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American Gods

14 Jun 2018

American Gods made its way on to my reading list again for some unknown reason. I think someone asked me if I liked Neil Gaiman and as usual I said "Who?" This is a road trip book at its core as well as a book about American culture.

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NOS4A2

18 May 2018

After reading Horns, I put NOS4A2 on my list and was excited to get to it. The dark comedy genre really fits my personality for some reason, and NOS4A2 fits right into that. One might say reasonably that this book is actually horror, but a little horror with a bit of comedy usually is more of a comedy to me.

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The Dispossessed

30 Apr 2018

Taya recommend another Ursula K. Le Guin book, The Dispossessed, which is set roughly in the same scifi universe as The Left Hand of Darkness. The planet is different, the characters and story are different, but there is a feeling of similarity to everything that is comforting. Overall the book was fantastic, both in execution and idea.

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Authority

22 Apr 2018

Authority is the second book in the Southern Reach trilogy, the first being Annihilation. I would classify these both as literary science fiction, if that is a thing. Altogether very different from the first, but stylistically the same. We get to experince the story from a different character's perspective and this made the pair of books much more fulfilling. Sadly this did not make the movie any more comprehensible.

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Artemis

06 Apr 2018

From the author of The Martian, Artemis is a great heist story set on the moon in the future. Once again he strikes just the right balance between getting the scientific details right and telling a great story. Just like his other book, I had trouble putting this down until I was through with it.

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Rise and Kill First

04 Apr 2018

I saw a review for Rise and Kill First a month or so ago and immediately put it on my reading list. I decided to read it after I picked up about ten books for my next batch of reading. This is a tremendous piece of history. The subtitle is "The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations" which is basically all you need to know.

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The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee

22 Mar 2018

The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee was recommended by our future pediatrician. In many ways it is a book about living a Jewish life and how that applies to situations involving children. In other ways it is just a pretty good parenting book that uses Talmudic thought to ground the reasoning behind certain ideas. Overall this was a very interesting book when you take from it what you want even if you don't want to go too deep into Jewish theology.

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Station Eleven

20 Mar 2018

Another suggestion from Amazon's list of best books, Station Eleven is a story about humanity and civilization. The setting is before, during, and after a pandemic that wipes out the majority of the population and therefore brings our modern world to a halt. The narrative jumps back and forth across time and between narrator in a style that worked for me. Overall a good book that I would certainly recommend, but which I found lacking due to the span of time and potential to explore this future world.

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Dark Matter

15 Mar 2018

In trying to keep the sources of my books diverse I pull from some lists periodically just to keep an eye on what other people are reading. Dark Matter was the Amazon best book of July 2016 for whatever that is worth. A science fiction thriller driven by some hand wavy quantum mechanics.

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Shoe Dog

12 Mar 2018

Shoe Dog, the autobiography or memoir by Phil Knight, is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining account of the rise of the most iconic brand in sports, Nike. I found myself desparate to find out what happened next even though I already knew the broad strokes of most of the story.

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