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Travis Daniel Bow

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in Reno, NV, The United States
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I grew up in Reno, NV (where I raised pigs for FFA), earned engineering degrees from Oklahoma Christian University (where I broke my collarbone in a misguided Parkour attempt) and Stanford (where my bike and I were hit by a car), did R&D for Nikon (where I earned several patents), and now work on medical robots in Reno. I love reading, writing, taking pictures, and making things. I write fiction (two novels and seven or eight published short stories so far), DIY "Instructables" (check them out here), and, of course, book reviews.

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I expected angst and melodrama, and got a healthy dose, but I ended up liking the book quite a bit. It moved quick, and I went from "Oh, please, way to show everyone, way to make them all really sorry" to "Man, that really is hard" to "Come on, you h ...more
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A long, rambling journey. This was a tough one to get through, but not so bad that I could bear to give up on it entirely. Few of the characters were very likeable; almost all of them were unbearably cowardly or stupid or stubborn or morally spineles ...more
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I read this to my six-year-old this year. The wry sense of humor and semi-advanced language was lost on him, but he liked the story well enough to listen through the parts he didn't understand. I remembered thinking it was much better when I read it ...more
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Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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My memory of reading this as a kid didn't extend much farther than the pig bladder and maple syrup. I read it to my 5-year-old this year - he really enjoyed it and I found the descriptions and stories cute and quaint. Still a classic.
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This was a really good parenting book focused on young children. It was clear, simple, with tons of examples, and really similar to the way I was raised and the way I've been trying to raise my kids. Here's the skeleton:

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Orson Scott Card
“I tell students that suspense comes, not from knowing almost nothing, but from knowing almost everything and caring very much about the small part still unknown.”
Orson Scott Card

Donna Tartt
“But depression wasn't the word. This was a plunge encompassing sorrow and revulsion far beyond the personal: a sick, drenching nausea at all humanity and human endeavor from the dawn of time. The writhing loathsomeness of the biological order. Old age, sickness, death. No escape for anyone. Even the beautiful ones were like soft fruit about to spoil. And yet somehow people still kept fucking and breeding and popping out new fodder for the grave, producing more and more new beings to suffer like this was some kind of redemptive, or good, or even somehow morally admirable thing: dragging more innocent creatures into the lose-lose game. Squirming babies and plodding, complacent, hormone-drugged moms. Oh, isn't he cute? Awww. Kids shouting and skidding in the playground with no idea what future Hells await them: boring jobs and ruinous mortgages and bad marriages and hair loss and hip replacements and lonely cups of coffee in an empty house and a colostomy bag at the hospital. Most people seemed satisfied with the thin decorative glaze and the artful stage lighting that sometimes, made the bedrock atrocity of the human predicament look somewhat more mysterious or less abhorrent. People gambled and golfed and planted gardens and traded stocks and had sex and bought new cars and practiced yoga and worked and prayed and redecorated their homes and got worked up over the news and fussed over their children and gossiped about their neighbors and pored over restaurant reviews and founded charitable organizations and supported political candidates and attended the U.S. Open and dined and travelled and distracted themselves with all kinds of gadgets and devices, flooding themselves incessantly with information and texts and communication and entertainment from every direction to try to make themselves forget it: where we were, what we were. But in a strong light there was no good spin you could put on it. It was rotten from top to bottom.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt
“Because I don’t care what anyone says or how often or winningly they say it: no one will ever, ever be able to persuade me that life is some awesome, rewarding treat. Because, here’s the truth: life is a catastrophe. The basic fact of existence – of walking around trying to feed ourselves and find friends and whatever else we do – is a catastrophe. Forget all this ridiculous ‘Our Town’ nonsense everyone talks: the miracle of a newborn babe, the joy of one simple blossom, Life You Are Too Wonderful To Grasp, &c. For me – and I’ll keep repeating it doggedly till I die, till I fall over on my ungrateful nihilistic face and am too weak to say it: better never born, than born into this cesspool. Sinkhole of hospital beds, coffins, and broken hearts. No release, no appeal, no “do-overs” to employ a favored phrase of Xandra’s, no way forward but age and loss, and no way out but death.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
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Erin Morgenstern
“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

John Keats
“Call the world, if you please, "the Vale of Soul Making". Then you will find out the use of the world....

There may be intelligences or sparks of the divinity in millions -- but they are not Souls till they acquire identities, till each one is personally itself.

Intelligences are atoms of perception -- they know and they see and they are pure, in short they are God. How then are Souls to be made? How then are these sparks which are God to have identity given them -- so as ever to possess a bliss peculiar to each one's individual existence. How, but in the medium of a world like this?

This point I sincerely wish to consider, because I think it a grander system of salvation than the Christian religion -- or rather it is a system of Spirit Creation...

I can scarcely express what I but dimly perceive -- and yet I think I perceive it -- that you may judge the more clearly I will put it in the most homely form possible. I will call the world a school instituted for the purpose of teaching little children to read. I will call the human heart the hornbook used in that school. And I will call the child able to read, the soul made from that school and its hornbook.

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul? A place where the heart must feel and suffer in a thousand diverse ways....

As various as the lives of men are -- so various become their souls, and thus does God make individual beings, souls, identical souls of the sparks of his own essence.

This appears to me a faint sketch of a system of salvation which does not affront our reason and humanity...”
John Keats

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