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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
I Am Legend
by Richard Matheson
read in May, 2015
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Quite brilliant. Relatively short and powerfully paced. I think Matheson's genius here lies into two areas: first, in taking the stereotypes and working them into a complex backstory which uses science and psychology to explain why the old wives' tal ...more
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Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos
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This is China described through the lens of its mad-cap growth through the late 1990s through the 2000s. Evan Osnos gave an excellent interview with the Sinica podcast in which he says the writer who most helped him understand China was Mark Twain - ...more
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Discovering Your Authentic Core Values by Marc Alan Schelske
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Still working through this. There were so many books on corporate core values and so few on personal core values. Makes a distinction between aspirational and authentic core values that I think is insightful and important - linked to the idea that ve ...more
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Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
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Not bad - reading this after Guards Guards, which on the whole is more accomplished and deeper. Wyrd Sisters is effectively a parody of Macbeth, and quite well done. Reads fast, is relatively short, many chuckles along the way. There is perhaps impli ...more
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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
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Great stuff. Pratchett's irreverence is a great balance to the high fantasy epic genre. Guards Guards is interesting too because rather than simply being a parody, it contains also elements of social commentary. Indeed there is a lot of everything in ...more
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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
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Anatomy of Love by Helen Fisher
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Fisher walks us through the stages of a human relationship seen through the eyes of an anthropologist and Darwinian. For each stage she considers the norms and ethics of different cultures. There is great perspective, for example, on variation in sex ...more
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Anatomy of Love by Helen Fisher
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2015
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This started off a bit slowly but warmed up and turned out a very engaging read. The characters are likable and the inevitable tragedy that surrounds them is well-handled, neither heavy handed nor dramatic. The narrative point of view - that of Death ...more
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Intimate Rivals by Sheila A Smith
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