Thursday, January 14, 2010
Review of Seattle Adventures by Kalpanik S., reviewed by Ann Coghill
Title: Seattle Adventures
Author: Kalpanik S.
Genre: nonfiction, memoir
Reviewer: Ann Coghill (Lynchburg, Virginia, USA)
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kalpanik S. is the pen name of a software industry executive who first came to the U.S. during the dot.com boom of the 1980s. This book is in a journal style, partly about moving to a new city (Seattle) and partly a behind-the-scenes look at his new job at a revolutionary company ("Congo.com," aka Amazon.com). It's a quick, entertaining read. Kalpanik's style of writing is easy-to-read and humorous. He is also at times brutally honest about himself and the realities of being an executive in the highly fluid IT industry. There's enough descriptions of his working experiences to give a glimpse of the reality employees face, but I still came away feeling like there was much more I could have learned from him.