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tokorowilliamwallace

tokorowilliamwallace

Joined December 2021

Hail, hail, all hail the roulette wheel! Ever-shifting reading moods, book hoarding, book thrifting. GR link on my Insta: tokorokansai
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Say Say Say by Lila Savage
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Courrier sud by Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise by Dave Holloway, R. Stephanie Good, Larry Garrison
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After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami
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Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
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Death Is Not Enough by Karen Rose
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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The Postman by David Brin
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Allegory and Ideology by Fredric Jameson
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Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic
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The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design by Flint Dille, John Zuur Platten
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Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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Adam Bede by George Elliot
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Glass by Sam Savage
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Eisenhower: In War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
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HHhH by Laurent Binet
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Thornton Wilder by Penelope Niven
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Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin
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The Final Days by Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
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Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Discworld and Philosophy by Nicolas Michaud
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Star Wars : Lando by Charles Soule, Alex Maleev
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The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
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A Happy Death by Albert Camus
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Poland: A Novel by James A. Michener
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Dark Angel by Sally Beauman
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Quicker Than the Eye by Ray D Bradbury
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Gestalt Therapy Verbatim by Frederick S. Perls
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The Art of Cross Examination by Francis Lewis Wellman
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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
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Sanctuary by William Faulkner
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Your God is Too Small by J.B. Phillips
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Rose of the World by Jude Fisher
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Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey
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Everlasting Man (Revised) by G K Chesterton
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Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais
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The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler
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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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The Here and Now by Robert Cohen
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The Roman Way by Edith Hamilton
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Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
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Generation A: A Novel by Douglas Coupland
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The Antichrist by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Tales of the Night by Peter Heg
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Dark Corners: A Novel by Ruth Rendell
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Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
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Spinoza: A Life by Steven Nadler
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Monument Road by Charlie Quimby
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Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
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Poems, New and Collected, 1957-1997 by Wislawa Szymborska, Stanis?aw Bara?czak, Clare Cavanagh
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Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
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Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
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Down River by John Hart
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Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
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Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
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Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L Carter
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What's Wrong with the World by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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Our Lady of Fatima by William T. Walsh
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Praying for Sleep by Jeffery Deaver
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The Yid: A Novel by Paul Goldberg
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Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction by Maria Rosa Antognazza
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Julius Caesar (Rev) by William Shakespeare, Barbara Rosen, William Rosen
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Forever: A Novel by Pete Hamill
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Silence by Shusaku Endo
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Girl's Guide to Moving on by Debbie Macomber
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Living Your Strengths by Donald O. Clifton, Al Winseman, Curt Liesveld
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Going to the Territory by Ralph Ellison
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A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros
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The Best American Short Stories 2018 by Roxane Gay, Heidi Pitlor
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Lovers & Gamblers by Jackie Collins
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Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
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Whirlwind by James Clavell
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Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke
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Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
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Horse You Came in on by Martha Grimes
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Third Man (Anniversary) by Graham Greene
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Requiem For a Glass Heart by David Lindsey
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Light On Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
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The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl
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The Moneychangers by Arthur Hailey
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I'm Ok, You're Ok by Thomas Harris
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The Fan Club by Irving Wallace
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The Reckoning by David Halberstam
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Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet
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Kosovo: A Short History by Noel Malcolm
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Metamorphosis by Ovid, David Raeburn
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Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
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Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
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The Innocents by Francesca Segal
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The Weary Sons of Freud by Catherine Clement
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About Looking by John Berger
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Replica by Lauren Oliver
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Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
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The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams
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A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall
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The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
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Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin
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Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
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Fairyville by Emma Holly
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A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
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This Close to Okay: A Novel by Leesa Cross-Smith
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Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska
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In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder
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Phantoms by Dean Koontz
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Snow Like Ashes | Sara Raasch

'It hurts too much,' Mather says. Just that simple.
That makes me stop. I meet his eyes, a long, careful gaze. 'Someday it won't hurt.'
The promise we refugees always make one another---before going on missions, whenever people come back bleeding and hurt, whenever thing go badly and we're huddling together in terror. *We'll be better . . . someday.*

kspenmoll But when?💕 10h
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Snow Like Ashes | Sara Raasch

No matter what I want to do, no matter how well I lead or how hard I train, I won't be able to force life into frozen fields, or cure plagues, or feed strength into soldiers like I would if I could use the conduit. The Winterians would probably rather have a cruel queen than a king with *good intentions*...It doesn't matter what I would do with the magic, because leaders are valued for the wrong things.

BookDragonNotWorm That last line is - sadly - very true. 20h
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Fly Over State | Emma Straub

#beginswith state, day 14

A short story with a collection by Emma Straub I found thrifting called Other People We Married (2011, Riverhead Books). I really need to get on my short story collections and anthologies. I have lots of philosophy, critical theory, global politics, economics on the concept of and issues with The State . . .

@alwaysbeenaloverofreading @eggs @puzzledbooks

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#firstlinefridays @puzzledbooks

When does murder begin? With the pull of a trigger? With the formation of a motive? Or does it begin long before, when a child swallows more pain than love and is forever changed?

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A predator is not prey. When you hunt a predator, you place yourself in a position to be hunted yourself. There's no other way. If you follow a lion into a thicket, you step within reach of his claws. And my adversary is no lion. He's the deadliest creature in the world: a human male driven by anger and lust, yet governed---at least temporarily---by logic.

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When does murder begin? ... Perhaps it doesn't matter. Or perhaps it matters more than everything else. We judge and punish based on facts, but facts are not truth. Facts are like a buried skeleton uncovered long after death. Truth is fluid. Truth is alive. To know the truth requires understanding, the most difficult human art. It requires seeing all things at once, forward and backward, the way God sees.

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This novel is dedicated to those women who realize in the dead of night that something is wrong, and has been for a long time. More than most, they know that Faulkner's words are true: 'There is no such thing as *was*---only *is*. If *was* existed, there would be no grief or sorrow.' You are not alone.

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'Can you talk about it?'
'The actual abuse . . . what's the point? It's not the crimes against us that make us unique, but our responses . . . I had a lot of rage inside, but also a desire to help people. A quite common paradox among abuse victims.'

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'We can trade stories. I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.'
'Is that something you do commonly with patients? Trade horror stories?'
'I do whatever is required. I'm not afraid to experiment.'
'Do you consider that ethical?'
'In the benighted times in which we live, I consider it essential.'

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Idoru | William Gibson

Lancey noticed something then that he knew from his encounters with celebs at Slitscan: that binary flicker in his mind between image and reality, between the mediated face and the face there in front of you. He'd noticed how it always seemed to speed up, that alternation, until the two somehow merged, the resulting composite becoming your new idea of the person.

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Idoru | William Gibson

It was, the Belgian said, as though the city, in its convulsion and grief, had spontaneously and necessarily generated this hidden pocket universe of the soul, its few unbroken windows painted over with black rubber aquarium paint. There would be no view of the ruptured city. As the reconstruction began around it, it had already become a benchmark in Tokyo's psychic history, an open secret, an urban legend.

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Idoru | William Gibson

A Belgian journalist, struggling to describe the scene [of the Western World exclusive club], had said that it resembled a cross between a permanent mass wake, an ongoing grad night for at least a dozen subcultures unheard of before the disaster, the black market cafes of occupied Paris, and Goya's idea of a dance party (assuming Goya had been Japanese and smoked freebase methamphetamine...).

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Idoru | William Gibson

'Real estate was baroque, here, before the quake; now it's more like occult.'

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Idoru | William Gibson

'But you know [Rez]? You knew him before [this idoru thing hit]?'
'He's the navel of the world I work in, Laney. That has a way of making people unknowable.'

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Idoru | William Gibson

'[T]heir secret was that they'd never cleaned the kettle. In fact, they never stopped cooking the soup. It was the same seafood soup they had been selling for fifty years, but it was never the same, because they added fresh ingredients every day, depending on what was available. [Lo of Rez/Lo] said that's what his career as a musician felt like, and he liked that about it.'

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Idoru | William Gibson

'What *are* the nodal points?'
'It's like seeing things in clouds. Except the things you see are really there.'
She put her sake down. 'Yamazaki promised me you weren't crazy.'
'It's not crazy. It's something to do with how I process low-level, broad-spectrum input. Something to do with pattern recognition
...If I enter a specific area, I don't get any sense of how the data there relates to the rest of it, see? It's got to be *relational. *'

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Idoru | William Gibson

Wonderfully conceptual associative broaching of topics, with the apt atmosphere of a chewing-gum-themed unpopular bar. I haven't read this in over a year since I moved from Baltimore, but I have confirmation this is definitely a city/nightlife/bar/jazz club/rainy day-with-whiskey kind of atmospheric read.

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Rainbow Six | Tom Clancy

@thespineview's #twofortuesday

1. Fast-paced or slow-burn?

It really depends on the shifting sands of the reading moods I'm caught up in at the moment (I do like caper romps), but I'm usually too slow and scattered of a reader for it to really matter if the plot takes me along or not. Crime and Punishment and Lord of the Rings were both slow-burns, but I'm grateful I stuck with them, appreciating the final sections of both.

2. Solid plot tagged

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖📚 6d
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Influx | Daniel Suarez

'Certain innovations serve as catalysts for each other---creating a positive feedback cycle. Eventually a technology becomes inevitable. It's managing the transition that's critical.'

Contemp commentary urges us to reflect: how have we done managing these transitions the 19th century catalyzed? Arguably, not well. Late philosopher Bernard Stiegler makes the point regarding the psychosocial stakes in coping. Chalmers reflects on consciousness here

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Influx | Daniel Suarez

Wow, this chapter was a doozie to get through emotionally. I'd like to hear others' thoughts on world-building vision of it and if it struck them as a punch to the gut; as the scientist was trying to cope and rationalize its starkness. Think Matrix + Matt Damon's Elysium + Adjustment Bureau.

'You've been through a traumatic experience, I know. It's never pleasant, but neither is being born. And yet both are necessary to go on to greater things.'

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Influx | Daniel Suarez

I figured it out, it's David Chalmers!

'Well, it looks like the universe is as crazy as you are, Jon.'
'That's a frightening thought.'
'Agreed. And yet you succeeded'
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'This ridiculous hair. You know, the first time I met you, I told Greta that a dirty hippie was stalking me.'
'Hey, hair is nature's calendar.'

(Seriously, check out his incredibly articulated interviews on the soft vs hard problems of consciousness.)

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The Firm | Duff McDonald

This became a major piece of the firm's identity: Narrow expertise is for chumps; we do vision.

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The Firm | Duff McDonald

CEOs like this [non-disclosure policy] because they don't want competitors, or anyone else, to know they need outside help. McKinsey in content to let credit for any success accrue to the client. As the journalist and biographer Rober Caro once observed: 'You can get a lot of good done in this world if you're willing to let someone else take the credit for it.' That's what McKinsey does: It *sells the credit* to its clients. And it's a good idea.

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The Firm | Duff McDonald

Most people don't strategize alone, however. And you certainly don't strategize with your competitor. Enter, once again, the disinterested consultant.

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The Firm | Duff McDonald

Consult recruits '[Flashman's] eyes [were] blue and prominent and unwinking---they looked out on the world with that serenity which marks the nobleman whose uttermost ancestor was a born nobleman, too. It is the look that your *parvenu* would give half his fortune for, that unrufflable gaze of the spoiled child of fortune who knows with unshakeable certainty that he is right and that the world is exactly ordered for his satisfaction and pleasure.'

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The Firm | Duff McDonald

On McKinsey's in-the-dark PR strategy: 'Management consulting is too complex an art to be explained effectively in the limited space of an advertisement,' wrote journalist Hal Higdon in The Business Healers. 'About all a consulting firm can talk about effectively is the extremely high competence of its personnel. The effect might be somewhat similar to the Roman Catholic Church's taking two pages of Life [Magazine] to advertise God.'

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Fairyville | Emma Holly

Oprah fans were favorite targets for interrogation. As long as you appealed to their emotions, you could almost always get them to talk.

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Roses | Leila Meacham

Day 9, #beginswith final:

“But as Mary's attorney, he had no choice but to choke on his silence and hope the fallout from this unexpected turn of events would not be as explosive as he feared...What a sad mantle to Mary's memory. What a tragic ending to the special relationship...For a second he considered the wastebasket, then shrugged and weaved to the documents cabinet, where he filed away in its proper place the last regards of Mary DuMont.“

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 📚 1w
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Poems, New and Collected, 1957-1997 | Wislawa Szymborska, Stanis?aw Bara?czak, Clare Cavanagh
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My #sundaysoapbox on recommendations is that I usually refrain from it, or prefer to encourage readers to explore and read widely. But I do recommend readers get into books from before 1990 because I feel the whole writing endeavor is just different then! Just watch my roulette!

But as far as popular general recommendations go:

Wislawa Szymborska poetry

JRR Tolkien Histories of Middle Earth (context)

Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome! Thank you for playing! 🙌🏻📚 1w
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Heat of Passion | Harold Robbins

I felt sorry for kids her age [18], kids who are light years away from their parents and anyone else over thirty. Older people have nostalgia for the good old days, but there are no good old days for people nurtured in a culture of sex and drugs...Raised in an era when Baywatch plastic sexiness was confused with sensuality, [her] generation believed a good night kiss was unzip...that didn't believe in Santa Claus and whose dreams were all digital.

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Heat of Passion | Harold Robbins

Pieces of stars, that's what diamonds were, the hardest substance on earth with fire a billion years old trapped inside...Not the 'blood' of conflict diamonds that fueled African civil wars...It was a gem with a history. Murder, lust, greed---the worst of the deadly sins---were part of its pedigree. Vanity and greed, that's what they say the diamond industry is based upon. And that the human race could be relied upon for an endless supply of both.

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Influx | Daniel Suarez

Attention! Calling upon the Litsy welcome train to welcome my friend @puzzledbooks

Let's show her what kinds of reading and other challenges we have in this community, please.

I hope you enjoy the community here, Faydra!

JamieArc Welcome to Litsy @puzzledbooks ! I hope you love it like we do! 1w
Chrissyreadit Welcome @puzzledbooks hope you enjoy Litsy! @LitsyEvents is a good place to follow for info about reading events here. My bio has a link with other litsy resources. 1w
puzzledbooks Thank you all for the welcome! 1w
BookDragonNotWorm @puzzledbooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚💙 1w
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'I often think some passionate thing will last forever, Carlo. You know that. That's what the passione is all about. Believing in forever. It is a kind of wishful magic.'
'There's a difference in believing and wishing, 'Ilia.'
'No regrets?'
'Oh, Carlito, there are always regrets.'
“With her arms quivering awkwardly, she finally achieved in death what a sybaritic life had denied her, a moment that lasted forever.“

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Double Down: Game Change 2012 | Mark Halperin, John Heilemann

'You're likable enough, Hillary.'

“They knew that he detested televised debates. That he disdained political theater in every guise. That, on some level, he distrusted political performance itself, with its attendant emotional manipulations. The paradox, of course, was that Obama had risen to prominence and power to a large extent on the basis of his preternatural performance skills.“

Would love intellectual discourse w/ this guy, drink in hand.

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Another thrifting haul!---2 hardcovers and 8 paperbacks Mostly thrillers and a political commentary (current reading mood) on what made the 2012 Obama campaign different and a success. I think I'm going to attempt today to list out my publication dates to consider what I'm going to include in my attempt for the #19822022 reading challenge.

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Influx | Suarez, Daniel

'Just an observation: You're using enough energy to light a hundred thousand homes---to levitate a mouthful of malt liquor six feet off the ground. That's about as cost-effective as using a Boeing 747 to clean a throw rug.'
'You're not realizing the potential significance of this discovery, Mr. Marrano.'
'Significance is great, but it's not gonna make the economics work any better.'

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Influx | Daniel Suarez

'Do you even know what chiral superconductors are, Mr. Marrano?'
'No, and it's not for a lack of trying. But I do know the government invested in this place. So someone somewhere must understand it.'
'And thus marches Wall Street.'
...
'Okay. And how does that relate to chiral superconductors?'
'It doesn't.'
'That's fraud.'
'Fraud's an ugly word. Anyone reading the business plan able to comprehend our math would clearly understand...'
'Fraud.'

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Influx | Daniel Suarez

Orienting dedication:

“The future is already here---it's just not very evenly distributed.“ William Gibson

I wish the reference was more specific of which work of his it came from! Maybe someone on here has read enough Gibson to know of the reference.

RamsFan1963 The quote isn't from one of Gibson's books, it's from an article about future planning in the December 2003 issue of The Economist. 2w
tokorowilliamwallace @RamsFan1963, thank you. I guess I just don't like it when authors include quotes with a specific reference. 2w
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My January #bookspin2022 landings as 8 & 15. I've been meaning to read some political context & theory, but I might take the Hillary Rodham off the list for this challenge because of its size and my inability to focus in general. Updated my list slightly for more freedom.

@TheAromaofBooks

#8 Stiegler pharmakon & the societal psychological impact of the 20th century

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And sometimes I have to spread those more challenging books over multiple spaces to make it feel like it's “worth“ reading 😂 2w
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Fairyville | Emma Holly
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #beginswith day 4, secrets, second selection: what fae and paranormal secrets of Fairyville from his past---he wants to forget and leave behind---will P.I. Alex share with and show his new lover and longtime P.I. colleague, Bryan? Up next: what will happen in the haunted hotel room with a ghost as voyeur?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🙌🏻📚 2w
tokorowilliamwallace @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, so do you like Emma Holly's work? 2w
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Soong Dynasty | Sterling Seagrave
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @puzzledbooks #beginswith challenge, day 4 #beginswith secrets, first selection: see my posts of quotes from the introduction.

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The Lilies of the Field | William E. Barrett
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My tentative #roll100 list, made after I was tagged in the challenge and the numbers were already rolled! OOPS

24. Mistaken Identity (a Verso Books London radical philosophy pick; I need to start getting through my Verso orders off philosophy, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis from 2020)

49. The Lillies of the Field (adapted into a wonderful Sidney Poitier film!)---I need to read more adaptation inspirations!

@puzzledbooks

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First book I started for the year was a Kindle Oasis book, the one tagged, and during a drive. I'll probably finish this one before my other behavioral study I started last July or August, Atomic Habits!

Not sure about the other two questions yet, just better focus and continued exploration of genres.

Any behavioral economics/science or cognitive science books you'd recommend?

@ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I‘ve had this book on my TBR for a while because the excerpts I‘ve read have been fascinating! 2w
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Fairyville | Emma Holly

“ 'This one knows,' Magnus thought. 'This one knows there's more to life than most people see. This one knows there's truly nothing to cry about.' “

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Fairyville | Emma Holly

This is a very open book...these erotica....

“The fey were a lusty lot, and sex was like food to them: something to be enjoyed with gusto, not life or death serious[ness]...but to his kind nothing compared to the delicious skin-to-skin contact of intercourse. He needed that like a Phoenix needed water, and without it he felt himself approaching a state that, for a naturally cheerful person like him, resembled surliness.“

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The Dante Club: A Novel | Matthew Pearl

'A verse too polished will not stick at all:
The worst back-scratcher is a billiard ball.'

'Sometimes I feel I am not the stuff that professors are made...Too sensitive and not conceited enough---physically conceited, I should call it. I know it is all wearing me out. And why shouldn't sitting in the professor's chair all these years benumb me to the world? What must someone like you, prince of industry, think of such a paltry existence?'

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The Dante Club: A Novel | Matthew Pearl

Defend Dante!“ 'Shall we have England lord over our bookshelves? Why did we not just hand Lexington over to the redcoats and spare General Washington the trouble of war? Till America has learn to love literature not as an amusement, not as mere doggerel to memorize in a college room, but for its humanizing and ennobling energy, my dear reverend president, she will not have succeeded in that high sense which alone makes a nation out of a people.' “

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Death Is Not Enough | Karen Rose

“ 'Sherri, give me the damn key.' “

No exciting or worthwhile quotes from my brief reading earlier today. Almost 30% through, though!---an accomplishment for me!

#firstlinefridays

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Soong Dynasty | Sterling Seagrave

“I hasten to add that I was never an old China hand, just a passerby. By the time I arrived on the scene, I was told that the past had already gone down the drain, the present was rushing after it, and future was in jeopardy.“

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Soong Dynasty | Sterling Seagrave

Oh man, even in this synoptic introduction---way too brief and breezy at 13 pages---with its cool history and crazy characters, makes want to get into James Clavell's Tai-Pan, more history on the mercantile rise of Shanghai and of the Opium Wars as context for China's 21st-century economic rise and dominance, and back into Jung Chang's magisterial expose-biography of Mao Tse-tung, horrific and genius in its own right---as Mao himself was!