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Fantastic! An extremely satisfying read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-12

I probably would not have read this book if left with just the description. But it was recommended to me and I'm so glad for that! It was just so deeply satisfying to read such great writing and enjoy these characters. My favourite book of the last year or more!

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Disappointing after Three Body Problem

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-12

I loved Three Body Problem. All three books were wonderfully imaginative. When I saw this follow-up, I had high expectations that were not met with this effort. There are some interesting ideas in this book, but not enough to carry it and make it worthwhile to trudge through the less-than-good prose.

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  • The Talent Code
  • Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything
  • Written by: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: John Farrell

Potentially, the stupidest thing I've ever read

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-11

So, the author's big idea is that practicing a lot is really good. Now, that's not new, but what is new is that instead of developing neurons, what practicing does is develop this insulation between neurons. Why that is important is never made clear, despite being the central idea. The answer to being talented is to practice... a lot... at the edge of your capabilities. Yeah, you already knew that, didn't you. But now you know that what it does is create insulation. See the difference?