Absolutely everyone should read this book right now, and get as many people as they know to read it, too. This book is about how to save the world, riAbsolutely everyone should read this book right now, and get as many people as they know to read it, too. This book is about how to save the world, right now - how to find work that's fulfilling, a life that has purpose, a way that we can all have a huge impact on the future of our planet. No joke. If you're looking for practical answers to life's big questions, this book is for you. It's for all of us. Please, read it!...more
I found Oryx and Crake very suspenseful, and read it in just a couple of days, in big gulps. The narrator, Snowman, is going on a journey of survival,I found Oryx and Crake very suspenseful, and read it in just a couple of days, in big gulps. The narrator, Snowman, is going on a journey of survival, while remembering his past in flashbacks. Slowly you begin to see his part in something world-changingly big. The mystery deepens, the stakes grow higher. I couldn't put it down.
This book deals intelligently with science and ethics, technology and the environment, humans and animals and genetic engineering, the future of the life on earth, and other big topics. It also paints a very compassionate, beautiful, tender, tragic portrait of a boy turning into a beast, with the influence of his megalomaniacal friend and the rest of the science-industrial complex behind him.
This book also deals with child sexuality and pornography, and with sexual exploitation in general. Atwood projects the worst abuses of today into an even more unethical and ravaged-by-capitalism future, and reveals some of the psychology that perpetuates sexual exploitation.
Atwood's story is a frighteningly plausible tale of warning - read it and take heed......more
Introvert Power is a self-help book about celebrating your introverted identity and recognizing its strengths, instead of trying to be more extroverteIntrovert Power is a self-help book about celebrating your introverted identity and recognizing its strengths, instead of trying to be more extroverted and running out of energy, or becoming a hermit - the typical introvert responses to social overstimulation. The title is very appropriate - it's a very empowering message for introverts.
Personally, I'm trying to work on *reducing* my ego and I don't crave power, so some of her rah-rah'ing came off as presumptuous, for me: She makes a lot of assumptions about what introverts are struggling with and what their values are. But for the most part, she's spot on - the book is jam-packed with useful insights and tips to help introverts assert themselves and live more honestly (instead of "performing" as false extroverts).
Helgoe argues that while many cultures demand that we behave in very extroverted ways, many of us secretly wish we could take a little time out to ourselves - to engage in thinking and wondering and daydreaming, writing or reading or gaming or doing math, and otherwise reveling in quiet intimacy, or solitude. This is where many of us can do our best work - but we often hide our introversion, make excuses for it, or don't even recognize how much creative potential we wield in these "pauses". Helgoe notes that the true ratio of introverts to extroverts is about 50/50, and introversion and extroversion appear to be merely extremes on a continuum, giving this book a broad appeal....more