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BestDogDad

Joined December 2016

I work with numbers all day, still trying to figure out how words work. Thanks for your patience. www.goodreads.com/Jeff_Koeppen
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The Grass is Singing | Doris Lessing
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The Grass is Singing is a dark and gritty tale of racism and white social classes in the former African country of Rhodesia, colonized by the British.

I thought the writing was great and it was hard for me to put it down. The blisteringly hot setting makes it a good book to read in the heat of the summer, but it‘s certainly not a light beach read. It will make you uncomfortable but will never bore you. Looking forward to reading more by Lessing.

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The Long Tomorrow | Leigh Brackett
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This was a good classic post-apocalyptic novel, but not one of my favorites from the 1950s. I thought the writing was great but I just couldn't understand the motivations of the main characters at times. I would still recommend this despite some of my frustrations with it.

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I read Carrie‘s memoir a few years ago. It was fun to see her and Sleater-Kinney year it up in St. Paul tonight! 🎸

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The Grass is Singing | Doris Lessing
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Mary is so unpredictable. She reminds me of Edith Stoner!

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The Grass is Singing | Doris Lessing
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A snowy Saturday is a perfect day for Keenan the Dobie‘s nap and for Dog Dad to finish this dark but really good (so far) novel by Doris Lessing.

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Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
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Forgot to post my September wrap up so here it is. All science for #scienceSeptember. Some greatness and some which weren‘t what I thought they would be. #septemberwrapup

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Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
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This must've been a shocking book to read in the early 1960s. We were literally killing the planet! It's still an important book to read today as we still need to be cognizant of the chemicals we are releasing in to the environment. Living by the Mississippi River for 28 years I have seen the benefits of the DDT ban first hand as bald eagles are now a common sight in the neighborhood. I'm guessing they weren't fifty years ago. #ScienceSeptember

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This book is more about the author‘s race to get his drug trial going than it is about superbugs and for that reason I didn't love it. I was hoping to read about the horrific microbes which will usher in the zombie apocalypse. These microbial monsters were characters in the book, just not the main ones. There were some good human interest stories related to his test subjects and I learned a lot about the pharmaceutical industry. #scienceseptember

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Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
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Even cities were poisoned? Who came up with this strategy?

Aimeesue 😳😳😳 4w
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Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
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We‘ve lived near the Mississippi River for 28 years and it‘s been awesome to see more and more bald eagles in the sky every year. It‘s no longer a big deal to see one. They are again common.

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Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
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Cripes! This book is hard to read. Even though this was all 60+ years ago.

Addison_Reads This book is one I tell everyone to read. Carson was ahead of her time and tried to warn us of the damage we were doing. 1mo
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Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
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I‘m old and remember the horrible pollution everywhere in the early 1970s but this blows my mind. I had no idea toxic chemicals were used so liberally, especially in cities.

Lindy 😫 1mo
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This is a quick read. The author debunks all sorts of nonsensical things relating to the afterlife; you name it: spirit communication, astral projection, EVP, poltergeists, hypnotism, cold reading, Ouija boards, reincarnation, near-death experiences, past life regression, the soul, and a variety of other subjects. He uses humor and draws from many experts to get his message across. The book has an extensive bibliography listing his many sources.

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The Genius of Birds | Jennifer Ackerman
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The Genius of Birds is an excellent look in to intelligence of birds covering topics such as their use of tools, complex social systems, vocal "virtuosity", aesthetic nature, and navigational acuity. I learned a lot from this book and there were some neat mysteries addressed and mind blowing information which was new to me. l

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The Science of Interstellar was written by the great theoretical physicist Kip Thorne who was the science advisor and executive producer of the movie. I saw Interstellar four times in the theater including two times in IMAX - I now want to see it again! This book is chock full of cool inside info about the movie and hard science. I loved everything about his book.

My second read for #ScienceSeptember.

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Reaching for the Moon | Lucy H. Pearce
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Despite being a self-proclaimed Apollo nut, I knew not of John C. Houbolt, the man credited with devising the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous method of landing on the moon. At the time, there was a push at NASA to use one giant rocket (the Nova) to make the trip and land / take off from the moon but John's idea ultimately won over Wernher von Braun and the NASA. My favorite parts were the interviews. My first #scienceseptember read.

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So much cool movie and science stuff in this book.

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Kip Thorne writing his equations on Professor Brand‘s chalkboard, and Murph (Jessica Chastain)contemplating the equations in the movie.

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I love all the behind the scenes movie talk and find the science in the movie fascinating but some of it makes my old brain hurt. 🤯

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My first two reads in Science September! Interstellar is one of my favorite movies so I was gobsmacked to find out that physicist Kip Thorne wrote a book about working on the movie. #scienceseptember

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In the Distance | Hernan Diaz
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August wrap. Much goodness here! Diaz‘s book was probably my favorite. It is now time for #scienceSeptember! #Augustwrapup

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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Ted Chiang can write a short story. This is a great collection, and I enjoyed it much more than his prior short story collection. He also included "author's notes" for each story which he read himself. Chiang is a smart fellow and it was interesting to hear where he got his inspiration for each story.

I'm looking forward to his next collection!

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The Long Valley | John Steinbeck
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This is a nice collection of Steinbeck short stories, and includes the novella, The Red Pony. Most of the short stories are set in his Salinas Valley and are not feel good reading. But it's Steinbeck and you'll be wowed by his writing, vivid characters, and well painted settings.

My favs: The Chrysanthemums and Johnny Bear.

I'm looking forward to reading more Steinbeck. He's one of my favorites.

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In the Distance | Hernan Diaz
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In the Distance will end up being one of my 2019 top reads. I love melancholy fiction and this is one of the best I've read. The plot has its starts and stops, but the story never gets stale or boring. The writing is wonderful; particularly the descriptions of the changing landscapes, flora, fauna, and Håkan himself as his journey wears him down mentally and physically. It was a book that was hard to put down and will take a while to get over.

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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
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This audio version was excellent. The voice acting was amazing and audio effects were good but not too much. I need to see the play live. I think I would get more out of this seeing actors perform it. Hopefully a theater in the Twin Cities will perform it sometime in the near future.

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Metro 2035: Roman | Dmitry Glukhovsky
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The Metro 2033, 2034, 2035 trilogy is dark, messy, unforgiving dystopian science fiction and I really enjoyed all of it. In total, I spent 51 hours in the Moscow Metro (subway) plus time reading the electronic versions of the short prologue and epilogue to 2033! Why aren't these books in major bookstores in the US?

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In the Distance | Hernan Diaz
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Deep! I‘ve always wondered this. Why due humans bury themselves in a casket within a vault (in the US, anyway). I want my atoms out there, becoming something else!

Tamra Me too. 3mo
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In the Distance | Hernan Diaz
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This is wonderful! This book is exceeding my expectations.

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July reading wrap. The Sam Harris and Musolino books were standouts, as well as some of Chiang‘s short stories. The Metro book was actually a short prequel to the Metro Trilogy. #julywrapup

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was written over a decade ago but it is still VERY relevant today in the United States as current administration is increasingly under the influence of religious fundamentalists and there is a creationist a heartbeat away from the presidency! In 2019! How can this be possible?! Read this book and you will understand why. I'll read it again some day with a highlighter.

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Amen.

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Bush set us back decades with his misguided stem cell decision. 😾

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This is just insanity! Since he wrote this some States have come around.

Mariposa_Bookworm I‘ve seen the destruction that alcohol does. 3mo
BestDogDad @Mariposa_Bookworm I have too. Lost three friends in high school in a drunk driving accident. It‘s so easy to abuse. 3mo
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Sam is preaching to the choir and the choir is enjoying it immensely.

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Starting another Sam Harris book. I like how he arranges his words. 🕺🏼

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I found this book to be really well written and easy to read. The author leaves no stone unturned, he examines a number of tangential ideas thoroughly. From the soul's beginning as a creation of our pre-scientific ancestors to make sense of biological and psychological phenomena to modern theological views and dismissal by modern science, I found that this journey through the life of the soul never dragged.

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Being married to a science teacher, I can attest that the war on Darwin continues, at least where we live. The parents that don‘t want evolution taught because it‘s “just a theory” (among other things) readily accept religious supernatural ideas at the drop of a hat. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Lindy 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Kudos to the thinkers who took on the church back when it was unheard of.

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Emma | Austen Jane
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Emma just didn't hold my attention. I couldn't relate to any of the characters and the long stretches of dialogue didn't appeal to me. The plot was thin and plodding.

The narration of the audiobook was excellent but the sound effects were too prominent in the mix. Ticking clocks, goo-goo babies, silverware scraping on plates, microphones that seemed to be placed in the heels of shoes - it was hard to listen to at times.

bookishbitch I find the major character so irritating! 3mo
BestDogDad @bookishbitch She was insufferable. But it all worked out for her in the end. 🤔 3mo
bookishbitch @BestDogDad Maybe it was written to give certain women hope. 😂 3mo
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I've heard a few Ted Chiang short stories on science fiction podcasts and I enjoyed them. For that reason I was looking forward to reading his first collection. I really enjoyed three of the stories but the other five didn't appeal to me and much of this book felt like a slog. I‘m looking forward to reading his next collection of short fiction, Exhalation, which just came out.

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Finished something swampy, something blue, something translated, and something true (but sad) for the #readingenvysummerchallenge #readingenvysummerreading

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June reading wrap-up. Harris and Hitchens were my favs. Hitchens‘ book was a sad read, he wrote right up to his death and his wife wrote a touching epilogue. #junewrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like a great month! 💖📖💖 4mo
Jari-chan I love the Metro books ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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I absolutely loved this book! Harris crams so much secular goodness in to 114 pages. While I have read many books which debunked what I learned during my seven years of Catholic school, this one did so more succinctly than any other and is probably more accessible to believers as is a very quick read and less intimidating than one of Dawkins' great, but chunkier books. Harris' arguments are presented in rapid-fire succession and most hit the mark.

keithmalek One of my favorites! 4mo
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Metro 2034 | Dmitry Glukhovsky
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Metro 2034 is more of a standalone book than a sequel. Only two characters from Metro 2033 returned for this book- Artyom, the protagonist of the first book in a very limited role, and the militant madman, Hunter. The plot involves Hunter and two cohorts navigating the post-nuclear Moscow Underground trying to solve a mystery while experiencing a gamut of obstacles and horrors. The narrator, Rupert Degas, was excellent.

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This succinct book is hitting on all cylinders for me. Harris makes his point and moves on. 📖

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Eleven years later experts and intellectuals are ignored by ignorant politicians on a whole gamut of subjects. Sad.

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I'm not necessarily a Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac fan but I enjoy music so I thought this would at least be interesting. It was! There is a lot of shawl and twirling talk as you would imagine! I liked the stories behind some of the notable Fleetwood Mac songs, Stevie's collaboration with Tom Petty, and encounter with local hero, Prince.

It was a worthwhile listen. Anyone growing up in the MTV music video generation like myself will relate.

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The City And The Stars | Arthur C. Clarke
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This novel was full of big ideas but I thought it got bogged down under the weight of trying to pack too many mind-bending concepts in to one novel. It held my interest and challenged my mind but eventually just got too muddled for my tastes. The audiobook featured a full cast but suffered from stiff, unnatural dialogue, and the sound effects were irritating. It took a lot away from the novel in my opinion. Maybe I‘ll read a paper copy someday.

rwmg Oh dear, that deoesn't sound too promising. It's on my TBR shelf. 4mo
BestDogDad @rwmg I love everything ACC. He was a futurist and always had mind-blowing science and technology but this is probably my least favorite of his. Maybe it was the audio. It‘s highly rated on Goodreads, maybe it‘s just me! 4mo
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Alas, Babylon | Pat Frank
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This book was based on the premise that haunted all of us kids of the 1970s and 1980s - what if Russia nuked the United States? I remember watching the film "The Day After" in my dorm room in 1983 and being freaked out.
The audio book was expertly narrated by Will Patton. He did a great job narrating another book I recently listened to: Train Dreams. His voice is perfect for books set in the Southern United States.

Aimeesue One of my favorites, although, as a diabetic, it made me hope I was within blast range should the worst ever happen. 😋 4mo
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Mortality | Christopher Hitchens
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The last chapter is full of quips and unfinished thoughts. The final jottings of a great man. How sad. 😥

Crazeedi He was a unique person 4mo
Crazeedi I hope he found grace and mercy in the end 4mo
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