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review 2018-11-19 16:29
Rarefied Heights: "Umbrella" by Will Self
Umbrella - Will Self



(Original Review, September 30th 2012)


And people are entertained by different things. Some people are entertained by cat videos. Others are entertained by football or motor racing. Others are entertained by mathematical or philosophical problems. Others are entertained by jigsaw puzzles or their literary equivalents. Others are entertained by sophisticated use of narrative technique. Some people may be entertained by all of these: they have rich mental lives, with varying sources of entertainment.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-16 17:49
Just not feeling this
Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead (2012) #1 (of 4) - Barbara Taylor Bradford,Chris Scalf,David Palumbo-Liu

Usually like this author, and I used to be a much bigger Star Wars fan than I am now. 

 

Didn't really get into it, so, yeah, one star. 

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review 2018-10-31 20:30
Surfeit of Cliché: "The Soldier Son Trilogy" by Robin Hobb
The Soldier Son Trilogy Bundle - Robin Hobb


(Original Review, 2012)


Hobb seems to have declined over the years. “The Farseer” and “The Liveship Traders” were spectacular, despite a certain amount of padding; Tawny Man a bit more shapeless (the Piebald plot abruptly falls by the wayside after the confrontation midway through book 2).

“The Soldier Son” (in a new universe) started well, despite some obvious recycling (most fathers in Hobb's fiction are either unloving or dead/absent, and the dad here is no exception; meanwhile the uncle is an obvious recycling of Verity-Fitz), but the abrupt lurch at the beginning of the second book suggests some serious plot rethinking took place midway through the writing process.

 

 

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review 2018-10-06 11:45
Chi Kung Ritual: "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg


(original review, 2012)


I was just thinking earlier this week about the 4 dimensions of rituals that Mervin Verbit, a sociologist, wrote about: content, frequency, intensity and centrality. And, although he was talking more about religious rituals, I think they apply to most other kinds of rituals in our lives too. And, I think that if our everyday rituals include these 4 dimensions in the right proportions, they can allow us pay more attention to what we’re doing and give us the space to be more creative. Note that I'm not suggesting that rituals, in themselves, can make anyone more creative - rather that they enable some of the right conditions for creativity.

 

 

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review 2018-10-05 21:53
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) - Hal Elrod



(original review, 2012)


“Why is it that when a baby is born, we often refer to them as “the miracle of life,” but then go on to accept mediocrity for our own lives? Where along the way did we lose sight of the miracle that we are living?”

“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days—which inevitably create a successful life—in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.”

In “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM” by Hal Elrod


Why do these books give out only common sense utterances?

 

 

 

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