Larry M. Coleman

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Location: Avon, OH United States
Birthday: June 8
In My Own Words:
I'm a pilot and flight instructor teaching people to fly all over Northeast Ohio. I started writing reviews because I found reading other reviews useful in making a purchasing decision, and wanted to return some of that utility.


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Zimmermans Algorithm by Andrew Swann
Zimmermans Algorithm by Andrew Swann
I hate giving bad reviews. Some people enjoy trashing things; I'd rather rave about an excellent book I would recommend to others. Usually, if I don't like a book, I just go on to the next one. Unfortunately, this one is so bad it deserves a warning label. I only managed to make it to the end because I never abandon a book.
This is the worst novel I have ever read. I am amazed that it was even accepted by an agent, much less a publisher. If this publisher had bothered to put it before an editor, it probably would have died there. It has potential, but is so flawed that even a good editor would probably be unable to salvage it. Unfortunately, there wasn't even a _copy_ editor for this… Read more
How Networks Work by Frank Derfler
How Networks Work by Frank Derfler
This book makes the somewhat complicated technology of networks too simple to be of any real use in understanding what really goes on, but uses terminology that would confuse its target audience. It's a little like a tour guide who tells you how to get somewhere by telling you that the place you're looking for is right by the Foo, Bar, and Baz, Inc. Building--if you don't already know the city, you probably don't know where the Foo, Bar, and Baz Building is, either.
At times, the authors' noble efforts at simplification succeed even too well, stripping out so many parts that the explanation is misleadingly simple; the section on IP addressing is a good example of this. In addition, the… Read more
House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition by Mark Z. Danielewski
This book is actually two books in one--one good, one bad. The story of the eerie house, with an immense dark space inside, like the immense, surreal world of dreams contained within each of us that is at the same time larger than the brain that contains it, is excellent, in spite of the second story's--the tattooer's apprentice/editor--worst efforts. The edginess and aspirations of the avant garde and the onion-skin layering of plots are interesting but, frankly, unnecessary. Ditto the warped page layouts that creep in as the book gets thicker--Shakespeare managed to write volumes of brilliance without once feeling the need to resort to typographical gimmicks. Nevertheless, the story is… Read more