
HTML5 for Publishers
it was ok
Very short overview of three specific HTML5 features. It was only after I finished it that I realised it was quite a few years old. So, presumably, al ...more
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS
liked it
Not a bad book, I suppose. But I *so* wasn't part of the target audience. If you know next to nothing about building web pages then this could be a go ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
it was ok
I picked this up because I saw it in Foyle's SF & Fantasy section and there was a nice quote from Neil Gaiman on the cover. But it should have bee ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)
liked it
The major premise of this book (the asexual people who only come into heat once a month) is as interesting as it ever was. But the plot that Le Guin u ...more
Aug 16, 2016
Aug 17, 2016
The Martian
really liked it
So I read this and enjoyed it. But I really don't get why everyone is so excited about it. After a while, it all gets a bit repetitive - "Oh no, disas ...more
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 10, 2015
The Buried Giant
it was ok
I don't really understand why I didn't enjoy this more. I like a bit of Arthurian fantasy and I've enjoyed the couple of Ishiguro books that I've read ...more
Feb 18, 2016
Feb 11, 2016
Everything Belongs to the Future
liked it
Some interesting ideas, but I thought this should have either been shorter or a lot longer and going into a lot more detail.

At its current, novella, l
Apr 24, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
liked it
I enjoyed reading the book. The biographical stuff was interesting. But I felt that most of the conclusions she reached were rather stating the obviou ...more
Nov 19, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
it was amazing
Enjoyed this a lot. It's very light and silly, but involved many of my favourite things - mysterious bookshops, ancient organisations, technology and ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Learning Continuous Integration with Jenkins
it was ok
I will not read Packt books. I will not read Packt books. I will not read Packt books. I will not read Packt books. I will not read Packt books.
Jan 24, 2019
not set
Jan 22, 2019
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
liked it
I understand why people love the nostalgia in this book (although probably about a third of it referenced things I know nothing about), but that's abo ...more
Mar 02, 2017
Feb 12, 2017
Half a Crown (Small Change, #3)
it was amazing
The ending of this last book in the trilogy is slightly disappointing. But, all in all, this is a great trilogy that I would recommend to pretty much ...more
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 22, 2017
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users
liked it
Pretty basic stuff. I really wasn't the target audience. Picked up a couple of useful tips though.
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 27, 2015
Continuous Delivery with Docker and Jenkins: Delivering software at scale
it was ok
There's some useful and interesting stuff in here. The author obviously knows his stuff. But (as usual) it's let down by Packt's almost non-existent e ...more
Aug 08, 2018
not set
Jul 31, 2018
Forge Your Future with Open Source
really liked it
This was a beta copy. It had about four or five chapters missing. I'll revisit it later in the year.
Feb 08, 2018
Feb 06, 2018
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