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If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe, by Jason Pargin

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adventurous funny lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Loveable characters? Yes


I think Wong/Pargin is getting better. This was fun, and I like how the plot was resolved. I also really appreciate the mix of bad circumstances mixed with hopefulness; not just another "everything sucks forever".
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder

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A practical text concisely answering a single question: what can I, a simple citizen, do to prevent my country's slide into tyranny?

It's a short manual, and uses clear k language and plenty of examples from recent history. 
Aimed primarily at Trump's USA, but general enough.
Death Has Deep Roots, by Michael Gilbert

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Liked it. My opinion at
You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking But Utterly True Facts, by Cracked Com

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This is harder to judge than it may seem. The book itself is written in typical, style. And even though I usually enjoy it a lot, this time it was complicated.

First of all, I read some of the articles online. So even though they were good (e.g. the one about bugs), they weren't new. And they would be more interesting for someone less knowledgeable. The way the book is crafted counts on reactions of surprise and disbelief of the reader. More often than not, it's pulled off smoothly. But if you know a bit about the topic, the magic vanishes.

For example, when the book tells you "because of saccadic masking, you are effectively blind for 40 minutes a day" you are expected to go "OH WOW REALLY? You must be kidding me!" If instead you think "well yeah, that's hardly surprising", the rest of the text suddenly loses its impact.

And last but not least, some chapters really seem to be a bit of a stretch. Sure, they may be based on facts. But the 'scientific' implications outlined are sometimes questionable at best.

So the final verdict? It isn't a bad read. In spite of these shortcomings, I might still recommend it. If you like Cracked's style and sense of humour, by all means, go ahead.
However: first read Everything is Going to Kill Everybody by Robert Brockway, also an author at Cracked. The book is thematically less diverse, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. As You Might be a Zombie itself says in the Credits section: Brockway's book "is infinitely superior to this one in every way".