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bourne.shell

Joined August 2019

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Read it! Wickedly smart and clever. This took me through several ranges of emotions and the second half of the book was hard to put down

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Mehso-so

A smaller novel with short, to the point chapters. Easy to read and pretty enjoyable. I“m just not sure how I feel about the ending. Which I think is intentional. It ends in a place where I'm not sure how I feel about the characters. Are they suppose to be likeable, should we be rooting for them? If not, then what is the author trying to say to the reading. It works because it's a shorter read. Not sure I would even like it, if it were strung out

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Mortality | Christopher Hitchens
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It's not that it's a bad book. It's just not a feel good kind of thing. A very candid look of a staunch atheist dying of cancer. His observations of how we treat those with cancer and his coming to grips with his own mortality can be direct and cold, but it will make you think.

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Abaddon's Gate | James S.A. Corey
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I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first two books, but still a very good read. The plot continues to evolve in new ways and I can't get enough of the Rocinante crew!

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I really enjoyed this book and the main characters: Ash, Ethan, and Jules. Following the characters as they grow up together. She nails the antsy, discontentment of getting older and realizing that those special moments from our youth weren't nearly as special as we remember, that's it's really just a lament of wanting our youth back instead of dealing with the ups and downs of marriage and life.

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Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel | Butler, Nickolas
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I loved this book. I loved the characters. This hit me at the perfect time and on so many levels. Having lived in a small town and moving to the city. I was craving a character driven novel and this delivered. I had to force myself to put the book down at times, so I wouldn't finish the book to quickly. I'm going to miss Lee, Henry, and Beth the most.

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Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel | Butler, Nickolas
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Still loving this book. Trying to put it down for the night so I don't just sit and finish it. Love this part! This reminds me. I got people to call.

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Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel | Butler, Nickolas
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“It's a funny thing, being married to someone for so long, being someone's best friend for so long. Because on those few occasions when they surprise you, it feels like the biggest thing in the world.“ ..... This is so true

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Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel | Butler, Nickolas
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Really enjoying this character driven novel about 4 friends from a small rural town. You know when you read the first chapter and you get goosebumps ... I think this ones going to be good.

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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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I was excited to read this since HBO is coming out with the first season this fall. I enjoyed the first several chapters and the last several chapters. I really struggled in the middle. I feel like you could just cut 100 pages out and have a better book. Even though I would say, it's worth the read.

Not Convinced I'll read the next book in the series. Maybe I'll wait to watch season 1 of the show before I decide.

Caterina I recently read this one for the first time, and I'm currently on the second one, but honestly if I weren't in grad school and desperate for audiobook fluff while I run, I'm not sure I would've even read the first book! I'd say probably don't read the second one. 😂 1mo
bourne.shell @Caterina Haha. I knew it. I feel validated. But I compromised. I found a good podcast about the series called, Unspoiled: His Dark Material. I listened to it after I finished the first book and decided instead of reading the second book, I'd just listen to the podcast. Totally cheating. There are some interesting ideas in the books and I can't wait to see them on screen. You should check out the podcast though, it's good fluff for running! 1mo
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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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Expanse series, book 2. Every bit as good as book one, with some great new characters. Just me or does Chrisjen Avasarala remind you of Lady Olenna from Game of Thrones. Loved her character. And the very end! Can't wait to start the next book.

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Leviathan Wakes | James S. A. Corey
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Finished! Every time I thought I knew where this book was going, there was a hard curve and the plot expanded even deeper. Really interesting characters, wildly entertaining plot, and a series! I don't have to be talked into reading book 2. I already have it.

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Leviathan Wakes | James S.A. Corey
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I haven't seen the show yet, but I hear good things, so I thought I'd read the books first. It took me 50 pages to get into it .... now I'm kind of hooked! I hope to finish this in the next day or two

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Mehso-so

The first half of the book is really good. You follow the author around while he gives you a history of the automotive industry in Detroit. The second half gets a bit monotonous. Chapter after chapter of how a plant gets stripped and sold off. He does his best to make the limited cast of characters sound like outlaws and misfits, but it only goes so far. Decent read if you're into history or from the area but not something you'd read for pleasure

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A beautifully written story of a daughter who moves back in with her parents to help keep an eye on her father who is starting to struggle with Alzheimer's. Smart, witty, humorous, sentimental, and at times, it pulls right on your heart. The journal entries from her father throughout the book are amazing and so relatable to being a parent, and the way she reverses it at the end and Ruth is making notes of her Fathers actions. Touching and clever

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Chapter 2: They Just Closed The Door

Thinking about how large the Budd company was at it's highest, the largest sheet metal company in American in the 1920's, The largest automotive stamping facility in the world in the 1970's, closed in 2006. The Story of Budd, is the story of Detroit.

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I love how witty this book is. I feel like I'm smiling every other page. Like this line from Ruth, thinking about her break up with Joel.

... You know what else is unfair, about Joel? That I loosened the jar lid, so somebody else could open him.

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Started “Punching Out“ by Paul Clemens as he follows the year after the Budd Company stamping plant on Detroit‘s East Side, closed in 2006. One chapter in, he paints a picture of just how large the automotive industry was in Detroit and what a labor intensive process it was to “Stamp“ parts out for the assembly plants. Almost all of this has been replaced by automation and outsourced for cheaper labor.

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Starting this, and loved this line, such a funny observation to make to yourself.

... At one point Dad emerges, shirtless, into the kitchen, to brew himself coffee. I get my nipples from him, I realize alarmed.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I enjoyed it, not saying it was life changing. There was a moment, it seemed they could be happy together. But Connell's struggles with depression and self expectations and watching Marianne in multiple self-destructive relationships where she gives into being submissive, and not in a healthy way. Was at times hard to read. So glad Connell told her no at the end. It leaves a bit of hope that maybe these two aren't done yet.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Only about half way through this so far ... why can't these two just figure out a way to be together? Plus, I want more back story on Marianne family!

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I can't say I agree with everything Yang proposes, but I love how pragmatic he is. He doesn't stick on the typical politically bullet points, on either side of the aisle. He points to a problem, declares it broken and after you get over the shock of all the broken pieces, he brings you back into the fold and says ... now lets solve these problems. We shouldn't block the advances of technology, but we should require it to serve humanity.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook I'm not in the US but one of my friends there recently became a campaigner for him. I really like his ideas. 3mo
bourne.shell @MommyWantsToReadHerBook Me too, I picked his book up after watching him in a debate. He does a good job of showing how good, high paying jobs equal safer communities, fewer mental health issues, more diverse cities, less medical debt, and higher levels of personal happiness. Even if you think he has no chance of getting elected, this is one of those books that reminds you to think outside your box and that really ... we all want the same things 3mo
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I find this very thought provoking. If you didn't have to worry about money, or going to your job, where would you're value come from? How long would it take for a society to change it's value system. If the government could provide a basic universal income, could you still find value and meaningfulness in your day to day life. Just some of the questions this book is bringing up.

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Andrew Yang is either a visionary or crazy ... I'm intrigued either way. I think automation is a bigger threat to American jobs then undocumented immigrants and no one is talking about it. I can't wait to hear his point of view

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Part exhilarating, part heart breaking. Luis ALberto Urrea's recounting of this true story plays out like a Dateline investigative report. He beautifully shows the story from each angle making sure to represent all sides including the Boarder Patrol, the Coyotes, and the hopeful souls that went into the desert and never came out. I can't say enough about how well written this book was.

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Love the irony of this last paragraph listed in the “Reading Guide“ after the last chapter ... great way to end such a well written book.

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Surprised how much I like this. I don't usually read pure Fantasy. Kell is such a great character and Lila!!... you just want to know more about them. So easy to read. Short chapters that just encourage you to get reading over and over. Just read it!

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Pretty good. Easy Read. Loved the development with Lila, especially in the opening. Emery I took take or Leave. The onset of him being in love with Rhy I thought was a bit to easy of a plot point, the speed at which Lila developed her powers was also a little too easy.

The games were fun and made for great reading and the little bits with Holland and black London added just enough mystery that you wanted to know what would happen next.

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The first half of the book was amazing. Loved the characters and the story about having to break away and find his freedom, living in the streets and meeting the other girls. Some of the sex scenes are very well done, the language is brash and unexpected but it makes you pay attention.

But the second half was weird, hard to understand, didn't make sense ... I'm not sure what really happened at the end and the worst part is, I don't think I care.

TrishB I got half way through- but I was struggling as the MC had the same name as my son- so it was a bit weird!! I couldn‘t finish it in the end. 3mo
bourne.shell @TrishB Haha, yes that would make it hard to read, he is a strange lead character. The best part of the book is the interactions between him and Bess, and those at times are a bit vulgar. Not what you'd want to picture your son doing. The plot was never really interesting enough to carry the book 3mo
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I can't believe how much I liked this book. It's basically all character development with just enough plot to move the story along. The idea of musicians as family was very engaging, loved the characters and how intimate without being sexual they were. It shows how deep their love is for each member of the group and what kind of an impact they had on each other. I would recommend this to others, it's worth your time

LauraBeth I really like your description and haven‘t felt compelled to read this until now. 3mo
bourne.shell @LauraBeth Perfect! I'm still shocked I picked this up. I had it in a stack with 3 or 4 other books and it was one of those, where you find reasons to read all the other books first. But I'm so glad I did. It's a beautiful story of 4 people sharing life together as they grow old and the joys and pain of being as tight knit as a family. 3mo
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The One-Eyed Man | Ron Currie
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Fun book. First half was great. Loved the back story with the main character and his wife ... the love and drama and him finding her cancer ... heart wrenching. Once it moved into the reality tv space I started to feel disconnected from the plot and characters. Still love Ron's writing style.

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Friends come in boxes | Michael G Coney
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I know this book isn't a 5 for everyone, it just hit me at the perfect time. I picked it up on a whim. I was walking out of the library and the cover caught my attention so I threw it in my pile. Because I didn't have any preconceived ideas .. I just read it. I loved it. Entertaining all the way through. I honestly felt several times ... how is this not a movie. The idea is off the wall enough that it would be a crazy sci-fi film.

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Car | Harry Crews
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Strangely entertaining. It's a dark satire about Americas obsession with cars. This book is worth reading for per entertainment and enjoyment

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The start and end where very strong, the middle got a little weird with the plot but that's normal for Ron Currie. Jr. Interesting characters, which is what I would Ron is so good at. Worth reading, if you've read other books by Ron, you should read it.

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God Is Dead | Ron Currie, Jr.
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This is the book that made me love Ron Currie Jr. Hard hitting, creative, thrilling. The subject matter is really engaging and he pushes the characters to all the dark places that we would go to in our head.

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A Conjuring of Light | V. E. Schwab
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Loved the action. Best part is Maris by far .. I want more and was sad that there was only a couple of chapters of her. Loved the end. Nice twist with both the kind and queen dying and Rhy becoming King.

Kell leaving in the end with Lila on the night spire ..... loved! they both got what they wanted and each other, so good. I honestly could read another book with these characters that's how good it was.

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Autonomous | Annalee Newitz
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I enjoyed it. Creative out look on a unique subject. The small details about technology and bio science were really well done.

Loved!!! How she showed the verbose communication between robots and how they picked up senors and inputs that humans couldn't.

By the end, I honestly wasn't hooked enough to care how it turned out, which is too bad.

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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This book comes highly recommended but it's not for me. I couldn't connect to the characters or the plot at all. I just found myself trying to read it as fast as possible to finish it, which made me very disappointed.

As a personal preference, I really hated the writing style where the conversation between two characters didn't use “ “, but was just italic instead. I found it very hard to follow large sections of dialog

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House of Holes | Nicholson Baker
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Corky and fun. No real point to the book but it's an interesting read with lots of crazy situation that shows you how weird the inside of Bakers head is. The vocabulary alone is something to marvel and enjoy. If foul language offends you, you should pass. It's per non-sense and satire.

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I love how he writes in layman terms and his passion comes across at all times. He did a cool breakdown of the elements in the periodic table ... who knew that could be so amazing! And the last chapter is absolutely amazing ... part science, part philosophy, part theory.

Neat fact. All the street lights in Tucson, Arizona glow orange because they use low sodium bulbs because it's easyier for telescopes to filter that light out of images.

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Beautiful You | Chuck Palahniuk
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Is this suppose to be satire? It if is, maybe I'd give it a better review. But It wasn't clear to me and half way through the book it just seemed that it crossed the line into ridiculousness. Once I felt the book went there, it was really hard for me to enjoy it or look forward to finishing it.

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Some really good chapters that hit hard and felt personal. I would have to put the book down and think about how it relates to and re-read multiple pages over and over. Other chapters that seemed good but just don't apply to me at this point in my life. I think this is one of the those books you can re-read every couple of years and get something new out of.

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A Box of Matches | Nicholson Baker
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Part introspective, charming, and wise ... the daily routine of waking up, starting a fire, and thinking out loud to yourself is therapeutic. But I felt like it never went anywhere. It was just a minutiae carousel that goes round and round until you end up realizing, isn't going anywhere. The parts that are good are enjoyable, but overall, not for me.

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Rob is always fresh. No matter how long I stay away from his work, coming back always feels comfortable and new. His ability to craft words and paint pictures of ordinary events in life and make them feel new, exciting, and important.

I love his concept, marriage is a dynamic space between two people and sometimes issues come up because you've brought something to the space that you haven't dealt with yet.

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A nice overview of the concept of “Universal Basic Income“. She does a great job of presenting both sides of the argument, the challenges, the pro's and con's, and how other countries are experimenting with the idea. Whether you agree with UBI or not, by the end of the book there's a compelling case that unconditional cash seems to be better suited to help the underprivileged then requirement based social welfare programs.

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FIrst 100 pages were very hard to get through, thought about putting the book down. His writing style is different and the grammar that alot of the characters use takes getting use to. The Middle of the book was great. Very engaging , great character development. At times I didn't know what was going on and lost track of even what characters where in the room. Worth reading but it's not for everyone for sure.

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