It's a sci-fi thriller that is way overstretched and bloated. I found too many plot lines and characters. Having said that the writing is good, main characters are well developed, future world'd description is excellent so it doesn't take much for the reader to feel at home. The mystery is also good - I just wish it wouldn't be so long and sometimes slow.
Maybe I have read only the best examples of pulp fiction until now, maybe this is the worst L. Ron Hubbard' opus - but I found this short story to be one of the worst works of this genre I ever read. It's badly written, not engaging, and plot doesn't keep your attention. I tried to make a discount to much time passed since its publication - but no, it's bad now and I would think it was bad even then.
This thriller debut has all the right parts: good ingenious plot, good writing, likable and interesting main character - which I assume we will see again. It has one shortcoming that ruins for me a lot - the main character is practically a superman that can do anything and find his way out of any situations. Still good, easy read.
The second book in this series suffers from the same problem as first - lack of originality (with one exception, backward werewolf, transforming from wolf to human is something I never encountered before). Otherwise, it's a good entertainment and quick read.
Describes all the basics of working with Kinect for Windows, leaving out more complicated stuff. The style of the book is more suitable for reference, which for me doesn't work very well for subject introduction. On the plus side, it provides with some cool ideas how Kinect could be used - something that any geek would appreciate.
I liked the first book in this series, 'Flat Spin', and I believe the second one is even better. Well written, fast paced, funny - all the necessary ingredients. In the first novel everybody was wisecracking, and although it was funny, it was also very annoying. Fortunately, author pared off some of it, leaving wisecracking mostly to the main character only.
I found this book just boring and somewhat stereotyping. I wouldn't finish it but felt obligated to review it as part of Early Reviewers program. The story could be good but the characters are not interesting, action is slow and you know what will happen well in advance.
It's both very depressing and inspiring. You really should have read other Hitchens books to really appreciate those essays he wrote while dying of cancer - gathered in this postmortem edition. Remarkable. What does it take to be so intellectually honest to the very end.
I don't always agree with Christopher Hitchens - probably very few people do due to his very independent and original no-hole-barred and no-cow is-sacred approach. However the man was brilliant and his writings were outstanding. It is always interesting to read or listen to him. This book is a collection of his various essays of last years before his death. It covers many subjects and I found myself fascinated even when reading about something I wouldn't normally be interested in. Most of those subjects though are very interesting and relevant and will be relevant - sometimes unfortunately - for years to come.
Spy novel without much of a mystery but rather based on description of inner workings of spycraft with limited amount of suspense. Overall, I found this novel quite mundane, nothing to be excited about - which to me is not good for a spy thriller. It's well written though.