Excellent read. Tons of data, presented in an entertaining way. Garbage middens tell the tragic tale over and over - eat all the animals, cut down allExcellent read. Tons of data, presented in an entertaining way. Garbage middens tell the tragic tale over and over - eat all the animals, cut down all the trees, eat all the plants, then start eating each other.
Very relevant to the impending collapses in the current world, as well as the collective [in]ability of humans to slow or prevent them....more
Great book, couldn't put it down. Read it in one day, which I can't remember doing for a novel of this length before. Great strong female protagonist.Great book, couldn't put it down. Read it in one day, which I can't remember doing for a novel of this length before. Great strong female protagonist. Great concept, engaging and emotional character development. And, on a different level, a cutting commentary on modern society. When I look at the fascism and propaganda that exist in America today, I can definitely imagine a future that looks a lot like Panem. And I love the inside joke about the name Panem, and how the theme of bread is worked into the plot - especially since I didn't get it until she pointed it out in a later book. Bread and circuses indeed. Lol......more
Here's a tip to immerse yourself and get a lot more out of this book - as they visit the caves, google images from the actual caves. And for the finalHere's a tip to immerse yourself and get a lot more out of this book - as they visit the caves, google images from the actual caves. And for the final cave, watch the documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (it's on Netflix streaming). I think the negative reviews are too harsh. I agree that some of the repetition should have been edited, the plot was weak, and the song of the mother is pretty cringeworthy. However, I personally loved the description of the caves, and didn't find them boring. As I said, it was very immersive to look at the actual paintings as I read the book. But, I am a spelunker, and I love the beauty of caves, so I probably have a much higher tolerance for repeated descriptions of caving excursions. And as for the repetition, I actually found most of it comforting and immersive as well. Life in Aula's stone age time WAS very slow paced and repetitive. it was a nice escape to leave behind the world of 24-7 constant information bombardment age and imagine a slow paced life, where you could experience life *deeper*. I think this book has been so long coming that many of the negative reviewers forgot what they liked about the earlier books, or have evolved different, harsher tastes as they've matured and become more sophisticated. anyway, I enjoyed the book, I didn't feel the need to skim ( except over that silly song), and overall found it a pleasurable and fulfilling visit to Ayla's world to close out the series....more
CHS is one of the few authors / bloggers who can see past the mainstream media and fascist status quo bread and circuses propaganda, and make truly inCHS is one of the few authors / bloggers who can see past the mainstream media and fascist status quo bread and circuses propaganda, and make truly insightful observations about the converging macro trends which will make the next decade or two very eventful.
I'm a longtime follower of his blog, so most of these themes first show up there. He's a hardworking honest writer who really engages with his readers, and is very open minded, often taking new ideas and insight from reader correspondence. I think this openmindedness and prolific correspondence is the source of the strength of his ideas. That's the meaning of the name of his blog/site - "of two minds". His, and his readers.
This book is good because rather than just pointing out the inevitable collapse of the status quo under its own weight, he gives some practical advice on how to be happy and thrive through it.
The largest criticism I have is his tendency to repeat himself, repeating the same theme multiple times in different ways. But, the ideas are good, and bear repeating, so I overlook it. H also keeps calling for the market re-crash, but it stubbornly refuses to happen. But it will :) ...more