What! You Are So Reading! v. 2021

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ismitje, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator

    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
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    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For the last day of 2020 and first of 2021, I am reading Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys.

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    This is fun, and I need fun right now. I like that there's another trickster god out there here in the US, akin to Coyote of the indigenous West, in this case the Spider (Anansi) who came from West Africa and through the Caribbean to the mainland. I haven't yet read anything from Gaiman I haven't liked a great deal, from YA to short stories to his epic American Gods.

    Here's to some great reads in 2021.
     
  2. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
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    Finishing up a re-read of Walden either today or tomorrow. This is a book you either know or you don't. My take is the entire thing, not just the overly long first chapter, is about economics. The economics of time, space, nature, etc get explored long after the economics of labor and society. It's also fun to see the arrogant, almost luddite like, dismissal of mid 19th century modernity by what is essentially the minimalist/hipster of the day.
     
  3. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress a better than I expected critique of the last 11 to 12 thousand years of human history that, to it's credit, doesn't argue that we should return to foraging ASAP by Christopher Ryan, whose podcasts, based on the two I've listened to, aren't half bad.
     
  4. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
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    A solid overview of some of the issues surrounding our phone addictions and then an interesting 30 day process for reshaping how you use your smartphone. For those who don't want to go the full digital declutter route, this seems like a solid alternative.
     
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  5. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator

    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I wrapped up a series by John Scalzi that was quite different from the rest of what I've read of his, which is more traditional sci fi. This series is a near-future FBI story set in DC, with

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    There's a pandemic where a small percentage of those infected get "locked in" to a comatose state, with many using a neural net to operate a robot-like body (called Threeps after C-3PO) to participate in society. What I most liked is the context of a federal bill to end the big subsidy to help victims of the pandemic, and all of the things that help them engage. It made for a very interesting dynamic.

    Something else I only realized when searching if there will be more in the series: the gender of the main character is never identified. In fact, when it came time to record the audiobooks, they made one version recorded by Amber Benson and another recorded by Wil Wheaton with consumers choosing which they prefer. I assumed the main character was a male but realize looking back that was just that, an assumption.
     
  6. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    The Age of Entitlement: America Since the 1960s a book by a conservative commentator and published by Simon and Schuster that is every bit as bad as anything that could be written by Josh Hawley. Not going to be teaching this one. Though full credit to the author for not calling it Uppity Negroes: Who Do They Think They Are?
     
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  7. Chesco United

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    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    DC United
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    Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter. An examination, though written during the Kennedy Administration, is quite timely during the outgoing administration. Written in a readable sty7le.
     
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  8. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st Century which isn't the "how to" spiritual manual that the title suggests, but rather a profile of a half dozen prominent Jesuits from the founder to Pedro Arrupe, who was stationed in Hiroshima in August, 1945. The book focuses on the heroes of the order, while acknowledging that most of the toughest pushback they received were from other Jesuits (for example Friedrich Spee, who in 1631 published Cautio Criminalis, subtitled A Book About Witch Trials, Necessary These Days for the Authorities in Germany but also useful for the Counselors and Confessors of Princes, for Inquisitors, Judge, Lawyers, Confessors of the Accused, Preachers, and others by an Anonymous Roman Theologian which argued that this habit of witch burning was bad and should be stopped immediately. He was lucky to not be torched himself. By U of St. Louis professor Ronald Modras.
     
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  9. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

    DC United
    Apr 16, 2001
    Arlington, VA
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    Queens Park Rangers FC
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    Ursula K. Le Guin -- City of Illusions

    Part of this Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 1, collection.
     
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  10. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
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    DC United
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    E-book only (I think all of Laura's books are that way) that serves as a really good introduction to people working from home for the first time. I'm already doing most of the things she suggests, and go farther in some areas than her recommendations, but I've passed this along to several people at work who have been struggling with figuring out how to manage things.
     
  11. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator

    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    May I ask a clarifying question about the subtitle? Is it about how the most successful people work from home, or how people work from home most successfully?
     
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  12. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
    I think it's the second one, but some entrepreneurs are referenced. It's basically going through some ideas about how to structure everything from your routine and work space to remaining engaged with co-workers. It's not as prescriptive as that sounds as it focuses more on general ideas with a few different hypotheticals for each.
     
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  13. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    Butcher's Crossing a damn fine novel of the American west centered on a young man from Boston who finds himself hunting bison for fun and profit by John Williams
     
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  14. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

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    Apr 16, 2001
    Arlington, VA
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    High on my "to read" list. Hope to read it this year.
     
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  15. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    December/January reading was the Red Rising Trilogy and the two available of the Iron Gold Trilogy by Pierce Brown.

    I really liked them. Got strong Hunger Games vibes at the beginning but that quickly went away. Dune/Ender's Game vibes with some Game of Thrones in space mixed in.

    I do feel the two Iron Gold Trilogy books dragged a bit. I liked them (really enjoyed some parts, dragged in some to even out where I liked it). I think he could've cut down on some stuff but if anyone is looking for a sci-fi series, go for it!
     
  16. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My cousin's working from home and loves it.
     
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  17. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
    It's so much better for most knowledge work jobs. My job should have been 75% or more from home to start with, and now that it is 100% from home I'm far more productive than I was in the office. The expectation is I'll still have an office, but only be there 2 days a week.

    We've already permanently moved several of our undergrad nursing classes to a hybrid or online model and I'd wager more than half of our jobs will be at least a 50/50 split between from home and on site. Everyone quickly realized that, other than clinical work, the simulation lab, and some of the nationally required testing for nursing students, nothing actually needs to be face-to-face.
     
  18. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    Forbidden Journey: The Life of Alexandra David-Neel a French writer best known for her books about Eastern philosophy and Religion, esp. Tibetan Buddhism, and best known as an author of travel books, including My Journey to Lhasa, an account of her trips in the 1920s and '30s to tje "Forbidden City," by the husband and wife team, Barbara and Michael Foster.
     
  19. Quango

    Quango BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 25, 2003
    Colorado
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    Colorado Rapids
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    The Song of Achilles ~ M. Miller

    I enjoyed this a lot as I did her second novel, Circe. It really picks up when it gets to Troy and I breezed through the last third last night.
     

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