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Pedrocamacho

Pedrocamacho

Joined November 2016

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Mehso-so

This is a decent, very basic refresher on many of the tenets of probability theory.

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Marable has written a book of profound depth in “Malcolm X”. The upshot is the turmoil that existed in the struggle for civil rights and equality was reflected in the life of Malcolm X. It‘s a fascinating read.

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Believe it or not, this book is a political thriller...and a fun one. The book is very self-aware and sometimes that doesn‘t work. It does here though.

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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“The Testaments” is a worthy and interesting follow up to “The Handmaids Tale”. Honestly, the book read so quickly that I wasn‘t ready for it to be over.

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The Souls of Black Folk | W.E.B. Dubois
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In this book, W.E.B. Du Bois outlines the lives of African Americans at the turn of the 20th century. His work is powerful, florid, and of the kind that sticks with you.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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This is a quirky little story about an android that hacks its own governor module thereby becoming free (of will). It then names itself ‘Murderbot‘, which sounds ominous until you realize that it has compassion for others. Also, when it isn‘t doing anything, it loves to watch TV. Go Murderbot!

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This is a fun look at the history of baseball through the prism of various pitches. It made me bit nostalgic for the days when pitchers weren‘t required to pitch 98, minimum.

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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I enjoyed this second installment in the Kingkiller Chronicle. Lots of great characters and tales. I guess I have a long wait in store for the final installment.

Pedrocamacho Honestly, though, a lot happened in the 1000 pages of this book. However, very few of the hanging threads were resolved, which was surprising given its length. 4w
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Opioid, Indiana | Brian Allen Carr
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Having grown up in Indiana, I was curious about this book. It does a good job with the atmospherics of a small town south of Indianapolis. Riggle is well written and reminds me a bit of Holden Caulfield. Overall, it was a fun read.

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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In some ways, this book feels honest and sad. In others, it feels natural and unsurprising. It left me conflicted and I very much enjoyed that feeling.

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This is a fun read about looney military programs that were never deployed. Believe it or not, one of the chapters is about the idiotic idea to launch a nuclear warhead into a hurricane in order to disrupt its airflow. Apparently, each year NOAA has to respond to loons suggesting this idea. Never imagined our president would be one of them. 🙄

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This is a profound examination of humanity through our obsession of crime and criminals.

ClairesReads Sounds really interesting 1mo
Pedrocamacho @ClairesReads It really is. Honestly, I wasn‘t sure that I‘d be interested in the content, but it sucked me in. 1mo
ClairesReads @Pedrocamacho that‘s really encouraging to hear 1mo
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This book is a lot of fun. My favorite question had to do with being buried your pet 😊 Also, did you know that the blood from a corpse can be donated (to a live human) for up to six hours after death?

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Maddow has written a very interesting book and presents a convincing thesis: The Resource Curse isn‘t only an issue for local governments. It is a global problem that is driving climate change (obviously), spawning wars (Iraqi civil war, Russia vs Ukraine), and corrupting governments (Equatorial Guinea, the state of Oklahoma, Russia, and the US, e.g. Trump, to name a few). She manages to bring a number of threads together into a compelling read.

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This is the true story of Soviet military researcher and CIA secret source, Adolf Tolkachev. It is a compelling and interesting read. Tolkachev had a well-earned grudge against the Soviet Union and chose to settle it by turning over details of Soviet military radar research year-after-year, for well over a decade.

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The best part of the book is the story of the detectives tracking the murderer from Connecticut back to New York City. The killer‘s confession is gruesome. Also, “the Birth of a Gangster Nation” must have been added by the publisher, because the book has virtually nothing to say about it.

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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Wow. What a fun, surprising, and delightful read. I really loved S.T. I am going to miss that MoFo.

CoffeeK8 I really loved this book! 2mo
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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There is little that I can say about The Overstory that wouldn‘t, ultimately, spoil something interesting. I loved the characters. I loved that trees and living things are front and center.

Pedrocamacho Everything looks like a tree metaphor to me now. 😊 Also, I miss Maidenhair and Watchman already. I wanted more time with them in the tree 😊 2mo
Reggie @Pedrocamacho you can go on YouTube and lookup the video of the worlds oldest trees and it‘s sad but one was in Africa until someone recently drove their car into it. But some of those trees are centuries old. I looked it up because of this book which I also loved. 2mo
Pedrocamacho @Reggie I will definitely look that video up. I've hiked through some Bristlecone Pines out here in Colorado...also centuries old. The description of the millennia old root systems was surprising too; growing since before humans had any sort of writing; I honestly had no idea. BTW, there's a great author talk on YouTube with Powers at Shakespeare & Co. 2mo
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Forest of Memory | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I picked this because I was excited to read Kowal‘s Hugo winner (The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel) and I figured that the queue at the library would be months long; I wanted to try a book of hers. I‘m glad I did. It‘s a fun story delivered in very few pages. BTW, anyone have a report on The Calculating Stars?

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I took this book more as a fun review of the themes and symbolism in 19th and early 20th century literature (and Shakespeare). It worked for me.

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Only Harmless Great Thing | Brooke Bolander
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I was definitely curious about this story. However, in my estimation, it never truly coalesces.

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Burrington spoke at the State of the Map conference last week in Minneapolis. Her talk made me want to check out this book of hers. I‘m glad I did. It‘s an excellent exploration of the telecommunications infrastructure of New York; the facilities, the history, and the ramifications.

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This is a fun look at the philosophy of Plato. Goldstein includes a number of dialogues with Plato in a modern context. She also uses Plato‘s work as a backdrop for chapters on the value (or lack thereof) of technology, how best to raise children, etc. Honestly, it has me considering rereads of The Republic and The Meno.

Ericalambbrown This sounds fantastic! 2mo
Pedrocamacho @Ericalambbrown There are also chapters on Alcibiades (it has a very contemporaneous feel 😊) and the trial and death of Socrates (and its impact on Plato‘s work). Give it a read! 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Pedrocamacho I think I definitely need to! I‘m so glad you posted about this. 2mo
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Ragtime: A Novel | E.L. Doctorow
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This book really grew on me with each page. Honestly, at first, I wasn‘t into the intertwined stories thing, but I swung by 180 before the end. Viva Coalhouse! 😊

Pedrocamacho Is it me or is Coalhouse Walker Jr the original John Wick? 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😂I love this book! Movie was pretty good too. 2mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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This book works on multiple levels so summarizing it is difficult. However, I‘d say Hurston‘s book is about a woman who ultimately refuses to be bound by the expectations of others.

Biverson12 I‘m reading this now and I‘m really enjoying it! 3mo
Pedrocamacho @Biverson12 I look forward to your review 😊 3mo
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Heinerth‘s cave diving experiences are both hair-raising and exhilarating. The dive through the B15 iceberg, in particular, was bonkers.

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This is a fun story. I know that, currently, there are only two books in the series, but it seems like there could be ten eventually. Is it just me?

Caterina Maybe that's why he's having such trouble getting the third in the trilogy out, he's trying to fit too many books in one! 😂 3mo
Pedrocamacho @Caterina Seriously! I‘m still a little shocked that they only completed one day of three days of storytelling! I am now assuming that each book of the trilogy is a day of said storytelling? 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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The subtitle annoys me enough that I can‘t help but knock this book down a notch; there was nothing secret about Robert Bunch‘s mission. Sure, Southerners were largely unaware of his efforts to communicate the horrors of slavery and the slave trade to London. But he was no spy or secret agent. Overall, Bunch‘s correspondence with London makes for an interesting and important read.

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Dawn | Octavia E Butler
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I‘m still processing this one. I think that I liked it overall. It‘s not my favorite Octavia Butler, but I‘m ready to ready the next book in the trilogy 😊 (Man, the Oankali are so weird)

Reggie I really liked this series. Especially the 2nd one. I just felt like she knows something because we have a chance to be humans living again and we choose to make guns. 3mo
Pedrocamacho @Reggie I‘m not surprised. Butler seems to have a very strong view on the human propensity towards violence. Now I am very curious to read the next one. Thanks, @Reggie 😉 3mo
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This book is about much more than methods of hair removal. It is about the changing societal attitudes about hair (no matter its location) and the health, happiness, and social justice ramifications of those attitudes.

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The Kingdom of Copper | S. A. Chakraborty
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I enjoyed “The Kingdom of Copper” more than “The City of Brass”. It has me excited now for “The Empire of Gold”! 😊

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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This is a fun, quick read. Honestly, I have to shout out any work of fiction that manages to mention Quine, Kripke, and Plantiga.

Pedrocamacho Honestly, given all of the material on counterfactuals and the multiverse, there should have been a David Lewis mention (see “On the Plurality of Worlds”). 3mo
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Einstein's Dreams | Alan Lightman
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Overall, I enjoyed the range of thought experiments / stories. However, a couple of them struck me as philosophically sloppy.

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This is a fun little book about the evolution of social structures. Honestly, I could have used more information on humans and pre-humans.

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This travelogue / graphic novel is more subdued than Delisle‘s travelogue of North Korea. However, it‘s still a fun and fast read.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I loved Anna‘s story. In fact, I think that enjoyed this book more than “A Visit From Goon Squad” 😊

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This book didn‘t win the Pulitzer. However, as fictional tales of mathematicians and unsolved mathematical problems go, it is a fun read.

Reggie This sounds wonderful!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB I really liked this one too! 4mo
Pedrocamacho @Reggie @Barbara88 Completely agree. I really enjoyed Logicomix, the author‘s graphic novel, too so if this sounds good to you then that‘s also an option 😉 4mo
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I didn‘t like the first half of the book. The anecdotes held little interest individually and were largely unrelated to each other. The second half, on the other hand, was great as the anecdotes lengthened and become more personal. The stories of Cornwell‘s (Le Carre is a pen name) father and of the notorious Kim Philby were fantastic.

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This is a fun graphic novel about Delisle‘s trip to an animation studio in North Korea.

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Portnoy's Complaint | Philip Roth
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The heart of this book is the gap between who Alexander Portnoy is and who he wants or feels he needs to be. His sexual desire, or perhaps his guilt over his sexual desire, stunts his personhood in profound ways.

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Tenth Muse | Catherine Chung
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This is a wonderful book of self-discovery. With a few twists included, Chung manages to range from mathematics to family to love with deftness.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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It is hard to imagine following “Underground Railroad” with another amazing story, but Whitehead has managed it. “The Nickel Boys” is a haunting tale of vile racism, friendship, and the cruel randomness of human experience.

Pedrocamacho Whitehead based this story on the Dozier school in Florida where African American boys either were murdered or had their lives forever damaged. Whitehead was interviewed concerning the book a few weeks ago on Fresh Air. It is worth a listen. 4mo
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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This book meanders a bit in some places, but overall I enjoyed the story. Angelica‘s evolution is the best part.

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The story of the Radium Girls is a guy-wrenching study of human greed, cruelty, indifference, and triumph.

britt_brooke This story blew my mind. So devastating. 4mo
Pedrocamacho @britt_brooke Yeah, the constant and blatant lying by the corporate employees is shocking. These women were ingesting something lethal and the company didn‘t care at all. 4mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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What a fantastic book! I was completely sucked in by the tale of Nonso. Honestly, I‘ve seen and read movies and books that purport to be based on the Odyssey. This book, however, felt like the Odyssey.

Pedrocamacho Man, the ending is very dark. I did not see that coming. In fact, in my mind, the end fizzles a bit. 4mo
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This is one of my tops for the year. “Amity and Prosperity” both disturbed and angered me. Yet, I couldn‘t put it down.

Pedrocamacho It is especially galling when you think that most of this story unfolded pre-Trump. Similar to the situation in Flint, the EPA was almost completely ineffectual. One can only wonder how bad it must be now. Given the amount outright lying and fraud along with the almost total lack of real oversight, Americans have no reason to believe a single claim made by anyone associated with an extractive industry. (edited) 4mo
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This book is fantastic example of the power of perspective as it flipped my perception of the story of Cinderella. It was a pleasure to read.

thereadingowlvina I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would! 😁 5mo
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I love Monty Python so I was excited to read Eric Idle‘s take. Lots of funny stories and celebrity gossip, but at its core it‘s just a chronology.

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This book didn‘t grab me immediately, but ultimately I found the material on Orwell‘s life and the impact of “1984” since its publication compelling.

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The portion of the book that addresses the case of Reverend Maxwell, his crimes, his lawyer, and his murderer are simply bananas and make the book well worth it. The portion that addresses Harper Lee is best characterized as a short biography, and not a bad one. While Cep does speak to Lee‘s struggles with writing her book “The Reverend”, it fizzles somewhat. Overall, this is a fun read that leaves one wishing that Lee could have finished.