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This is the cycle of authors named Steve who publish with their middle initial.


22. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

These two Steves ramble around studying numbers and looking at wacky correlations of data about crime, sumo wrestling and other things that seem unconnected. The Steves do a decent job of hammering home that correlation != causation while doing a decent job of trying to find actual causes. A decent read, and much quicker to get through than I expected. I hated the end note style - notes were unreferenced in the text, so you had to go flip to the end of the book and see if they put in a note for the fact you wanted to check.

23. Ariel by Steven R. Boyett

A boy and his unicorn in a fairy tale post-apocalyptic world. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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djinnthespazz
Sep. 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ariel had a sequel? Really? I didn't think he left room for a sequel at the end of that book.

I still get freaked when I sit on a wobbly chair. Ick.
curgoth
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yup. Ariel just got re-released, and the sequel, Elegy Beach is on its way some time soon, though I will probably wait for paperback. The re-release of Ariel has a rambling bit atthe back about Boyett's life and musing on writing Ariel, footnoted with even more recent bits. One of the parts includes him being very clear about there never ever ever being a sequel to Ariel, and a footnote mentioning that he wrote one.
djinnthespazz
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Well, okay then. That makes much more sense!
tocityguy
Sep. 12th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I've read Freakonomics and found it quite interesting. (I listened to it as an audio book - I seem to find more time for literature in the car than anywhere else)

What I found really interesting was how contraversial the findings on abortion and crime was. That and I need to find a bigger bonus for my agent if I ever do sell my home.
uniquecrash5
Sep. 12th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ariel, wow, that takes me back.
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