Monthly Archives December 2017

Review: Thunderdrop

I must say I was rather disappointed with how this story developed. It has a somewhat unique premise, and the author’s style lends itself to a fluid reading experience. However, it felt as though the author herself had some uncertainty as to the pace and prose.

A bit too much of the page is devoted to trivial things, while the sorts of minutiae that in other works find themselves expounded upon with clarity and meaning were left all but unexplored. It became a common thread–no pun intended–that an expectation of deeper meaning would be met summarily with vivid descriptions of banal themes.

This is the sort of tale that could easily have been spun into Herbertesque science fiction mastercraft, but the nascent epic was stifled by what felt rather much like a hurried wrap-up before it could r...

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Review: Learn SQL in 2 Hours

As an old hand at SQL myself, I found positives and negatives in this title. It is ostensibly written for those new to the field, but the material has more value, in my opinion, as a good reference and refresher than a true primer. It is fairly clear and concise, and the author does a great job of packaging a good deal of material into a short read.

That said, the delivery seems to suffer from the sort of blind spots one might expect from a tech guru attempting to explain specialized concepts to a neophyte. There seems to be a lot of assumption regarding the expected level of comprehension and little in the way of context or relational exposition to really solidify the information given into concrete understanding of the material.

If you have a technological background, this title will lik...

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