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The Ghost Runner: A Makana Investigation
The Ghost Runner: A Makana Investigation
by Parker Bilal
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked all Makana investigations but this was the best one ..., 8 Dec. 2015
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I liked all Makana investigations but this was the best one by quite a margin. The remote desert town with all its stubborn characters and dark secrets was so splendidly presented that I simply couldn't stop reading. When it's a somewhat slow-paced, spooky story for most parts, the final pages are fast-paced with one bombastic (literally) twist following the next and everything that occurred in the town suddenly becoming part of a wider political web that comprises Sudan's and Egypt's corrupt police forces, the Israel / Palestine conflict and USAmerica's war on terror. This must make an excellent Hollywood movie.


The Undertaking
The Undertaking
by Audrey Magee
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea - missed opportunity, 25 May 2014
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This book was discussed (in hindsight: probably not recommended) by the Financial Times. I liked the setting: young woman and soldier marry each other during WW2 for practical reasons, not love: he gets a short honeymoon break from war; she gets a pension if he dies.

I still like the idea but was really disappointed and, in the end, annoyed by its execution. Most importantly, both main characters lack credibility. In the few face-to-face dialogues between him and her there's only, understandably, indications of appreciation for each other. But shortly afterwards, when he is back at the front-line in Russia and she sees bombs fall on Berlin they are writing implausibly passionate love letters to each other. (Remember they didn't marry because they loved each other.) I'm very much in favour of fast-paced stories but in this instance it's all happening a bit too fast.

My main problem, however, is with the end of the book and the short portrait of post-world war Germany (I am German by the way). All loose ends are brought together in a terrible rush conveying many false impressions: for example, it took more than a generation to actually speak about feelings of shame and guilt. The way the author deals with this topic frankly demonstrates lack of knowledge.

As said, I like fast-paced stories. But in this case of a huge and complex subject matter it is at expense of thought and credibility which, unfortunately, makes this a bad read.


The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. But will I remain an amazon customer?, 14 Jan. 2014
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I bought from amazon pretty much since its inception and became a loyal customer. That's why I enjoyed reading this book (on my kindle, of course) to reconstruct the company's history that I knew from a customer's perspective: the vast book offering at first, then the additions such as "search inside this book", customer reviews, amazon marketplace, the increasing addition of categories such as music, the e-reader, etc. This book elaborates quite a lot about the behind-the-scene discussions and compromises the company made when launching these and other features and expanding into new markets (Amazon Web Services).

My only criticisms are that the book is a) very US-centric, and b) a bit weak when describing Bezos' initial motivations to launch an online bookstore. (It seems at first that Bezos' decision to tap into the book-market was primarily simply prudent as the market's distribution systems were of benefit for online retail; but increasingly, the reader learns that Bezos also has a true passion for books.)

I was frankly shocked about some internal policies at amazon: not only how they treat their own staff (something that got some press-coverage recently as well), but also how they systematically bully publishers and smaller retailers who don't necessarily want to abide to their terms. Though probably a libertarian by heart, I did not like how a multi-billion-turnover company seeks to systematically avoid paying taxes and manipulate local authorities/politicians.

In fact, reading this book made me research more ethical alternatives - the "ethical consumer" seems a trustworthy source - to avoid amazon whereever possible. So yes, in that way this book was very inspiring.
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