Reviews of books by Douglas Coupland, Michael Lewis, Tim Lott and Po Brosnan
Book reviews from April 2001
This is a book about the phenomenon of Silicon Valley seen from different aspects of the people there. The book start off a bit bad by making some statement of the form East coast people think the whole world is only there, but there is also a west coast as well, pretty much the sterotypic statement anyone non-american is used to hear. However, the book is quite ok and give an intresting insight into what (might?) be true about how it was living and working in the valley.
Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one kind of people that you will find in Silicon Valley, more specifically:
Keywords: silicon valley, dotcom, yahoo, @home, excite
A biography about Jim Clark, the founder of Silicon Graphics and Netscape. This book is more about the person Jim Clark and what has been behind the powers behind his ambitions. Jim Clark have founded several companies, among them Silicon Graphics, Netscape, myCFO and Healtheon (now called WebMD).
Its a very interesting book, and you get a glimse of how James Clark as a person is. Recommended if you are interested by internet and the people that meant most for the development in the last years.
Keywords: Silicon Valley, Jim Clark, John Chambers, Tom Jermoluk, Netscape, Excite, @Home, Silicon Graphics, Hyperion, Healthscape, Healtheon, myCFO, 4th of April 1994
The director John Johnson and the ex-child star Susan Colgate from the classical tv-series "Meet the Blooms" have something in common. They both have disappered. They both also have reappeared again.
Reading this book on the beach on my vacation was great fun, its a perfect book for the summer and the beach.
"Winner of the 1999 Whitbread First Novel Award" it states on the cover of the book, beneath the title it states a quote from Sunday Times: "This year's most sizzling fictional debut". Looking at the back of the book, more quotes about the book. Inside the book, even more praise for the book. Many people have written good words about this book, and they were all damn right about it: it is a really good book, and an excellent first novel from Tim Lott.
Frankie Blue, Frankie the Fib to his friends, has reached the age of 30. His old friends; Tony, Nodge and Colin, still plays an important role in his life. Not to mention the important day of 14th of August, the day when nothing can keep them separated.
However, this year of 1998 something changes, something very horrible happends......Frankie decides to get married.
His friends are, not very suprisingly, not that thrilled about the whole event. Moreover, Veronica, the woman in Frankies life, plants some doubt in his mind; how good friends are Tony, Nodge, Colin....really? Perhaps they are not friends at all, perhaps they are only hanging out together out of old habit, perhaps they don't care at all about him....perhaps he don't care about them? This year many turning points and unexpected directions will take place in Frankies life, will his friends be with him at the end of the year...will Veronica be with him......and what about the 14th of August? What about the magical celebration each year of the long ago magical 14th August 1984?
This book, that takes place in London, is excellent reading, a book about friendship and how it changes over years, a book in the same style as for example Nick Earls' ZigZag street....it's really funny and highly amusing!
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