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Ben Brode is an American video game designer. He was the game director and public face of Hearthstone until 2018 when he left to found his own game studio, Second Dinner, where he is now Chief Creative Officer.
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Project Hail Mary
A Novel
Andy Weir - 2021-05-04
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Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's ju...
Ben Brode
2022-12-31T20:42:43.000Z
Read 30 books this year and the best ones were Gideon the Ninth by @tazmuir and Project Hail Mary by @andyweirauthor! Looking forward to 2023!      source
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Gideon the Ninth
Tamsyn Muir - 2019-09-10
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The Emperor needs necromancers.The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, ...
Ben Brode
2022-12-31T20:42:43.000Z
Read 30 books this year and the best ones were Gideon the Ninth by @tazmuir and Project Hail Mary by @andyweirauthor! Looking forward to 2023!      source
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White Fragility
Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin Diangelo - 2018-06-26
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The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and ...
Ben Brode
2020-07-28T07:28:00.000Z
“White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism” This book is radical. I thought I knew my shit, but I didn’t. One of the most important books I’ve ever read. Can’t recommend enough.      source
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The Library at Mount Char
A Novel
Scott Hawkins - 2016-03-15 (first published in 2015)
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A missing God.A library with the secrets to the universe. A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over...
Ben Brode
2020-07-28T07:28:00.000Z
“The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins - a very very fucked up story, featuring dark magic and with a cameo from a sentient iceberg. I really loved this weird ass book. I actually said “oh my god that is so fucked up” several times while reading.      source
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The Black Prism
Brent Weeks - 2013-07-23 (first published in 2010)
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Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how ...
Ben Brode
2020-07-28T07:27:59.000Z
The Lightbringer series that begins with “The Black Prism” by Brent Weeks. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a series with more shocking twists. Really cool magic system. I really loved the whole series. Some cool TCG stuff starting in book 2.      source
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BLINDSIGHT
Peter Watts - 2008-03-04 (first published in 2006)
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Two months since the stars fell.Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown.Two months of silence while a world holds its breath.Now some half-derelict space p...
Ben Brode
2019-05-28T06:24:48.000Z
People on Twitter care a lot about books, apparently! I just finished Blindsight by Peter Watts - was totally insane. If you love super dense hard sci fi, there’s a lot of crazy concepts to chew on. Also, space vampires. (This should not be your first sci fi book!!)      source
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The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership
A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success
Jim Dethmer - 2015-01-09
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You’ll never see leadership the same way again after reading this book. These fifteen commitments are a distillation of decades of work with CEOs and other leaders. They are radical or provocative for many. They have been game changers for us and for our clients. We trust that they will be for you too. Our experience is that unconscious leadership ...
Ben Brode
2019-04-08T07:24:02.000Z
My pleasure! I’m so happy to hear you liked it - I LOVE recommending that book!      source