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Dark Prophecy

Title: Dark Prophecy
Author: Anthony E. Zuiker
ISBN: 978-0-525-95185-8
Pages: 389
Format: hardcover
Started: ~2013-11
Finished: ~2013-11

[Short opinion coming soon…]

Year Zero

Title: Year Zero
Rating: 4
Author: Rob Reid
ISBN: 978-0-345-53448-4
Pages: 292
Format: ebook
Started: 2013-10-14
Finished: 2013-10-21

I happened to read about a 99-cent sale of this ebook on ArsTechnica.com. At that price, even if it was a flop it wouldn't be a serious loss. Turns out, it was more that worth it. Year Zero reminds me of the “Hitchhiker's Guide” books in terms of style. It pokes fun at copyright, lawyers, and the music industry, by not only imagining “what if aliens pirated the entirety of earth's recorded music?”, but by going one step further and asking “what if they wanted to come clean and pay for the fines?”. Even if I hadn't read it, and just glanced through it, I would definitely have bought this had I picked it up in a bookstore!

The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project
Rating: 4
Author: Graeme Simsion
ISBN: 978-4767-2908-4
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover
Started: 2013-10-13
Finished: 2013-10-13

This was a fun little read! What happens when a nerd turns to science as a means of finding a spouse? And what happens when he falls in love with a woman who doesn't fit the “scientific” criteria? A whole lot of humour, that's what! It reads easy and light, but well worth it for the entertainment.

Near-Death Experiences, the Rest of the Story

Title: Near-Death Experiences, the Rest of the Story
Rating: 2
Author: P.M.H. Atwater
ISBN: 978-1-60671-205-4
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Started: ~2013-09-29
Finished: 2013-10-12

I was disappointed by this book. I had hoped that it would be more useful, because it purports to be an observational analysis of near death experiences. Unfortunately, it also contains a bunch of unsubstantiated “New Age Hooplah”. As far as the observation goes, it does show that there are a lot of common elements in these experiences. But the hokum far outweighs the worth of the book. Don't bother taking it out of the library, and definitely don't buy it!

Steve Jobs

Title: Steve Jobs
Rating: 5
Author: Walter Isaacson
ISBN: 978-1-4516-4853-9
Pages: 627
Format: Hardcover
Started: ~2013-09-01
Finished: ~2013-09-29

I've known a little bit about Steve Jobs, but after reading this book (which my wife gave me as a gift), I'm surprised to find out just how driven and volatile the man was. Although he was a visionary, and managed to push some fantastic ideas into being, I have to say that I'm thoroughly and unpleasantly amazed at just how horrible he could be towards others. I have very strong mixed feelings after reading this book. There are some things about him that absolutely inspired me, and other things that are very much an example of how I do NOT want to be. It is definitely a powerful and moving book, and highly recommend reading it.


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