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review 2016-11-04 06:01
When being right doesn't help
I'm Right and You???re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up by James Hoggan (2016-05-24) - James Hoggan;Grania Litwin

This book has changed the way I think, which was exactly as stated in the title.

 

The premise author James Hoggan advances in "I'm Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up" is that the most pressing problem society has is not climate change, but the pollution in the public square - where "adversarial rhetoric and polarization is stifling discussion and debate creating resistance to change and thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems."

 

In a summary of interviews with outstanding thinkers he reveals "the importance of reframing our arguments with empathy and values to creating compelling narratives and spur action", - fancy words for really taking into consideration your opponent's point of view.

 

There are issues that are too important to me to go unresolved, even if I have to concede what I always considered the moral and empirical high ground. I now, somewhat reluctantly, realize that if I feel passionately for something I'm probably not thinking clearly - not seeing the full picture and other people's (that would be the idiot's) valid points of view.

 

I urge you to take a look at this book and consider your approach to vital issues you're involved with, especially if you're interested in climate change and a way forward. The debate is stalled, and as the title says the public discourse is toxic.

 

What does it matter if you're right and the planet burns?

 

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review 2014-12-20 22:44
The Lions of Al-Rassan
Лъвовете на Ал-Расан - Guy Gavriel Kay

I feel kind of cheated because of the skipped year but in the same time I'm grateful I was spared from the trainwreck in  slo-mo it apparently was. Still, it annoyed me and this is the reason I'm reducing half a star. Pffft, whatever.

 

 

It was a rich book, showing the cultural and religious clash between three countries and faiths marvellously. Not sure why it's being marketed as sci-fi in my country since it's obviously high-fantasy but hey, at least it's translated and more people have the opportunity to get to it (and feel my pain). i'll recommend it endlessly, I'm generous like that (especially with pain).

 

I really liked the characters.

Strong, self-assured women.

Clever, proficient men.

I'm especially fond of Ammar and Miranda. ^^

 

[spoiler]

In my headcanon AU everyone (important) lives and Jehane, Ammar, Rodrigo, and Miranda form a happy menage a quatre.

(spoiler show)
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review 2013-11-22 23:37
You are Number Pain In The Ass!
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2) - Pittacus Lore

After reading I Am Number Four, I was really looking forward to this. Only, of course, to be bitterly disappointed. What happened to John? Why is he being such an arsehole and making stupid decisions?

This boy really needs to get his priorities sorted out! You think that with something as evil as the Mogadorians looking for you, who outnumber you well into the thousands, that you would spend your time worrying about that rather than your love life. But no, this weird love triangle/square has been introduced, which seems extremely forced and unnatural. I don't know why all YA novels/series need to include love triangles. It's just not necessary!

The only good thing about this novel was the introduction of Number Seven and the chapters told from her perspective.

2.5 stars.

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review 2010-08-31 00:00
You Comma Idiot
You Comma Idiot - Doug Harris It looks like I took 11 days to read this book, but that's misleading; I spent several days just re-reading the first page (which wholly convinced me that not only could I accept a novel written in the second-person, but I actually wanted to read it) and then I raced through the novel in two days.

Lee Goodstone is the kind of character that I would likely cross the literary street to avoid, and much of the time in which I was in his company, between the pages, I wanted to shake him; still, I could not stop reading his story and I was wholly surprised by how much I wanted things to settle out for him.

Why did I keep re-reading that amazing first page? Because I was afraid that Doug Harris would not be able to sustain either the quirky charm of his narrator (for over 300 pages) and I afraid that I'd lose interest in Lee's experiences; I was wrong on each score. It all worked brilliantly for me. And I don't regret the multiple re-reads of the first page -- it still brings Lee back to me fresh.

The dialogue is terrific, very realistic and it offers the reader a break from the second-person narration so that the device doesn't lose its edge. But Lee's life really does seem to be at a point where he is looking at himself, studying the series of screw-ups; he is ready to talk to himself and set himself straight. Hey, you. So the narrative suits the novel perfectly.

The style is very scenic; it's easy to picture the events unfolding as they are described. This is true of interior scenes, whether in a row-rent apartment or a parked car, but also of the wider setting. Even though I don't know Montreal very well, the city comes alive -- parts of the city you likely haven't visited as a tourist, although there is a brief glimpse of Old Montreal -- and offers a solid backdrop to Lee's life.

But what truly makes this novel stand out for me is Lee's voice and personality. All these mistakes he's making, he's conscious of them and enumerating them; he's regretting them, and struggling to find his way out of the mess they've left behind. It's all very human, and my irritation with Lee was as much rooted in remembered shame about my own remembered messes as it was in good reason. Such a universal theme.

It's true: with Lee, there are truly baffling moments of dumb-assed-ness (and if you've a problem with cussing in books, this isn't the novel for you). But it's also true that there are moments of unsentimental tenderness. So I kept reading so fiercely because I was stuck on Lee. Sure, at times he was a real pain, but at lots of other times, he made me laugh out loud. I think that's pretty great.

Still unsure? I have more to say about it here.
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