Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Stranger In A Strange Land

I read Stranger in a Strange Land after it was recommended by Tim Feriss, a guy whose work I respect tremendously.

But I didn't get it at all. It started out with a reasonably interesting premise, but then went off track in a big way in my opinion. It seemed like a pretty run-of-the-mill sci-fi book at first. But then that angle was kind of dropped and it became more like an anti-religion book. But about half-way through it started to become a pro-religion book (or so I gathered?), and by the end it seemed to have morphed into a sex book. Needless to say, I don't really get what the author was trying to convey, but that's probably my fault since I don't always grok subtleties.

I've gotten better at skipping books I'm not enjoying. When I do that, it doesn't mean the book is no good; it might very well be a great book for others. But if I'm not getting anything out of it, I'm better off spending that time on something else. Well, I dropped the ball on this one. I should have put it down a few hundred pages ago, but I didn't because I was already a couple hundred pages in before things turned south. I'm ashamed to admit I believe I fell for the sunk cost fallacy here; hopefully I learn from this.

Now I'm going to go read up on what the book's message was supposed to be, and investigate why Feriss recommended it. Maybe I'll have an epiphany, or maybe I'll be even more bewildered.


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