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REVIEW: "Islands in the Clickstream", Richard Thieme

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKISLCLK.RVW 20041017 Islands in the Clickstream , Richard Thieme, 2004, 1-931836-22-1, U$29.95/C$34.95 %A Richard Thieme %C 800 Hingham Street,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2005
      BKISLCLK.RVW 20041017

      "Islands in the Clickstream", Richard Thieme, 2004, 1-931836-22-1,
      %A Richard Thieme
      %C 800 Hingham Street, Rockland, MA 02370
      %D 2004
      %G 1-931836-22-1
      %I Syngress Media, Inc.
      %O U$29.95/C$34.95 781-681-5151 fax: 781-681-3585 amy@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931836221/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931836221/robsladesin03-20
      %O tl i rl 2 tc 1 ta 2 tv 1 wq 4
      %P 336 p.
      %T "Islands in the Clickstream"

      Some describe Thieme's "Islands in the Clickstream" columns as poetry.
      So they are: semi-connected strings of imagery, rather than full
      narratives. Thieme himself, in the introduction, describes them as
      sermons, and there is a sermonic structure to them as well: sequences
      of vignettes, not necessarily related to those immediately before or
      after, but somehow always circling back to where they began.

      There are a gross of columns in this book, loosely grouped into
      topical chapters. Thieme's writing is usually gentle. There is
      enough erudition to make it interesting reading, but not so much as to
      require study on the part of the reader. There are ideas that could
      be pursued, and aphorisms that sound intriguingly profound on first
      reading, but nothing that demands attention, or deep analysis. Such a
      philosophical, and even new age, treatment of the technical world is
      bound to be popular with many. We are gently chided for our
      thoughtless ways, but the work is, overall, upbeat. (There is another
      sermon-like aspect to the writing: after you become familiar with the
      body of work, you start to recognize illustrations when they show up
      again :-)

      This book would probably find a place at many bedsides, and the cover
      graphic, of a tropical island, might also suggest that it would suit
      for a vacation where you did not want too much technical intrusion.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKISLCLK.RVW 20041017

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      http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev or http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade
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