All entries for April 2015

April 30, 2015

Controlling Personality

The PageThe Page by M. Jonathan Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, Michael, the main character, is a douche. But he's one that you slowly begin to understand. The amount of sympathy felt for the other characters is really well done. Feelings of sympathy for Jane especially are prominent.

What I guess I'm trying to say is that, the characters are deep, they're all broken people with their own motivations and character flaws, and that is awesome. the only reason for a non-5 star review is that the ending felt rushed and incomplete. I want to know about the books, and what Jane decides to do. Equally I want to know why Claire is so fascinated with Michael. It's a great story, but I think Lee lost track of where he wanted to go.

This book had a profound effect on my mental state, making me feel more miserable than I have in a while. That I would say is how you can tell a book is engaging, if it makes you feel, with and for the characters involved.

April 28, 2015

The Joy of Data Analysis

Anyone that has ever done a science project that generates a lot of data will understand when I say "you don't want to have to manually analyse your data". Unfortunately, the current status of my analysis coding, (I know not completely manually), will recognise whether a curve fits or not. This, however, does not mean that it will differentiate between a flat line or the curve that it is actually meant to be.It will not even recognise the difference between something that is conductive i.e. has a non zero current; and the noise that appears when this is not the case. Whilst this is a relatively simple thing to code, knowing my luck, it will take longer to debug, than just analyse the data by hand, or eye as the case may be.

In consequence, I have 12 GB of data to manually check.

7 GB down, 5 to go, wish me luck and endless patience.

April 26, 2015

CIA Thriller

The Shadow CartelThe Shadow Cartel by Layton Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very well layered CIA thriller. There's a complexity to both he characters and the story that changes how you read the story. The character's emotional investment is clear, and heightens the reader response. What's more is that all the characters are likeable, they're all flawed people, but their subtleties are compelling. The antagonist characters are less well developed in places, but their motives are nonetheless clear. If you like action-thrillers, this is one for you. The action never stops. My only qualms are: I want to know what happens to Charlie. And I would have liked more graphic histories of Grey and Lana.

April 25, 2015

Jill Kismet Book Review

Jill Kismet: The Complete SeriesJill Kismet: The Complete Series by Lilith Saintcrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saintcrow writes about a tainted heroin with the weight of the world on her shoulders. There's crimes to solve, hell breed to be stopped and souls to save, most notably Kissmet's own. The action and drama are thoroughly enjoyable in each of these books and though the resemblance to the Dante Valentine stories is striking the story in my opinion reads much better.
Saintcrow needs to work on her repetition. Reading the books back to back brings to light cases where cut and paste seems to be the writing style of choice. Don't get me wrong this doesn't happen too often or in more than a paragraph at a time, but for me it was glaring. I would have also liked to see some of the more emotional topics of Kissmet's life broached on a deeper level. Kissmet doesn't develop as a character she is more a constant of the universe; whilst that fits with the description of a trained hunter the more human aspect is sadly escaped. The over-arcing storyline was subtle but there, though again could have been made more interesting on a character interplay level.
I don't want this review to sound over critical as I hugely enjoyed reading these books, hence the 5 star rating.

This one I read a while ago, probably sometime last year. I wanted to test what this format looks like on my blog. Since I write the reviews anyway, I thought I might as well publish them here as well as just on Goodreads. Hopefully, this will enable me and I guess you, if anyone even reads this, to track changes in writing style. With any luck, these will be changes in the right direction.

April 09, 2015

Random Rant

How are people so messy

First, let me apologize, I didn't take any pictures. Second, seroiusly people, how can you be so messy? Just to clarify, I know that 10 hours on a plane is a long time. I also know that being in one place for that long means that food and drink are consumed. But, when you leave the plane does it have to look like it's had a bunch of messy children have been on it for a week?

Plane journeys, in economy, whilst not that pleasant are not the worst places ever. Food is served and rubbish is collected by the people working there. So why do you have to make such a mess with your food and drink.

Ok, ok I'l stop ranting now sorry.

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