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review 2018-06-27 23:26
Campaign Widows - Aimee Agresti

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign. 

 

 

This book and I got off to a rocky start. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting with the book and the characters. I typically get sucked into chick lit, but I didn’t with this one. To me, it felt a bit like fan fiction in the beginning. It kind of felt like I was reading someone’s fantasy election season. Like the 2016 election was so bad that they just created their own.

 

Once I hit the halfway mark, things got a whole lot better. The story finally seemed to be picking up and I was able to connect more with the characters. The friendship between the widows also started to blossom at this point and that’s when the book actually started to work for me. However, their friendship never reached its full potential. I would loved to have seen more of them together. A lot of the times two or three of them would be hanging out but not all four of them. 

 

Out of all the widows, I loved Cady and her storyline the most. She had the most development and was really the glue that brought everyone together. 

 

As much as I loved Cady, my favorite character was Parker. I loved his sense of humor and his bar was such a genius idea. 

 

Overall, this was your average chick lit novel, just with an election backdrop.

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review 2018-06-03 05:09
The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan - My Thoughts
The Crimson Campaign - Brian McClellan

I'm late in writing up my thoughts again.  Bad habit, that.  I must get better.  Especially when the read was as good as this one was.

I totally enjoyed my first foray into what they call Flintlock Fantasy with the first book in this trilogy, Promise of Blood, so finally, tired of waiting for this second book to go on sale, I actually paid full price for it.  $12.99 for an e-book published 4 years ago.  That is SO not me.  But I needed to read it!

All my favourites were back - well, except the ones the author killed off in the first book!  *LOL*  Adamat, the police inspector; Tamas, the veteran field marshal; Taniel Two-shot, Tamas' son and powerful powder mage; Ka-poel, Vlora, Bor, Olem... and more. 

I love the fullness of the characters, not a one is totally light or totally dark.  They're nuanced and believable.  The setting is richly drawn, the atmosphere alive and the world-building nothing short of remarkable, IMO.  The plots are intricate, be they the big over-arching ones or the small, private ones.

Brian McClellan is a terrific story-teller and I love the world he's created and the people he's populated it with.  The third novel of the trilogy is calling for me as are all the novellas and short stories. 

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text 2018-04-29 21:20
I will not buy your fucking book*
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership - James Comey
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History - Katy Tur
Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling - Matthew Chozick
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doom... Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign - Jonathan Allen,Amie Parnes

* with apologies to Josh Olson

 

To make money, and piles of it, off the mess you helped to create and which is hurting millions upon millions upon millions of people, is like killing your parents and then claiming mercy because you're an orphan.

 

 

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text 2018-01-23 07:55
How To Improve As A Software Developer

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There are many ways by which a developer can improve their game when it comes to custom software development especially when dealing with design, domains and architecture.

A skilled programmer is one who can tackle a complex problem by breaking it into smaller ones. Each small piece will then be solved before the entire thing is put back in order thus solving the original problem.

Domain problems are solved with the help of a tool – software. It is necessary in majority of domains thus it is recommended to create one that is interesting for you. A developer’s motivation is a result of domain knowledge. Companies will appreciate and value a developer who understands a domain very well.

Do not tie yourself into a single way of coding because of one domain. Make sure you have more than one trick up your sleeves.

When planning a code, do not stay in front of the computer. This can aid you in creating a clear model in your mind before you start the actual coding. The same goes when writing because the absence of an outline can lead to a complicated content.

If you find yourself stuck, the best way to go on is to use pen and paper in writing the program. This practice is often seen in programming competitions.

When performing custom software development, you are considered an architect thus you must cover all blind spots and you have to know everything from the front end, back end, the OS, network, data store, hardware as well as the data center.

 

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