A review of "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" — 1 year ago
More dissatisfying pop sci.
More dissatisfying pop sci.
There’s a thematic resemblance to Pretty Woman going on here, but it was much less Hollywood.
Again we’re given the little details that make Wallander a realistic character. While investigating a horrific murder, he deals with mundane issues like weight loss, an aging father, a failed marriage, a troubled child. Many of these problems he’s hopelessly ill-equipped to solve, and he seems to recognize this but soldiers on anyway.
On top of that there’s a peek into Swedish immigration problems. It’s always interesting to get a look at what’s going on in other countries, even in works of fiction.
I’m going to make an effort to find the other books in the Wallander series, and anything else by Mankell that I can lay my hands on.
My comments are actually about the 2002 edition.
Made me think of a Disney film. The characters were cardboard. ’Nuff said.
I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo today.
The movie’s well done, and very closely follows the book. The only problem is that there are no surprises. I’m glad I read the book first. I’d give the movie more stars if I hadn’t.
Now I sort of want to go out and get a nose ring…
In On the Road to Kandahar, Jason Burke writes about his experiences as a reporter covering the Arab world (Pakistan, Iraq, etc). A lot of the time, I had a hard time understanding what was going on inside his head. I don’t always get the feeling that he’s horrified at what he’s seeing (whereas it horrified me) and that kinda creeps me out. I also don’t fundamentally understand the attraction? romance? of reporting in those regions; maybe it’s a British thing.
I found the book tedious at times. I think it could have used some editing, or maybe it’s just that I don’t enjoy the author’s writing style. Caveat: the book was given to me by a friend, so it’s not something that I picked up of my own accord. My attitude may be due to that.
The message: You shouldn’t eat processed foods, they’re not all that good for you. Well, duh! It’s not that there’s anything wrong with In Defense of Food, but the content is not exactly news. I don’t feel like I got anything out of it that I didn’t know already.
Death Echo is not a complete failure, which is why I kept reading. There’s a sliver of a plot which might have been developed into something interesting, and in the last 50 pages or so, I came out of my boredom-induced coma to yawn sleepily a few times.
That’s the good part. The bad part? The characters were superficial, which is typical for this kind of novel (think Baldacci). There was insufficient action and insufficient plot to make up for the lack of characterization. The chapters run a few pages in length, and in almost every chapter you are reminded of the burning lust that the two protagonists feel for each other. At some point it’s laughable. There’s way too much detail about boating and yachts here. Normally I might be interested, but the plot was so boring I could barely focus. Yawn.