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Paul K has commented on (8) products.

Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2)

Paul K, December 7, 2014

Do you like fantasy books? Have you read all of Game of Thrones currently available? All of The Kingkiller Chronicles? Well then you need to read The Stormlight Archive. Book 1 (The Way of Kings) is a fantastic introduction to the series and sets up all the main characters well. Then the second books explodes into the stratosphere. It was so good I just could not put it down for the last 250 pages. The characters are really well developed, the plot is compelling and at times totally unexpected, and the action is riveting. One of my favorite books of the year. I cannot wait for book 3!
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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita

Paul K, October 23, 2014

I read this book as a 16 year old and I really liked it. However, reading comments by published authors on the book, and doing a little research on the political message of the book, I realize I didn't "get" a lot of what the book meant. Yet I enjoyed reading it. The book is very creative and magical and presents a world where talking cats and visits from the devil are part of everyday life. I would highly recommend reading it and starting out with an open mind for whatever. I guess knowing what I do know about politics I am going to have to read this book again.
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Stormlight Archive #01: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Stormlight Archive #01: The Way of Kings

Paul K, May 13, 2014

I have read many fantasy books and many series, and Brandon Sanderson is emerging as one of my favorite authors. This list is topped by Tolkien, but putting Sanderson in the same class as JRR is completely appropriate. If you like epic fantasy novels that encompass not just Kingdoms but Worlds, then but this book. The character development is phenomenal, which I think is really Sanderson's strength. Sometimes the plot feels like its dragging, but that's because he spends so much time getting the reader into the lives of the characters, and it makes all the difference when the plot does advance because you truly care.

Don't be daunted by the size, this book is fantastic and worth the extra few weeks it will take to finish. The second book in the series just came out and I cannot wait to read it.
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The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good by David J Linden
The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

Paul K, March 21, 2014

David Linden is a very well respected Neuroscientist, and he understands how the brain works at a mechanistic level that many popular science writers don't. This level of understanding is combined with a gift for writing into a book that explores the brain and specifically the pleasure and reward circuits of the brain. If you are interested in neuroscience, in how the brain works, and in understanding why we do what we do, check out this book. It makes you think.
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Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking

Paul K, March 18, 2014

Blink was an interesting read and gave me a new perspective on a phenomenon that I had noticed before, specifically that my gut reactions were often the best reactions. This is a science-y book without being too "science-y." I learned a lot, without feeling like I was learning, and I had lots of fun too. If you're going to read any Malcolm Gladwell books, this is the one. If you're just looking for a fun read and to learn something new - this is also the book for you. Enjoy!
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