Reviews by rws

The Cruise of the 'Alerte'

by E.F. Knight

Interesting account of an actual treasure hunt where, as may be expected, most problems that shaped the story were of logistic not romantic nature.

Reviewed on 2012.07.08

Overland Red

by Henry Herbert Knibbs

This modern Western has it all, story, plot, love of land, animals, and humans. And well written too.

Reviewed on 2012.07.05

Roo'd

by Joshua Klein

As social fiction (definition of cyberpunk by Gibson himself) this action-filled story may indeed work. Body mods subculture is what could come out of DIYbio grass roots efforts, and this happens now. What does not work, sadly, is that throwing CPU at biochem problems will get you an unquestionable result---it's always lab work that gives you the feedback from reality. But who knows? Maybe quantum computing can exactly simulate chemistry? Maybe this book will lead to an interest in biochem in a computer geek?

Reviewed on 2012.07.02

Campaigning in Cuba

by George Kennan

This interesting account of the Cuba invasion in 1898, from a first class observer, contradicts the glorious picture of what you can read about the subject in Wikipedia. Especially the army failed to do its logistics homework, with the result of many dead U.S. soldiers due to lack of transportation and all kind of the most important material. Apparently this was hushed since Spain surrendered anyway, but it should be appreciated more how close it all was to a devastating loss.

Reviewed on 2012.06.22

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