The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Filed under:Adventure,Series — posted by Randolph on July 28, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice BurroughsThis book resumes the story from the first, following Tarzan and Jane separately through most of the book. We Tarzan fall from his height of a sophisticated European back to the jungle animal. He maintains his morals and manages to return to his heights. All the loose ends are tied up this time, but it still leaves some expectations for the next volume. Tarzan seems too much of a superhero than the myth from comic and TV lore. He is both a cultured European with fluency in several languages, and the ultimate savage speaking with apes and many primitive tribes. He is unerring with spear and bow, tracker, spy, and what else? But it is still very enjoyable.

read in July 2009

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton

Filed under:Kinsey Millhone,Mystery,Series — posted by Randolph on July 24, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

T is for Trespass by Sue GraftonThis is, or was, the latest Kinsey Millhone mystery. Kinsey has a few cases in this book, but they drag her, as usual, deep into a mystery. This one involves the care provided for an elderly neighbor.

These are always good stories and I can recommend them.
(read Jan. 2008)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by Randolph on July 17, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

The Last Lecture by Randy PauschRandy Pausch is a professor of computer science who is dying from cancer. In his final lecture, he speaks of his life and his philosophy in trying to help others get the most out of life.

It is an easy read and worth the effort.

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Filed under:Adventure,Series — posted by Randolph on July 15, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice BurroughsThis is a great story, but everyone knows how it goes. There are a few details not portrayed in the movies, more info on Tarzan’s parents and how he came to be adopted by the apes, and his early life among the apes.

The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters

Filed under:Mystery — posted by Randolph on July 13, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters

Murder on the Iditarod Trail (Alaska Mysteries) by Sue Henry

Filed under:Mystery — posted by Randolph on @ 3:13 pm

Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue HenryThis was another fun read. It felt more like an adventure during an Iditarod run than a mystery, but everything did tie up neatly in the end and the guilty party was caught. I enjoyed the story of the run, the personalities involved and the adventrue of the race.

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

Filed under:Science — posted by Randolph on July 6, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

The Wisdom of Crowds by James SurowieckiI enjoyed this book. The book develops the premise that crowds, under the right circumstances, can make extraordinarily good decisions. He make a number of studies showing the average of all people’s inputs is surprisingly more accurate than the best member of the crowd. He also touches on when this crowd wisdom breaks down, citing such occasions as the stock market bubble, housing bubbles, and mob rule. The breakdown of crowd wisdom is only touched on, and if I have one complaint about the book, its that this is an important aspect of crowd wisdom and deserves more attention.

Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto

Filed under:History — posted by Randolph on July 1, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason by Russell ShortoThis books traces Descartes’ influence through history, and the iconic holding of his bones by various people. It is enjoyable and enlightening as the bones are tied to Descartes’ influence on the individuals, society, and religion of western society.



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