Book: River out of Eden

A short little book about Darwinian evolution. Dawkins uses the metaphor of a river of information (the information being the genetic sequences in all life on Earth) to explain the workings of evolution and natural selection. Good as usual, although lighter than his earlier works.

Book: Peer-to-Peer: Building Secure, Scalable, and Manageable Networks

Note to self: when you want to get a book on a technical subject, go with geek-oriented publishers like O’Reilly.

This book is terrible. It has a few good insights about building P2P systems, but the collective wisdom of this volume could easily fit in a book less than a quarter of the size. The rest is filled with rambling prose, condescending and superfluous metaphors, and atrocious grammar. Bleh.