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The Frozen Sky
The Frozen Sky

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Claustrophobic, June 23, 2011
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The main feeling while reading this book was a sense of oppression and lack of air. Jumping in time from one to another situation, I found the story somewhat difficult to follow. Vonnie, the main character, is locked in a survival fight against the iced Europa's tentacular creatures. Hieroglyphics carved in the ice tell in the end about the struggled and violent existence of these creatures against the many and already sustained explorative missions by other species (humans included).


The Wall Street Money Machine (Kindle Single)
The Wall Street Money Machine (Kindle Single)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Easy, May 29, 2011
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Despite the complex dynamics involved in the recent financial collapse, the Pulitzer winning investigation presented in this single is easy to follow and understand.
The 'bad guy' in this story is the 'CDO - collateralized debt obligation', a box full of commitments to pay, i.e., mortgages. The banks created, sold and bought loads and loads of CDOs, unfortunately many of them made up from loans given to people who could not pay back. The all system started to crumble when nobody wanted to buy this latter and riskiest (toxic) portion of the CDOs. The banks then began to buy their own toxic CDOs exposing themselves to a huge risk of not getting back the enormous amount of money they lent. We all know that what was a risk is now a certainty since from all over the world banks have lost their (or better, our) money.
Only few 'smart' individuals earned from this disaster, those who insured themselves against such a risk. Once the toxic CDOs defaulted the insurance companies had to pay them back.
--- The single is full of the names of the people who made this possible, it is very interesting to see their faces and learn what they are doing now.
--- You can find all the articles collected in this single free of charge in ProPublica's website, but this is really the case in which is more than worth to buy it.


Into the Forbidden Zone: A Trip Through Hell and High Water in Post-Earthquake Japan (Kindle Single)
Into the Forbidden Zone: A Trip Through Hell and High Water in Post-Earthquake Japan (Kindle Single)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something different than I thought, May 27, 2011
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I had greater expectations from this single. Considering the extreme actuality of the topic, I expected that this trip would have brought me into the places and people of the hot zone, but I also thought to find some insights on the politics and recent international talks about the future of nuclear power production. Instead, I mainly found a dairy of short trips through the zones hit by the earthquake and tsunami with a sometime repeated account of the way the local people are considering and adjusting to the after disaster. It must be my original fault, but I expected something different.


Aftershock: The Blast That Shook Psycho Platoon (Kindle Single)
Aftershock: The Blast That Shook Psycho Platoon (Kindle Single)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ProPublica Excellent, May 27, 2011
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This is a great piece of journalism. You learn about the serious and dramatic effects of the so called 'mild' injuries of war. The explosion wave of a bomb blast or the extreme fatigue and horror of combat can severely affect soldiers' life even when they come back home with no apparent wounds. Read it.


Before the Swarm (Kindle Single)
Before the Swarm (Kindle Single)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovery, April 28, 2011
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I 'met' Mark Moffett in this single for the first time. It has been a rewarding finding for a man like me who has little in common with him. It might be that one day, for example, I act less precociously and more boldly thanks to him!


Hydrofracked? One Man's Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling (Kindle Single)
Hydrofracked? One Man's Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling (Kindle Single)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, April 28, 2011
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It is very well written, easy to follow and informative. Do not expect to find technical information, rather a chronological track of how the never-ending quest for energy dooms itself and all those people on its way. Thank you to Louis Meeks and ProPublica.


The Perfect Host
The Perfect Host
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different end, February 21, 2011
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Reading this book is like walking in circle around an undefined center. Each chapter is like a sudden pull toward this center looking through the eyes of each character telling the story in first person. In a chapter named after him, the author himself pops in to explain how he ended up writing this book. Finally, the 'creature' at the center of the 'circle' tells you how the overall story of looking for a perfect host makes sense (obviously, in its dedicated chapter). The genesis of the story is certainly original, however the supposed existence of such a creature is not as much.


The Happiness Manifesto (Kindle Single) (TED Books)
The Happiness Manifesto (Kindle Single) (TED Books)
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HPI instead of GDP, February 15, 2011
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The Happiness Manifesto is written very well. It addresses complex topics, such as sustainable growth and people well-being, in a colloquial way. However, there are two main issues which make me skeptical about the feasibility of government policies based on using the Happy Planet Index (HPI) instead of the well known GDP. The first issue is the assumption that at the bases of human beings there is a positive drive, which is yet to be proven (I would say that facts are substantially suggesting the opposite). The second issue comes from an examination of the 2009 HPI country ranking where, for example, Egypt scores 60.3 and the USA 30.7 (a better score is indicative of a better performance). The poor performance of the USA is due to its unsustainable lifestyle, but how can the recent events in Egypt explain a score of 60.3?
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The Accidental Time Machine
The Accidental Time Machine
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice idea with a lousy end, February 12, 2011
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The key idea of this book is appealing especially for those who went through some academic research (a mistakenly built piece of equipment which turns out to be a time machine). However the story feels like loosing the point sometimes with a much worse abrupt end written to cut short an otherwise good book.


MetaGame
MetaGame
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-bodied, February 12, 2011
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Marked by clear concepts and a well planned plot, this is a book rich of flavours. A society in the future is playing a Game governed by a computerized OverSoul. Players are logged-in in virtual worlds projected by nanocomponents. D_Lights is a good player called to take part to a MetaGame half virtual and half real. There he falls in love with Lily a beautiful product in a sequel of events and encounters. With many original ideas, this book is really worth a read.


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