Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World was... interesting. Not sure I "got it" but I certainly came away with an interpretation of what was trying to be expressed, though I probably got it wrong honestly. A solid 3/5, and I want to check out more Murakami so I guess it was a win?
Half way through that I got a bit fed up and read Atlas Shrugged to see why it was so contentious, turns out it makes a mockery of certain groups and their ideals and those people are likely too infuriated by this to give it much of a chance. Fair enough, I think people's opinions on this book are going to come down to their own ideals and how honest they are with themselves. That book's pretty silly in a few ways such as depicting every detractor of the protagonists' (and author's) philosophy and ideas as blithering idiots and presenting the world in a very black and white way with zero nuance, but I liked the story and the core characters. Despite the caricature-like antagonists it was incredibly compelling, so I'd give it a 4/5. I hear The Fountainhead is a lot better and less silly so I'll check that out at some point.
I enjoyed a lot of Fastlane but fuck me did Vince cut his ears off? Or has he just made so much money that he doesn't feel the need to make any more by putting a guy people actually like and will sell merchandise on top? Reminds me of what CM Punk said about being a millionaire who should be a billionaire.
It just seems like a bad business decision: Get behind the same guy as the crowd, Dean Ambrose, and turn him into a mega star who will bring in yacht-loads of cash right now, or fruitlessly attempt to get the crowd to like someone they're already bored of in hopes of - at best - a lot less cash a lot later? Maybe I'm an idiot and don't know how business works but it almost seems like self-sabotage.
That said the whole match I was wishing we could get Ambrose Vs. Lesnar and it looks like that's the plan for Mania, so yay?