samskivert: book reviews

Herein lies a collection of dubious opinions on books:

  • Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - 11 Jun 2011
  • Death by Black Hole - 06 Feb 2010
  • Coders at Work - 22 Dec 2009
  • Out of Their Minds - 04 Dec 2009
  • 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You didn’t know - 08 Nov 2009
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor - 23 Sep 2009
  • The Logic of Life - 21 Sep 2009
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - 08 May 2009
  • The Labyrinth of Time - 05 Feb 2009
  • Kitchen - 24 Jan 2009
  • The Audacity of Hope - 21 Jan 2009
  • Letters to a Young Mathematician - 17 Jan 2009
  • The Rest is Noise - 16 Jan 2009
  • Effective Java (2nd Edition) - 12 Dec 2008
  • I Am a Strange Loop - 09 Nov 2008
  • A History of the World in 10½ Chapters - 08 Nov 2008
  • House of Meetings (3) - 24 May 2008
  • The God Delusion (3) - 01 Apr 2008
  • Beautiful Code (3) - 24 Jan 2008
  • Unknown Quantity (3) - 16 Nov 2007
  • Collapse (4) - 15 Sep 2007
  • The Road (3) - 06 Jun 2007
  • Excession (3) - 23 Mar 2007
  • The Timeless Way of Building (3) - 30 Jan 2007
  • The American West (3) - 02 Jan 2007
  • Blood Meridian (3) - 09 Dec 2006
  • Java Puzzlers (3) - 05 Nov 2006
  • Holy Fire (3) - 01 Oct 2006
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (3) - 14 Aug 2006
  • Lamb (3) - 05 Jul 2006
  • Rainbows End (3) - 12 Jun 2006
  • Shopgirl (3) - 04 Jun 2006
  • Blink (3) - 31 May 2006
  • Gates of Fire (3) - 29 Mar 2006
  • The Blank Slate (4) - 05 Mar 2006
  • Game Design Theory and Practice (2) - 29 Dec 2005
  • Freakonomics (3) - 24 Dec 2005
  • Influence (3) - 15 Dec 2005
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (3) - 21 Nov 2005
  • The Woman in the Dunes (3) - 18 Nov 2005
  • Teranesia (2) - 15 Nov 2005
  • The Forever War (2) - 12 Nov 2005
  • Letters to a Young Poet (3) - 11 Nov 2005
  • Roughing It (3) - 30 Oct 2005
  • The Birth of the Mind (3) - 29 Sep 2005
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (3) - 23 Sep 2005
  • Mutants (3) - 15 Sep 2005
  • Grand Central Winter (3) - 05 Sep 2005
  • The Best Software Writing I (2) - 16 Aug 2005
  • Innocents Abroad (3) - 09 Aug 2005
  • Conquest of Happiness (2) - 02 Jul 2005
  • The Prince and the Pauper (3) - 18 Jun 2005
  • The Story of My Life (3) - 12 Jun 2005
  • Kafka on the Shore (3) - 07 Jun 2005
  • Everything is Illuminated (3) - 07 May 2005
  • The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (2) - 03 May 2005
  • The Ancestor’s Tale (3) - 24 Apr 2005
  • The Old Patagonia Express (3) - 19 Mar 2005
  • Falling Leaves (2) - 13 Jan 2005
  • A Stranger in a Strange Land (3) - 04 Jan 2005
  • The Great Unraveling (3) - 31 Dec 2004
  • A Theory of Fun (2) - 27 Dec 2004
  • Creativity (2) - 25 Dec 2004
  • Light (2) - 10 Nov 2004
  • Visual Intelligence (3) - 18 Oct 2004
  • Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box (3) - 30 Sep 2004
  • Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (3) - 08 Sep 2004
  • The Society of Mind (3) - 05 Aug 2004
  • The Age of Reason – Jean-Paul Sartre (3) - 08 Jul 2004
  • Words and Rules – Steven Pinker (3) - 11 Jun 2004
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (3) - 27 May 2004
  • Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond (4) - 16 May 2004
  • Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins (3) - 23 Apr 2004
  • Core Technologies & Algorithms in Game Programming – Daniel Sanchez-Crespo Dalmau (2) - 20 Apr 2004
  • The Peace War – Vernor Vinge (2) - 09 Apr 2004
  • Nihongo Notes 4 – Osamu Mizutani (3) - 25 Mar 2004
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (3) - 03 Mar 2004
  • Nihongo Notes 3 – Osamu Mizutani (3) - 01 Mar 2004
  • A Personal Matter – Kenzaburo Oë (3) - 23 Feb 2004
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (3) - 09 Feb 2004
  • Eugine Onegin – Alexander Pushkin (4) - 15 Jan 2004
  • After the Quake – Haruki Murakami (3) - 31 Dec 2003
  • Nihongo Notes 2 – Osamu Mizutani (3) - 29 Dec 2003
  • Le Ton beau de Marot – Douglas Hofstadter (3) - 26 Dec 2003
  • Read Japanese Today – Len Walsh (3) - 04 Dec 2003
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver (4) - 11 Nov 2003
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (4) - 08 Nov 2003
  • Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger (4) - 18 Oct 2003
  • Making Sense of Japanese – Jay Rubin (3) - 12 Oct 2003
  • Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami (3) - 09 Oct 2003
  • Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words – Jay Rubin (3) - 28 Sep 2003
  • Altered Carbon – Richard K. Morgan (3) - 21 Sep 2003
  • Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America – Jane Powers (3) - 15 Sep 2003
  • The Elephant Vanishes – Haruki Murakami (3) - 12 Sep 2003
  • Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers – Leonard Koren (3) - 06 Sep 2003
  • Linux Server Hacks – Rob Flickenger (2) - 12 Aug 2003
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami (3) - 04 Jul 2003
  • Google Hacks – Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest (2) - 20 Jun 2003
  • Secret Rendezvous – Kobo Abe (3) - 07 Jun 2003
  • Flatterland – Ian Stewart (3) - 25 May 2003
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel (3) - 14 May 2003
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami (4) - 15 Apr 2003
  • Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami (3) - 29 Mar 2003
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami (4) - 16 Mar 2003
  • The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster (4) - 16 Feb 2003
  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Cory Doctorow (3) - 02 Feb 2003
  • A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami (4) - 29 Jan 2003
  • Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (3) - 12 Dec 2002
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur S. Golden (3) - 19 Oct 2002
  • Girlfriend 44 – Mark Barrowcliffe (3) - 08 Sep 2002
  • Shockwave Rider – John Brunner (3) - 29 Aug 2002
  • The Ethical Slut – Dossie Easton, Catherine A. Liszt (3) - 10 Aug 2002
  • Engines of Creation – C. Eric Drexler (3) - 02 Aug 2002
  • Quarantine – Greg Egan (3) - 13 Jul 2002
  • True Names – Vernor Vinge, etc. (3) - 08 Jul 2002
  • Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes (3) - 04 Jul 2002
  • River Town – Peter Hessler (3) - 01 Jul 2002
  • The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester (3) - 23 Jun 2002
  • The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson (3) - 15 Jun 2002
  • The Game Players of Titan – Philip K. Dick (3) - 08 Jun 2002
  • Go To – Steve Lohr (3) - 22 May 2002
  • Permutation City – Greg Egan (3) - 03 May 2002
  • Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card (3) - 28 Jan 2002
  • Six Not So Easy Pieces – Richard Feynman (3) - 23 Jan 2002
  • Naked – David Sedaris (3) - 19 Jan 2002
  • Relativity – Albert Einstein (2) - 12 Jan 2002
  • Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos (2) - 06 Jan 2002
  • Something Like an Autobiography – Akira Kurosawa (3) - 23 Dec 2001
  • Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand (3) - 13 Dec 2001
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove – Christopher Moore (3) - 15 Sep 2001
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams (3) - 14 Aug 2001
  • A Deepness in the Sky – Vernor Vinge (2) - 21 Jul 2001
  • The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell (3) - 16 Jul 2001
  • Last Chance To See – Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (3) - 18 Jun 2001
  • Feynman Lectures on Computation – Richard P. Feynman (3) - 11 Jun 2001
  • Flatland – Edwin A. Abbot (3) - 05 Jun 2001
  • Ecstasy Club – Douglas Rushkoff (2) - 25 May 2001
  • A Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi (3) - 14 May 2001
  • The Man In The High Castle – Philip K. Dick (3) - 08 May 2001
  • The Dancing Wu Li Masters – Gary Zukav (1) - 02 May 2001
  • Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany (2) - 30 Apr 2001
  • Arcadia – Tom Stoppard (3) - 05 Apr 2001
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (4) - 31 Jan 2001
  • The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (3) - 24 Jan 2001
  • The Classic Tradition of Haiku – Faubion Bowers (3) - 21 Jan 2001
  • The Accidental Theorist – Paul Krugman (3) - 15 Jan 2001
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe (3) - 10 Jan 2001
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (3) - 05 Jan 2001
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (3) - 03 Jan 2001
  • Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce (N/A) - 02 Jan 2001
  • The Evolution of Useful Things – Henry Petroski (N/A) - 01 Jan 2001
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick (3) - 28 Dec 2000
  • Free Play – Stephen Nachmanovitch (3) - 26 Dec 2000
  • Like Shaking Hands with God – Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer (3) - 15 Dec 2000
  • Practical Java – Peter Haggar (3) - 08 Dec 2000
  • The Elements of Style – Strunk and White (4) - 03 Dec 2000
  • The Inner Game of Tennis – W. Timothy Gallwey (4) - 01 Dec 2000
  • Tuva or Bust! – Ralph Leighton (3) - 25 Oct 2000
  • Journey through Genius – Willian Dunham (3) - 14 Oct 2000
  • Diaspora – Greg Egan (4) - 20 Sep 2000
  • Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov (2) - 13 Sep 2000
  • Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov (2) - 02 Sep 2000
  • Foundation – Isaac Asimov (2) - 22 Aug 2000
  • Reinventing Comics – Scott McCloud (3) - 11 Aug 2000
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert Heinlein (3) - 03 Aug 2000
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Benjamin Franklin (3) - 24 Jul 2000
  • A Fire Upon the Deep – Vernor Vinge (3) - 07 Jul 2000
  • Money – Martin Amis (3) - 19 Jun 2000
  • Othello – William Shakespeare (3) - 15 May 2000
  • The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac (3) - 29 Apr 2000
  • Takes of Ordinary Madness – Charles Bukowski (3) - 17 Apr 2000
  • The Design of Everyday Things – Donald A. Norman (3) - 03 Mar 2000
  • The Fabulous Riverboat – Phillip Jose Farmer (2) - 25 Nov 1999
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Phillip Jose Farmer (3) - 06 Sep 1999
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