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text 2018-01-14 23:42
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 356 pages.
The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein

still humming along nicely--very entertaining, amusing. shall finish it tomorrow. then, either Nonfiction, or perhaps my first Donna Leon novel! (plus there's always Night Force, and those Jack the Ripper tales.)

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text 2018-01-14 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 356 pages.
The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein

well, I love it--but this month has consisted of me saying "I love it", 50 to 100 pages into any book, and then winding up not loving the complete package all that much, and bottoming out in the 3, or 3.5, star area. so, we'll see. but this tale of teleportation gone wrong in 2147 seems like the author would have to make a major detour to wreck this wonderful novel. a bit like Version Control in terms of subtly commenting on how committed we are to the wrong future, but lighter in tone--I get the Douglas Adams comparison. I'm also reminded of anything from Seconds, to Rogue Moon, to Echo Round His Bones, to Up The Line, but this book has flecks of all of those ingrained in it, with a unique plot that is none of those. I am at the point where the whole thing could just devolve into a routine Chase scenario--fleeing victim of soulless corporations of the future--but I trust the author will keep it imaginative, and the trimmings of this fascinating future, plus the humor, will make it more than just a running-person set-up. I would love to give out a 4.5 or 5 star rating early this year; The Punch Escrow has what it takes, up to this point.

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text 2018-01-13 19:35
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 356 pages.
The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein

I don't think I'll be reading very many books in my life with the word 'Escrow' in the title--but this one, yes.

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review 2018-01-12 13:31
Shock Doctrine takes 2 and fingers crossed
No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein

The first 200 pages of the book is just repeating shock doctrine at the time of Trump election win.

 

The last 100 pages is the new stuff. But by that time, I have pretty much lost interest in what she is going to say.

 

Still a logic book but I have a bit of disagreement. 

 

Brushing over what the liberal have done to Clinton during election and allow that jerk Trump win, that's not just the far right is good at getting the right vote and the people who don't usually vote, voted for Trump. It is also reflect quite badly on the left and it typical not united front. 

 

Identify politic is bullshit and it is what make people so difficult to work with each other on the left. 

 

Being kind is good. But think of where the refugee is from and how they could take up the host country value toward women, children, gay is just not realistic. And seeing through rosy lens just wouldn't do.

 

With that said, she did try to give a message of hope. Based on there are just good people in the world.

 

But after reading this book, I still feel quite despair. 

 

For readers who haven't read Shock Doctrine might like this more. For me, it is just boring. 

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text 2018-01-12 02:34
Reading progress update: I've read 194 out of 273 pages.
No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein

Still not telling me something new. 

 

Trump is bad. I know that.

 

Some assholes would profit when people are in shock, as said in her last book. I know that too.

 

Tell me something new. Some new insight. 

 

So far, it is the same old same old. If I have not read Shock Doctrine, I might enjoyed this more. 

 

As in this case I have already read Shock Doctrine, she seems to be repeating herself a lot. 

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