Yes, I am on Michael Crichton book again. No, I don't get tired of it. Currently I am reading State of Fear by him. I finished reading NEXT some days ago, click here to view my review.
Next by Michael Crichton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
fast and furious. i like the speed on reading, the only problem is there are too many characters inside that i am confused who and whose. but in general i can pick up the flow and the plot. this is the book that bring us to another dimension of life on this earth. this is like an introduction to tell us that there might be some genetic modification experiment happening out there and this is how it looks like. you will find bird that can talk different languages, imitate human and object sounds that at the end harmed one marriage. this bird can analyze math problem just like human in fact superior than average human. a man that has son an ape that can talk and finally live with them and go to the human school etc. this book is just the beginning of my michael chricton journey. i will find more of his books. i am not sure what he is, but i am sure hr is someone with religious background, he never void religion out from his argument when come to some extreme scientific experiment, in fact hr bridge us over, he guide our thought to combine them together and come up with a new value of science to greater good. awesome to read!
I did read some other books for the past few month since January 2014. I will try to update all my books review on this blog regularly, probably in the weekly basis. I have challenged myself to read 30 books this year, I will increase the number as in when I think necessary. I want to do it progressively. So here are some other books review I had done.
How to Be Interesting: An Instruction Manual by Jessica Hagy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love and love books that have nice illustration done in a very creative way. I have few books like that, Drawing your life by Michael Nobbs is one of them. With this type of book, we are not just reading letter by letter, but we saw the author thinking process on sketch format, sometimes doodling. I like to see how they scribble things down.
In this book, Jessica Haggy talk about How to be interesting, this is nothing based on scientific research on anything but based on her personal observation through out her life. There are some traits that look similar to these type of people. The love to go exploring things that are different, new, and unfamiliar. They love to share what they discover along the way. They always in the look for doing something, they constantly active in the mind and physically. They embrace weirdness as normal, they can accept something bizarre and bare with it. They always have a cause in their life, something they believe in strongly and have the urge to speak it out. They minimize swagger, it is not about style or flashy language, but it is about content and voice. They love to give a shot, not afraid to try something new. They hop off the bandwagon, standing alone outside the box and not scare to take path less traveled. They grow a pair, they accept friction, they ignore the scolds, they don't give a damn what the public said, they are just happy being themselves.
This book is pretty fast to read, as she scribble a lot with big font to digest. I know my daughter will love this book as much as I do.
Honestly just like her, I love to be near interesting people in life. I love to be around them. Observing them, listen to what they said, see their dangerous boundary, how they handle conflict and many others. I found few amazing persona along my life and my social media interaction. The world need them, the creative work demand them.
So stay interesting all ... cheers
Hegarty on Creativity: There Are No Rules by John Hegarty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
i was expecting something more personal from Hegarty. Something that tell us more about him, his voice when he speaks of creative world, but I found him in a very general standard. He talks about creativity in a very broad perspective. But maybe creativity is very board, it is very complex that it is not easy to list it down tips by tips. in general it's a good book, another good motivational book that talk about the same thing. it is not just about skills and great ideas but character too. what value of your belief will define the creative result. on thing for sure, we need so much positive energy, humility and the power of being humble to coat all the other skills we need to get the creative work flowing. personal touch is the main thing, there is no way to be personal if we hardly reflect things at our own time. so yes .... good book in the general.
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
this book is a good introduction to understand big data for folks like me. mayer and cukier cover a wide range what the big data concept is. they shared with us too how actually data was developed in the past. it started out with the ancient indian numeral system from the first century until the arabs refined the concept and the use of it. when europe took over the numeral system and combine it with the traditional way of how romans arrange their number in row, the tabular concept of building up data was born. medici took the high road of it by utilizing the concept for the first banking system in florence. he set up the double entry book keeping. since then data multiply accordingly, people start to record address, age, birth date, weight, range, duration etc etc. the writers guide along our hand to travel across time to see the evolution of data. google and amazon were the first few giant who initiate data collection in large scale. in the book, it explained to us how actually google scanned a lot of
paper documents to make it available on line. i enjoy reading the history part. in 2009 obama had ordered the government body to
release many data to public. more and more data were induced to public. they said 90% of data available out there today was generated only for the past 2 years. can you imagine how crazy it will be. the book also introduces us what type of data that might be collected or are collected, don't be surprise part of our online interaction will be part of it. big data had proven so many benefit to the public out there. especially in US, the book gave us quite number of examples for it including reducing cost of healthcare. currently the most common used software engine to crunch this data is hadoop. michio kaku talked so much about super computer that will be available in the future, this is the necessary demand to fully utilize the big data. what really interesting, i heard that amazon one day can deliver something to your door that you can not avoid but to pay because you need it. with big data there is no surprise. human behavior will be very much predictable and that will elevate the civilization of our computing machine hence robotic sophistication. so yeah .... it will be a busy future !
some of the books I hauled for this year
and few of the books I am currently reading .....