Mike Christie

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (21 of 22)
Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA
Birthday: March 31
In My Own Words:
I'm a computer professional in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, originally from the UK. I'm interested in science fiction, history, mathematics, word puzzles, and most other things if I have time.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 394,328 - Total Helpful Votes: 21 of 22
Deepwater Petroleum Exploration & Production: A No&hellip by William L. Leffler
This is a good place to start if you're looking for a very general introduction to deepwater exploration and production (E&P). Almost nothing gets a lot of detail, but almost nothing is omitted. The chapters cover the following topics:
1 - history of offshore drilling
2 - the move into deeper and deeper water in the eighties
3 - exploration
4 - drilling and completion
5 - development systems
6 - fixed structures -- compliant towers, concrete, etc.
7 - floating systems -- TLPs, FPSOs, spars, and so on
8 - subsea systems
9 - topsides
10 - piplines, flowlines, and risers
11 - technology and the future
The writing is sound, and… Read more
Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in&hellip by Thomas Goltz
Thomas Goltz spent six years as a reporter in and around Azerbaijan, starting in 1991. He saw the collapse of the USSR and the start of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, and filed many war-zone reports. The result is fascinating, though a little uneven in places: Goltz is a fine war reporter, but not the best historiographer in the world.
Despite the title, the book is not quite a diary, although there is a good detail of day-to-day detail about life in Azerbaijan (he spent most of his time in Baku). The book's two main foci are the political history of Azerbaijan during this period, and the conflict with Armenia. The political history is done very well -- Goltz introduces a… Read more
Wars Of The Roses by Desmond Seward
Wars Of The Roses by Desmond Seward
Seward has taken five key players in the Wars of the Roses and told their stories. The result is entertaining and full of good factual information, but as a story it is so lopsided as to be useless if you're not already familiar with the history of the period.
Seward writes well enough, though his style's not as entertaining as Alison Weir's (whose history of this period is a much better place to start). The problem is not his style, though; there are simply too many threads in the story for this to be a good way of telling it. Seward tries hard to make the historical sequence mesh with the stories of his five protagonists; he cuts the story into chapters which are in chronological… Read more