Got this 2nd hand. ElasticSearch has changed significantly so you'll be tripped up by this (e.g. dynamic scripts are disabled by default).
Further, the teaching is dire, it's pours stuff at you with no filtering for relevance (e.g. page 26 mentions Lucene term vectors without context), and describes stuff ambiguously. Not good for the beginner it's supposedly aimed at. If you can get it cheap and use google maybe it's ok.
Further, packt seems to require that you have an account on their site (requiring your name + email) to download the code printed in the book, so I'm not buying Packt books again. I can't imagine how the ox-witted executive who imposed that policy thought that a… Read more
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I fell for the reviews on the back cover. I didn't notice they were from Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph or I might have saved myself a few dull afternoons chugging through this.
It's too long, the characters are childishly simplistic, not a lot of it makes sense, it resorts to hard sci-fi to try and drive the plot but fails monumentally (Greg Egan does it a whole lot better. Much, much better), and it is inhabited by some of the dumbest artificial intelligence personalities you can imagine.
On that point, imagine a scenario: giant dangerous (but unintelligent) beasties densely roaming an area. You are a large, dangerous artificial being equipped with no end of exotic made up… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In contrast to the book I'll keep this review short.
Too much description which adds nothing to the plot or story. Great inventiveness used merely for generating description. Lashings of technobabble, ditto.
The point was blunted.
The ships seem to be the main characters, certainly more interesting than the 'humans', who seem oddly nebulous and rather samey.
Banks has an seriously obsession with suffering, and though this isn't his worst book for it (oddly, given that it's about hell) it's still not pretty.
It's not as good as (e.g.) excession but it comes together at the end, although following each strand was a bit tough.
Other than the need for a serious… Read more