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I am a huge Barabara Kingsolver fan, and her latest did not disappoint. Monarch butterflies (and their wayward migration) provide the background of the story that revolves around a young woman, her family and her unfulfilled ambitions. I was unable to put it down. Thanks, Ms Kingsolver....Read more
I just bought the 901XT to replace my Forerunner 3 series. I use this watch only for running. This is a a much better watch than the 3 series Garmin for the following reasons:
1. Satellite connection is super fast; I had to wait for 3-5 minutes in the 3 series, and this one barely takes a few seconds each time. Huge improvement.
2. It's much lighter and although not as compact as a wrist watch, is not bulky and unwieldy like its previous generation cousin.
3. I use the virtual pacer (VP) extensively, and setting the pace on the VP is much easier and faster in this version.
4. The buttons are better - broader and more "clickable".
5. Switching on the back light is much easier (just tap twice on the watch).
All in all, I am extremely satisfied. Thanks, Garmin.
Hydration has been a big problem for me for any distance greater than 5 km, and so my only solution was to keep a water bottle near the gates of my apartment and then keep running around the block. This Camelbak has finally released me from the confines of my neighbourhood. I can no longer feel the weight of the fluid and thankfully, there is more than enough space for gels, keys and other small items. Awesome innovation. Thanks a lot, Camelbak!...Read more
This a really darn good book about the Old Republic. The beginning is a little bit slow, but the middle and end are great. There, however, are some flaws in the book.
A) The author keeps referring to some of the light saber forms by their number. Seriously? Use the stupid terms! I had absolutely no idea the the third form was Vapad until he mentioned it briefly at the end of the book.
B) The beginning scene with Lord Kaan has absolutely nothing to do with the book. Useless five pages.
C) Someone tell the author Darth Revan became a JEDI
D)The formatting was all messed up.
Otherwise it is a REALLY good book. If you are a Star wars reader, then I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to you. Even if you hate star wars, this book will want to make you a serious Force junkie.
I had not read a book on philosophy for many years, and bought this book after reading a newspaper review. Most books on philosophy can get boring, abstruse and repetitive. Philosophers appear to enjoy long sentences and complex logic. This book by Rowlands is exactly the opposite. The book is about the relationship between the author and his pet wolf, and his philosophical musings almost seem like an afterthought. I will not bore you with what Rowland's view on life is, but suffice it to say that it is well worth a read....Read more
If you are new to EvPsy, then this book is quite useful and informative. However, if you seek philosophical debates and analyses in this controversial field, you will be disappointed. I liked the book a lot because while I have read a lot on Darwinian evolution, evolutionary psychology is a a new subject for me....Read more
I loved Zafon's earlier novel "Shadow of the Wind", and bought this one with high expectations. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a damp squib. The storyline is weak, the writing insipid, and the plot is riddled with innumerable loopholes. The Prince of Mist is a ghost that, for reasons unexplained, chooses to make his appearance when the protagonist's family appears in the town. And someone is murdered (I don't want to spoil the fun just in case you have made the mistake of purchasing the book) after a lot of (melo)drama when the act could have been accomplished on the fist page. Don't buy it....Read more
I am an amateur (an equity investor by profession) with deep interest in evolutionary biology. I have been doing a lot of reading by Dawkins, Gould, Carroll and others on evolution. But I had always wanted to read a book that encapsulated all the basic principles of evolution, and also laid out various points of view of experts. For example, when one reads Gould and Dawkins on punctuated equilibrium, it is hard to reach a point of view given their extreme positions.
Mark Ridley has done an amazing job of this encapsulation. Apart from being exhaustive and informative, I liked a few other things about the book that seemed insignificant in beginning, but enhanced reading pleasure a lot: (1) its ubiquitous references to specific page numbers and sections when discussing a concept that enables to reader to stay updated and current with the vast range of topics covered. For example, if he discusses postzygotic isolation in Chapter 23, just to remind us what it means, he will make a reference to Chapter 12 (page X, section Y) where it was initially discussed, (2) he discusses many contemporary and interesting issues in a "box" format in various chapters, (3) the chapters are short and one gets a sense of accomplishment after finishing one, (4) there is a great section on conclusion, and another one on summary after each chapter - a great idea that very few authors implement, (5) the reading list at the end of each chapter is very well explained.
Overall, I am very happy that I bought this book, and it is riddled with my notes on the pages (that have ample space for people like me who like to scribble!).
It was a decent read, but I wasn't jumping up and down with excitement at any point in the book except in the first 50 pages. I thought that the characters were not fleshed out in as much detail as a book of this kind warranted, and the Sherlock Holmes type deductions made by the protagonist based on Freudian theory seemed outlandish. Good for a quick read on a flight, but forgettable....Read more
This book is amazing - essentially makes the point that in good companies, one should buy stocks any ANY price. There is NOT one discussion of valuation ratios and valuation fundamentals in the book.
Read this book only if you want to lose tonnes of money over a period of time. This is a typical bull market book. If you had followed this book's advise in 1999 or early 2000, you would most probably be stil under water.
The points it makes about rule breakers and rule makers are interesting, and worth a read. The list of crietria, however, is very long, and many of those criteria can frankly be opined only on hindsight. The best thing about this book is their writing style, not the content.
The fact that the book recommends purchasing stock without a care about price is reallysomething that contradicts the first principles of investing. I am shocked that these guys have been able to sell any books (on second thoughts, may be there are more readers like me who get conned by fancy titles).