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Review: The White Mountains by John Christopher

Brief synopsis: Centuries ago the Tripods, giant walking machines with shiny silver domes and trunk-like tentacles, took over the Earth and enslaved all of humanity. Small metal caps wired into the skull shortly after a person’s 13th birthday allow the Tripods to control all thoughts and actions, thereby crushing rebellions before they start. Will Parker will be 13 soon, but he has heard stories of free men and women living in the White Mountains and is on a mission to join them in their fight against the Tripods.

Rating✈  Travel companion

Long story short: I first read this book in 5th grade and it made such an impression on me that 15 years later (in January when I was at Powell’s in Portland) I bought not only The White Mountains but also the other three books in the Tripod series.

What caught my attention right from the beginning was how difficult it was to pin down exactly when the story takes place. The year isn’t mentioned, but as you learn more about Will and his environment you gather that humans are living in a feudal society, much like Europe in the 10-15th centuries. Yet humans coexist with the Tripods, machines in command of futuristic technology and the ability to do and see things that Will’s peers can’t fathom.

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Review: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Brief synopsis: In his book Modern Romance, comedian Aziz Ansari studies the advantages and pitfalls of dating and romance in today’s digital world in an attempt to answer questions that humans have been asking for centuries—why does the idea of being with one person for the rest of my life sound scary? and how do I indicate I’m interested in someone without opening myself up to rejection?—as well as others that arose as a result of new technology—with so many options out there, how do I find the best person for me? and I can see you read that message two hours ago Matt, why can’t you text me back a simple “yes” or “no”???

The book incorporates Ansari’s personal anecdotes; hundreds of interviews with strangers; social science research about love, sex, and relationships, including interviews with eminent sociologists; and fieldwork conducted in five countries to present a humorous and honest look at the idea of love and romance in the modern world.

Rating✈  Travel companion

Long story short: Ansari’s narrative is both humorous and thoughtful. I admit I thought the book was just an excuse for him to share (read: complain) about his dating life, but that’s not it at all. He calls attention to new dating behavior—the generic “hey” text, “ghosting”, hanging out versus dating—and asks regular people from younger and older generations what their experiences have been.

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