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review 2017-12-12 12:55
Casting your brain into big questions
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

I went in all big eyes and heavy heart and cheating, starting with the story I was curious about after watching the movie. It was sadder in it's determinism, but it was all that (and it had emotion, lordy, did it have emotion).


About half way through this book (and with my brain much hurting, I get so immersed into these Big Question explorations), LeGuin's introduction for The Left Hand of Darkness (I was very much taken by them, book and intro) kept popping into my thoughts. The part where she says taking a concept to it's maximum expression is like concentrating any chemical element: it causes cancer.


The stories vary in nature and theme, they are interesting, and unique. And in a sense, bleak. Lacking in hope, some in sentiment, some in... something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but while amazing, thought-provoking explorations that filled me with wonder or questions, each tale left me with this vague sense of depression. Which had little to do with whether they had happy ending or not (most are a dagger), since Le Guin does that, you blubber like a fool, and still makes you love it and leave bittersweet hopeful. So, not the presence of pain. Maybe more like a general lack of joy to balance them (for the most part).


Anyway, it is a really good book to think about or discuss, and it delves into some interesting territories (I'm itching for some looong research and reading on some things that went over my head). Different and exhausting. Will read more of the author.

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text 2017-11-29 23:33
The Body Keeps the Score › Bessel van der Kolk MD $1.99 Excellent!
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma - Bessel van der Kolk

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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text 2017-11-21 15:28
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

My favorite character in this book is Melody Brooks. This is because Melody never gives up easily to find ways for her to communicate with other students in her school. It was difficult for her to communicate with people as she could not talk, walk or even write. She has a photographic memory which means her head is like a video camera that is always recording. With a photographic memory, She could remember things easily and this is why she is the smartest kid in her whole school. Even though she is the smartest kid, no one knows it as she could not communicate with others. One day, she got a "Medi-Talker" which is something like a laptop but with huge buttons that Melody could press as she could not control her fingers normally. it can speak anything Melody wants to say. All she had to do is to press what she wants to say. Another reason why is that she likes music just like I do. She likes classical and also jazz as her mom loves classical and her dad loves jazz.


The reason why I enjoyed this book is that this book is very interesting as I had never read this kind of book about disabilities before. In this book, I learn that we should not give up easily and also not look down on people with disabilities. I like the sentence "it is my opinion that Melody is severely brain-damaged and profoundly retarded." in the book. 

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review 2017-11-08 17:50
Dirty Mind
Dirty Mind - Roe Horvat

I have to say, I was not expecting this AT ALL!

Still in such awe over this story and this beautiful writing style. I am not sure if it was the cover or the blurb but this is not at all what I expected to get when I started this book. This was just amazing.

As I was when I finished "The Layover", I am just in a daze and unable to put into words properly my feelings on this book. It is a must read.

I am so anxious for the next story in this "series" and hear it will be full of angst. Bring it Roe.

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text 2017-11-06 20:14
Reading progress update: I've read 73%.
Dirty Mind - Roe Horvat

Out of pure self-preservation, I forbade myself from further analyzing the reality. Instead, I imagined growing old with Christian by my side, in my home, in my bed. I dreamed about falling asleep like this every night and waking up to the smell of his hair and the warm touch of his skin, until one day, I wouldn’t wake up at all.


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