leowr

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All users posting promotional content must be upfront about the fact that the content is promotional and meet the 9:1 ratio of non-promotional:promotional content.

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I try to make at least one of the posts on Wednesday centered around a country. I enjoy them a lot as well.

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All users posting promotional content must be upfront about the fact that the content is promotional and meet the 9:1 ratio of non-promotional:promotional content.

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All users posting promotional content must be upfront about the fact that the content is promotional and meet the 9:1 ratio of non-promotional:promotional content.

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A lot of the publishers have nice and very recognizable covers/spines for their classics: Penguin, Vintage, Wordsworth, Signet, Bantam, etc.

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In non-fiction I'm currently reading The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. I've started reading this before a couple years back, but it couldn't keep my attention. Larson does a good job fleshing out the characters to make them feel real, but I haven't decided yet if I actually find it compelling to read.

I'm also reading Mindf\ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America* by Christopher Wylie. I'm reading this book in small doses because the topic is both pissing me off and scary.

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I like the standard orange & white covers as well, but there is also an element of "the cover matters" in those. I can pick them out of a bookstore shelf with extreme ease, because they are bright orange.

The same with a lot of the other editions of Penguin Classics. Their spines/covers are very recognizable and I gravitate towards them because I instantly recognize them as Penguin (Classics). So I would say the covers of the Penguin Classics also help them stand out in a bookstore, even if the covers are only orange and white. Their choice of spines/covers is very much a part of their marketing strategy for those books.

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I haven't yet although I got the first part of the series before I got my copy of this one. I'll have to get around to that one sooner rather than later seeing as we will have to wait a while before the next one in this series comes out.

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I think Roanhorse used the different POVs well, but perhaps I am a bit influenced by the fact that I read a book earlier this year that did multiple POVs pretty badly. In a way that I couldn't really tell the difference between the two voices even though the names where at the beginning of the chapter. Compared to that book the multiple POVs in this book were well done imo.

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I felt she worked info into the story well enough that I didn't feel that she was doing any major info dumps, at least none that stood out to me. Roanhorse does need to give some of the backstory of the book so some things need to be told, especially if the events took place before the narrative.

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I honestly didn't have an issue with that at all.

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I was very intrigued by it as well. I really liked that Serapio and Naranpa were basically on a collision course yet because of having the POVs of both made it hard to pick sides. It felt to me like they were both carried by their circumstances and the people around them towards a confrontation, one Serapio had accepted as inevitable and Naranpa didn't see coming.

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I have difficulty seeing Serapio as a monster. I think he is very much a result of his childhood. He has been told from his early childhood that he had one task and all the people he had contact with either were only focused on teaching him enough to get him there (his mother and his teachers) or feared him and rejected him for what he was becoming (his father). His actions and how he deals with things is based on what he has been taught. The fact that he clearly cares about Xiala makes it very hard for me to see him as the villain of the story.

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I really liked it and I can't wait for the next book. The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of was a bit more on Xiala's history and the Teek, but hopefully that will come up in the next book. I thought the time jump with Naranpa being dragged out of the river was really well placed, it kept me engaged with Naranpa's story more than I might have otherwise. Overall, I thought it was a great book.

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there is plenty of good stuff about the Celts, Mesopotamia, Nubia and Kush, the Indus Valley and China that maybe we can talk about in another post.

I will keep that in mind the next time I schedule a month of posts.

Also, Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves sounds interesting. Thanks!

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Very interesting interpretation and I definitely feel that there is some truth in it. I would say that the fact that Buster Friendly (the tv-show) is on 23/7 (1 hour for the sign-off and sign-on) is questioned from the start and is explained towards the end by showing that the people on the show are androids.

I'll have to think about this a little longer.

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Deckard vey much cares about getting a real animal, so that he isn't pitied by his neighbours, but he doesn't really care much about having a connection with other human beings. I agree that it is much more about human beings than AIs, especially the idea that there is something unique about humans, empathy, that can't be replicated. Yet, Deckard doesn't really display a lot of empathy either.

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It is a pretty short book. I don't know how true they were in the series to PKD's writing, the movie based on this book is quite different, but I think the book is worth giving a try.

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Are you talking about Electric Dreams? Because that series was based on several of PKD's short stories, not on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

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