Books

Five More Book Reviews

Quick book reviews for: - American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle - Jade City by Fonda Lee - Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace - Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Books

Several Quick Book Reviews

I was traveling for business for about a week recently and fell behind in my book reviews. Sorry!!  So, here are a bunch of quick reviews of books I've read recently.  I'll try to avoid spoilers, but I can't make any promises. Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole The Feminist's Guide to Raising a Little Princess: How to Raise a Girl Who's Authentic, Joyful, and Fearless--Even If She Refuses to Wear Anything But a Pink Tutu by Devorah Blachor Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout The Power by Naomi Alderman American Housewife by Helen Ellis Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Politics

Political Intelligence

It's pretty common for the anti-Trump crowd to say that Trump is "stupid" or an "idiot."  And it equally common for the pro-Trump crowd to argue that he's actually a strategic genius who has been manipulating our perceptions and the media in order to advance his agenda.  Both of these positions are, in my view, overstated... although I do like to call the man an idiot myself. The key is context.

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Books

Book Review: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

(3 of 5 stars) I picked this one up after reading the description of it from Stephen King himself in On Writing.  The basic idea was to create a sympathetic political assassin. The thing is: a lot of King's descriptions of the politician reminded me a lot of today's political climate and Trump. Trump is no where NEAR as evil as the politician in this book, but there were aspects of his campaign that reminded me of Trump. So, I wanted to see how he told this story.  His approach is interesting, but I found it ultimately dissatisfying. I understand that this book is a character study, but the ending still felt rushed and wasn't a sufficient pay off for everything I'd invested in the book up to that point.

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Books

Book Review: California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout

(4 of 5 stars) I picked this one up because it's the Sword & Laser Book of the Month and because I was in the mood for an urban fantasy. I was so tickled to discover that not only does this book have an interesting magic system, but it's also a heist novel.  Even if it's slightly cliched at points, it's lightweight, fast paced, and very fun.  Recommended reading for the beach, pool, or if you're up late trying to keep a fussy baby sleeping.

By Trey McIntyre, ago
Politics

Impeachment Is Not Inevitable

I'm not saying Olbermann's predictions are impossible. Stranger things have happened.  I'm saying that the evidence is not yet sufficient in my eyes to say that those are the only paths nor is the evidence sufficient to say that those paths will inevitably results in his resignation or removal from office. I think it is entirely within the bounds of reality for Trump to serve the totality of his first term.

By Trey McIntyre, ago
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