Posts Tagged ‘books’


Thursday, September 13th, 2012 No comments

LegionLegion by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this short, interesting book. It has an cool concept.

The main character is called Legion. He has a mental condition that causes him to hallucinate other people with He uses these skills to help him out with his job. In this book, he’s hired to investigate the theft of a camera that can take pictures of the past.

I don’t mind a short story. This novella is 80-something pages. I just think Sanderson could have done more with it. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a sequel if this one is successful.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 No comments

The Hobbit, or There and Back AgainThe Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting to re-read this and the Lord of the Rings for the past few years. I figured this was a good time to do it since the movie is coming out in December.

I’m not sure what to say other than it’s still a great book. I didn’t remember much of what happened. It’s been a while since I’ve been exposed to this story. I watch the movie trilogy every year, but I haven’t read this one in a while.

The only part I don’t really like it the singing. Thankfully, there’s not much in the book.

Batman: Earth One

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 No comments

Batman: Earth OneBatman: Earth One by Geoff Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is cool! It’s a modernized retelling of Batman’s origin. There are a few interesting spins on the Batman mythology. Give it a read if you like Batman.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 No comments

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to read this a few weeks back when the trailer for the movie was released and I saw how excited everyone was about it. I’ve seen it listed on so many Facebook profiles under favorite books, but I had never been tempted to read it.

It’s a good book. It’s presented as a series of letters written by the main character, Charlie, to some unknown person. Charlie is a very introverted and feels lonely after the death of best friend. The letters chronicle Charlie’s first year in high school.

It’s was published by MTV in 1999 and I can see why a lot of young people like it. Give it a try.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Monday, June 11th, 2012 No comments

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a cool, fun, quick book this turned out to be!

I thought it was going to be crazy silliness, but the one is a lot more serious than I was expecting. What if all the tragedies in Lincoln’s life and the Civil War were caused by vampires? Now I want to read more about Lincoln just to see how much of this was real and how much was made up or changed for the book.

I’m excited to see the movie in a a couple of weeks.

Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 1 comment

Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 FrameworkPro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework by Adam Freeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a great book for learning ASP MVC. It doesn’t baby you, but it does give many examples and tips.

I did skip over a lot of sections that I didn’t think I would need.

Maybe it would’ve gotten 5 stars if I were more interested in the subject matter.

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Saturday, April 21st, 2012 No comments

The Lies of Locke LamoraThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book with The Sword and Laser a couple of months ago, but got way behind. I finally managed to finish it tonight.

It’s about an orphan boy (yet another orphan boy) who becomes a part of a group of thieves/con artists called the Gentleman Bastards. While they’re in the middle of one of their schemes, they get caught up in a power struggle in the criminal underworld. Bad things happen.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the story went back and forth between the past and the present. We learned a lot about the main characters by seeing glimpses of their pasts. I’m sure there’s more to learn, like one mystery that’s mentioned throughout the book, but not revealed to the reader by the end. I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up the next book in the series, but not right away.

I really want to read something with wizards and soldiers soon.

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 3 comments

The Hunger Games Tribute GuideThe Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is okay. It’s really not worth reading unless you’re a big fan of The Hunger Games like me and just want to devour as much as you can.

The coolest part of the book is seeing pictures from the movie and seeing pictures of all the tributes, some of whom are unnamed. The guide doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know if you’ve read the books.

The Help

Sunday, January 29th, 2012 No comments

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved loved loved this book! Once I started reading, it was hard to stop!

It’s about what it was like for black maids to work for white families in Mississippi in the 60s. I liked the 3 main characters whose point of views the story was told from. The chapters written in the dialect didn’t bother me, and that kind of thing usually does bother me. I like the way the story unfolds with a good mix of seriousness and humor. I got really nervous at times and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen.

I know one of the reasons I enjoyed the book was that it’s set in and around my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. I recognized a lot of the areas that were mentioned. It sucks to think that things were that bad just 50 years ago. The story begins about 16 years before I was born. A lot has changed and a lot still needs to change.

It’s a great book. Check it out if you haven’t already. I’ll probably be watching the movie sometime this week.

HTML5 Cookbook

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 No comments

HTML5 Cookbook (Oreilly Cookbooks)HTML5 Cookbook by Christopher Schmitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A good book. Well-written with helpful examples. It looks like they tried to make things a lot better with HTML5.

The book does a great job of explaining HTML5 features. It presents everything in the form of a problem and a solution. It shows features that are widely supported, features that are supported by some browsers, and features that aren’t supported by any browsers yet. You get workarounds for pretty much every feature just in case the user is using a browser that doesn’t support the feature.