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Kicking 2017 off with a scifi start!

For my first pick of the year, I chose Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein. It was a bit of an impulse purchase. I had some money leftover on a giftcard from Christmas, and decided that a collection of short stories might be a good way to ease myself back into daily reading. The cover of the book caught my eye, and on a recommendation from the store staff, I picked it up. What a lovely surprise it turned out to be!

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Dragon Age: Trespasser

I was lucky enough to get to play through most of Trespasser the day it was released. With the trailer and all of the dev teasers, I was really excited to get my hands on it, much more excited than I've been for any of the other dlc's. Though I wont say it was a total success, I will say that I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it.

Beware. There will be spoilers ahead.

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Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I've always been fascinated with tales of life on the frontier. I imagined covered wagons rolling slowly across the country, crossing windswept plains and forests tangled and brimming with life, fording creeks and circling up around a camp fire. Especially as a child, I would devour anything on the subject. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a hero in my eyes, and I read each of the Little House on the Prairie books with an eagerness that bordered on impatience. I needed to know what it was like to live in that era, so different from my own. As an adult my literary tastes are more diverse, but I still retain an appreciation for that era, particularly when considering the fact that Wilder grew up traveling in a covered wagon, but eventually endured both world wars and lived to see Elvis, broadcast television and commercial airline flights.

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Review of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science by Rachel Swaby

The disparity between male and female professionals in working in STEM fields is a well known problem in modern American society. According to statistics from the US Department of Commerce, in 2009 women made up 48 % of the overall workforce, but held only 24% of jobs in STEM fields. While the precise reasons for such a wide gap are not entirely understood, there are a number of obvious problems (females in STEM fields earn an average of 12% less than their male counterparts) and a number of obvious solutions to help correct the issue in the years to come. In Headstrong, Rachel Swaby attempts to provide one such solution by highlighting 52 female role models who made significant contributions to all the various STEM fields, many of whom are Nobel winners and trailblazers in their respective areas of interest. 

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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

I've known of Jon Ronson for awhile. Over the past year or two I happened to catch a few odd clips of him on NPR, but I never caught his name, or the titles of his books. I caught just enough of his interesting stories and distinctive voice to be intrigued, but never quite enough to find him on the internet. And then, entirely by chance, Amazon did me a solid favor by sliding The Psychopath Test into their recommendations. I scooped it up in a sale on Audible, promptly listened to it, and have already moved on to So You've Been Publicly Shamed. Obviously, I'm enjoying Ronson's work. So much so that I've put my reading as well as some home remodeling on hold to write a quick review. 

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