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b bennett

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a little alien robot who came to earth bc she ran out of books to read on her home planet

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14% complete! b bennett has read 7 of 50 books.

The phoenix project (2013, IT Revolution Press) 4 stars

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win is the …

Not just for IT

4 stars

I don’t work in IT. I’m a data person leading a team at a large national political organization. But I was unloading all my problems (misunderstanding of data among org leaders, too many meetings, too much work, technical debt) to a technical mental of mine who insisted I pick up The Phoenix Project. While reading this book, I actively had to translate the IT jargon into something more relatable for my reference frame. Yet despite having no knowledge of IT or “DevOps” this book was a wealth of knowledge with tangible insights that I could take back to my team. I had many moments empathizing with Bill as he recovered from one crisis to another and battled various business and external challenges as well as “a-ha” moments as Bill learned to navigate his hectic workplace. Some of the books takeaways aren’t useful to me. Some I already knew. But if …

Exhalation (Picador) 5 stars

just some damn good sci fi

4 stars

The sci fi short story is my jam. It’s what I fall back on time and time again when I’m looking for a book to scratch that itch—the one to rekindle my love of reading.

I adored this collection of short stories, with my favorites being the first, the titular story, and the one about the life cycle of digients.

The  Dispossessed (Hardcover, 1991, Harper Paperbacks) 4 stars

Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, …

Holy fuck

5 stars

Wow. What else is there to say? This book was a buffet of ideas ranging from sexism, capitalism, socialism, the military-industrial complex, and politics. I especially enjoyed Le Guin's writing on women, but anarchist and archist, through the eyes of the anarchist main character. For the first few chapters I was amazed at Le Guin's interpretation at an anarchist utopian, and took it as a blueprint for the work we socialists have to do here on Earth. But as the book progressed we learned more about the so-called utopia and it's possible fault -- one of which being politics and the formation of government--and I finished the book with more questions than answers. This was a delightful and nerdy read.