Category Archives: Books & Reviews

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Stieg Larsson died soon after finishing the Millennium Trilogy. The end of Lisbeth Salander or Mikael Blomqvist was a sad certainty. When I heard this novel, I dismissed it as a knock-off. One day, Kid mentioned the book. Seriously? It … Continue reading

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Getting to know Carole King, again.

I have never heard of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. But I knew many songs they wrote, and I bet you too. This is the bane of pop composers, people only knew the songs or singers, but not the song … Continue reading

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I Belonged to You

Back in 2012, a Chinese conglomorate acquired the AMC theaters. Dalian Wanda (大連萬達)group became the world’s largest cinema chain. Most of us have been oblivious on this event and went our merry ways watching movies, or whatever. Then, one day, … Continue reading

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Samaria Trilogy

Kid recommended #2 of this series. I have the general practice of always start the series from #1. So I ended up reading all three. Technically, Sharon Shinn has 5 books based on the Samaria settings. Unlike myself, readers should … Continue reading

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Managing Creativity

As I mature into management, I read less and less books about them. Most discuss a vigorous process which requires a transformation of the whole company. I don’t know any CEO who has such conviction; I am not one anyway. … Continue reading

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The Passage Trilogy

Finally, the third and final book is here. You may start now. Get all three and brew a nice pot of coffee. It is about a girl who saved the world. In not so distant future, an obssessive scientist discovered … Continue reading

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Jack Reacher: Persuader

I read fictions only from the library. I figured the good ones will eventually work their way into the system. The popular one all have long waiting lists. I would request them, and patiently waited my turn, sometimes for months. … Continue reading

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Red Rising Trilogy

In the distant future, Luna colony rebelled and ruled the Solar system. They abandoned the concept of “all men are created equal” and created a genetic caste system: the Gold would be on the top of the pyramid to rule, … Continue reading

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All about booze

Really. Why do some people cannot hold their liquor and others cannot get drunk? Exactly what are the effective ways to deal with hangovers? Adam Rogers attempted to find the answers of these, and many more regarding alcoholic drinks. I … Continue reading

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Time to Hunt

I enjoyed “Point of Impact” which was the base for the movie Shooter. So I read the next one in the series: Black Light. It was OK and I grew a bit tired of Bob Lee Swagger. As I had … Continue reading

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