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review 2019-09-19 13:49
The Alienist ★★☆☆☆ (DNF)
The Alienist (Audio) - Caleb Carr,Julie Carr,Edward Herrmann

This seemed really promising. An interesting premise and good reviews from people I trust. So maybe it's the audio format, but throughout the first 2 hours of audio I kept having to rewind and re-listen because my mind kept wandering to other things. I just got tired of waiting for the pace to pick up, but instead it was almost continuous talking and exposition. Blah blah blah. DNF at 9%


Audiobook via Audible. I normally really enjoy George Guidall, but not this time. 


I attempted to read this for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo square Amateur Sleuth

It shouldn't be too hard to find a substitute. 

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text 2019-09-18 15:31
The Alienist - 0%
The Alienist (Audio) - Caleb Carr,Julie Carr,Edward Herrmann

I picked this up at an Audible $5 sale, on the strength of some recommendations here. Reading it for the Amateur Sleuth square, as the investigators are a newspaper reporter and a psychologist. 


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review 2019-09-14 16:32
Reading Fatigue: A How To Manual
Amphigorey - Edward Gorey
Amphigorey Too - Edward Gorey
Amphigorey Again - Edward Gorey

Since I read Edward Gorey's biography, I thought it would be a good idea to immerse myself in his books which led me to Amphigorey, Amphigorey Too, and Amphigorey Again. These are collections of his illustrated works and I have to be honest that I don't think I'm intellectual enough to get the 'deeper meaning' behind his grotesque little tales. While I found some of them amusing, I wasn't overly impressed or blown away. Also, I have to agree with Gorey's biographer that his books do best in their tiny format instead of lumped together like this. Reading fatigue hit me HARD while I was trying to get through these (and they really didn't capture my imagination) so it's going to be a 4/10 from me. 


What's Up Next: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


What I'm Currently Reading: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2019-09-09 18:48
Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit ★★★★☆
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit - John E. (Edward) Douglas,Mark Olshaker

Part autobiography, part true crime, and part history of the FBI’s development of criminal profiling, this book kept me absorbed while waiting in line, avoiding chores, and at the ballpark waiting for the game to start. Not only does the author discuss how their theories were developed and tested, he gives many examples from real cases.


It does have flaws, though. The casual, spoken-word style of narrative implies that this was ghost-written from recorded interview sessions and is a little off-putting. Douglas also chooses to only share examples where their profiles were a match to the killer, giving the impression that they were flawless in their predictions. I know that can’t possibly be the case, and the very fact that he offers this pretense of perfection makes the whole book a little suspect, whereas if he’d included an honest discussion of trial and error and the limitations of this work, or even where it can go badly wrong if misapplied, I’d have more confidence in the conclusions/assertions he forwards.


Paperback version, found in a fairly yellowed and tattered state at a used bookstore.



I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Serial/Spree Killer: A sub-genre of crime fiction that involves the detection of serial or spree killers. That, of course, is the whole point of this book.


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Sep08 343/416pg

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text 2019-09-08 14:31
Mindhunter - 343/416 pg
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit - John E. (Edward) Douglas,Mark Olshaker

“The dilemma as I’ve stated many times before, is that much of psychiatric therapy is based on self-reporting. A patient coming to a therapist under normal circumstances has a vested interest in revealing his true thoughts and feelings. A convict desirous of early release, on the other hand, has a vested interest in telling the therapist what he wants to hear. And to the extent that the therapist takes that report at face value without correlating this with other information about the subject, that can be a real failing of the system.”


He just brutally skewers criminal psychiatric evaluations. I don't know if the practice has changed, but at least at the time this was written, psychiatrists wanted to evaluate patients without knowing any background or context of the crime committed, basing their evaluation solely on their interaction with the subject. As a result, they can be easily fooled by a sociopath.

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