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text 2018-08-16 21:42
Reading progress update: I've listened 68 out of 151 minutes.
The Very First Damned Thing: An Author-Read Audio Exclusive - Jodi Taylor

I hate to say it, but I'm a bit bored, and I haven't even been listening to this for very long. I wonder if it would be better with a different narrator? I like the author's voice, but apparently I've been spoiled by actor-narrators.

 

And I'm confused about how time travel works in this. At times, it's indicated that the timeline protects itself - time travelers couldn't change things if they tried, because they'd be prevented from doing so by the universe, possibly at the cost of their own lives. At other times, characters say things that indicate that time travelers could, in fact, have a disastrous effect on the timeline if they're not careful. So which is it?

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text 2018-08-16 13:18
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Anne Nall Stallworth

Total number of cops who have talked to Ken, the Colorado Springs KKK member who was the start of all of this: 3. He still thinks he's been talking to one person, Ron Stallworth, and he thinks Ron is just great.

 

So great, in fact, that he's trying to get Ron/Chuck to agree to assume a leadership role in the Colorado Springs chapter of the KKK. Stallworth is now telling readers why this was a problem for the police and discussing the issue of entrapment, which is something I suspect many cop shows have messed up on.

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text 2018-08-15 19:09
Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Anne Nall Stallworth

Ooh, the college I went to just got mentioned. One of its professors (no name provided) attended an anti-KKK rally. The police had been informed that protesters were planning to burn KKK members' cars and instead found peaceful protesters. The next few pages are about the potential for violence increasing as people became more aware of the KKK presence in the city.

 

You could replace "KKK" with "alt-right" and "leftist factions" with "antifa" and this would read like something referring to protests this year. Either way, I'd personally be more concerned with KKK/alt-right activity than leftist faction/antifa, but I suppose the police perspective is different.

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text 2018-08-15 13:01
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Anne Nall Stallworth

This is fascinating so far. Stallworth occasionally writes a bit about being Colorado Springs' first black police officer and the challenges he faced - even something as simple as getting a uniform cap that would properly fit his head. He had a small Afro at the time and was deliberately measured so his cap was a size and a half too small to accommodate it.

 

He's only just now getting into the KKK thing a bit more. I had wondered why the CSPD continued with the two-man thing after the initial phone call, considering it would have been easier for a white man to just play both the phone and in-person role. The way things were set up, Stallworth was the phone guy and his fellow officer, Chuck, was used in in-person meetings, and they had to keep track of each other's conversations to make sure they could believably pretend to be the same person. It turns out that they did this because Chuck's availability was limited - Stallworth had involved him spur-of-the-moment. Also, Stallworth only narrowly got permission (went over his direct superior, in fact) for a potentially lengthy undercover operation.

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text 2018-08-14 06:06
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Anne Nall Stallworth

I don't know if I'll see the movie (I wouldn't be surprised if it never makes it into my local movie theater), but I figured I'd give the book a shot. It has several things going for it: it sounds like a fascinating story, it's short, and it's set in Colorado Springs, where I lived for several years.

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