Posts tagged Books
Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

I became a fan of Dan Pfeiffer back in the Keeping it 1600 podcast days. It was at a time that I and much of the US was terrified of the mere thought of a Drumpf presidency. When that disaster became a reality I stayed with the crew and have continued to enjoy all of their Crooked Media ventures. The concept of Yes We Still Can is great, what worked well in the Obama presidency that we can tap to get a Democrat elected in 2020. To spur along this discussion Dan brings his extensive political background and insider Obama stories from his six years in the White House.

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Dark Matter

I really, really enjoyed Dark Matter. It's a book that doesn't shy away from what in many books would be the downfall. How do you deal with an inherently difficult/complex/twisting scientific plot? Dark Matter opens up with Jason and his wife Daniela and his son Charlie. They're living a normal Chicago life. He's a professor, she teaches art, and their son is a normal teenager. And then the book takes us out of this seemingly quiet family home into one of the most intense and enjoyable thrillers I've read a long time.

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Exit West

Exit West started out as a book I thought I was going to absolutely love. I believe it made President Obama's favorite books of the year list when it was released and is one I've heard a lot of love for. When we meet Nadia and Saeed they are on different paths in their lives and its the turmoil in their home country (which I don't believe is ever named) that brings the two together. When they do finally flee we not only get to understand the life of a refugee but also two individuals with their own hopes and dreams and relational struggles. 

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Spartan Gold

I've read Clive Cussler in the past. And although I remember little to nothing about that novel (The Wrecker) what I do remember is that it was a fun beach/summer read. When Spartan Gold was chosen for our book club (GamersRead) I was excited for a fun read as the weather turns from winter to spring. 

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Norse Mythology

There's a game coming out in a couple of weeks called God of War. It's a game that for the first time is making the switch from a game about Greek mythology to Norse mythology. After reading Stardust, a novel I enjoyed quite a bit I thought a great prepper for God of War would be the latest book from Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology. 

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How to Stop Time

I found the book How to Stop Time by Matt Haig when I went in search of a new time travel book. Time travel may be my favorite genre, but also one that I've had a hard time in the last few years finding a new book to sink into. How to Stop Time isn't actually a time travel book but its close. The story revolves around the central character of Tom Hazard. Tom is 41 years old and lives in London. His body looks like a normal 41-year-old but actually, he just ages incredibly slowly (it takes 15 years for him to age 1 human year) so is instead actually over 400 years old. 

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