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book review | The Art of the Argument by Stefan Molyneux

stefan molyneux the art of the argument book reviewAuthor: Stefan Molyneux
Title: The Art of the Argument
Series: –
Genre: Philosophy; History
Pages: 172
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Finished likely the most unpleasant book I’ve read this year, “The Art of the Argument” by Stefan Molyneux, expecting tips on argument formulating or something. Instead got this.

About the Book: Author provides a very skewed idea of arguments, and why are they lacking, arguing himself with if not outright, then borderline racist, sexist, classist, and otherwise horribly biased personal opinions.

My Opinion: This book pretends to be about arguments, discourse, and letting the opponent speak, but only one side at all times is portrayed as the faulty ideology. It’s biased, unpleasant to read, and at best will teach you about what lack of neutrality looks like.

There’s better books on this same topic out there. 2 out of 5.

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book review | A Practical Guide to the Runes by Lisa Peschel

a practical guide to the runes lisa pischel book reviewAuthor: Lisa Peschel
Title: A Practical Guide to the Runes
Series: –
Genre: Occult; Runes
Pages: 192
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Hm… Okay, finished “A Practical Guide to the Runes” by Lisa Peschel and it was both good and bad.

About the Book: This book will teach you rune meanings, both the alphabetical and the ones for divination. With a lot of great tips, examples, and resources, it’s a well put together book for beginners.

My Opinion: There’s very little history. A lot of opinions and interpretations that don’t seem to be based on anything other than feeling. And way too many “do this, but if you don’t want to, then don’t do it“, or “you can make up your own rituals too“.

Best I can do is 2 out of 5.

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book review | King Slayer by Layla Reyne | Fog City 2

king slayer fog city layla reyne book reviewAuthor: Layla Reyne
Title: King Slayer
Series: Fog City 2
Genre: Romance; Crime
Pages: 195
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Didn’t I say I won’t read book 2 of Fog City? And yet here I am, having read “King Slayer” by Layla Reyne, having needed something not demanding of brain power.

About the Book: Betrayal and dark secrets put a wedge in between Dante and the King of the Madigan criminal empire. Neither can trust the other, it seems, being sword enemies and all. And yet, as threat to the Fog City rises, they have no choice but to work together.

My Opinion: A very overused tale. Vengeance for dead partners, partner’s dark past bubbling up, the no-surprise surprise of who the culprits were and all that.

At least it was short. 2 out of 5.

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book review | The Courier by Gerald Brandt | San Angeles 1

the courier gerald brandt book reviewAuthor: Gerald Brandt
Title: The Courier
Series: San Angeles 1
Genre: Cyberpunk; Dystopia
Pages: 293
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Whoever allowed Gerald Brandt to ruin his perfectly great book “The Courier” by passing a romance of 16 year old and a 21 year old needs to be reevaluated.

About the Book: Corporations own everything. From the water, to the sky, to your privacy. But people, including those very same corporations, rivals, have found ways to deliver messages anyway. Here come couriers, such as our 16 year old Kris. Who got dealt a bad card, and sent out to deliver a message many bad, very bad people want…

My Opinion: The story is otherwise great. Dystopian world, just on the verge of proper space travel and colonization or whatever that plotline was. With a very interesting perspective. But then someone decided to hook the 16 year old girl who gets groped by every dude that comes too close, with a 21 year old. Nothing grander than a kiss happened, and still I don’t understand why she had to be a teenager? Or why wasn’t he then too? I’m sorry, this is outright nasty.

A great new type of run-stop-run-stop kind of story. But it gets a 2 out of 5, age is not just a number, this isn’t good romance idea.

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book review | The Lufthansa Heist by Henry Hill and Daniel Simone

the lufthansa heist henry hillAuthor: Henry Hill and Daniel Simone
Title: The Lufthansa Heist
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Biography
Pages: 384
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Right. I’ve finished “The Lufthansa Heist” by Henry Hill and Daniel Simone. Henry Hill’s biographical retelling of the notorious heist. And I am very, very tired because of it.

About the Book: A heist you’ll be familiar with if you watched the Goodfellas, told by one of the organizers – Henry Hill. It starts at the need for such a heist, such a job, and goes through all of the phases of making such a grand job – successful. Up until the riches they didn’t even realize they stole erupt in murderous chaos…

My Opinion: The fun part ends as soon as it begins, leaving us with more than half a book of back-and-forth with the law, arrests and releases, the who slept with whom and what “that broad” was like.

It’s sad to say that a book of a heist like this is dull, but here I am. A 2 out of 5.

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book review | Slip and Slide by Patricia Logan | Death and Destruction 3

patricia logan slip and slide death and destruction book cover reviewAuthor: Patricia Logan
Title: Slip and Slide
Series: Death and Destruction 3
Genre: Crime; LGBT romance
Pages: 352
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

I’ve finished “Slip and Slide” by Patricia Logan, third book in Death and Destruction series and the last I will read.

About the Book: Suspicious accidents in the mines where Evans grew up land the pair there for an investigation. Corrupt officers, strangely functioning coal mine, rural way of life and Evans’s estranged family…

My Opinion: The book consists of fairly dull and sometimes outright passive action, very long inner monologues that offer little to nothing for the characters, and sex where “so hot” is every other word you read. You know, just so you don’t forget how hot these guys are.

Sorry, but this was very dull. 2 out of 5.

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book review | F*ck your Feelings by Ryan Munsey

fuck your feelings book reviewAuthor: Ryan Munsey
Title: F*ck Your Feelings
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Pages: 402
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Funny how I was reading “F*ck your Feelings” by Ryan Munsey, all while planning a thing, replying to other things, and then my brain fixated on “multitasking, being present, paying attention“. This either means that the book didn’t hook right, or that I need to reread it, because I clearly need the lesson author tried to teach.

About the Book: The book is meant to teach you the “do or die” attitude. The one that helps you ignore that loud little inner voice that tells you you can’t, you won’t. Then, at the very least, you can try.

My Opinion: It was great at the beginning, interesting, full of strong ideas. But the farther it went, the worse it got. Repetitive, overfilled with either too old or too obscure “research” and examples that get repeated in almost every book like this and also in every YouTube video that gets thrown into recommended if you search “experiment” too often. You end up googling up ideas and watching those said videos on youtube, knowing full well where it all leads.

All in all, it was great in the beginning, but the farther it went, the more often it lost me. A 2 out of 5.

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book review | The Origin of Dracula by Irving Belateche

the origin of dracula irving belateche book reviewAuthor: Irving Belateche
Title: The Origin of Dracula
Series: –
Genre: Horror Literature; Paranormal
Pages: 367
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

The Origin of Dracula” by Irving Belateche might just be the most boring Dracula-origin mystery I’ve ever read.

About the Book: John and his friends managed to get their parents to let them go camping alone in the woods. They didn’t expect that night to become a living nightmare waiting for dawn to break. Nor did they expect it to return decades later, for the old evil they disturbed lives for his psychotic games with deadly ultimatums…

My Opinion: At no point did it get better. The mystery is poor, the game is boring, the characters are so-so. You know that recipe of old horror movies and books: group goes camping, someone dies, then the dead come back to mess with them? Well, this is that but bad.

No. 2 out of 5 is the best I can do.

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book review | Indebted by J.L. Beck | 1

a kingpin love affair indebted j.l. beck mafiaAuthor: J.L. Beck
Title: Indebted
Series: A Kingpin Love Affair 1
Genre: Romance; Mafia
Pages: 160
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Wow, okay, this was bad. Picked up “Indebted” by J.L. Beck, A Kingpin Love Affair book. Mafia romance is bad almost without exception. But this was next level dull.

About the Book: Bree’s father is indebted to the mafia and they’re here to collect. Having nothing to give them, he’s about to die as his daughter steps out and offers herself as repayment. Alzerro King, the mafia king, agrees, and the young woman falls into the deep dark web of criminal world.

My Opinion: The book was short and consisted mostly out of the emotional state of the two main characters, their inner monologues about each other. Mafia work apparently consists out of fear for double agents, great deal of talk about them, and some anger issues to spice things up. Bad guys might as well carry a sign “I’m the traitor“, and cliff hanger the book ends with is eye-roll worthy.

Another tale of a broken bad boy whom this good girl will fix. A 2 out of 5 is the best I can do.

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book review | Zero History by William Gibson | Blue Ant 3

zero history blue ant william gibson cyberpunk literatureAuthor: William Gibson
Title: Zero History
Series: Blue Ant
Genre: Thriller; Cyberpunk
Pages: 404
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Finished Blue Ant trilogy by William Gibson, with the book “Zero History“. Cyberpunk was never an easy genre to indulge in, but this… I’m not sure if I just didn’t get it or was it really just this.

About the Book: Heroes, their stories, their talents, are hovering towards one another across the story, pulled in by the gravitational field of one Hubertus Bigend, owner of the mysterious Blue Ant. The secretive man is giddy with anticipation – it seems there’s a worthy rival somewhere out there, and he must know who they are. So Bigend gathers his best minions, ones he could somehow buy for this anyway, and sends them off into the world to find this person. But how does one find someone prepared for what Blue Ant has to offer?…

My Opinion: Dialogues remain atrocious across all the books. One character is spilling a tirade of words, information. Another, in attempts to imitate a dialogue, asks a single-word question. So tirade that could’ve been one presentation of information currently at hand gets split up into these little pebbles tossed at you with annoying force of “what? who? huh??”.  Most of the book revolves around each character’s inner workings, but it feels like someone’s building you a person’s mold out of wet straw – holds no substance, seems menial, and is this really the best damn talent this billionaire could find and buy? How does this or that come in hand? Plot, the true plot, is passed on in sparing drops, with the rest tossed to you in one big splash at the end. The book is difficult. Plot requires work, you must pay a lot of attention, more than you normally would, and then, at the end of it, after all the work you put in merely reading a book… I just don’t feel like it was worth the effort.

I don’t know, really. 2 out of 5 from me. Maybe I didn’t get it, maybe ADHD did me in this time, but it felt like underpaid work.

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