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on August 8, 2011
This book definitely has some interesting analysis in it - especially chapter 4 (Design Patterns), which provides a really great breakdown of different ways in which a search interface is used, and how a basic search box can be enhanced. But for someone with a technical and practical bent, focused on design and implementation, I found much of the book close to unreadable - long waffling treatises that say the obvious, and keep saying it in several different ways. If you look inside the book and click 'Surprise Me!' a few times, you'll get the idea from one of the pages that comes up.
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on February 15, 2014
I was disappointed with this book. While I did find a few nuggets of practical, actionable information, it seemed the author was at times more interested in exercising his creative writing muscles. Metaphor after metaphor, long ramblings, etc. combined to create a book length offering that could have been covered in a series of blog posts.
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on October 10, 2012
On the upside, the book shows a lot of real world examples to illustrate the authors' points. The problem is that most of the time, those points are convoluted and hard to understand. I think this book would benefit from a major revision in style.

Here's an example. I open the book and see "Personalization" - I scan through the text, skip an introductory paragraph who seems a bit irrelevant (Apple history etc), and jump right onto the topic:
"So, while it's a worthy ambition, personalization is a hard problem. This inconvenient truth is often obscured by semantics and spin. For starters, personalization is often confused with customization, a simpler model where (bla bla bla)" The paragraph makes up half of the chapter. Can you tell me what personalization is, instead of telling me what it is not? There are a lot of unnecessary chatter that prevented me from collecting the real nuggets. Too bad, as I know this book has plenty.
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