Dec 03

Book Review: Black Powder War

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik I enjoyed the first two books in this series so much that I got this one and its sequel to read, and ended up reading this in just a couple of days. It’s a delightful romp with good pacing and several intriguing plot twists. High points included feral dragons …

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Dec 01

Book Review: What Doesn’t Kill Us

What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney Boy do I have mixed feelings about this book. I’ll start with the positives. How exciting is it to think that some athletes and fringe researchers have begun to discover one of the missing …

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Nov 15

Book Review: The Nature Fix

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams I liked this book. It’s a pretty good, if not emotionally taxing, pop science book about how we all live our lives. You could sum it up into one sentence: “Go outside, it’s good for you.” But Williams goes further, …

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Nov 09

Book Review: The Index Card

The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen I heard about The Index Card, the idea, the card, the book, from Planet Money and decided that it was the thing I needed to read/listen to in order to find out if I’m as much of a hopeless financial screw …

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Oct 29

Book Review: Goodbye Things

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki I would have rated this book as excellent if it had been able to convince a hoarder to embrace the tenets of minimalism. I would have rated it as acceptable if it had merely told me what I know about minimalism and not really cemented it. …

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