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Keen AI Book Club

We have a book club and try to read a new book at least once per month. The only rules are that none of the members have read the book before and it can’t be work-related. We also try to alternate between fiction and non-fiction.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Non-fiction
Reviewed: September 2022
Suggested by: Tom
Readers: Sarah, Petar, Tom
Endorsements: 1/3

Notes: “Rich Dad Poor Dad received a mixed reception among our book club readers. As expected, it is a book about getting rich, nothing more nothing less. We are sure that if you follow the lessons and rules of the book, they likely lead to success. But at what cost is often questionable. The writer makes little to no attempt to make getting rich sound appealing or fulfilling. In fact, it often makes you feel like Poor Dad has the right attitude and thoughts towards a fulfilling life, even if he does not have the right attitude towards becoming rich.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Fiction
Reviewed: August 2022
Suggested by: Saad
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad
Endorsements: 0.5/4

Notes: “It is an important work of literature, but not one we enjoyed reading. It gripped us at certain parts and felt like a chore at others. The story takes a long time to get to the point, and then it felt flat. We certainly would not recommend this as an audiobook as the dated language and long sentences make it harder to follow. Nevertheless, the way Oscar Wilde describes scenery is wonderful and it paints vivid mental pictures.”

Why Has Nobody Ever Told Me This Before?

Non-fiction
Reviewed: July 2022
Suggested by: Tom
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad
Endorsements: 1/4

Notes: “It does a good job as a manual and self help guide, but is not great as a book to read for fun or curiosity. Covering various topics, there’s probably something in it for everyone, but it’s more like a textbook you refer to when you need a useful toolbox to brush up some knowledge. Perhaps listening to it as an audio-book is better than reading it.”

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Fiction
Reviewed: June 2022
Suggested by: Amjad
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad
Endorsements: 2/3

Notes: “This book is hard to follow at the start, but gets better as you read it. We would describe it as a slow spy novel with an unpredictable story-line. Its language is a little outdated and it has interesting trends like frequently mentioning drinking or the Germans always offering food to Leamas (one of the main characters).”

The Anthropocene Reviewed

Non-fiction
Reviewed: May 2022
Suggested by: Tom
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad
Endorsements: 1/4

Notes: “Slightly depressing with each chapter needing a few minutes to thought about. The personal experiences may not be for everyone, but can make for a interesting read.”

The Kaiju Preservation Society

Fiction
Reviewed: April 2022
Suggested by: Amjad
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad
Endorsements: 4/4

Notes: “Fun, light-hearted perfect for a flight. Good world-building without going over the top. Good to see bad guys get their comeuppance.”

Bullshit Jobs

Non-fiction
Reviewed: March 2022
Suggested by: Petar
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad (DNF x3)
Endorsements: 0/4

Notes: “The book could have been 80% shorter and would be much better for it. With no loss of useful information. Maybe the book itself is irony. 80% of it adds no value so by its own definition its bullshit.”

“Just finished chapter 3 of bullshit jobs, do people recommend powering through I feel its super repetitive and while the stories he talks about are interesting it all seems to end up with the same points and arguments. Please tell me it gets better.”

Klara and The Sun

Fiction
Reviewed: February 2022
Suggested by: Tom’s Uncle
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad (DNF)
Endorsements: 0/4

Notes:
“Story is vague rather than mysterious. Lots of interesting potential topics but none taken, just alluded to.”

An Inspector Calls

Fiction
Reviewed: January 2022
Suggested by: Tom
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad
Endorsements: 4/4

The Scout Mindset

Non-fiction
Reviewed: December 2021
Suggested by: Tom
Readers: Petar, Amjad, Tom, Saad
Endorsements: 4/4

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Fiction
Reviewed: November 2021
Suggested by: Arttu
Readers: Amjad, Tom, Saad, Arttu
Endorsements: 1/4

Thomas Emment

Thomas Emment

Tom is passionate about AI and software and is excited to further develop his skills and practical knowledge building on Keen AI's platforms.

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