Here is another series that I look forward to reading. I have completed the first book in David Walker‘s Bruno series. The story unfolds at the right pace. For a murder mystery, the number of pages spent on describing the crime or crime scene are too little. There is also no philosophical discussions about the nature of crime or the police procedures either. If anything, the tension in the story comes from our concern for the characters whom Walker makes eminently like-able. The entire read is very, very satisfactory and when you close the book, you look forward to the next one. Strongly recommended.
Simulation methods are useful only if there is a solid theoretical basis for whatever work is being done; if there is not, they are just ‘miserable tricks’ …
Pierleoni in his personal tribute to Giovanni here.
Gripping! Strongly recommended.
It is considered as a campus novel. It did not really give me that feel. However, it is certainly Wodehousian and very funny! Recommended.
More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh. As Christopher Hitchens has written, “If you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice, and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin, you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable.”
Read on the recommendation of a colleague; beautifully written and the flow is so smooth that reading the book was effortless. Strongly recommended.
Following Guha’s recommendation, I managed to get hold of A life in two worlds and read it. The book (especially the later parts) is more of a diary than autobiography; I believe that is what made it a very difficult read for me. Recommended with reservations.
In the past one month, I completed reading all the nine books of Louise Penny in which Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates murder — with kind eyes and keen sense of fairness. Strongly recommended.
By the way, here is the review which set me go looking for the series.
Much like Alexander McCall Smith, Louise Penny is an author whom you can strongly recommend without any reservations whatsoever.
I got a recommendation for The Honky Tonk Big Hoss Boogie from here; enjoyed it.
I also read Gaiman’s latest — The ocean at the end of the lane; the book ended when I was looking for more. A good read though.
As an aside, I think my reading speed is high when I read it on Kindle even though I do not understand how or why!
… my partner Guy Kawasaki at Garage Technology Ventures developed a tongue-in-cheek algorithm for determining the valuation of a startup company:
Entrepreneurs ask us all the time how we figure out the valuation of a startup company. Most VCs suggest that this is a very mysterious art. But actually it’s quite simple: To determine the fair value of a startup company, multiply the number of engineers by $250,000, add $250,000 for each engineer from IIT, and then subtract $500,000 for each MBA.