If you enjoyed "Dry" and "Running With Scissors" and wished they wouldn't end, this is the book for you. It's a series of vignettes and little stories from his life, all written with his particular blend of dark, funny, self-deprecating narcissism. I can't get enough of it.
That said, this lacks the narrative structure and the visceral satisfaction of his other books. "Running With Scissors" is warped, but it's basically a coming-of age story. "Dry" is a dark story of personal transformation, with characters to care about, etc.
"Magical Thinking" is more like a really good dinner conversation. Some stories have a point, others are just some funny thing that happened. That's just fine with me and his other fans, but if you're not already sold on the guy, don't make this your first listen.
Oh, and one more thing: There's one story where he's really cruel to a mouse and regrets it later. It's pretty hard-core, as mouse-killings go. If you can't handle the grisly death of a mouse, either skip the story or don't get the book. Simple as that.
It's sort of a combination of a Malcolm Gladwell-style popular science book and a parenting technique book. A good combination.
I thought the discussion of male role models - and the lack thereof - in our society was quite moving and useful
The way that video games can sap motivation by providing a false sense of accomplishment.
A useful, if slightly scary book. A must read for parents of sons.
No. The techniques and tips were all obvious and often mutually exclusive. I don't need a book to tell me it might be a good idea to sleep enough so I'm rested, and read things about my chosen field so I know more.
Here's the useful idea from the book: Attack your biggest, most impactful task first, and work on it till it is done. There. Now you don't need to waste your time on the book,
There were no characters,
Can't give it five stars, because it isn't Ender's Game, but I really enjoyed it. It does explore moral themes, but it's not as heavy-handed as some reviewers would have you believe. I like my sci-fi without a lot of heavy fantasy influence, and this book delivered for me.
I also don't like books written with a clear moral agenda. This dealt with moral themes, but didn't feel preachy. It's not hard to figure out where Card's sentiments lie, but I didn't mind. Bottom line, if you're a fan, it's worth a listen.
Oh, and the stories at the end are great if you were into the main Worthing Saga and kind of wished it wouldn't end. If you're done, you can skip them without feeling guilty - you're not missing anything serious, plot-wise.
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