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review 2017-10-20 08:27
Mysteries to solve – quite enjoyable stuff
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan

 

After a childhood event in which she is involved in a multiple murder scene, Lydia Smith now works at a bookstore in Denver where she encounters more tragedy. The bookstore serves as a port of call for various down-and-outs and lost souls. The plot brings both events together as she discovers more about the present victim.

With a good deal of characterisation of the main characters, this mystery novel is relatively engaging and interesting although the coincidences are a little hard to believe. It is enjoyable and worth a read.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2017-10-14 21:30
Entangled Strings: "Theories of Everything" by Frank Close
Theories of Everything: Ideas in Profile - Frank Close
I’ve got a theory that the rules of the universe ARE created by people thinking up theories about it. Although due to elitism bias, i am yet to receive any funding for my groundbreaking “hypothesis.” Fucking scientist bastards, getting paid for thinking about stuff they think I can’t understand... what a scam.
 
I suspect that a lot of the hostility and rejection of science by people who can't understand it is because it makes them feel stupid. It is, after all, fundamental to understanding how the world works. Some people are scientists; some people are not, but know what science is; but some people not only don't understand science, but don't know that they don't know, because they can't even see it. This is a bit analogous to being able to read. Some can go into a library and read in a few languages, some only in one, others can know what books are but not be able to read, and some don't actually know what books are and feel stupid, so pretend that they either don't exist or are some sort of conspiracy against them, which makes them feel important. There are theories around which involved such complex mathematics only a handful of people in the entire world can understand them. Peer review not much use here and enter this new age of egg-heads trying to “out-complexify” each other.
 
 
If you're into Physics and Loop Quantum Gravity, read on.
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review 2017-10-02 20:09
A Man of Shadows
A Man of Shadows (Nyquist Mystery) - Jeff Noon

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Possibly more ‘SFF' than truly ‘noir’, for the gritty/detective side was second to the mysterious/dusk/visions side; but I like both genres, so that was fine with me. It took me a while to get into the story, though, and I’m not really sure whether it’s because it didn’t fully grip me, or because I was also busy at the time with other books.

The story follows John Nyquist, jaded detective with quite a few dark shades in his past, after both his parents died; hired to find the runaway daughter of powerful businessman Patrick Bale, he stumbles upon more than what he’s signed for, including the daughter’s true heritage, a drug cartel, and the mysterious killer nicknamed ‘Quicksilver’, who offs their victims in the blink of an eye. As any good noir detective, Nyquist can’t leave enough alone, and feels compelled to help the daughter, who he feels has run away for a reason that’s more than just teenage angst.

The setting is definitely interesting, and would even lend itself to more developments, I’d say, considering the two sides (Nocturna vs. Dayside), the mysterious Dusk in-between, the microcosms in each part (like the bulb monkeys in Dayside, always running from one light bulb to the other in a desperate effort to keep the light going), the time-screwing aspect (how can anyone goo on different timelines that keep changing depending on where they go and what they do?), etc.

I felt that there was a lot going on here, especially with part of the plot revolving around characters and events with a foot in all those parts (as in, things like ‘works in Dayside, lives in Nocturna, has ties with Dusk’); but while some of it was shown, I expected more in that regard—and yet, at the same time, there were moments when the world superseded the narrative, making the latter muddled. I’m not sure if the intent was to show Nyquist’s descent into his own time-related problems, or to echo the ‘time drug’ concept, but it made the plot difficult to follow even though it’s not -that- complex.

In the end I couldn’t decide if this was a novel about these different cities or about the characters—I felt that one way or the other, there wasn’t enough to really keep my interest.

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text 2017-09-29 10:42
Diwali Gift Ideas for Corporate Employees

With the moving toward period of the much anticipated celebration of lights, one of the significant things at the forefront of your thoughts must be gifts. Picking the ideal gift for anybody, regardless of whether it is your companions, family, or corporate partners can overpower. There are such a significant number of alternatives accessible that you may ponder about how to pick the correct one.

Aside from loved ones, individuals additionally give Diwali gifts to their corporate partners, for example, workers, business accomplices and customers. If you haven't chosen the best gift for them yet, experience the recommendation list given underneath!

Here are a portion of the best gifting thoughts you should experiment with this Diwali:

 

Diwali Gifts for Corporate Employees :

Your representatives have buckled down throughout the entire year. Indeed, they may be viewed as the main impetus behind the achievement of the organization. Every one of the objectives you have met in the previous year and all the business accomplishments are really owed somewhat to the representatives. Diwali is a period when you can remember their contributions and show them gratefulness for their diligent work. Here are some astonishing thoughts for corporate Diwali gifts for workers:

 

Timepieces: Wrist watches or table tickers make awesome gifts for Diwali. These don't just look great but are additionally have utility and can be utilized by the recipient once a day. Ensure that with regards to wrist watches, a design that will be discovered resultant by most should be picked. Table timekeepers excessively should be of a fitting size so your workers can show them around their work area.

 

 

Printed Mugs: In any office settings, tea and espresso is devoured by representatives a few times each day. Indeed, even this isn't a typical practice around your work space printed mugs make incredible gifts on Diwali. These are a cutting edge go up against customary tea set gifts and will be discovered more valuable by numerous. You can get the organization name and logo alongside a Diwali welcoming imprinted on it.

 

Decorative Items: If you need to pick a basic but beautiful gift for your representatives this Diwali, you can likewise decide on decorative show pieces, tapestries, focus pieces for the supper table, vases, and so on. These are accessible at a low spending plan and can be utilized by everybody.

 

What to Gift Business Partners on Diwali?

 

Your business accomplices are a standout amongst the most essential corporate associations for your business. Trading gifts amid celebrations has in this way turn into a typical practice among business partners and accomplices. If you are astounded by what to pick as corporate Diwali gifts for them, here are some awesome choices for you to consider!

 

Engraved Pen Set: Even in this world where computerized gadgets are assuming control and practically everything has an advanced duplicate, astounding stationary still holds its allure. There are a few brands that deliver beautiful, exceptional pen sets. You may even locate some encrusted with valuable or semi-valuable stones or plated with silver.

 

These influence beautiful gifts as they to look awesome and can likewise be utilized by the collector. With a specific end goal to give a unique touch to this Diwali gift, you can have the body of the pen engraved.

 

 

Cowhide bound Journal: There are many individuals who still get a kick out of the chance to influence written by hand notes of imperative things or religiously to write in their diary routinely. For them, there are not really any gifts superior to anything an advanced looking diary bound in amazing cowhide.

 

Wicker container of Sweets: If you need to digress from the run of the mill Diwali desserts which are given as gifts, there are a few other treat bushel that you can pick. For example, biscuits and brownies, cupcakes, imported treat and so on. There are a few pastry kitchens that offer baked goods and cupcakes in the state of diyas as well as sparklers amid Diwali.

 

If the business accomplice is notable to you and a close companion, you might need to consider his/her advantages and diversions while picking a gift. If the individual preferences playing golf, another golf club or set may be a gift that they will esteem. Putting an individual turn on a gift is dependably a smart thought!

 

Diwali Gifting Ideas for Clients

 

With regards to picking the privilege Diwali gifts for customers, there are a few things that must be remembered. While the thing must be sufficiently noteworthy to be recalled by them, it mustn't be elaborate to the point that they are threatened by it and neither should it be something that has no handy utilize at all. Here are some extraordinary thoughts that you can browse:

 

Silver Plate Set: If you need to awe a customer with unique corporate Diwali gifts, look at the different sorts and designs of silver plate sets accessible. These come in different shapes and sizes. Some of the time, the more elaborate ones may have unpredictable motifs engraved on them, for example, blossoms, petals, leaves or winged creatures like peacocks. Silver is thought to be an ideal gift for exceptional and promising events.

 

 

An Elaborate Hamper: If you know the preferences of the customer being referred to well, you can assemble an intricate hamper. These can likewise be purchased from the market. There are a few things that a gifting hamper can contain. Amazing tea leaves and sacks, extraordinary ground espresso or fragrant simmered beans along combined with different knickknacks can be the substance of the hamper.

 

You can likewise add things to it that are for the most part connected with Diwali, for example, candles (scented ones are better), dynamic Chinese lamps, or diyas can likewise be incorporated.

 

Customized Chocolates: If you are searching for a straightforward gifting thought that is certain to be cherished by everybody, the best alternative is nothing chocolates! Online shopping site offers an assortment of rich, delectable chocolates which can be customized by the occasion.

 

You can have the name of your organization or the logo engraved on the pieces. They additionally offer to modify the container in which the chocolates will be gifted. You can put your logo on the container alongside an ardent Diwali message. This is certain to awe your customers and upgrade your picture in their eyes!

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