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Old 10-16-2018, 08:14 PM
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The Best Place to Work by Ron Friedman.

It has a lot of interesting tid bits about the workplace from the perspective of social psychology. Weaves in a lot of studies without feeling too academic. Plus there are action items that could be useful for current or aspiring managers.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:48 PM
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I finished Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, which was OK but not any better...
I'm about halfway through it. Decent but some things bother me about it, too.
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Good Omens - Gaiman & Pratchett

audiobook with Martin Jarvis as reader - he's quite good
The book feels far more Pratchett than Gaiman
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Just finished "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. Pretty brutal. Had an elementary school librarian friend who took it off her shelf give it to us.
Now, reading "White Fang," as they are in one cover (first book was 80 pages, second is about 200).
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Wow, I loved those books growing up.
Just finished White Fang. Also brutal. A 2018 definition of animal cruelty would not allow this book near children, I think.
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Tried reading Infinite Jest, I've heard a lot of good things but it feels like the book's primary purpose is the author showing off his vocabulary. That mixed in with an odd structure to paragraphs, and especially dialogue, makes the story difficult to follow and exhausting to read.

According to my Kindle I'm 10% through and I have no desire to continue.
This was the first book I was intending to read and eventually decided not to finish. Since then, I have used the following approach to books that are boring me to tears:

Step1 - make myself read 20% of the pages and finish whatever chapter I'm in.

Step 2 - skip to a chapter near the middle of the book. If I like it, go back and read some more of the part I skipped. Otherwise go on to step 3, viz.

Step 3 - read the last chapter. Give the book 1 star on Goodreads, and explain what I disliked about it.
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Just finished White Fang. Also brutal. A 2018 definition of animal cruelty would not allow this book near children, I think.
started the call of the wild last night based on this thread. like it, about 1/3 done
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started the call of the wild last night based on this thread. like it, about 1/3 done
Glad I can help! "White Fang" is an interesting companion novel to "Call of The Wild." Similar style of writing, similar setting.

I am going to attempt "Crime and Punishment" next. Just getting through the introduction about Dostoevsky's life, which seems like a pretty shitty one.
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I'm picking up Dostoevsky's The Idiot next.

Brothers Karamazov is still my favorite, but Crime and Punishment is also engrossing.
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