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Old 03-11-2019, 10:16 PM   #481
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I've read three books so far. Goal is to read at least one a month but can obviously go past that.

Dopesick- Was a book that went into great detail about the opioid crisis in America. Very in depth book that allowed you to see why so many people who used Oxycontin ended up using heroin. 9/10

A Cold Day in Paradise. Typical Murder thriller. This was recommended by a teacher friend of mine and it did not disappoint. Dragged on a bit but had a pretty good ending. 8/10

The Reckoning by John Grisham- Grisham lately has been so hit or miss. This book, at least in my eyes, did not disappoint me at all. I loved it. It had a story that made you question the motives of a guy, hate him, then root for him because of his past and ended with an ending that made my jaw hit the floor. I would put it in the top 5 of his books in my eyes. 10/10
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2019 Book #5:

"The Lost City of The Monkey God" by Douglas Preston. A true accounting of the search for a lost city in the Honduras rainforest.

Amazing the secrets, dangers, and wonder that can still be found on our planet! That a journey to somewhere on our own planet can be harsher and more dangerous than a journey to the moon.

Also, I think I'm developing a reading problem. I wanted to read more books in 2019, and now I am reading books too fast. It has also really set back my comic book reading.
Just happened to catch something about this on TV in a show called "Museum Mysteries". It was maybe a 5 minute segment rife with inaccuracies, over exaggerations, and sensationalism. Made me chuckle.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:30 PM   #483
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2019 Book #6: "We Have The Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception One Sense At a Time" by Kara Platoni.

I picked this book by going to the "science" section of the library and judging the books by their covers. Overall, there were some interesting chapters and thoughts to be had, and I don't REGRET reading it..... but... I guess I see now why they tell you not to judge books from their covers. Also, the font in the book was very small, which bugged me.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:09 PM   #484
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2019 Book #7: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I didn't really care for it. There were pretty much 0 likeable characters in the book, and felt like no real purpose to it.
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Read Garth Ennis's The Crossed.

Serious question: What in the actual fuck is wrong with Garth Ennis?

Also, started reading Fire and Blood. Reads like a wikipedia article so far.
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2019 Book #7: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I didn't really care for it. There were pretty much 0 likeable characters in the book, and felt like no real purpose to it.
I didn't finish this book when I tried to read it (I was like 21) had to keep referring back to the family tree of people with the same name and got confused...
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I kept flipping back too, but then at a certain point I just started to flip back less because it was like "Ehhh, who cares who they are related to"
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2019 Book #8: "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water" by Charles Fishman.

I really enjoyed this book. I feel like I have a deeper respect and understanding of water now. It is the most important thing on the planet, and people tend to take it for granted and largely ignore it... which is leading to a lot of trouble, and has the potential to lead to even more!
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That is one place water is, yes.
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2019 Book #9: "Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany", the biography of Marthe Cohn. I saw her speak a few months ago, so I had to read her book (especially since she was very old and quiet with an accent and I couldn't understand everything she was saying)

I always struggle with reading or watching anything that deals with the holocaust, because it is some of the darkest depths of humanity possible, and hits close to home.... I always need to remind myself that at those dark times, there was also very bright points of light from heroes big and small who just tried to do the right thing.... so humanity wasn't ALL bad
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Read Garth Ennis's The Crossed.

Serious question: What in the actual fuck is wrong with Garth Ennis?

Also, started reading Fire and Blood. Reads like a wikipedia article so far.
Crossed and the various spinoff series were gory fun. Ennis has a very dark sense of humor.

Reading Pimp by Iceberg Slim. Had heard of the book for years. Then back in February found a copy at Walmart. In their Celebrate Black History month display. Damn good book so far.

Just read the comic book adaptation of JCVD's film Cyborg. This is the only comic book that Cannon Films published. It was a low print run and given to video stores to promote the VHS release of the film.

Also read Bad World issue 1. Written by Warren Ellis and art by Jacen Burrows. It is Ellis taking various conspiracy theories and doing short 1 or 2 page write ups about them while Burrows contributes the art. Really entertaining read. But not anything I would have paid to $3.50 cover price for. But got it in a random lot of 20lbs of comics. So paid maybe 13 cents for this comic.
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro... written in a strangely subdued (or "disquieted") way which was annoying at first but then i realized was a kind of plot device... neone else read this... had this song in my head the whole time:

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2019 Book #10: "Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind" by Brian Fagan. For a book about water... it could be very dry at times! Was hoping for an examination of the relationship humans have had with water and how it affected society and growth.... and there was some of that, but there was also a lot of just simply describing the water systems they used. Which is interesting to think of the feats of engineering and innovation, but it is rather dry to read.


2019 Book #11: "Appointment with Death" by Agatha Christie. Randomly got another one of these.... it was alright. I like her style....

2019 Book #12: "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" by Agatha Christie. I think I maybe have a new favourite out of hers.... Always amazing how she can create a whole cast of interesting characters in every book....


2019 Book #13: "Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other" by Sherry Turkle. The book was divided into two halves, the first talking about humans relationship with "sociable robots", and the second about the internet and constant connection. A lot of interesting things to think about. The book was written in 2011, though, so it already feels wildly out of date, talking about things like BlackBerry and MySpace..... also Facebook has changed a lot since then too....
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Netherland by Joseph O'Neill, not sure of my experience, partly engaging party boring, kinda predictable... uses cricket as a metaphor a whole bunch... had me looking up the rules of cricket
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