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The /r/books book club selection for April is The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
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Simple Questions: April 21, 2018
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Not too long ago, I finished Dreams From my Father by Barack Obama. I found it to be an incredibly powerful, humanizing portrait of our 44th president
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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The 100 best one-star Amazon Reviews of The Great Gatsby
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Keeping books in a windowsill?
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A curious incident of the dog in the night time
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Just read a Higher Loyalty, by former FBI director James Comey.
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The meanest things Vladimir Nabokov said about other writers
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I just finished reading The Girl On The Train
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For those of you who have read The Neapolitan Novels, how true are they to women's friendships?
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'Beyond the Beats': Rock's greatest drummers share their craft in book
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Which classic is being described by this 1 star review?
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I read Factfullness by Hans Rosling and it's like an antidote to the "always bad news all the time" epidemic
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Voice in head while reading
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"America’s 100 most-loved novels" as chosen in a Survey from PBS for their "The Great American Read" Series
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Amazing book series you should all read! John Marsden - Tomorrow, when the war began.
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After 3 decades... science fiction...
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My thoughts on The Catcher in the Rye
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Dan Brown's Inferno movie adaptation? (SPOILERS)
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Los Angeles Times book prizes awarded to literary veterans, emerging authors
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Inferno by Dan Brown
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What are some less obvious books that would make great movies, and why?
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The illusion of time. Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.
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Just read Rosemary's Baby while pregnant with my son
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What books have you read just because you've seen it and thought "what the hell"? Were they any good?
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How Flap Illustrations Helped Reveal the Body’s Inner Secrets: Sixteenth century scholars peeled away anatomical ignorance one layer at a time.
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This Adorable Book Store In Toronto Has A Vending Machine That Gives Out Rare Books
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What was the last book you rage-quit?
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Library of America Editions
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The Vonnegut Universe
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The Overstory by Richard Powers seems to be another overlooked book by a massively underrated writer.
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Sympathy for the Devil
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What book have you (re)read as an adult that makes you think, "This is a kids' book!?"
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How do you "visualize" books that are more literary and focus on style/prose/thematic depth?
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Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Influential People of 2018!
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The Sublime Cluelessness of Throwing Lavish Great Gatsby Parties- The article I revisit whenever someone brings up the Great Gatsby
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Fierce Kingdom - phew
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Swedish Academy, which picks the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, acknowledged on Friday that names of some previous prize winners had been leaked in advance and it pledged to redraw the ancient rules governing how it functions.
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Where do I buy Chinese books in the US
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Can we talk about the Glory of John Steinbeck?
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Is there something wrong with the way I read books?
4 sarahmosher I felt the same way about it. Not too sure at the beginning but ended up hooked on it and read it quickly. I was (maybe predictably) disappointed by the movie and didn't get halfway through. Glad you liked the book!
4 msscribe I had to stop after about forty pages because it's so terribly written it actually made me angry. For example, the protagonist's main personality trait is that she has "curves that brought the attention of men of myriad ages and motives."
3 elphie93 Yeah I felt the same. Some bits were very ham-fisted, but in general it kept me hooked and made me think a lot more about tech and it's role in our lives - how it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I haven't seen the film yet though.
3 EducationNut I think it's a great premise and I enjoyed it for the most part. Honestly wish it had just gone on longer and explored the concept further. Felt too short to properly explore the implications and affects this sort of monitoring and constant surveillance would have on people. Besides that I thought it was a good book. What else did you think?
1 jbmaun I quite liked it! Definitely made me stop and think about our technology-driven society. I’m trying to avoid the film though, because I’ve heard it’s awful and I don’t want to ruin the story for myself.
1 Polynikes13 I liked it but I think it was a missed opportunity. Had he written it after the Trump era he could have explored the National/global influence tech has on governments/broader society. He’s started getting there but kept it in the first person perspective. All in all I thought it was a good read.
1 garylapointe A bit over the top, but it interesting to see their extreme views on how far things could go.
1 prettymuchpocahontas I read the whole thing and the negative spiral of how technology could effect our lives felt very real. That was what kept me interested. As a female, it was very obvious to me that the book was written by a man even though the main character is a woman. That jumped out at me several times while reading and took me out of the story. I also watched the movie and as expected it was missing a lot of aspects of the book that I liked. *Edit - If you like the book, definitely give the movie a try and I also highly recommend 'Black Mirror' on Netflix. The theme is the same throughout and Episode 2 of season 4 is very similar to an idea explored in the book but pushed a bit further.
1 Tsunoyukami I quite enjoyed *The Circle* though I feel it was missing something. In many ways it's similar to other speculative works of utopia/dystopia (ie. *Brave New World*, *1984*) but it doesn't quite reach the peak that such works do. This might be because the lens of time makes *The Circle* too fresh to view with a perspective removed from our current world and perhaps will be remembered as a strikingly prescient speculation sometime in the future (hindsight is 20/20, as they say). In my opinion, the biggest thing holding this book back is its length: it's overly long and winded at points - so much so that it detracts from the thrust of power and poignancy that might otherwise breathe life into its narrative. Eggers' novel addresses some extreme ideas that feel very much possible which lends some weight to the novel and makes it achingly scary at times.
1 flannel_jackson eh, B- not a bad idea, but not that gripping or really that thought-provoking. in other words, i think he failed to execute the concept as well as it deserved.
1 Anna_Anna_Anna Great read
1 duranfan I didn't like it at all. It made me want to delete all of my social media accounts after I finished it. Obviously, I didn't do that, after my annoyance with the book wore off. Maybe, at 42, I'm just too old to "get" it--I am old enough to remember when the Internet and social media as we know them today didn't exist. And the thing I couldn't quite get my head around was this--if everyone is sitting around all day watching the video feeds of the thousands of people they're connected to, how the hell is anybody getting anything done?
5 0 sarahmosher I felt the same way about it. Not too sure at the beginning but ended up hooked on it and read it quickly. I was (maybe predictably) disappointed by the movie and didn't get halfway through. Glad you liked the book!
4 0 msscribe I had to stop after about forty pages because it's so terribly written it actually made me angry. For example, the protagonist's main personality trait is that she has "curves that brought the attention of men of myriad ages and motives."
3 0 elphie93 Yeah I felt the same. Some bits were very ham-fisted, but in general it kept me hooked and made me think a lot more about tech and it's role in our lives - how it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I haven't seen the film yet though.
3 0 EducationNut I think it's a great premise and I enjoyed it for the most part. Honestly wish it had just gone on longer and explored the concept further. Felt too short to properly explore the implications and affects this sort of monitoring and constant surveillance would have on people. Besides that I thought it was a good book. What else did you think?
1 0 jbmaun I quite liked it! Definitely made me stop and think about our technology-driven society. I’m trying to avoid the film though, because I’ve heard it’s awful and I don’t want to ruin the story for myself.
1 0 Polynikes13 I liked it but I think it was a missed opportunity. Had he written it after the Trump era he could have explored the National/global influence tech has on governments/broader society. He’s started getting there but kept it in the first person perspective. All in all I thought it was a good read.
1 0 garylapointe A bit over the top, but it interesting to see their extreme views on how far things could go.
1 0 prettymuchpocahontas I read the whole thing and the negative spiral of how technology could effect our lives felt very real. That was what kept me interested. As a female, it was very obvious to me that the book was written by a man even though the main character is a woman. That jumped out at me several times while reading and took me out of the story. I also watched the movie and as expected it was missing a lot of aspects of the book that I liked. *Edit - If you like the book, definitely give the movie a try and I also highly recommend 'Black Mirror' on Netflix. The theme is the same throughout and Episode 2 of season 4 is very similar to an idea explored in the book but pushed a bit further.
1 0 Tsunoyukami I quite enjoyed *The Circle* though I feel it was missing something. In many ways it's similar to other speculative works of utopia/dystopia (ie. *Brave New World*, *1984*) but it doesn't quite reach the peak that such works do. This might be because the lens of time makes *The Circle* too fresh to view with a perspective removed from our current world and perhaps will be remembered as a strikingly prescient speculation sometime in the future (hindsight is 20/20, as they say). In my opinion, the biggest thing holding this book back is its length: it's overly long and winded at points - so much so that it detracts from the thrust of power and poignancy that might otherwise breathe life into its narrative. Eggers' novel addresses some extreme ideas that feel very much possible which lends some weight to the novel and makes it achingly scary at times.
1 0 flannel_jackson eh, B- not a bad idea, but not that gripping or really that thought-provoking. in other words, i think he failed to execute the concept as well as it deserved.
1 0 Anna_Anna_Anna Great read
1 0 duranfan I didn't like it at all. It made me want to delete all of my social media accounts after I finished it. Obviously, I didn't do that, after my annoyance with the book wore off. Maybe, at 42, I'm just too old to "get" it--I am old enough to remember when the Internet and social media as we know them today didn't exist. And the thing I couldn't quite get my head around was this--if everyone is sitting around all day watching the video feeds of the thousands of people they're connected to, how the hell is anybody getting anything done?