Why 100 word reviews?
I wanted to better absorb, retain and summarise the important information from the books I read. I also want improve my ability to record this in a concise and succint fashion. So 100 word reviews seemed like a good idea.
What a wonderful world? – Marcus Chown
One word: Belittling
The other 99: But not in a negative way. A lot of the topics covered just involved thinking that puts in perspective how insignificant many things are. Some feelings of “what’s the point” arose in me sometimes when reading. Marcus introduces himself as a man who can explain complex topics to a layman well; and he does a relatively good job. However he misses the mark quite a few times, eg. poor analogies and switching between technical jargon without equating the synonymatic words prior. Overall, the book give a good introduction into all the different facets that make up our wonderful world.
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
One word: Fascinating
The other 99: Only after a third of the book did the story get me involved. Interesting look into the life of Afghanis during the Afghan-Soviet War and succeeding conflicts. It lead me to research some more into the happenings of Afganistan where previously all information had come from mainstream media for me. Some parts of the story seem rushed to me and Khaled could have spent some more pages exploring the story some more. The story is said to be fiction however a part of me thinks the story is based on true events which I believe leads to its compellence.
Sprawlball -Kirk Goldsberry
One word: Underwhelming.
The other 99: Perhaps this book was too hyped up for me but as new basketball fan and analytics buff I was not a huge fan. Between the typos, inconsistencies and the superfluous, repetitive content there was only a few gems I found in this book. Additionally, a base background knowledge in the NBA is required before reading as plenty of jargon and player’s names are thrown around. A couple of the diagrams and the final chapter are a welcome change from the majority of the book. Overall, Goldsberry has extracted interesting insights from the NBA data but his storytelling is lacking.
Tools of Titans & Tribe of Mentors – Tim Ferriss
Note: I am combining this two books as their layout, questions and content are very similar and even overlap at times.