Friday, April 25, 2014
"Homeland" by Cory Doctorow

After reading Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" last month, I decided to read the sequel named "Homeland". It turned out to be a good idea.

For the first 3/4th of the book, what I would say is pretty much the same thing I said Doctorows_Homeland[1] about the first book. In terms of the style, the sequel is even more sloppily written than the first book, if that's possible. I would have been very happy reading far less about the burning man and other horribly stretched topics throughout the book. But the good ideas are still there.

But I feel that during the last 1/4th of the book, there's a slight shift in the mood and the direction. It feels like the ideas are finally properly cooked! The characters actions become more realistic, actually everything becomes a lot more realistic. The points are clearly made and the conclusion has a nice balance to it.

All in all, I think that I like "Homeland" better than "Little Brother"!

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Friday, April 18, 2014
"Tesla: Man Out of Time" by Margaret Cheney

A few days ago I finished re-reading Margaret Cheney's "Tesla: Man Out of Time". As if I hadn't experienced enough grief reading it the first time, I had to go and do it Tesla_Man_Out_of_Time[1] again. Well what can I say, the book really is worth reading over and over and over again.

I've done my fair share of Tesla reading, biographies and research and everything I've been able to get my hands on. And I can say, this is definitely the best written, most informative, most comprehensive biography of him I've ever come across. Where other books have a general tendency of focusing mostly on certain periods or aspects of Tesla's life, this book does a fine job bringing the pieces of the puzzle together. The book paints a much more realistic picture of Tesla's life, who he was, and what he was like in his personal life.

This of course means that when you read about all that this world did to him, you're going to experience an especially sharp pain in the soul.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
"Intelligence" Anyone?

Can somebody explain to me the connection between J. J. Abrams and the new CBS url[1] series "Intelligence"? Is there one?

I didn't really know much about the series [and apparently neither did anyone else in my circles] until just recently when I watched a few episodes. The series is created by "Michael Seitzman", and I can't find any kind of connection to J. J. Abrams. However when I watch the series, I can't help the feeling that I'm watching a J. J. Abrams series!!

The cast, which by the way is a brilliant assembly, includes actors/actresses who have a history of appearing in Abrams / Bad Robot productions. The plot is very Abrams-ish, and well.. I don't know how else to put it but the series just has the total Abrams feeling to it! It's just way too Abrams not to be an Abrams production! =P

So… what's up with that? Anyone has any theories? =P

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