Review: The Gunman

The Gunman
The Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A short little noir gem that starts out with one of the genre’s most clich├ęd plot lines (a hitman who wants to get out of the game!) and then proceeds to turn its many conventions on their heads. Great fun.

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Review: Data And Reality

Data And Reality
Data And Reality by William Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantastic book about the challenge of modeling the world with computers. It was written decades ago but it might have been written yesterday. The questions it poses have for the most part not been answered to any satisfaction. I also think it manages to foreshadow some of the more recent research about the role of metaphor in language and thought. Highly recommended.

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