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The life and times of David Geisert

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Book Club – Daemon

I really enjoyed the discussion on these books.  We went to Redwood Coast cidery beforehand.  We had a great hang out there, but the only person to make it to both cidery and discussion was Tina.  We only had 7 of us for the discussion, but I actually really like that number of people.  It gives a lot of viewpoints, and gives everyone a good chance to participate.  I’m liking the screening books beforehand.  It makes sure that we have both good books and good discussions.  Many of the books I’ve been reading have been decent stories, but not great for discussions.  Discussion books require a larger set of philosophical concepts compared to a suspenseful story that has twists.

Altered Carbon

This book was interesting, and I caught the main plot twist pretty early on.  I was also amused by the backup systems they had, since they should have been much more rigorous, numerous, and plentiful.  Computer backups now are pretty standard, and the size of the system the consciousness is stored on means that they could have lots of consciousness storage without too much issue.  The story was well done, as were the characters.  I liked that there were strong females, but didn’t like that the main character was the hook up, good-at-everything type.

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The Draco Tavern

This was a lovely book.  The main character was somewhat identifiable, and his dealings with the other beings in the stories was completely believable.  I liked that the aliens wanted him to come do things with them and he kept declining.  The reaction to the tavern being closed was also amazing.  I highly recommend this book.

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The Fifth Season

This was a decent book, but didn’t have a satisfying end.  I need more of this series to really understand if I like it or not.  The basics of the magical system are interesting and worth reading the first book for.  I’d recommend waiting for the next one to come out before starting this series.

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Predictably Irrational

This was a pretty good intro book with some decent studies, but didn’t go nearly as deep as I would have liked.  That seems to be the case with most popular books in science or psychology.

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Starship Troopers

This book was good, but over idolized the military industrial complex.  It also was interesting how they made war because they needed something for their military to do to justify its size and significance.  I’d prefer The Moon is a Harsh Mistress as a Heinlein.

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I, Robot

Even though it is a little dated, I really enjoyed the thoughtfulness of the book.  The form factor certainly will be different for robots in the future than what the book has, but I think the functions could be similar.  The three laws isn’t going to be a thing since we are making robots that are specifically meant to kill people (military drones).

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts

This book is way oversimplifying people.  It also is cherry picking some very bad studies.  I didn’t think it was terribly actionable nor informative.  I don’t think we’ll read it for book club.

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Friday Night Lights

This is a nostalgia piece for a time and place that isn’t mine.  I could see how people would like it but it just really isn’t for me.

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