@abook4you

The @abook4you website is linked to the @abook4you Twitter bot. The website also crossposts to Facebook and Tumblr. You can see a full description of the bot on the About page.

The content on all four is mostly generated on a fully-automated basis, focusing on book recommendations, alongside reviews from both critics and readers. Additionally, they all feature a stream of book-related quotes.

The bot is possible due to the explosion in access to public databases through APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), and scripting. The Twitter bot is able to respond autonomously to unique mentions requesting a book recommendation, as long as a genre is cited. However, the 140-character limitation does not allow for much, so the website vastly expands the amount of information that can be presented.

In addition to more data, the bot functionality has been enhanced to manage content on the website. Apart from posting, storing and indexing, it is now possible to solicit a genre-specific recommendations via a form request, and if the query is successful, a user-generated post will result. Similarly, a search query can be made via a separate form request, with a user-generated post also created if the query is successful. In order to assist with the search query, a Google custom search tool is also available. Lastly, fully functional membership and social tools have been deployed, and there is a forum for members to have their say. In summary, visitors, and members can populate the website with content that they generate.

Developed pro-bono, and for the fun of it, by @replies4u (feel free to see more bot examples at http://www.r4utools.co.uk).

A literature book recommendation: Extraordinary Adventures: A Novel by Daniel Wallace

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2iAqlE7.
Daniel Wallace is one of those rare, wonderful writers who make it look easy. You find yourself chortling and sometimes laughing aloud as you breeze through his novels, which makes it possible to overlook the artistry and expertise that render his characters so vivid and his plots so engaging.
Book description from Google Books:
**One of PopSugar’s Best 2017 Spring Books for Women**A large-hearted and optimistic novel, Extraordinary Adventures is the latest from the New York Times bestselling Daniel Wallace.Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there’s a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.
The book is rated 3.59/5 at goodreads.com, from 497 ratings. See 145 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iznQBR.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2iy3MQA.

A politics book recommendation: A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Cannon Gibney

A critic review (source Globe and Mail) can be read at: https://tgam.ca/2zSITaW.
A Generation of Sociopaths is, no doubt, a damning, searingly relevant indictment. But it’s tripped up by a number of glaring flaws in Gibney’s analysis.
Book description from Google Books:
In his “remarkable” (Men’s Journal) and “controversial” (Fortune) book — written in a “wry, amusing style” (The Guardian) — Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations.Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts–acting, in other words, as sociopaths–the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible–and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off. Gibney argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America.
The book is rated 3.71/5 at goodreads.com, from 303 ratings. See 73 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2zTl7LZ.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2j2I2fG.

A war book recommendation: Spoils by Brian Van Reet

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2zIJOL0.
Yet Spoils is undeniably engrossing all the same – and smart, too, embedding in its structure a sharp appraisal of the conflict…
Book description from Google Books:
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence “An electrifying debut” (The Economist) that maps the blurred lines between good and evil, soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished. It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already-simmering insurgency intent on making Iraq the next graveyard of empires.In dazzling and propulsive prose, Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines: Cassandra, a nineteen-year-old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu Al-Hool, a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a simmering crisis of conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within, including the new wave of far more radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed, a tank crewman who goes along with a “victimless” crime, the consequences of which are more awful than any he could have imagined.Depicting a war spinning rapidly out of control, destined to become a modern classic, Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the achingly human cost of combat.
The book is rated 3.93/5 at goodreads.com, from 341 ratings. See 91 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iSABrw.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2iT484h.

A politics book recommendation: A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Cannon Gibney

A critic review (source Globe and Mail) can be read at: https://tgam.ca/2zSITaW.
A Generation of Sociopaths is, no doubt, a damning, searingly relevant indictment. But it’s tripped up by a number of glaring flaws in Gibney’s analysis.
Book description from Google Books:
In his “remarkable” (Men’s Journal) and “controversial” (Fortune) book — written in a “wry, amusing style” (The Guardian) — Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations.Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts–acting, in other words, as sociopaths–the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible–and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off. Gibney argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America.
The book is rated 3.71/5 at goodreads.com, from 303 ratings. See 73 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2zTl7LZ.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2j2I2fG.