True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang

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It took me a bit longer to finish this one. Not sure why because I really enjoyed it and reading this book never felt like chore.
I think the main reason why it took so long was that I read everything a bit slower. The book is written as a letter from a father to his unborn daughter. The story takes place in Australia in the 1870’s and is written in old Australian English style. Often I had to re-read a sentence. This is probably because English is not my native language.

I liked this book a lot. Again the story is sad and demands everything from the characters to survive and make the best out of their lives. It’s a story about how life can be so unfair for many people and hope is often the only thing that keeps you going.
Stories like this one feels like they make me stronger and make me think a lot about my own life and everyday decisions I make. I even feel guilty sometimes, I’m sitting there in my cosy chair with my cup of thee reading about all the misery these people have to go through.

“after we ate we was silent on our blankets looking out across the mighty Great Divide I never seen this country before it were like a fairy story landscape the clear and windy skies was filled with diamonds the jagged black outlines of the ranges were a panorama.

You’re going to ride a horse across all that.

I know.

He laughed and he were right I knew nothing of what lay ahead.

See that there he pointed. That is called the Crosscut Saw and that one is Mount Speculation and yonder is Mount Buggery and that other is Mount Despair did you know that?

No Harry.

You will and you’ll be sorry.”

I finished the book a couple of days ago and I’m reading another book already but I keep thinking about ‘ True History of the Kelly Gang‘. The fact that I keep thinking about it and had a lot of emotions throughout the book means it had a much bigger impact on me then I first realised. This is why I rate this book the maximum. Not sure everybody would like the way it is written and I have to admit it wasn’t always easy for me to follow the story.

Again a massive book and I’m so happy I found this one. Every great book I read makes me even more motivated for this challenge and the long-term satisfaction it will give me.

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Not a good start

So a quick update on my progress.

Poker and the challenge I gave myself this year is not going so well.
The first week went great and according to plan. I started with 500$, part of the challenge, and quickly got it up to 700$ in the first 7 days.
I took some shots at the higher levels. It’s important that I move up as fast as possible to the 2$-4$ level. Mainly because of the rake in the limit games.
I played pretty good in these games and know I can be a winner in them. I got a bit unlucky in the flop games and had to move down again to the 1$-2$ level. This is where things started to get ugly.
I could not put in a winning session. I lost more than 200$ playing at 6a.m. in the morning before going to work, which obviously does not work and I quickly stopped playing when I just woke up.
My bankroll now is 250$. Obviously not a disaster but I’m forced to move down to the .50c-1$ games for a little while. If I want this challenge to succeed I really have to get to the 2$-4$ level as fast as possible.
I decided to put in less hours of playing this week but more hours of studying my game.

So not the best start of the year.
But that’s poker, it involves a lot of swings, specially when you’re playing limit games and not being specialised in any of them.
I have to be disciplined and only play when I feel can at least play my B game. Winning 10k$ in poker is not the hard part, it’s winning them playing the 8-game mix that’s hard.

Something I have to keep remembering myself:

Think of poker as a continual, lifelong game. Your goal in this game is to make money in the long-term. If you’re a winning player, you can attain this goal.

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The Coma

3rd book of the year : The Coma by Alex Garland.

A very thin book with a lot of illustrations, these drawings were done by Alex Garland’s father, Nicholas Garland. I liked the drawings, they really suited the story well. I even think I liked the drawings better than the writing ..

Throughout the book I was happy knowing it was a very small book and I would finish it in 1 or 2 sittings. I wasn’t very found of the book, never really got hooked. I didn’t think the main character was interesting nor his story. I don’t want to be too harsh though, Garland is a very good writer and The Coma is very well written. I just never got into the whole story.

Waking was the most reliable part of a dream, as built into dreams as death is to life. You dream, you wake: you live, you die.

The main character was beaten and got into a coma, we follow him while he is ‘dreaming’ in his coma. He realises he is in a coma and tries to get out of it. The entire book is a sort of dream where the character moves from one place to another without knowing how he got there etc. I did kinda like this because I’m into the whole ‘dreaming’ thing. I dream very heavily myself and I read a lot about lucid dreaming and dream control. So that’s what made the book not an entire disappointment for me.

I had high hopes for this one, I really like Alex Garland. He wrote scripts for movies I really liked a lot, also The Beach is a book I enjoyed very much many years ago. Maybe I’m not fair and I should reread it in a year or so. I have a feeling I missed something and that its my fault it was a disappointment. Not sure.

I don’t regret reading the book, it made me think a lot about my own dreams and the possibilities to control them.

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