Archives for Book summaries

Book summary: Writing Monsters

This is my (partial) summary for the book “Writing Monsters” by Philip Athans. It’s a book with advice and tips for fiction authors on writing effective monsters for your stories. Instead of following the book structure, I’m going to try to summarise a selection of its ideas. Predictability is the enemy of horror This is by […]

Book summary: 2k to 10k

This is my summary of the book “2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love” by Rachel Aaron. It’s a very short e-book (also available as audio book) with tips for writers. It’s only $0.99 so definitely worth the money and the time if you’re looking for some writing advice […]

Book summary: The Information Diet (III)

This is the third and last part of my summary of “The Information Diet” by Clay Johnson (you can also read the first and second parts). This part covers part III: Social Obesity. Social Obesity The only way we can solve the problem of information obesity is to change the economics of information (the information […]

Book summary: The Information Diet (II)

This is the second part of my summary of “The Information Diet” by Clay Johnson (you can also read the first part). This part covers part II: The Information Diet. EDIT: the third and final part is finally published. The Information Diet First of all: fasting is not dieting. It’s good to disconnect, but unplugging […]

Book summary: The Information Diet (I)

This is the first part of my summary of “The Information Diet” by Clay Johnson, which I got through the O’Reilly Reader Reviews program. The book is about the information we consume, and by drawing parallels to food diets, come up with ways to be consume information in a more concious and healthier way. The […]

Book summary: Coding Freedom

These are my notes for “Coding Freedom“, a sociology/anthropology book that analyses the free software community. You can download it for free from its website, or buy a paper version. These notes cover only the history of free software, which I found very interesting even if I basically knew it already. 1970-1984: The commodification of […]

Book summary: See What I Mean (II)

This is the second half of my summary of “See What I Mean“, by Kevin Cheng. It covers from chapter 6 until the end. See the first half on this blog. Laying out the comic Once the script is ready, you sketch the comic storyboard to answers these questions: Composition of each panel (where characters […]

Book summary: See What I Mean (I)

Oh, boy. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? This is the first post of the year, and it will be about the first book I’ve finished, “See What I Mean” by Kevin Cheng (which, by the way, I got from O’Reilly’s Blogger Review Program). It’s a book about using comics “for work”, to communicate ideas […]

Book summary: Eating Animals

This is my summary of the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Contrary to what the title may suggest, it’s not a “vegetarian book” defending some variant of the argument “animals are cute, don’t kill them”: it’s a book about factory farming (it’s true that one of the conclusions is that you essentially have […]

Book summary: Living with Complexity

This is my summary of the book “Living with Complexity”, by Donald A. Norman (of “The Design of Everyday Things” fame, among others). It’s a book about how it’s wrong to consider complexity (in design) a bad thing. I have skipped a fair deal of the text in the summary, mostly because it wasn’t applicable […]