Two more book reviews for the internet crowd.
So this book was a big mental block/entry point for me. In high school and early college I was VERY into the expanded universe of Star Wars. I read dozens of books in the EU. When Disney de-canonized the EU I kinda swore off Star Wars books. But I heard good things about Thrawn and kinda wanted to get back in the game before there were too many books to comprehend. So I dove in with Thrawn; reimagined by the original author.
Thrawn is great from a Star Wars fan perspective. Zahn managed to incorporate most of Thrawn's idiosyncrasies and tactical genius from his original trilogy and along the way introduce us to a great new character, Eli Vanto. This new effort was well worth the read and has single handedly (bookedly) gotten me back into the Star Wars EU. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Alliances in June.
So I'm posting this before I'm totally done with this book, but I'm close. Seriously, check out my GoodReads. I'm like 75% of the way done and the last 10% are citations and stuff. But aside from that minor detail.... This book is great if you want to learn about how you are not as smart as you think you are. A physical, literary edification of how you are a stupid ape that just by chance learned how to perform higher brain functions. Super uplifting, I know.
This book falls into the category of information that anyone who reads it, will head its advice but it will be a tough fight against mother nature. And those who probably need it the most will never venture to read it. Or maybe that's my own bias talking. This book might have something to say about that mental bias. It really talks about everything. It's a more pleasant text book for Psych 101. Interesting, but, as it states fairly clearly, pretty ineffective. If you need this book, this book won't help you. If this book will help you, you're probably aware enough to not need it. Overall, entertaining but not super insightful.