Book Reviews

Book Review: Casino Royale

Bob Cox spotted This Book Review of Casino Royale, the birthplace of Bond, written 50 years ago.
They say he does introduce himself as "Bond - James, Bond"; the car is not an Aston Martin or a BMW - it's a Bentley; and the drink is not a vodka martini (shaken, not stirred) - it is: three measures of Gordon's Gin, one of vodka, and half a measure of Kina Lillet (vermouth).

Doing It by Melvin Burgess

Jenna writes "Have you heard about Melvin Burgess's new novel, "Doing It?" It's not even due out until May, but it's already controversial. Anne Fine wrote a review about it
And here is Burgess's rebuttal (which contains a link to other reviewers and readers comments)."

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Bob Cox writes sent along This Review of the new "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web".
They say it has useful ideas and valuable insights. The chapter on Labels is particularly novel, innovative, and useful. All designers of large Web sites need to be familiar with the indexing and cataloging skills that Rosenfeld and Morville explain. Lessons from library science are worth learning, and the author's preference for the magisterial title "Information Architect" over the more familiar but still honorable title of "Librarian" should not blind us to the lessons we can learn from the traditions of the library.

Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work

Eric Lease Morgan Posted This Review of Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work, by Tom Brinck, Darren Gergle, and Scott D. Wood.
The book is a how-to guide. It describes methods and techniques for designing websites with the assumption that the principles of usability are pervasive throughout. This book is not about HTML. It is a book about the concepts and principles surrounding the organization, creation, and design of interfaces to data and information presented via a Web browser.

The Theory and Practice of the Internet

MSNBC Has This little look at three books that look for a comprehensive theory of the Web.
\"Linked: The New Science of Networks,\" by Albert-Laszlo; \"Smart Mobs,\" by Howard Rheingold; and \"Small Pieces Loosely Joined,\" by David Weinberger.
He says so far the observational results seem to be confirmed by theory, Two sizes work on the Web: huge and tiny.
I just finished Small Pieces Loosely Joined, and found it to be a good read.

Particular obsessions

Here\'s A Nice Look At Nicholson Baker, and his newest work, A Box of Matches.
\"Double Fold is not a mere critique of the preservation methods of librarians,\" writes Professor Richard J Cox, who has written a reply to Baker, entitled Vandals in the Stacks?. \"Instead, it looks for a conspiracy (and looks and looks).\"

The Slynx - a first novel about secret libraries

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"I was listing to NPR last night and heard a review of this great new novel by a Russian writer....the ruler of Moscow post-nuclear war controls the only books, and gives forth the great ideas of writers from the past, controlling all of the books...sounds like something that may happen sooner...\"

Book review - The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Steve Fesenmaier writes \" The New Biographical Dictionary of Film:
I finally received my copy of David Thomson\'s newest version of a
standard reference book on film. Some people believe he is the best
living film critic/author. I was not that familiar with him, so I bought
a copy. I first looked up my friend Les Blank - no entry. Then I read
his evaluation of Lars von Trier - he totally negates everything the man
has done, a man who has changed the face of cinema during the last
decade. -- Read More

Elementary, dear Dumbledore

Here's A Review of the new book "The Science of Harry Potter."
The author of the new book has inter viewed the world's best Muggle scientists to identify the explanations behind everything from the Mirror of Erised to the Invisibility Cloak. They say In order to enjoy this book, you will need to be a fan of Harry Potter, and probably a fan of the more mature variety, because some of the scientific ideas are quite challenging and thought-provoking.

Best Business Books of 2002

Gary Deane sent over Best Business Books of 2002 from The Globe and Mail.
They list the top 5 as:
Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing The Right Thing, Will and Vision: How Latecomers Grow To Dominate Markets, The Responsibility Virus, Managing The Unexpected, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

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