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Couple of book reviews

I’ve been reading quite a bit lately, but with a new job and tons of other things; writing reviews hasn’t kept up. Here are a couple of quick reviews of recent reads. More later. Game Change John Heilemann and Mark Halperin A great inside look at all aspects of the 2008 US Presidential election. It […]

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

Decided to give the Dresden Files series a try based on the recommendation of friends. It’s a fantasy series, only set in modern Chicago. The main character, Harry Dresden, is a wizard, master of spells and deals with demons and the like. I’ve always been interested in what a fantasy story in the modern setting […]

India: A History by John Keay

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Book Review: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Petersen

I read this book about a month ago. Off the bat I can tell you that Bryan Peterson is an amazing writer, and when it comes to teaching photography technique, I’ve not read a better author (I highly recommend his other book as well, titled “Learning to see creatively”). I wanted to wait till I’d […]

Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson

One the one hand, I’d say Great Britain owes Bill Bryson a ton for this amazing book and travelogue across Britain. On the other, the book is so well written that it’s a toss up to say whether an actual trip would be more enjoyable. Kidding, of course, but not too much. Bryson captures more […]

Intelligent Design on Trial

Recently saw this PBS production detailing the landmark Dover trial in which evolution and intelligent design battled each other. A really well-made documentary, and a fascinating story both for the human and legal interest. Convincing a conservative judge appointed by George Bush to rule that Intelligent Design is not science and shouldn’t be taught in […]

The Joiner King by Troy Denning

I picked up a Star Wars book after a long time. This is the first book of the Dark Nest Trilogy, set after the completion of The New Jedi Order series. A new species is starting to colonize the Galaxy, near the borders of Chiss space – a species with a collective mind. A collective […]

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book is actually statistics explained in layman’s language, and how it applies to our daily lives. It’s actually less about the mathematical parts of statistics, and much more about the hidden assumptions and surprising results that are counter-intuitive but built-in to statistics – what we perceive as success may be pure luck, or vice […]

The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

Al Gore, one of the most lucid American political commentators I have read, explains clearly and persuasively why he thinks American democracy is going downhill and is in dire need of a shot in the arm. His main arguments are – the overwhelming influence of the television media, leading to a sudden decrease in citizen […]

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards

This book is a novel about a doctor who delivers his wife’s twins himself, but decides to give away the girl because she has Down’s syndrome. The doctor’s nurse takes the girl away and raises her on her own. The writing is excellent, I enjoyed that independently of the plot. My tastes have changed slightly […]