Michael Davis

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (4 of 4)
 

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Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno
Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno
I am a Computer Scientist and I bought this book for my 8-year-old daughter. We have just finished reading it together; I say "together", but every evening after I stopped reading, my daughter would take the book and read ahead a few chapters under the covers. The story is witty and engaging, and packed full of concepts from theoretical computer science, presented in a way an 8-year-old can understand; but also entertaining and perhaps even enlightening to adults who already know something about complexity theory. Absolute genius!

My daughter has her favourite chapters which she asks me to read and re-read to her: she especially loves the part where the Tortoise proves to Zeno… Read more
Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker
Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As you read this book you get the impression that it might be an entertaining escapist screenplay; fun to watch as long as you don't take it too seriously. Sure enough, Ian Holt's main claim to fame is as a screenwriter for horror B-movies.

As a book -- ugh -- the prose is unutterably awful, hackneyed and clichéd. Look, I'm just going to open the book in a few random places to give you some examples:

p.65: "[Whitechapel] was the most loathesome place on earth."
p.102: "But the cost was too much for Jonathan to bear."
p.128: "Her [Mina's] heart was beating so quickly, she thought it would burst from her chest."
p.144, "When the door struck the… Read more
Neanderthal: A Novel by John Darnton
Neanderthal: A Novel by John Darnton
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I live in Tajikistan and someone mentioned to me that this novel was set there, so I got hold of a copy and read it. I enjoyed the story but I was irked by the author's lack of attention to background research. The Tajiks do have a legend of the "shnezhny chelovek" - the abominable snowman - and Tajikistan's mountains are remote and parts of them unexplored - so the basic plot idea worked for me. However, I got the feeling that the author had set his novel in Tajikistan because he reckoned that noone would know anything about it and so allow him to skimp on the research and make it up. Examples of glaring gaffs:
- The prologue describes a museum in Dushanbe at the beginning of the 20th… Read more

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