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These Days: A Novel Paperback – March 24, 2013
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I loved this novel. Jack hit a home run. Buy it. Read it. Buy a paper copy, write a love note, and give it to someone you love or leave it in a coffee shop to be shared and enjoyed.
The details in life, the unexpected, the thrill of success, the pain of failure and disappointment, the elation of joy, the desire to switch an answer after you handed in the test, the exhaustion we sometimes go through, the satisfaction of knowing you did your best and the end result, be it good or bad just for the sake of closure. All of these things floated up while I read.
If I had to compare this book to anything, I'd compare it to a good cup of tea. You see, tea has nuance, it has structure, it is delicate, it has minutiae, it begs to be drunk slowly. This is not a book to blitz through; it's one to enjoy a sip at a time. For me, tea keeps me grounded, it's something I use as a reboot or a stabilizer... it's something that forces me to slow down or get burned. These days is a book that after finishing it is like a wonderful cup of tea. It's a book about time and technology, about how we use the time we have and how technology can either bring us closer or break us apart.
A wonderful read that urges the question, what is the next book going to be about?
While reading the novel, I felt I was reading my emotions put into words when I went through a similar transition, including the frustration, the fear, the paralysis and finally the excitement of creating something of your own. In essence I felt like I was Conner Vast.
But 'These Days' wasn't simply about Conner, there was also a beautiful crafted interplay with K. From the excitement of meeting, chasing, falling, and inevitably the sad realization that not all things are meant to be are what brought the relationship alive.
Overall what I loved about this book is that it felt like I was reading my own diary, but because of that you realize that others also experience similar emotions. For some reason that feeling is calming because it makes me feel like I've been understood. I'm sure anyone who decides to read 'These Days' will come back to it again and again when they need a book that 'understands' them
Thanks Jack for a great read, can't wait for the next one!
Coupled with its handling of a lot of themes many of us think about from the role of technology in our lives to the balance of work and relationships These Days is a must read.
It's also fun to recognize the real world startup parallels to the ones in the book.
Support this book, not just because of the amazing and transparent kickstarter route that let readers see the process of its creation, but because it's a novel worth having on the physical bookshelf you want others to see.
Since backing the Kickstarter, the author has written about the writing and publishing process behind the whole project providing even more value and understanding of his work.
Can't wait for the next book.
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I'm not finished with the book yet, but so far I love it. Jack has managed to capture the constant, wavering uncertainty I feel is unique to our entire generation. What do I want? Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by asba
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