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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #250 on: Thu, 03 December 2020, 09:46:23 »
Reading through Prey by Michael Crichton
I just finished Mona Lisa Overdrive from William Gibson's The Sprawl Trilogy.
it's a interesting series.
How was it? I've started Neuromancer twice so far and quit about halfway through both times. I'll try one final attempt to get through it and if I don't succeed...I'll burn it.
This is me as well. I need to try and give Neuromancer another shot, especially while in lockdown again.

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« Reply #251 on: Thu, 03 December 2020, 10:09:05 »

give Neuromancer another shot


Although it was highly significant and revelatory at the time (before personal computers were commonplace except for very early adopters, and years before the interwebs were "a thing") it has long since lost its luster.

When I read 1984 in school in the 1960s, that date seemed a long way off. Some components of that one still seem implausible, but "doublethink" (aka "alternative facts") is all around us and growing exponentially amongst the under-educated. 
"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." – The bold and brilliant dream which excited the founders of this Nation still awaits its consummation. Ours was the first society openly to define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self–definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also imposes on us a special obligation: to take on those moral duties which, when assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.
The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
But we cannot dwell upon remembered glory. We cannot afford to drift. Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate. Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We must not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength. 
– excerpts from Jimmy Carter inauguration speech 1977

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #252 on: Thu, 03 December 2020, 11:11:38 »
As someone who actually lived in a totalitarian country, I find 1984 underwhelming.
(...)Whereas back then I wrote about the tyranny of the majority, today I'd combine that with the tyranny of the minorities. These days, you have to be careful of both. They both want to control you. The first group, by making you do the same thing over and over again. The second group is indicated by the letters I get from the Vassar girls who want me to put more women's lib in The Martian Chronicles, or from blacks who want more black people in Dandelion Wine.
I say to both bunches, Whether you're a majority or minority, bug off! To hell with anybody who wants to tell me what to write. Their society breaks down into subsections of minorities who then, in effect, burn books by banning them. All this political correctness that's rampant on campuses is b.s.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #253 on: Thu, 03 December 2020, 22:06:10 »
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« Reply #254 on: Fri, 04 December 2020, 07:27:11 »
As someone who actually lived in a totalitarian country, I find 1984 underwhelming.

I do not doubt that. We in the West can hardly imagine what it was like, and Orwell probably got it far wrong when he focused more on the personal level rather than a societal one.

My invocation of the 1984 book in relation to Neuromancer was because we are now "as far in the future" from that book today as we were from 1948 in 1984. Both made some startlingly accurate predictions but were mostly off-base.
 
"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." – The bold and brilliant dream which excited the founders of this Nation still awaits its consummation. Ours was the first society openly to define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self–definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also imposes on us a special obligation: to take on those moral duties which, when assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.
The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
But we cannot dwell upon remembered glory. We cannot afford to drift. Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate. Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We must not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength. 
– excerpts from Jimmy Carter inauguration speech 1977

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #255 on: Wed, 06 January 2021, 12:23:20 »
Cloud Atlas. David Mitchell just has a way of making every single character seem so human and relatable, even those with whom the reader shares absolutely nothing in common.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #256 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 10:14:27 »
Vonnegut's novel Breakfast of Champions. It's one of my favorite novels

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #257 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 10:30:13 »
Almost done with this one, need to order the next in the line (loving Destiny lore):

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #258 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 10:45:41 »
just finished Asimov's Foundation series and started "l'espace d'un an"  ("The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" in english it seems) from Becky Chambers because the title seemed interesting in the SF aisle, not regretting it so far, although i may bey only about a 1/6 of the way trough it.
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #259 on: Sat, 13 February 2021, 21:34:04 »
House of Trump House of Putin

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40728633-house-of-trump-house-of-putin

Not too long or difficult for people who are casual readers.

"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." – The bold and brilliant dream which excited the founders of this Nation still awaits its consummation. Ours was the first society openly to define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self–definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also imposes on us a special obligation: to take on those moral duties which, when assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.
The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
But we cannot dwell upon remembered glory. We cannot afford to drift. Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate. Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We must not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength. 
– excerpts from Jimmy Carter inauguration speech 1977

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #260 on: Sat, 13 February 2021, 22:01:34 »
Alternate history for a bit of a change.
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #261 on: Sat, 13 February 2021, 23:32:49 »
Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time), and Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #262 on: Thu, 18 February 2021, 17:19:32 »
ready player two sucked because of trans hate

Can confirm, trans hate = suck automatically.

Also, I'm re-reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Favorite author, and I got in a mood for the specific style of story the Mistborn books are. Afterwards I'll probably finally get around to reading Way of Kings again, and from there work my way into finally reading books 3 and 4 of the Stormlight Archive.

Another on my list is Gideon the Ninth, as my sister loved it, heartily recommends it, and her, my mother, and I are doing a little book club thing for it.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #263 on: Thu, 18 February 2021, 17:57:24 »
ready player two sucked because of trans hate

Can confirm, trans hate = suck automatically.

It also just... wasn't anywhere near as good. Got way too esoteric in its niche, made it not as universal as the first one.

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Also, I'm re-reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Favorite author, and I got in a mood for the specific style of story the Mistborn books are. Afterwards I'll probably finally get around to reading Way of Kings again, and from there work my way into finally reading books 3 and 4 of the Stormlight Archive.

Another on my list is Gideon the Ninth, as my sister loved it, heartily recommends it, and her, my mother, and I are doing a little book club thing for it.

Big props to not only 3 and 4 of stormlight, but also 3.5. Dawnshard was dope. Especially compared to Edgedancer (at least in my opinion, I wasn't really a huge fan of that one)


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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #264 on: Fri, 05 March 2021, 18:36:55 »
I was reading principles of anatomy and physiology, very interesting, especially the chapters on cells and tissues. I stopped reading because I'm too addicted to the computer it seems.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #265 on: Sat, 06 March 2021, 13:16:30 »
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #266 on: Wed, 10 March 2021, 08:11:52 »
Tim Wu will be a special adviser to President Biden on technology. This is great news! He is a brilliant thinker and an astute observer.

I am sure that I posted these 2 books way far back in this list, but I will bring them forward here. In my opinion, these are seminal books of recent years that should be read by everybody who is interested in the changes to our society precipitated by the explosion of technology and its near-universal adoption.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8201080-the-master-switch?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=KMr196jChj&rank=1

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28503628-the-attention-merchants?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=4clvlO0KnS&rank=1
"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." – The bold and brilliant dream which excited the founders of this Nation still awaits its consummation. Ours was the first society openly to define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self–definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also imposes on us a special obligation: to take on those moral duties which, when assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.
The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
But we cannot dwell upon remembered glory. We cannot afford to drift. Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate. Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We must not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength. 
– excerpts from Jimmy Carter inauguration speech 1977

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #267 on: Tue, 16 March 2021, 04:12:53 »
The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor. It’s about a jazz musician struggling to make it in New York, going through his failed friendships/relationships, his struggle to get a record contract

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #268 on: Sun, 21 March 2021, 02:40:08 »
ready player two sucked because of trans hate

Can confirm, trans hate = suck automatically.

Also, I'm re-reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Favorite author, and I got in a mood for the specific style of story the Mistborn books are. Afterwards I'll probably finally get around to reading Way of Kings again, and from there work my way into finally reading books 3 and 4 of the Stormlight Archive.

Another on my list is Gideon the Ninth, as my sister loved it, heartily recommends it, and her, my mother, and I are doing a little book club thing for it.

I need to re-read the first three Stormlight books - I went to pick up the new one and realized I barely remembered what had happened.

I have mixed feelings on Gideon. The setting is interesting, the book is well written, and it's great to see more LGBTQIA+ representation in sci-fi/fantasy. But (slight spoilers, though nothing that I think isn't apparent from the Amazon description of the novel) I think the power imbalance makes things feel a bit Stockholm Syndrome-y to me.
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #269 on: Mon, 22 March 2021, 08:54:42 »
I need to re-read the first three Stormlight books - I went to pick up the new one and realized I barely remembered what had happened.

I have mixed feelings on Gideon. The setting is interesting, the book is well written, and it's great to see more LGBTQIA+ representation in sci-fi/fantasy. But (slight spoilers, though nothing that I think isn't apparent from the Amazon description of the novel) I think the power imbalance makes things feel a bit Stockholm Syndrome-y to me.

That's fair. Honestly, though, my sister gushes over it and she's the one out of us that's already read it, so I'll be going into it with a critical eye, if for no other reason than so we can discuss the book and not just how much we love the book, and actually go into discussing the themes and events in it.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #270 on: Tue, 13 April 2021, 10:51:30 »
Catia is reading a 3D modeling book!

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« Reply #271 on: Fri, 07 May 2021, 21:45:22 »
I'm currently reading Game of Thrones! And the book is better than the movie.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #272 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 09:46:30 »
Hey, a book thread! Maybe this will motivate me to read even more.

Just finished A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
I loved it, thought it was really easy to digest, which is rare for books about quantum gravity and general relativity.

Just ordered five books to dive into during my thirty minute work commute this summer.

1. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
           I really enjoyed Bryson's nonfiction and voice with his most famous work, A Short History of Everything, so
           thought this would be a nice read.
2. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
           Going in blind. I know nothing about this book.
3. 1984 by George Orwell
           Never read in middle school so I feel like I owe it to myself to get through it quickly.
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
           Same dig as 1984, but actually excited for this one
5. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
           A man can dream can't he?

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #273 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 10:11:57 »

Just finished A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.


Another long-view book that covers a lot of ground is:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens


When I was in school 1984 was generally paired with Brave New World by Huxley as a compare/contrast sort of opposite viewpoint, which I recommend. But actually, I prefer Huxley's last book, Island as a more advanced treatment and/but a much more utopian perspective, which may partially short-circuit the dystopian comparisons. 

"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." – The bold and brilliant dream which excited the founders of this Nation still awaits its consummation. Ours was the first society openly to define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self–definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also imposes on us a special obligation: to take on those moral duties which, when assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.
The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
But we cannot dwell upon remembered glory. We cannot afford to drift. Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate. Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We must not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength. 
– excerpts from Jimmy Carter inauguration speech 1977

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #274 on: Mon, 17 May 2021, 12:46:18 »

Just finished A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.


Another long-view book that covers a lot of ground is:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens

Funny you mention Sapiens! I'm more or less three quarters through that book and I thought it was absolutely fantastic and thought provoking. I just bought it digitally and I'm a slug when it comes to reading digitally. Haven't opened that book in a few months, good time to jump back in.  :p

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #275 on: Fri, 21 May 2021, 05:45:57 »

Just finished A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.


Another long-view book that covers a lot of ground is:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens
Can also recommend Homo Deus and 21 questions from the same author!

Best recent read for me have been Into thin air, and when school gives the time I will start Gödel, Excher, Bach :)
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« Reply #276 on: Wed, 26 May 2021, 10:00:13 »
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« Reply #277 on: Wed, 26 May 2021, 10:41:21 »
Jo Nesbř "The Bat"
That's a good one. I've very much enjoyed that series.