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18 Dec 2016 (updated 18 Dec 2016 at 08:07 UTC) »

A Walk in the Woods




ISBN: 9780307279460
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I found this tale of Bill Bryson walking the Appalachian Trail (rather incompetently I must say) immensely entertaining. Well written, interesting, generally exaggerated, and leaving me with a desire to get out somewhere and walk some more. I'd strongly recommend this book to people who already care about bush walking, but have found other pursuits to occupy most of their spare time.

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Syndicated 2016-12-17 22:41:00 (Updated 2016-12-18 08:07:41) from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Leviathan Wakes




ISBN: 9780316129084
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I read this book based on the recommendation of Richard Jones, and its really really good. A little sci-fi, a little film noir, and very engaging. I also like that bad things happen to good people in the story -- its gritty and unclean enough to be believable.

I don't want to ruin the book for anyone, but I really enjoyed this and have already ordered the sequels. Oh, and there's a Netflix series based off these books that I'll now have to watch too.

Tags for this post: book james_sa_corey colonization space_travel mystery aliens first_contact
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Syndicated 2016-12-10 21:16:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Oryx and Crake




ISBN: 9780385721677
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I bought this book ages ago, on the recommendation of a friend (I don't remember who), but I only just got around to reading it. Its a hard book to read in places -- its not hopeful, or particularly fun, and its confronting in places -- especially the plot that revolves around child exploitation. There's very little to like about the future society that Atwood posits here, but perhaps that's the point.

Despite not being a happy fun story, the book made me think about things like genetic engineering in a way I didn't before and I think that's what Atwood was seeking to achieve. So I'd have to describe the book as a success.

Tags for this post: book margaret_atwood apocalypse genetic_engineering
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Syndicated 2016-05-27 03:07:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Potato Point

I went to Potato Point with the Scouts for a weekend wide game. Very nice location, apart from the ticks!

                                       

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High Output Management




ISBN: 9780679762881
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A reading group of managers at work has been reading this book, except for the last chapter which we were left to read by ourselves. Overall, the book is interesting and very readable. Its a little dated, being all excited with the invention of email and some unfortunate gender pronouns, but if you can get past those minor things there is a lot of wise advice here. I'm not sure I agree with 100% of it, but I do think the vast majority is of interest. A well written book that I'd recommend to new managers.

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