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review 2018-07-22 20:53
Review of The Road to Camelot by Thomas Oliphant
The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign - Thomas Oliphant,Curtis Wilkie

This was a very strict political history of Kennedy's run for President in 1960.  It covers the five years leading up to his historic election in great detail and shows how in many ways, the Kennedy campaign revolutionized the way presidential campaigns would be conducted moving forward.  I learned a great deal about the ideas of favorite sons and how the primary system developed into its modern form out of this election.  I would think you have to be a political junky to truly enjoy this book, so parts of it dragged a bit for me with all of the names thrown out that I did not recognize, but overall it was a good read and a good look at the Kennedy operation.

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review 2018-07-22 04:12
The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee

This book alternated between being compulsively readable and making me wonder where the heck the author was trying to go with things. There is a lot of interesting information but sometimes it was like the author was confused about whether he should be arguing to deal with cats in a certain way, or he'd bounce around topics while really you just wanted to know whether he found his cat Augusta safe and sound in the end after one of her little escapades. I really wish he had just stopped letting her go outside. I couldn't take the suspense.


The infamous chapter 7, while sad, was quite good, and made me bump up my rating from 2.5 stars.


I guess I'd describe the book as being about understanding cats rather than being about cats, with a bit of science thrown in.


Previous updates:

72 of 235 pages (Balou likes to be loud)

7 of 235 pages (questionable cat hearing data)

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text 2018-07-21 17:53
Actionreiche und spannend
Stille Feinde: Thriller (IQ-Serie) - Joe... Stille Feinde: Thriller (IQ-Serie) - Joe Ide,Thomas Wörtche,Conny Lösch

„Stille Feinde“ ist ein actionreicher Thriller aus der Feder des amerikanischen Autoren Joe Ide. Es ist der zweite Band um den meist sympathischen Ermittler IQ, man kann ihn aber problemlos lesen, auch wenn man den ersten Teil nicht kennt. Ide schreibt in einem flüssigen, schnellen Schreibstil, an manchen Stellen gab es für meinen Geschmack aber zu viele sehr derbe Ausdrücke: „Motherfucker“ z. B. brauche ich als Leser nicht mehr als einmal pro Seite… Das Buch ist voller Action, da sind Messer, Pistolen und alles, was sich als Waffe eignet, immer schnell bei Hand. Da und auch bei der Anzahl der handelnden Personen wäre weniger manchmal vielleicht mehr gewesen. Ich zumindest hatte Schwierigkeiten, die Personen und auch die Clans auseinanderzuhalten. Manche Hintergrundgeschichten der verschiedenen Personen sind etwas langatmig, sonst ist Handlung recht spannend. Die Orte – Long Beach und Las Vegas – werden anschaulich dargestellt, als Leser hat man relativ genaue Bilder im Kopf. Das Cover passt gut dazu, es wirkt allerdings durch das etwas verschwommene Bild sehr vage. 

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review 2018-07-20 06:23
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee

I'm going almost the full five stars on this because it's the best cat book I've read to date.  I've not read a ton, to be honest, but McNamee manages to capture both the science and the essence of the relationship between a cat and its owner.  He is undoubtedly a man coming at the subject with heartfelt appreciation and love for our feline overlords and his advice is rational, sound and passionate.


I learned a lot from this book.  I never knew that the sticking out of the tongue was a sign of friendship and acceptance; I always thought Easter-cat just left her tongue sticking out sometimes.  The front leg stretch isn't really a stretch, so much as it's a gesture of acceptance and friendship.  McNamee has me a little stressed out about Easter-cat's insistence on only eating dry food.  Small things like that, as well as much bigger issues like separation anxiety have given me much to think about. 


McNamee also talks about a lot of very sticky issues, especially regarding breeding, the cat's need to hunt, and the feral population problem that plagues communities around the world.  His overview of how Italy - specifically Rome - is tackling the issue is an inspiration, if not a complete solution.  I think he does a phenomenal job bringing home the basic idea that cats (and any pet for that matter) are not merely personal possessions or accessories; they are living creatures with as much right to quality of life and dignity as we might and arrogant humans so.


This book is a weaving of science and personal anecdotes about the author's cat, Augusta.  Those personal parts are brilliant, and sometimes nail-biting.  Full disclosure:  I flat-out skipped chapter 7 on sickness and death.  I'm a sissy, and the first 6 chapters convinced me that McNamee was going to write chapter 7 with at least as much passion and heartfelt sincerity and there aren't enough tissues in the world to get me through that chapter.


I knocked off half a star because some figures at the start seemed to fantastical to be true, and though there is a notes section at the back, those figures weren't cited, leaving me and others feeling distrustful of the data.  Otherwise, I thought this was a brilliantly written, fantastic resource for anybody who wants to be a better cat slave.

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text 2018-07-19 01:33
Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 288 pages.
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee

I've been stalling on finishing this one; sad times ahead - but it's going to get as read as I'm willing to read by the end of today.


Anyone else still reading this?  How are you going?  Have you hugged your cat today?


You want your book?  Well, I want some PETS!!!

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