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Rugla Bókasafnsfræðingur

Adventures of a Confused Librarian and Ill-Behaved Books.

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Fortunately, the Milk
Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young
Snow White And The Seven Samurai
Tom Holt
Brave New Worlds
John Joseph Adams
The Magicians: A Novel
Lev Grossman
G. Willow Wilson, M.K. Perker
Notorious Nineteen
Janet Evanovich
The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey

Not Sure What All This Fuss is About...

I can't begin to express how often this book has been enthusiastically recommended to me.

"It's amazing!"

"It's cinematic!"


I finally got to it and gave it 14 chapters before giving in.

Was it the sexism? Nah, I read fantasy and science fiction: a gal has to be tough-hided about that (though, yes, it pisses me off).


The book is predictable and boring. Why? It didn't have to be! I realize it's the story of [dude] stories (Sleeping Warrior with a dash of Siegfried?)... but I don't care. Therein lies the rub: I just can't give a flying fart about the narcissistic protagonist. I tried my hardest, but once the tale-telling began, I completely lost interest.


I'm the only one I know that [admits] to not enjoying this book. Chances are, you will probably like it.

Not for the faint-hearted

Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice - Bruce Croft, Donald Metzler, Trevor Strohman

This book is required for coursework I'm doing. My perspective comes from:

1. being a rank beginner with search engine design

2. being a front-end person

3. needing my hand held during maths problem-solving exercises.


The formulae and variables change midstream... without commentary. Seemingly associated tables do not match up mathematically (again, without explaination). Both examples serve to confound and frustrate the beginner trying to learn the methodology. 


This leads me to think that this book is not, in fact, for beginners at all. You should probably know a bit about the subject to begin with. For all I know, some of those random variable shifts are parts of an in joke to which I'm not privy. 


I do giggle over it, but more out of madness than actual humour.