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Sponsored: The Modern Sapien: Book One: The American – Sci-Fi, Apocalyptic, Satire Book Review

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Sponsored – this review is sponsored by writer of The Modern Sapien, John Michael Thomas.

 

PREMISE

For the most part, I’ve been stuck inside since March, due to COVID-19. I’ve had to cancel plenty of travel plans, and have been cooped up in my place due to my pre-existing condition making COVID a higher threat for people like me. While I have been daydreaming and planning future trips – late in 2021, hopefully – I’ve been trying to improve my knowledge base and read more. The author reached out and asked if I’d do a review, and I said I’d be happy to read and review. I purchased The Modern Sapien on Amazon for $2.99 for Kindle, and there is also a paperback and Kindle Unlimited subscription option.

Per the author, The Modern Sapien “…takes place in future phoenix, and is a satirical take on the way we live. It’s sci fi cyberpunk.” Sounds good to me, I’m a huge fan of sci-fi, alternative history, and the like from authors like Robert Conroy or Harry Turtledove, so this should be a fun review. I’m writing this as I read through it, which is something I have not done before.

Cover art from Amazon

 

Initial Thoughts

I’m not even 10% into the book, and it lives up to what he said – satirical take on the way we live. Set ~80 years in the future, the EU has launched their neucular arsenal against what’s left of the United States, based in Phoenix, and people are not only not afraid, they welcome the destruction. Lots of discussion about warring hash-tags and selfies and the misery olympics, between presumably better-off people of Phoenix ‘almost’ dying and having conniptions, and the “poverty-stricken Malawi” saying welcome-to-my-everyday-life in Africa. Definitely a very reputation-oriented culture in this book, which reminded me of the episode “Majority Rule” by FOX’s Orville by Seth McFarlane, where citizens rate each other and appearance is everything.
The book’s structure of data entries from various character’s point of view is a bit jarring, not entirely setting the stage for readers to grasp. Who is this person, why is this person the perspective that is important – is not entirely clear. Similar to the World War Z book where it’s told from different person’s perspectives, perhaps later in the book they’ll tie together somehow.
Modern Sapien paints a fantastical, disparate picture of the world 80 years in the future, due to the devastation from something called the “Seattle Hack” led by evil villain Jeff Bezos, and how companies became conglomerates and their own city-states to survive. There’s a online universe called the Nexus, which is similar to the Oasis from Ready Player One or the Matrix virtual reality, but with the real-life costs of the movie Surrogates, where the humans still need nutrients to survive. It is strongly anti-consumerism, I think, highlighting the reverence and honor paid to the Red Solo cup for example, as a goal to be achieved – everyone wants an authentically created one, rather than a “fabricated” product.
A quarter of the way in, the book starts to explain the setting. I’m a bit confused why it’s brought up here, when it should have been at the beginning, but I just shrug and move on.
I learned a lot more about encryption than I cared or needed to know, but interesting nonetheless, at a very basic level.

Relatable

While it is sci-fi and futuristic, it is relatable, such as when the Japanese kid at his graduation party (called adulting party) gets mobbed by far off relatives he barely knows, or is forced by his parents to make small talk and say hello to people he just could not care about. I certainly understand that feeling, as growing up I was told to go say hi to this person or talk to that person, and I just hated feeling like a talking, dancing monkey.

There’s a very good Handmaid’s Tale vibe of sacrificing freedoms for security with protection military and drones. Give up your guns, and everyone is safe (thanks to the drones)

Very distinct sci-fi vibe, maybe steampunk I could see as well.

 

Themes

As I’m progressing through the book I’m getting a very weird Brave New World vibe where everything, everyone has its place. The satire continues, as the author mocks vegetarians, war hawks, gun nuts, the younger generation, social media obsession, consumerism, religion, and many other topics. Very interesting, making me develop a mental ??? as I’m reading through it.

 

CONCLUSION

I did notice and do some double-takes over various typos in the book, which I assume an editor would have caught, which can change the wording or meaning of the sentences. That’s not ideal, but a good first effort. I would certainly read more about other books in the series once they are released, and for a reasonable $3 for 200+ pages, I’m pretty pleased with this purchase, sponsored or not. It boots you off to this parallel world where things are different, yet vaguely the same. I was not expecting some of the NSFW language or scenes I found in the book, so I wouldn’t prescribe it for young adults, but to each their own.

You can purchase a copy or learn more about the book on Amazon here.

 

 

Sponsored – this review is sponsored by writer of The Modern Sapien, John Michael Thomas.

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Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV

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Even though trailers are technically a type of recreational vehicle or RV, people prefer to refer to them as a totally different thing. Well, if you think of it, you can see the logic – RVs have an engine that powers them while trailers have to be pulled by hitches. Of course, trailers and RVs have a lot in common, but the terms are not really interchangeable, hence shouldn’t be used this way.

While serving the same lofty purpose – to travel and enjoy the great outdoors having the comforts of home with you – trailers and RVs differ in many ways, and at this point, we’re getting closer to the long-standing dilemma of whether trailers are better than RVs or vise versa. There is no accounting for taste and as you have probably already guessed, both types of recreational vehicles have their pros and cons, as well as lots of devoted fans. So, which one is right for you? Let’s try to answer this question!

Is Popularity the Key?

It’s in human nature to do a bit of research before investing money, so the majority of people are sincerely interested to know which type of recreational vehicle is in high demand. Indeed, popularity is a good sign, which suggests that a certain product fulfills the expectations of a large number of users.

Travel trailers are arguably the most popular variant of RV’s on the market, and for a good reason. According to experts from Caravan Woods, they are versatile, fuel-efficient, easy to maintain, and, what’s most important, affordable. Four reasons, in fact, so far – and that’s just for starters. These hi-tech wonders come in endless sizes and with many amazing extras such as garages, rooftop patios, bay windows, fireplaces, offices, hideaway beds, expanding sides, and lowering roofs.

What’s more, today you have an opportunity to become an owner of a fully customized trailer, and the best thing of all is that even the most luxurious variant will cost you just a small fraction of what you would pay for a classic RV with similar amenities and functionalities. Should we wonder that more and more people opt for such an advantageous option?

Types of Trailers

Popularity is key, but on the other hand, something that works for other people doesn’t necessarily will work for you. That’s why it is very important to know your needs, set your priorities, squeeze them into your budget, and start looking for available options. Let’s take a look at the major types of trailers and their characteristics.

Travel Trailer

the most common type of RV, it features a broad range of designs to suit every lifestyle. A compact sweet home at heart, it can be towed by a car, SUV, or pick-up truck

Fifth Wheel Trailer

the most spacious RV available, it is towed by pickup trucks using a ‘fifth wheel’ hitch, hence the name. Comes in different sizes and can accommodate up to 8 people thanks to high ceilings and a split level design

Hybrid Trailer

the most affordable variant, it is a mix between a hard-sided travel trailer and a tent camping trailer. It is also lighter than other types and can be towed by the majority of minivans and SUVs.

Camping (or Pop-Up) Trailer

the most lightweight, this hard worker is compact in size and can be towed by virtually any car. Still, it provides plenty of living space and options such as hot water, refrigerator, air conditioning, and washrooms.

Truck Camper

the most compact, this type of RV is a perfect solution for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Designed to sit in the truck bed, it is easy and economical, at the same time providing the full benefits of a trailer including amenities as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and air conditioners

Toy Hauler

the most adventurous model, it does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to bring your ‘toys’ to your favorite off-road destinations. Whatever your outdoor hobby, you can always take it with you as this hauler has enough room for an ATV, canoe, snowmobile, motorcycle, as well as a dirt bike and jet skis.

Why Luxury Trailer is a Wiser Choice Than an RV

As you can see, the offering of trailers is so diverse that you can easily find your perfect fit once you define your requirements. Are you plotting to take a year off and travel the world? Or is it going to be an unforgettable holiday or weekend? Are you a family of six or it’s just you and your loved one? There is no need to lower your sights as whatever your plans and ambitions, there is a model able to cater directly to your needs.

If you wonder why trailers and not self-powered RVs, here you have it – top reasons why a customized trailer is a far better choice.

Affordability and Reduced Costs

To start with, travel trailers are far less expensive to buy and as already mentioned, the most luxurious version fully tailored to your personal wishes will cost you a tiny part of what you would have to pay for a similarly styled RV. In addition to that, they are far less pricey when it comes to ownership and operation costs. Financing is a very important side of the story, right?

Versatility

Self-powered RVs are divided into three classes – A, B, and C, but if you are not a celebrity or lucky dude who inherited a fortune, chances are you won’t be able to afford a vehicle that suits your needs, at least not without a huge hole in your family budget. The diverse offering of trailers lets you pick the model that perfectly matches your desires, the size of your family, and your budget.

Fuel-Efficiency

Perhaps twenty years ago, it wasn’t a big deal, but today, fuel consumption is a significant factor for any vehicle. Of course, a trailer will add to the fuel consumption of your SUV, but it can’t be ever compared to that of a smaller RV.

If you are planning to hit the road and looking for an appropriate vehicle, a luxury trailer can be your sure bet. Not only will you get a fully tailored to your needs model at an affordable price, but also the one that nobody else has.

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Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV

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Even though trailers are technically a type of recreational vehicle or RV, people prefer to refer to them as a totally different thing. Well, if you think of it, you can see the logic – RVs have an engine that powers them while trailers have to be pulled by hitches. Of course, trailers and RVs have a lot in common, but the terms are not really interchangeable, hence shouldn’t be used this way.

While serving the same lofty purpose – to travel and enjoy the great outdoors having the comforts of home with you – trailers and RVs differ in many ways, and at this point, we’re getting closer to the long-standing dilemma of whether trailers are better than RVs or vise versa. There is no accounting for taste and as you have probably already guessed, both types of recreational vehicles have their pros and cons, as well as lots of devoted fans. So, which one is right for you? Let’s try to answer this question!

Is Popularity the Key?

It’s in human nature to do a bit of research before investing money, so the majority of people are sincerely interested to know which type of recreational vehicle is in high demand. Indeed, popularity is a good sign, which suggests that a certain product fulfills the expectations of a large number of users.

Travel trailers are arguably the most popular variant of RV’s on the market, and for a good reason. According to experts from Caravan Woods, they are versatile, fuel-efficient, easy to maintain, and, what’s most important, affordable. Four reasons, in fact, so far – and that’s just for starters. These hi-tech wonders come in endless sizes and with many amazing extras such as garages, rooftop patios, bay windows, fireplaces, offices, hideaway beds, expanding sides, and lowering roofs.

What’s more, today you have an opportunity to become an owner of a fully customized trailer, and the best thing of all is that even the most luxurious variant will cost you just a small fraction of what you would pay for a classic RV with similar amenities and functionalities. Should we wonder that more and more people opt for such an advantageous option?

Types of Trailers

Popularity is key, but on the other hand, something that works for other people doesn’t necessarily will work for you. That’s why it is very important to know your needs, set your priorities, squeeze them into your budget, and start looking for available options. Let’s take a look at the major types of trailers and their characteristics.

Travel Trailer

the most common type of RV, it features a broad range of designs to suit every lifestyle. A compact sweet home at heart, it can be towed by a car, SUV, or pick-up truck

Fifth Wheel Trailer

the most spacious RV available, it is towed by pickup trucks using a ‘fifth wheel’ hitch, hence the name. Comes in different sizes and can accommodate up to 8 people thanks to high ceilings and a split level design

Hybrid Trailer

the most affordable variant, it is a mix between a hard-sided travel trailer and a tent camping trailer. It is also lighter than other types and can be towed by the majority of minivans and SUVs.

Camping (or Pop-Up) Trailer

the most lightweight, this hard worker is compact in size and can be towed by virtually any car. Still, it provides plenty of living space and options such as hot water, refrigerator, air conditioning, and washrooms.

Truck Camper

the most compact, this type of RV is a perfect solution for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Designed to sit in the truck bed, it is easy and economical, at the same time providing the full benefits of a trailer including amenities as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and air conditioners

Toy Hauler

the most adventurous model, it does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to bring your ‘toys’ to your favorite off-road destinations. Whatever your outdoor hobby, you can always take it with you as this hauler has enough room for an ATV, canoe, snowmobile, motorcycle, as well as a dirt bike and jet skis.

Why Luxury Trailer is a Wiser Choice Than an RV

As you can see, the offering of trailers is so diverse that you can easily find your perfect fit once you define your requirements. Are you plotting to take a year off and travel the world? Or is it going to be an unforgettable holiday or weekend? Are you a family of six or it’s just you and your loved one? There is no need to lower your sights as whatever your plans and ambitions, there is a model able to cater directly to your needs.

If you wonder why trailers and not self-powered RVs, here you have it – top reasons why a customized trailer is a far better choice.

Affordability and Reduced Costs

To start with, travel trailers are far less expensive to buy and as already mentioned, the most luxurious version fully tailored to your personal wishes will cost you a tiny part of what you would have to pay for a similarly styled RV. In addition to that, they are far less pricey when it comes to ownership and operation costs. Financing is a very important side of the story, right?

Versatility

Self-powered RVs are divided into three classes – A, B, and C, but if you are not a celebrity or lucky dude who inherited a fortune, chances are you won’t be able to afford a vehicle that suits your needs, at least not without a huge hole in your family budget. The diverse offering of trailers lets you pick the model that perfectly matches your desires, the size of your family, and your budget.

Fuel-Efficiency

Perhaps twenty years ago, it wasn’t a big deal, but today, fuel consumption is a significant factor for any vehicle. Of course, a trailer will add to the fuel consumption of your SUV, but it can’t be ever compared to that of a smaller RV.

If you are planning to hit the road and looking for an appropriate vehicle, a luxury trailer can be your sure bet. Not only will you get a fully tailored to your needs model at an affordable price, but also the one that nobody else has.

The post Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV appeared first on Travel Experta – Family Travel Blog.

By: Marina Villatoro
Title: Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV
Sourced From: feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheTravelExperta/~3/GH3xGbHi5mA/why-choose-luxury-trailer-over-an-rv.html
Published Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:37:50 +0000

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Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV

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By

Even though trailers are technically a type of recreational vehicle or RV, people prefer to refer to them as a totally different thing. Well, if you think of it, you can see the logic – RVs have an engine that powers them while trailers have to be pulled by hitches. Of course, trailers and RVs have a lot in common, but the terms are not really interchangeable, hence shouldn’t be used this way.

While serving the same lofty purpose – to travel and enjoy the great outdoors having the comforts of home with you – trailers and RVs differ in many ways, and at this point, we’re getting closer to the long-standing dilemma of whether trailers are better than RVs or vise versa. There is no accounting for taste and as you have probably already guessed, both types of recreational vehicles have their pros and cons, as well as lots of devoted fans. So, which one is right for you? Let’s try to answer this question!

Is Popularity the Key?

It’s in human nature to do a bit of research before investing money, so the majority of people are sincerely interested to know which type of recreational vehicle is in high demand. Indeed, popularity is a good sign, which suggests that a certain product fulfills the expectations of a large number of users.

Travel trailers are arguably the most popular variant of RV’s on the market, and for a good reason. According to experts from Caravan Woods, they are versatile, fuel-efficient, easy to maintain, and, what’s most important, affordable. Four reasons, in fact, so far – and that’s just for starters. These hi-tech wonders come in endless sizes and with many amazing extras such as garages, rooftop patios, bay windows, fireplaces, offices, hideaway beds, expanding sides, and lowering roofs.

What’s more, today you have an opportunity to become an owner of a fully customized trailer, and the best thing of all is that even the most luxurious variant will cost you just a small fraction of what you would pay for a classic RV with similar amenities and functionalities. Should we wonder that more and more people opt for such an advantageous option?

Types of Trailers

Popularity is key, but on the other hand, something that works for other people doesn’t necessarily will work for you. That’s why it is very important to know your needs, set your priorities, squeeze them into your budget, and start looking for available options. Let’s take a look at the major types of trailers and their characteristics.

Travel Trailer

the most common type of RV, it features a broad range of designs to suit every lifestyle. A compact sweet home at heart, it can be towed by a car, SUV, or pick-up truck

Fifth Wheel Trailer

the most spacious RV available, it is towed by pickup trucks using a ‘fifth wheel’ hitch, hence the name. Comes in different sizes and can accommodate up to 8 people thanks to high ceilings and a split level design

Hybrid Trailer

the most affordable variant, it is a mix between a hard-sided travel trailer and a tent camping trailer. It is also lighter than other types and can be towed by the majority of minivans and SUVs.

Camping (or Pop-Up) Trailer

the most lightweight, this hard worker is compact in size and can be towed by virtually any car. Still, it provides plenty of living space and options such as hot water, refrigerator, air conditioning, and washrooms.

Truck Camper

the most compact, this type of RV is a perfect solution for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Designed to sit in the truck bed, it is easy and economical, at the same time providing the full benefits of a trailer including amenities as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and air conditioners

Toy Hauler

the most adventurous model, it does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to bring your ‘toys’ to your favorite off-road destinations. Whatever your outdoor hobby, you can always take it with you as this hauler has enough room for an ATV, canoe, snowmobile, motorcycle, as well as a dirt bike and jet skis.

Why Luxury Trailer is a Wiser Choice Than an RV

As you can see, the offering of trailers is so diverse that you can easily find your perfect fit once you define your requirements. Are you plotting to take a year off and travel the world? Or is it going to be an unforgettable holiday or weekend? Are you a family of six or it’s just you and your loved one? There is no need to lower your sights as whatever your plans and ambitions, there is a model able to cater directly to your needs.

If you wonder why trailers and not self-powered RVs, here you have it – top reasons why a customized trailer is a far better choice.

Affordability and Reduced Costs

To start with, travel trailers are far less expensive to buy and as already mentioned, the most luxurious version fully tailored to your personal wishes will cost you a tiny part of what you would have to pay for a similarly styled RV. In addition to that, they are far less pricey when it comes to ownership and operation costs. Financing is a very important side of the story, right?

Versatility

Self-powered RVs are divided into three classes – A, B, and C, but if you are not a celebrity or lucky dude who inherited a fortune, chances are you won’t be able to afford a vehicle that suits your needs, at least not without a huge hole in your family budget. The diverse offering of trailers lets you pick the model that perfectly matches your desires, the size of your family, and your budget.

Fuel-Efficiency

Perhaps twenty years ago, it wasn’t a big deal, but today, fuel consumption is a significant factor for any vehicle. Of course, a trailer will add to the fuel consumption of your SUV, but it can’t be ever compared to that of a smaller RV.

If you are planning to hit the road and looking for an appropriate vehicle, a luxury trailer can be your sure bet. Not only will you get a fully tailored to your needs model at an affordable price, but also the one that nobody else has.

The post Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV appeared first on Travel Experta – Family Travel Blog.

By: Marina Villatoro
Title: Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV
Sourced From: feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheTravelExperta/~3/GH3xGbHi5mA/why-choose-luxury-trailer-over-an-rv.html
Published Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:37:50 +0000

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