Steve P

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The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable Introduction, 6 Jun 2011
Well-written and highly readable book that gives a good grounding in some of the key concepts in Economics.
This is not an anecdote-laden digest in the style of Freakonomics, but instead seeks to look at why free markets work.
This may sound like a rather dry and academic approach, but it is actually very interesting - and should be required reading for those who believe more government and more regulation is the answer to the world's problems.
Black Man (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Richard Morgan
Black Man (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Richard Morgan
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed the Kovacs books, but Morgan's appeal for me was seriously dented by the disappointment of Market Forces.
I decided to try Black Man anyway, as it sounded like he may be heading back in a similar direction.

Unfortunately Black Man, whilst slightly better than the silly Market Forces, is also a mediocre book. The book is very much on the 'Fi' side of 'Sci-Fi'. Very little science - which is not automatically a bad thing as long as there is a good dose of plot and character to counteract the lack of hard science. The plot is a low-grade detective novel, with some fairly one-dimensional characters.

It seems that Morgan fills his books with whatever… Read more
Market Forces (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Richard Morgan
Market Forces (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Richard Morgan
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
After reading the author's first two novels,and finding them thoroughly enjoyable this was a bit of a let-down.
The whole novel feels like it is an extrapolation of a chance discussion in a pub about road-rage and the inequities of modern society. Unfortunately the extrapolation is not in the least bit believable.
The author provides little in the way of back-story to explain how Britain turned into this dystopia, and what is provided is late in the book and is unconvincing. Even in the far-future setting of his first two novels the setting and premise of the books was coherent and believable. In a near-future setting the reader is likely to be even more sceptical and need more… Read more

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