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Pedrocamacho

Joined November 2016

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Dawn | Octavia E Butler
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I‘m still processing this one. I think that I liked it overall. It‘s not my favorite Octavia Butler, but I‘m ready to ready the next book in the trilogy 😊 (Man, the Oankali are so weird)

Reggie I really liked this series. Especially the 2nd one. I just felt like she knows something because we have a chance to be humans living again and we choose to make guns. 4h
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This book is about much more than methods of hair removal. It is about the changing societal attitudes about hair (no matter its location) and the health, happiness, and social justice ramifications of those attitudes.

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The Kingdom of Copper | S. A. Chakraborty
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I enjoyed “The Kingdom of Copper” more than “The City of Brass”. It has me excited now for “The Empire of Gold”! 😊

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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This is a fun, quick read. Honestly, I have to shout out any work of fiction that manages to mention Quine, Kripke, and Plantiga.

Pedrocamacho Honestly, given all of the material on counterfactuals and the multiverse, there should have been a David Lewis mention (see “On the Plurality of Worlds”). 1w
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Einstein's Dreams | Alan Lightman
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Overall, I enjoyed the range of thought experiments / stories. However, a couple of them struck me as philosophically sloppy.

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This is a fun little book about the evolution of social structures. Honestly, I could have used more information on humans and pre-humans.

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This travelogue / graphic novel is more subdued than Delisle‘s travelogue of North Korea. However, it‘s still a fun and fast read.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I loved Anna‘s story. In fact, I think that enjoyed this book more than “A Visit From Goon Squad” 😊

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This book didn‘t win the Pulitzer. However, as fictional tales of mathematicians and unsolved mathematical problems go, it is a fun read.

Reggie This sounds wonderful!!! 3w
BarbaraBB I really liked this one too! 3w
Pedrocamacho @Reggie @Barbara88 Completely agree. I really enjoyed Logicomix, the author‘s graphic novel, too so if this sounds good to you then that‘s also an option 😉 3w
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I didn‘t like the first half of the book. The anecdotes held little interest individually and were largely unrelated to each other. The second half, on the other hand, was great as the anecdotes lengthened and become more personal. The stories of Cornwell‘s (Le Carre is a pen name) father and of the notorious Kim Philby were fantastic.

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This is a fun graphic novel about Delisle‘s trip to an animation studio in North Korea.

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Portnoy's Complaint | Philip Roth
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The heart of this book is the gap between who Alexander Portnoy is and who he wants or feels he needs to be. His sexual desire, or perhaps his guilt over his sexual desire, stunts his personhood in profound ways.

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Tenth Muse | Catherine Chung
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This is a wonderful book of self-discovery. With a few twists included, Chung manages to range from mathematics to family to love with deftness.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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It is hard to imagine following “Underground Railroad” with another amazing story, but Whitehead has managed it. “The Nickel Boys” is a haunting tale of vile racism, friendship, and the cruel randomness of human experience.

Pedrocamacho Whitehead based this story on the Dozier school in Florida where African American boys either were murdered or had their lives forever damaged. Whitehead was interviewed concerning the book a few weeks ago on Fresh Air. It is worth a listen. 1mo
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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This book meanders a bit in some places, but overall I enjoyed the story. Angelica‘s evolution is the best part.

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The story of the Radium Girls is a guy-wrenching study of human greed, cruelty, indifference, and triumph.

britt_brooke This story blew my mind. So devastating. 1mo
Pedrocamacho @britt_brooke Yeah, the constant and blatant lying by the corporate employees is shocking. These women were ingesting something lethal and the company didn‘t care at all. 1mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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What a fantastic book! I was completely sucked in by the tale of Nonso. Honestly, I‘ve seen and read movies and books that purport to be based on the Odyssey. This book, however, felt like the Odyssey.

Pedrocamacho Man, the ending is very dark. I did not see that coming. In fact, in my mind, the end fizzles a bit. 1mo
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This is one of my tops for the year. “Amity and Prosperity” both disturbed and angered me. Yet, I couldn‘t put it down.

Pedrocamacho It is especially galling when you think that most of this story unfolded pre-Trump. Similar to the situation in Flint, the EPA was almost completely ineffectual. One can only wonder how bad it must be now. Given the amount outright lying and fraud along with the almost total lack of real oversight, Americans have no reason to believe a single claim made by anyone associated with an extractive industry. (edited) 2mo
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This book is fantastic example of the power of perspective as it flipped my perception of the story of Cinderella. It was a pleasure to read.

thereadingowlvina I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would! 😁 2mo
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I love Monty Python so I was excited to read Eric Idle‘s take. Lots of funny stories and celebrity gossip, but at its core it‘s just a chronology.

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This book didn‘t grab me immediately, but ultimately I found the material on Orwell‘s life and the impact of “1984” since its publication compelling.

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The portion of the book that addresses the case of Reverend Maxwell, his crimes, his lawyer, and his murderer are simply bananas and make the book well worth it. The portion that addresses Harper Lee is best characterized as a short biography, and not a bad one. While Cep does speak to Lee‘s struggles with writing her book “The Reverend”, it fizzles somewhat. Overall, this is a fun read that leaves one wishing that Lee could have finished.

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Just a quick reread before starting “Furious Hours”. It‘s been a while, but I still think that Atticus is too Christ-like for my tastes and I still generally like Harper Lee‘s sentences.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I really loved “Dark Matter” so the bar was high for “Recursion”. It did not disappoint. Just like “Dark Matter”, the thing I loved most was thought-provoking nature of Crouch‘s story. There are very few books that can cause one to consider both Church‘s lambda calculus and Kant‘s Transcendental Aesthetic over the span of a few pages.

Pedrocamacho I‘ve been thinking a lot lately about the advent of nuclear weapons and their usage. Would humans really be able to stop themselves from using the chair, even at the risk of their own destruction? I‘ve become less sanguine over the years. 2mo
Pedrocamacho Also, I loved that the book was set in Colorado. “On The Road” comes to mind when I think of books where a substantial portion occurs in Colorado. My wife mentioned “The Shining”. Any other great books set in Colorado that I should be aware of? 2mo
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Dyson has written an interesting and wide-ranging book centered on 1963 meeting between RFK, James Baldwin, and a number of other prominent civil rights activists. It ranges beyond this meeting, however, to encompass modern activism and the Obama and Trump presidencies, among other topics. It is well worth a read.

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Lots of good thoughts on the problems of conducting scientifically useful medical research and how the fruits of that research should be communicated to the public. Honestly, I wish that I would read this book when I bought it years ago.

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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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This book took a while to grab me. However, once it did I found myself enjoying the story. I‘m ready for the second installment 😊

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This is largely about the mid and long-term impacts of the 1815 Tamboran mega eruption. It was responsible for, among other things, the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, worldwide cholera and typhus outbreaks, the invention of the bicycle, and the 1819 US financial panic and crash. Makes you wonder about the consequences of carbon-induced climate change. 😑

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This book is largely about how the assumption of the male as the default harms women, their health, their prospects, their livelihood, and their families. One cannot escape how our entire society is harmed when women are underrepresented in companies, government, and data. One thing that will truly stick with me from this book is the question, “Has this data been sex-disaggregated?”

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Neutrino | Frank Close
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I was excited to read this after reading “Antimatter.” This was another great explainer. I definitely understand more about neutrinos and am ready for the coming flurry of neutrino astronomy.

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This book is fine for what it is: a fact book about time, our experience of time, and our measurement of time.

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This book is a compendium of human biases. I loved all of the anecdotes. It‘s a great and quick read.

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Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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I really enjoyed “The Three Body Problem” trilogy so I had high hopes for “Ball Lightning”. It was fine. I enjoyed the architecture of the story. However, the characters felt very “wooden”. Some of that can be chalked up to the translation, which isn‘t great, but not all of it.

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This is a wonderfully illustrated graphic novel of “The Handmaid‘s Tale”. Very fun read.

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This book is a fun meditation on belief, the meaning of life, and human nature. Somehow, someway, the structure of the book mirrors the author‘s thesis.

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This book is a work of academic philosophy on misogyny, sexism, and patriarchy. It is dense, ambitious, and thought-provoking. I would say that it is a contemporary must-read were it not for the fact that books like this should have existed long, long ago.

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On Bullshit | Harry G. Frankfurt
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This is a Trump-era-related reread. The first sentence in the book is, “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit.” This book (academic paper, really) was written in 2005. I wonder what the first sentence would be were it written in 2019.

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The Kingdom Of Gods | N. K. Jemisin
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This book is a fun and fitting ending to the Inheritance trilogy 😊 I really enjoyed it

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The Broken Kingdoms | N. K. Jemisin
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This is my second Jemison trilogy. I have to say that in neither trilogy did the middle book seem “transitional” or “like filler” or superfluous. Instead, each stands alone as a great book. Very cool 😊

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Here I Am: A Novel | Jonathan Safran Foer
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There‘s a lot of beautiful writing in this book. However, I could never quite staunch the feeling it is overlong. Nevertheless, it is a worthy read.

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This is a fascinating book on how the brain is able to read. I loved the chapters on the development of written language and on dyslexia.

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Trinity | Louisa Hall
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I‘ve always been interested in the Manhattan Project and Robert Oppenheimer scientifically, philosophically, and otherwise. Hall‘s “Trinity” both explores the mystery and adds new depth. The last fictional character, in particular, is especially poignant.

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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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Octavia Butler‘s last book before she passed in 2006, “Fledgling” is just as interesting and clever as the rest of her work. I love how she was able to twist vampire-lore in compelling ways. Honestly, her vampires, the Ina, make much more sense than the traditional mythology of vampires. 🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️

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This is a fantastic read. Forever burned into my memory will be the countless Americans who died from methyl alcohol poisoning before and during Prohibition.

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At times, this book left me angry, gutted, and stupefied; and, yes, sometimes hopeful. It will be a long while before I finish thinking about this book and the people of the former Annawadi slum in Mumbai.

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Not quite as tight as The Broken Earth Trilogy. Yet, I‘m very excited to read the second book 😊

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Antimatter | Frank Close
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Bottom line: Give up all your plans for producing and storing antimatter; enormous energy is required to keep it from coming into contact the regular matter (thereby annihilating both). This fact means that using antimatter for energy production or as a weapon is highly unlikely. The material on neutrinos vs anti-neutrinos is fascinating.

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Spoonbenders: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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I loved the central idea of this book: a family of actual psychics that had once been debunked on national television. Overall, it turned out to be a fun, light story about the subsequent history of this family.

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I‘d only previously read Le Guin‘s fiction so I wasn‘t sure what to make of this book of essays. However, she‘s observant and funny so it‘s a worthy read.

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Read this book to live, breathe, and sleep Fredrick Douglass. It is deeply penetrating and presents a full portrait of Douglass from his most moving antebellum oration to feuds with his competitors to his time playing with his grandchildren. In terms of depth, this is probably the best biography I‘ve read.