Sunday, April 1, 2012

Q1 Reading List

Here is a link to my book list for 2012 so far. The BG declined another contest, but I do have my 2011 number to aim at. I've also added short reviews within the space constraints of the "Note" field in Google Books. Best of the lot: Darkness Visible, 1493 and Guns, Germs and Steel, although I also want to call attention to Abundance and The Rational Optimist. People have always been predicting the demise of civilization and they have always been wrong. What exactly is different this time?

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  1. I need to pick up my pace, I am at 24 (It would be 48 if you let me count Magic Tree House books).

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  2. I think those books should count. You can see Holes, War Horse and Hunger Games on my list, which I read to be conversant with the Gs. Purists may disagree, but part of reading is about relationships. Besides, the fact that you might not necessarily be enjoying the reading makes it all the more noteworthy.

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  3. I was thinking I would count them at a 4 to 1 ratio, which works on two levels, because she writes them in 4 book arcs, and then it equal over 250 pages. Definitely get my enjoyment of them through Calvin, he really does get a lot out of them. I think both Holes and Hunger Games are worth reading based on their own merit (haven't read War Horse).

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  4. Glad to see that Darkness Visible made the top of the list. I am surprised that you have just gotten to Guns, Germs and Steel. I would have thought you had read that long ago. As you liked that, I believe you would also like Diamond's Collapse.

    I haven't read anything just to be able to talk about it with A&C - maybe I should. At this point though we are plowing through Man in the Iron Mask together so at least we have that to talk about.

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  5. Also - I was thinking of reading Abundance. Was it enjoyable and convincing or just enjoyable?

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  6. Abundance was more enjoyable than convincing, though persuasive in parts. It's hard to see the future, but the argument that we're on the second half of the chessboard seems right to me. I'll send it to you, if I can find it. I just checked and it's not where I expected it to be.

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  7. I'm at 22 since January 1, and I'm trying mightily to comment on each, but commenting is hard!

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  8. This quote is interesting - People have always been predicting the demise of civilization and they have always been wrong. What exactly is different this time? There have definitely been many people who have wrongly predicted the apocalypse. But there have been many societies that have collapsed for one reason or another. Check out Jared Diamond's Collapse for a nice counterpoint to Abudnance

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  9. I think the key difference is the idea that there will be certain losers (Detroiters, fishermen, Easter Islanders), but a collective win. I think the books are consistent on this point.

    Greenland might be a powerful country now if better alternatives hadn't appeared.

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