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Rate The Last Book You Read #3

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The Elementals by Michael McDowell 8/10

Kind of a little crazy at the end, but I'm a total sucker for southern gothic. This was the funnest book I've read in a long time. Nothing highbrow, just good, sandy fun.

Currently, I'm working on Fletch's Moxie by Gregory McDonald. So far, it's just okay. Kind of out there and random, but...eh, okay. I'll give it a rating when I'm done.
 

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Everything But The Truth - Gilliam McAllister 5/10 - so called psychological thriller. Too long, story too dull, more of a romance. Skip read it to the end, but it wasn't good.
 
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I'm finding publishing houses are slapping the lable "psychological thriller" on everything; most of it not remotely thrilling or psyche related.
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I remember the days when only Ruth Rendell wrote psychological thrillers/crime. :((

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. 4/5. Not as good as the first book in the series, but a decent follow up. I’m anxiously awaiting the last book in this series.

Nemesis Games by James SA Corey. 4/5. Very relieved by this story because I was disappointed with Caliban’s War.
 

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"Lie in the Dark", by Dan Fesperman, a crime novel set in Sarajevo during the war in the Nineties. A quite enjoyable mystery. The war in ex-Yugoslavia was the first war that felt "real" to me, as I was in my teens, people I knew were posted there and one of my friends was a refugee from Sarajevo. Reading a novel set in that tine and space was interesting. 8/10
 

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Fletch's Moxie by Gregory McDonald 4/10 Kind of just meh.

Just this morning started reading The Drowner by John D. MacDonald (who wrote Cape Fear). It's much better. I'll update later.
 

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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus - Ludwig Wittgenstein
It takes a bold (mad lad) person to think they can essentially finish philosophy and sweep the rug out from under their mentor’s life-project and feet (sorry Russell)

As someone who loves an aphoristic style, this is right up my alley. As someone who isn’t really that interested in deconstructing language, it is not. But Wittgenstein is enough of a delight to read for it to even out. And sometimes he is a real winner:

"Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity." (4.112)

”Most propositions and questions that have treated philosophical problems are not false. They are nonsense. Therefor we cannot answer this type of proposition, only confirm that they are nonsense.” (4.003
) (realizing I’m sounding like a nerd, but this made me LOL for real)

I also enjoy his apophatic conclusion (even though, to his own chagrin, he wrote another book, sadly proving this was not the end all be all to philosophy or the logic of language ;))

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent” (7)
 

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins-5.5/10
I was super hyped for this prequel to my favorite book series The Hunger Games, and I was disappointed, so for now it's only a 5.5/10 until I've had time to process it, and eventually re-read it. While I love expanding the world and the Capitol and learning more about a young President Snow, I just don't think it was executed well. It feels like several references to the original series were shoe-horned in here, like "look here's this, isn't that cool? see it's all connected?" It's too on the nose in some cases and the book title is not subtle at all. The book is also too long.
Tigris, a brief character in Mockingjay, is apparently President Snow's cousin, but she's hardly in this book enough to justify this reason, which is sort of a retcon, but not really.
Now there is a lot of good in here. A lot of backstory on the war, on how the hunger games were created and how they have evolved. While I didn't like the ending of the book, after reading it, the purpose of the book was clear. This is not the story of a young and in love President Snow and how he got his heart broken. That's in there a bit, but what it really is, it's how young Coriolanus Snow makes a series of decisions and has influences that turn him into the cold and callus future President of Panem. The book also lacks any rel compelling characters. It's not a book I will read a lot like the trilogy. I wanted to love it, though!
 

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The Dog Who Dared To Dream - Sun-Mi Hwang 4/5

Read it in about an hour and half, so not a long book, however very sad in places.
 

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Before there was Neil Gaiman, there were others, including Robert Weinberg. (Okay, checked, Sandman came out about the same time, but if the book I'm about to mention inspired him to write American Gods then I wouldn't be surprised.)

My earning a living is so chaotic right now. A lot of constant rescheduling and waiting for phone calls. It leaves me pretty worn out mentally, and because I don't want to get too wrapped up in something when I get called (as I can be spaced out a couple of minutes or so as I shake it off, in addition to irritated that I got yanked out) I've been not reading much. It looks as if everything is going to work out very soon, and if it does I'm going to spend a week or so just listening to relaxing music and reading some old favorites that I haven't read in years or even decades, starting with A Logical Magician (or maybe second, a RWBY novel just came out and is on the way, I might read that first).

In my pile of books includes The Death of Buffy. I'll probably get to that one last.
 

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The Violent Bear it Away - Flannery O’Connor
This was so much darker than I was prepared for. I went into this thinking something like ”oh, nice Catholic lady who wrote few but great novels before her premature death, this’ll be interesting”. And it was interesting, but also so much grittier, dark, and deeply tragic then I had expected. Basically, I did not have a good time reading this, I will not put it on my re-read list, but it was excellently written and felt very real, though a lot of the sensibilites are off-putting now (from mental disabilities to race) they give a glimpse into a different time and gratefulness for the present. Not sure I would recommend it, except if one is very interested in either a) Modern American Gothic literature or b) religious fanaticism
 

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Suede: The Biography (revised updated edition). By David Barnett.

Definitely worth reading if you are a fan of the band.

 

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I'm trying to read Jordan B Peterson's 12 Rules For Life. Has anyone read it? It's tough going, too many Biblical references for me. Should I keep going? So far I give it 4/10
 

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I'm trying to read Jordan B Peterson's 12 Rules For Life. Has anyone read it? It's tough going, too many Biblical references for me. Should I keep going? So far I give it 4/10
Stray with it! He is a breath of sanity in the insane and cruel postmodernist world. I haven't read it but I follow his videos and agree with many of his points.
 
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Thanks, I'll stick with it.

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I'm trying to read Jordan B Peterson's 12 Rules For Life. Has anyone read it? It's tough going, too many Biblical references for me. Should I keep going? So far I give it 4/10
I read it, I disliked the Biblical references for a different reason but honestly, it just wasnt a book for me. I found it, ironically, to be a bit of a chaotic mess, filled with surface readings and digressions. Basically a lot of sophistry, borrowed concepts and quotes, boiled down into one overwhelming slew of references mixed with some common sense but barely supported by the skeleton of the 12 rules, which are, to be fair, good rules.

I think it is great that it has helped a lot of people and that people like him, but if you’re at a 4 now, I can’t imagine it gets better. If I recall correctly it was only the final two chapters where I felt he actually started to realize what book he even wanted to write and it wasn’t really the one he’d written.

I’d say a summary of the rules is sufficient for those of us who aren’t really into his style of writing.
 
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Thanks. Yes the chaos/order stuff seems a bit shallow and restrictive, but I'll give it a couple more chapters

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The shape of night - Tess Gerritsen 1/5
So, I was in the mood for a crime novel. I've read Tess Gerritsen before and I enjoy 50% of her Rizzoli and Isles series (generally I dislike the Maura-centric books), but I like her writing and I'm quite author-loyal when I find one that I like, so I picked up this relative new release to bring to the beach this weekend.

I was expecting a murder mystery and some detective work/amateur sleuthing.

I got ghost porn.

Yup, ghost porn.

Literally, 50 Shades of Grey with a 150 year old ghost. Ghost BDSM. A protagonist thinking she's a "whore" so she "deserves it"

Oh, and somewhere in the background it is hinted that she did something she regrets, and somewhere even further in the background there is an actual murder "mystery", kind of, but the central focus of the book is ghost sex.

So, if you want Harlequin/Mills & Boon meets ghosts meets murder… congrats! Because this book exists.

I might've been able to forgive the ghost sex if the writing had been up to Gerritsen's usual standard but honestly, this book is such a bizarre installment into her bibliograpy that I'm suspecting invasion of the body snatchers.
 
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I like the idea of Ghost porn as a genre name even though it probably sucks!...
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I'm sure there was some sucking . . . (sorry!)

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Irreversible Damage by Abigail Shrier - a compassionate and moving look at how young girls are being affected by transgenderism sweeping through social media. I read it in two days, couldn't put it down, absolutely compelling 10/10
 
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