Books

Book Review: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carryrou

Summary: (5/5 stars) I think I heard about this book via an interview with the author, John Carryrou, on a podcast.  He's the journalist who scooped this story for The Wall Street Journal.  I decided to pick it up for two reasons. First of all, I'm fascinated by stories of such audacious frauds and that's what Theranos is.  Second, I wasn't an investor, but as an observer, I was totally taken in by Elizabeth Holmes' story and what Theranos claimed it was able to do and I wanted to understand it better.  The real story was worse than I thought!

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Books

Book Review: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

(3/5 stars) The Final Six is probably a better book than my star rating indicates. I just didn't love it because it felt like a lot of build-up with little pay-off.  But I think that's because I'm far less interested in the interpersonal relationships of young people than I am in space travel and the associated mysteries.  It's a YA book, mind you. So, it feels a little wrong to evaluate it by standards that aren't quite right for YA, but whatevs. The basic premise of the book is that earth has been devastated by climate change and is becoming uninhabitable.  So, the various countries and space agencies around the world have teamed up to send a team of teenagers to Europa where they will begin terraforming the moon for human habitation.  The reason they pick teenagers is because they're old enough to learn complicated things, but young enough to remain adaptable to all the things that the mission requires.  But there's more to the mission that the teens are being told. DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUNNNNN! An interesting, if far-fetched premise, with characters that I liked pretty well.  The conflicts don't build up high enough for my tastes and don't pay off in the way I wanted.  But it's good enough that I will probably pick up the next book at some point in hopes of getting more of that space travel goodness.

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Books

Book Reviews: Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!

I have been exceptionally negligent about my blog posts for several weeks now and I'm sorry! I just had more fun, interesting, and compelling things to do with my time.  OK. Maybe I'm not that sorry.  But I'm sorry you missed me, so I got up this morning and decided that I needed to get caught up on my book reviews. 

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Recent Reads
The Giver
The Night Circus
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
La Belle Sauvage
Every Heart a Doorway
It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help from My Spouse—and How You Can, Too
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
The Core
The Moonstone
Brave New World
The Stone Sky
The Obelisk Gate
The Fifth Season
The Cuckoo's Calling
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
A Gentleman in Moscow
Helliconia Spring
Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Gardens of the Moon