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danny
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Seems like a waste of a Saturday to me.

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danny
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Read the introduction and part of the first chapter. You'll get all the important points and no one--probably not even Thomas Picketty--will be able to tell the difference.

Also go look up a guy named Matt Rognlie. He has a great addition to the issue.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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If you like Lovecraft or season 1 of Lost, you'll like the Southern Reach trilogy.

For me, being stuck in a swamp amidst militaristic nonsense while missing someone special has unique significance :) @schmia

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danny
Mehso-so

Google paid a lot for this...or Apple did. I can't tell.

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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is a tale of genetically engineered superspiders from space. I make no apologies.

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The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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Someone I greatly admire once pointed out to me science fiction's flaw: the preoccupation with world-building at the expense of character.

John Scalzi does a nice job of balancing the two. Empire presents a universe like Dune, but with characters that are far more familiar. I only wish more time was spent with each of the main cast, as it is a very short book for all it introduces. I guess there are sequels for that.

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danny
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I read this as a counterpoint to Cowen. I expected a refutation. Instead, I got a book that supports the idea that Americans are more complacent, or as Hacker puts it, more risk averse.

For example, fewer Americans are starting new businesses. Between stagnant incomes, and an institutional shift of healthcare and retirement risk to the individual, who can blame them?

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danny
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The book as a whole is less than the sum of its parts.

On one hand, Tyler Cowen has an important point: by prizing comfort and safety over all else, the US is ignoring social ills and sabotaging progress towards a better future. For example, electing an orange tumor to lead the country.

On the other this is intertwined with a lot of grumpy old man. To Cowen, the way kids are picking their music is a sign of what's wrong with the country.

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danny
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Once, I felt stupid for trying to lick cookie dough off the mixer while it was running. Now I know that the designer of the mixer is to blame. Thanks, Donald Norman!

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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It's a beautiful night at the pub. Only one thing missing, @schmia

mabell Cool cover! 2y
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danny
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Nick Hunt's journey in the footsteps of Paddy Fermor makes me want to pack a bag and do it myself. The romanticism of this is undercut by his refusal to prepare for the journey in any meaningful way and his subsequent discovery that walking across a city doesn't generalize to walking across a continent. I admire his ability to power through it, but come on. Nobody wants to hear about feet in your heroic epic.

Great book, though.

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@schmia in heaven.

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Neverwhere can't unseat American Gods in my heart, but I liked it for many of the same reasons. I'm a sucker for the down-the-rabbit-hole account of normal things. In Gods, it was Americana; in Neverwhere it's London.

I'd love it if Gaiman wrote a version about a city I knew. I think it could be easily done with DC. Replace sewer people with staffers and 'Mind the gap' with the Metro fire demon, and you're halfway there.

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danny
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If you like historic minutiae relevant to the golden age of NASA, this book is delightful. The geopolitics of docking adapters, and USAF's blunder that got greenlit as a 70's blockbuster are great anecdotes. The maiden flight of the shuttle even pales a bit next to them, but still appeals to the 10-year old kid in me. Thanks to my awesome wife @schmia (who didn't type this sentence #alternative facts) for finding this for me via #AlltheBooks.

schmia That perfectly crafted last sentence of your review is really what brings it all together. 2y
danny Just think you're sooooo funny 😉 2y
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