Wrapped up in books

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
    I found this book pretty dull.

    August 8th, 2007

  • Lance Armstrong, Tour de Force – Daniel Coyle
    I found this an interesting read because it didn’t  focus on Lance as much as it did on professional cycling, the Tour, doping and all the different characters involved in the phenomenon of the Tour de France. The chapter about the East European Goomba’s was especially funny and enjoyable.

    June 20th, 2007

  • Electric Universe – David Bodanis

    June 10th, 2007

  • Disgrace – JM Coetzee

    Ever since JM Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature I’ve been wanting to read one of his books because apparently they must be good. Disgrace is probably his most popular novel so I picked up a second hand copy a while ago. Alfter reading this book I can say that JM Coetzee is a very good writer but I can also say that this was the most depressing book I have ever read and it wasn’t a particularly enjoyable read.

    May 29th, 2007

  • Next – Michael Chrichton

    Michael Crichton has always based his novels around popular science topics of the day. Next is about stem cell research and the possibilities it holds for mankind. I flew through this book like I have through all his books in the past years, but somehow the form he was in when he wrote Jurassic Park has eluded him in his last few books. Cloning Dinosaurs seemed far fetched but he somehow made you believe it could be real and had you almost tear the pages to find out what will happen next. In Next, the birth of a talking “Humanzee” in a research lab and a parrot doing math problems just don’t turn out to be such an amazing story anymore.

    May 29th, 2007

  • Vlug in die Namib (The Sheltering Desert) – Henno Martin

    The unbelievable true story of 2 German geologists who spent 2 years in the Namibian Desert during World War 2 to avoid internment. All through my childhood years I can remember my dad sometimes telling me and my brother that this was one of the most amazing books he ever read, and we should read it. A few weeks ago I finally picked it up and I soon I realised my dad was right. I was immediately gripped by the stories of hunting and how these two men used every little scrap nature has to offer to survive for 2 years in the unforgiving Namibian Desert. Surviving in the Namibian desert for 2 years is an unbelievable achievement. Me and some friends did an 8 day hike in Namibia last year and even the razor sharp seeds from a thousand different grasses latching on to our socks seemed determined to stop us from getting out of the desert alive.

    If you like the outdoors and adventure then this book is a must read. I couldn’t find any new copies available but you should be able to pick up a used copy easily from a second hand bookshop.

    April 27th, 2007

  • iWoz – Steve Wozniak

    The true story about Steve Wozniak and how he designed and built the first personal computer as we all know it today, a computer that works with a keyboard and a screen.

    March 18th, 2007

  • Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

    July 2nd, 2006