Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Review: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

Digital Fortress Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Dan Brown book I've read, and it sure won't be the last. I'd be curious to hear how any non-computer savvy people would get into this. The story itself isn't complex, but there is a lot of tech jargon thrown in, and I feel it was adequately explained.

Some of the puzzles presented were a little weak and easy to figure out (e.g., "prime difference" was a total give away), though I wasn't actually there with all the explosions and meltdowns and under pressure to keep the world from accessing the governments most top secret data, so I guess I could see how that might be hard to realize in such a moment. Either way it was a fun read.

There was quite a bit of language and some sexual encounters throughout the book. The language seemed to be appropriate for the situations it occurred in, though some of the sex dialog (particularly between Midge and Chad) could have easily been cut without damaging the story.

I have a hard time with these books because I can't ever put them down. The first third of the book was manageable, but it just seemed to snowball after that. The story pretty much takes place over the course of a single day (which adds to the suspense); Angels and Demons (at least the movie) took place over one day too, which added to the suspense. Is this how most of Dan Brown's books are structured?

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book Review: Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked Year One better than the Dark Knight Returns, maybe because this was more about the start of his career (though quite a bit on Gordon as well) and not about how old and weak he's become. I've got to figure out what follows this (if anything), or at least figure out a good way to fill in the middle, now that I've got at least one version of the beginning and the end.

The Watchmen is still my favorite of the few that I have read, but this one comes pretty close. The Watchmen was also 3 times as long, so had more of a filled-out story-line; but also self-contained. Batman has tons more background and story, it's just a matter of figuring out how to get to it all through the library...

Are all comics eventually put into some form of graphic novel? Or are they more like self contained episodes, kind of like a TV show, whereas a graphic novel is more like a mini-series?

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Biggest Loser!

Well, I joined a biggest loser competition with some friends in our ward and we each pitched in $10 for the person who would lose the greatest percentage of body weight by the end of 12 weeks.  I held first place for a few weeks, but haven't been able to pull out of second place for the last couple of weeks.  Here's the progress I've made so far:

I averaged losing 1.17 lbs. per week.  I feel pretty good about myself and am excited to switch back to eating a normal lunch (instead of a slim-fast or special K meal bar, though I do like the idea of quick meals.)   I plan to keep up my exercise routine (3-5 times to the gym), but maybe focus a little more on muscle building/toning than fat burning.