I picked up this book because one of my GR friends added it, and it sounded interesting. I also wanted to read a Halloween-themed book for a book grouI picked up this book because one of my GR friends added it, and it sounded interesting. I also wanted to read a Halloween-themed book for a book group challenge, and I was able to fairly quickly get this from my library system.
Overall my expectations weren't high, and I didn't leave unsatisfied. I liked the book itself; the print was in orange or orange-red, which was fun. Some of the arguments about the book talk about the lack of research and elaboration, but whatever, I think the description matches the book. I'm not Wiccan but I'm generally interested in supernatural and Wicca-shaped things, and I like some aspects of Halloween. The writer makes very clear that the evil that we normally attach to Halloween is misplaced. I rather liked the traditions that Dunwich called attention to, and I saw themes of death/new beginning throughout.
There were some really useful explanations of symbols and traditions. Good inclusion of specific incantations and rituals. Overall I'm quite glad I read it....more
I picked this audio book up because I really like The Great Courses and, you know, financial literacy is generally a good and responsible thing to strI picked this audio book up because I really like The Great Courses and, you know, financial literacy is generally a good and responsible thing to strive for. It's also a goal I've had of late. Overall I tend to agree with several of the reviewers on here: most of the information is obviously very helpful, but it sort of goes over the head for a portion of the book. I'm kind of alarmed at the simple everyday things I didn't know. But everything requires context, and lived experience is really helpful. It's only recently that I've begun to properly participate in multiple credit cards, mortgages, loans, mutual funds and investing, etc.
Anyway, this was well worth listening to. Yes, a certain portion of the book went over my head, particularly when talking about stocks and other related things. But the most important thing was learning material that is relevant to my life, with some occasional snippets of "fun to know" information. I also like that the message at the end of the lecture is to take more responsibility for our own futures....more
Like a few other reviewers have mentioned, I did not quite expect what I found in this book. And I was very pleasantly surprised. I suppose I saw AzizLike a few other reviewers have mentioned, I did not quite expect what I found in this book. And I was very pleasantly surprised. I suppose I saw Aziz Ansari's name on the book, found that he narrated the book, and it was done.
The book is a fantastic mixture of humor and social science. There are focus groups! Interviews! Statistics! But these are all merged in a meaningful way to paint a picture of what dating and romance looked like in the past and how it has changed (and remained the same) in the present day. There is ample explanation on the how and why. I also appreciate that the authors' disclaimer about socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender. I think they do a great job of providing support for both sides of an argument (for dating apps, as an example).
I rather dislike Ansari's quips about using the audio version of the book, as I think it's a bit mean for people who can't traditional read a book. But he only mentioned it a few times, and overall I found his audio performance to be fantastic....more
I had this on my wishlist on audible for some time, and I finally decided to buy it and listen to it. I am so glad I did!
The five star rating is... aI had this on my wishlist on audible for some time, and I finally decided to buy it and listen to it. I am so glad I did!
The five star rating is... a little high, I think. But the book, for me, was at least 4 stars, plus change, so it was worth rounding up. I'd probably read this again.
I admit that I haven't seen a lot of NPH's work. I just find him delightful, talented, and brilliant. I really love that the novel itself is like a "choose your own adventure" book. I thought that was really nifty and creative. And props to him for saying "you" instead of "I" throughout the entire thing. This was really a pleasure to listen to. I think one of the other things that made this audiobook stand out was that NPH did not shy away from naming names and kind of shaming people for being idiots. There were two places where I really did LOL and had to bookmark the passages. What helped was NPH's vocal cues and tone.
In terms of audiobook v. physical book/ebook, I think the audio version is absolutely worth it, particularly because he reads it. It doesn't read quite the same way as a book book, but come on, would you really just skip over passages instead of reading the whole thing? I think not.
Quirky, creative, and well worth your time....more
I'll start by saying I am not in the target audience for this book, and target audience is key for a book like this. This is not to say that I didn'tI'll start by saying I am not in the target audience for this book, and target audience is key for a book like this. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy the book, because I found myself highlighting quite a few passages in the book. And while I think the target audience for this book is fiction writers, there are certain elements of the book that I think other audience members can (and should) appreciate.
I received this book from my course coordinator (I teach an upper-division writing course [not an English class] at a California State University). I include specifications because the book doesn't at all link up with the work we do in the class. And if anything, this book would work best for a class that is focused on fiction writing. If I gave this book to my students (99% of whom are business students), my evaluations wouldn't be pretty. HOWEVER, I think this could be a great book for a graduate writing seminar in communication studies.
I'm actually quite glad I read it. I find the idea of critical cartography fascinating, and that's something that goes beyond a targeted audience. A good deal of this book deals with cartography with weavings of examples in literature (most of which, unfortunately, I'm unfamiliar with, so the implications are occasionally lost on me). There are chapters (particularly the final chapter) that are focused on writing and fictional world creation. These passages are easy to understand and apply; it's the passages about cartography that require a little more effort, but they're worthwhile.
I'm unsure to whom I would recommend this book, but it's absolutely worthwhile. The pictures are stunning. I sort of sped through the book, but I suspect I will get more out of the book by discussing a chapter a month with my colleagues....more