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    Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell

    Well written and very captivating; the method used for the audiobook was worth a second "read" or listen.

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    Just finished This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Overall enjoyed it a lot, with a unique and detailed premise and two complex, likeable leads in August and Kate, who were both extremely sympathetic while never really allowing the reader to forget that neither is a completely good person (the lack of romance between them was also refreshing, coming from a YA book).

    The expository segments felt a little heavy-handed, but there's a lot of important details in the setting to comb through, so I'll give it a pass. My only real complaint was that the ending felt a bit rushed, and also like it was backpedaling on details of the plot's high-concept elements introduced earlier. Looking forward to reading the sequel in the future.

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    So thanks to the holidays and gifts and gift cards, I've gotten myself hugely distracted from finishing The Neutrino Alchemist (its now my at work lunch book just so I can keep making progress on it). However I have read and finished the following:

    The Thief of Always by Clive Barker - Was a nice quick read, reminded me a lot of Coraline, but was written 14 years beforehand. Fantastic magical land with a dark secret that feeds upon children.

    Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee - A bit of a prequel to the Thor movie. Takes place in victorian London, where Loki is investigating a string of magical murders as punishment for shenanigans. Overall decent, but some of the fan pandering was obnoxious. Loki did not need to be the one suggesting to the human organization to call themselves S.H.E.I.L.D. As per usual poor communication kills.

    I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Klaus by S. G. Browne - A quirky romp with Zombies where they are still sentient. Main character is a Zombie escaped from a lab at Christmas time, and dresses up as a Santa to go unnoticed. While trying to free his still captive friends he runs across a little girl in need of a Christmas miracle who reminds him of his own kiddo. Surprisingly heartwarming overall, if a bit dodgy on the morality side of things, protagonist centered morality is in full effect.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse by Ming Ming - An alternate take on NGE where the main characters all have magical weaponry they use to fight off mysterious beings for the sake of preserving the world. Gets almost as mind screwy as the original, but in new and interesting ways.

    Hiker Trash: Notes, Sketches, and Other Detritus from the Appalachian Trail by Sarah Kaizar - A nonfiction book with pictures of and logbook notes from the Appalachian Trail. An interesting look into the culture of backpack hiking.

    The Book of Nod by Sam Chupp - A lore book for Vampire the Masquerade, kind of a vampire bible. Details early vampire lore and history along with having prophecy regarding vampire end times.

    And currently reading Rage by Jonathan Maberry - Its the newest Joe Ledger novel where they're trying to deal with a hate plague, ala 28 days later, or at least that's the impression I've got so far. Nice interesting romp so far, looking forward to seeing if my speculation on who the enemy players are pan out.
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    Dodger by Terry Pratchett, I have two weeks to read a book in English and I happened to have that one lying on a shelf for years. I don't think much of it for now but I've only read the first couple chapters.
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    It being the time of year when not much else is going on, I decided to try something a bit meatier and got out Mayer's The Crusades, which I picked up at a yard sale a few years ago for a quarter. So far, I'm not sure I didn't overpay.

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    The One Right Way: Fredrick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency.

    It's a surprisingly present book. There was an awful lot of misinformation, political histrionics, and open-handed manipulation of American voters in the early 1900s too. It's really quite disturbing how deeply similar the politics of 1920 are to the politics of 2020.

    It's also fascinating how something as small as the size of a shovel head can dramatically influence the amount of labor a single person can produce in a given amount of time.

    For those curious - Taylor was the business tycoon who devised the modern system of management. He's the one who proposed that the 5-day, 8-hour workday was the peak efficiency for human labor. He's also the guy who first suggested a minimum wage, rotating shifts and specialized equipment for each step of a manufacturing process.

    In his time he was hated by pretty much everyone. Competing "Robber Barons" considered him a socialist sympathizer and too willing to excuse laziness. Union bosses and organized laborers saw him as a soulless, ruthless enemy of the working-class. Other sociologists saw him as a utpoian idealist with no rational understanding of the human condition.

    Bear in mind, prior to Taylor's system of efficiency the average worker worked 6 days a week at 12 hours without shifts. Wages were barely enough to pay for housing unless the worker signed their apartment or home to their employer. Actual output was also completely scattered. The vast majority of businesses both big and small were producing at just under half their potential output.
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    Fiction - I've just started Ursula K Le Guin's The Dispossessed. It's been in my to-read pile for way too long. So far, I can see why it's considered a classic of the genre.

    Non-fiction - Manufacturing Consent by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky. Without going into details, let's just say that it's extremely relevant at the moment.
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    reading back thru the entire wheel of time series. haven't done that in years. i'm in the middle of book 5, Lord of Chaos atm.
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    Malcolm Gladdwell "Talking to Strangers" burned through it a few times in a row....it honestly is becoming less interesting as I go through. Gladwell's style is wearing on me I thing.

    rereading "The Plague" by Albert Camus
    Rather interesting how I view the book differently at 18, 28, and 38

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    Jack London's "Martin Eden", rereading "War and Peace" by Tolstoj. Awesome books, both )

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    Just finished Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, on the forum's recommendation. It's a good read overall, Grossman has a strong understanding of comic-book cliches and how to pull apart and stretch them into new shapes, and his prose is smooth and breezy throughout, but sometimes it's too smooth and breezy. Fight scenes are so fast it's hard to tell what's happening sometimes, some plot-important conversations get summed up as paragraph blocks while other, less-relevant ones get detailed in full, and the constant cutting between Dr. Impossible's past and present felt unnecessary when it wasn't just confusing. I enjoyed it, but it definitely could've benefited from another round or two with an editor.

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    I've read and re-read some of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, plus the Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman which is #6 in The Invisible Library series, like the others there's Dragons, Fae, Librarians, a Sherlock Holmes-ish character (not the lead POV one though), if I had known that it would be a six book (and counting!) series I likely wouldn't have picked up the first book in the series, but I'm glad I did as it's still a "page-turner", and I've also been reading a lot of free on-line amateur fiction.
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    Currently reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It's been surprisingly engaging and I like it a lot.

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    Right now I'm reading a manga version of Emma by Jane Austen because I'm participating in a book discussion group and didn't want to read the real thing. Gonna see if I can fake my way through it on Wednesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velaryon View Post
    Right now I'm reading a manga version of Emma by Jane Austen because I'm participating in a book discussion group and didn't want to read the real thing. Gonna see if I can fake my way through it on Wednesday.
    Having attempted Jabe Austen on a number of occassions, I can definitely understand that approach.

    Just finished my Valentine's reread of Tanith Lee's The Silver Metal Lover, which remains simply superb in the revisit. It's definitely one of Lee's easier works, both in the sense that the story is straightforward and the writing is lush, but not the baroque tone poem that some of her work can be, but it's still a really excellent little novel.
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    I am about 2/3 through a reread of The Wandering Inn webserial.
    The end of what Son? The story? There is no end. There's just the point where the storytellers stop talking.

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    Right now, I'm close to finishing the first Powdermage book. It's an interesting concept, and overall a pretty good book. Unfortunately, I've had like no time to read it because of school, work, and other commitments.
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