Blogging the Bookshelf

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Entries Tagged as 'Over-Rated'

“Atlas Shrugged”, Ayn Rand

August 2nd, 2010 · 5 Comments · Over-Rated, Politics

Synopsis: In a dystopian alternative reality in which the US Government imposes ever greater burdens on America’s industrialists, one man, John Galt, leads the “men of the mind” to withdraw their productive capacity from society. And then talk about it for 1200 pages. Crypto-fascist. My Take: Oh dear, Where to begin? Atlas Shrugged is much […]

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“The Dice Man”, Luke Rhinehart (George Cockcroft)

August 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Nihilist, Over-Rated

Synopsis: Bored New York psychiatrist begins living his life according to the roll of a dice in order to escape the constraints of his personality.  Unpredictable, but ultimately boring. My Take: There’s promise in the premise of this book. I first heard of “The Dice Man” gimmick via the highly entertaining Discovery Channel travel series […]

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“Henry and June”, Anais Nin

August 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Literature, Over-Rated

Synopsis: Married woman meets famous writer and falls in love. Then falls in love with writer’s wife. Then falls in love with cousin. Then her psychoanalysis. Then diarises sexual awakening. My Take: Yes, I admit have particular preferences when it comes to my reading habits. I read more than my share of modern Asian fiction, […]

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"Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes", Mark Penn

June 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes", Mark Penn · ICT, Over-Rated, Politics

Synopsis: In/famous Clinton pollster, Burson-Marsteller CEO and Bowser look alike claims that small-scale, niche trends, identifiable through statistical analysis, are the key drivers for societal change. A long bow, stretched WAY too far for its own good. My Take: Love him or hate him (and let’s face it, most people hate him these days), Mark […]

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