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A Review: A Feast for Crows

By George R.R. Martin ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0007548279 If this wasn’t the penultimate book written and I hadn’t enjoyed the TV series so much I would be giving up on the book series at this point. A Feast for Crows is boring and long winded. It’s full of a lot of unnecessary descriptive detail and while there are a few exciting moments, it just drags on. This is also where the TV series diverges the most. The vast majority of this book, especially what takes place in the Iron Islands, does not happen in the TV series and, I suspect, for good reason. If, like me, you want the achievement of having read the whole series then read this book and keep going. Otherwise find something enjoyable and interesting to read.
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Tool live in 2024

Forgive me father, for it has been six months since my last gig. To be fair, my last gig was The Darkness and they played badly and we ended up next to some idiots in the crowd, so we left well before the end. A week or so before that was My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost at the Shepherds Bush Empire, which was superb! Tool should have been the second gig of the year, but we failed to make it to Myrkur. I’ve been to the O2 Arena multiple times, but this was only my second time in the Bourne Leisure box - this is one of the perks of working for Haven. The previous time was for the SugarBabes and the sound wasn’t great. Tonight, support came from Night Verses, an American instrumental prog band. When they hit the stage the sound was excellent from the off. I find purely instrumental bands get boring after a while, and although these guys played well, I was glad they didn’t play any longer. I first saw Tool at the Download Festival in 2003 and I wasn’t a fan then, so didn’t really get what

RESTful Behaviour Guide

I’ve used a lot of existing Representational State Transfer (REST) APIs and have created several of my own. I see a lot of inconsistency, not just between REST APIs but often within a single REST API. I think most developers understand, at a high level, what a REST API is for and how it should work, but lack a detailed understanding. I think the first thing they forget to consider is that REST APIs allow you to identify and manipulate resources on the web. Here I want to look briefly at what a REST API is and offer some advice on how to structure one, how it should behave and what should be considered when building it. I know this isn’t emacs vs vi, but it can be quite contentious. So, as  Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean said, this “...is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” Resources & Identifiers In their book, Rest in Practice - Hypermedia and Systems Architecture (‎ISBN: 978-0596805821), Jim Webber, Savas Parastatidis and Ian Robinson describe resources

A Review: Abaddon's Gate

James S. A. Corey ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1841499932 Abaddon's Gate takes a while to get going. About half the book to get going. It’s all new character introductions and building. The second half is more exciting, but drawn out. Chrisjen Avasarala is totally absent and I’d like to have understood more about where the ring came from and what its purpose was. I guess that’s to come. Inevitably the further divergence of the TV series from the books became more apparent. The TV series appears to have merged and changed a lot of the characters, missed out and changed a lot of the story, but brought it back to mostly the same point. Let’s hope the next one improves.  

A Review: Machine Vendetta

Machine Vendetta Alastair Reynolds ISBN: ‎ 978-0316462846 Machine Vendetta is the final Revelation Space novel we’re getting and the final part of the Dreyfus trilogy and it could have been a lot better. Unlike the previous book in the series, there was only one main thread and consequently lacked a lot of the Space Opera we’re used to from Reynolds. A lot of the plot was predictable, including the Ultras coming to the rescue and Hafdis being key towards the end. There’s no real ending either. There are far too many loose ends left untied. It really felt like just one more novel to finish the authors publishing contract and it wasn’t really given the love and attention it deserved.

A Review: A Storm of Swords, Part 2: Blood and Gold

A Storm of Swords, Part 2: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) by George R.R. Martin ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0007447855 At least George R. R. Martin is consistent. I didn’t really enjoy the second part of this book any more than the first. The Red Wedding was very disappointing and there was far too much about choosing a new commander on The Wall. I was pleased Lysa got pushed through the moon door at the end though! Of course I’m going to continue with the final, so far, two books. I can’t not finish it.

A review of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance   by  Robert Pirsig ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0099786405 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an interesting book, which I read after a recommendation. The reader’s guide at the end (Kindle edition), which I’d recommend reading first, explains that the book is really three stories: A motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California A philosophical meditation on the concept of quality A story of a man persuaded by the ghost of his former self I only really enjoyed the motorcycle trip part. The discussion on quality was long, a bit rambly and convoluted. There was just too much of it. Other than the enjoyable description of the motorcycle journey, this part of the book has some interesting insights into relationships, interaction between people and what motivates people’s behaviour.