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#426 2018-05-23 07:35:59

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Re: What are you reading right now?

if someone told me "here's a really good book about the zombie apocalypse, featuring a manga-style century-old eternally teenage girl", i wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot selfie stick. if they told me after that "actually really it's the vampire apocalypse", that wouldn't help either.
it's a good thing i picked up Justin Cronin - The Passage on a whim and without knowing what it is.
the story spans centuries and goes beyond the north american continent, and it never focuses on gore or suspense, but always on people.
not the typical action-hero-have-to-save-humanity type either.

shortly, it's a well written scifi/fantasy novel, don't be put off by the vampire apocalypse framework. the author is deliberately avoiding the apocalyptic mega-action anyhow, it's all about the small stories that develop in between, and the big, long, encompassing story.


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#427 2018-06-30 11:56:57

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Re: What are you reading right now?

twoion wrote:
twoion wrote:

Meanwhile, I've begun reading Snow Crash

I'm done with Snow Crash, and Neal Stephenson is a damn fine writer (so far, like Vinge and Asimov, the SF writers I've liked most have a background in science – though I'm not trying to establish a causal relationship here). So fine in fact that I've moved on to his novel Diamond Age which is equally well written and hilarious.

A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

Great stuff.

Since Diamond Age, I've finished:

  • Vinge, Vernor (1999): A Deepness in the Sky
    Zones of Thought series, together with the previously mentioned A Fire Upon the Deep. This is the best work of Vinge I've read so far! On the same level as Asimov's Foundation series.

  • Vinge, Vernor (2006): Rainbows End

  • Vinge, Vernor (1984): The Peace War

  • Vinge, Vernor (1986): Marooned in Realtime


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#428 2018-06-30 13:21:06

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Re: What are you reading right now?

The three-body problem. I am only a couple of chapters into it but so far so good.

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#429 2018-06-30 14:56:26

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Martin wrote:

The three-body problem. I am only a couple of chapters into it but so far so good.

/Martin

Interesting; added it to my list. Thanks for pointing me to that author in particular; so far, I've been focused on Western sci-fi literature only…


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#430 2018-06-30 16:03:58

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The "Xeelee" series by Stephen Baxter. 
Good soak em up action sequences with well thought out dialog.  Excellent writer.  He's a NASA engineer, and that comes through as well.  Everything I have read of his has been pretty much amazing. Flows great:)


"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." - Calvin Coolidge

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#431 2018-06-30 19:09:36

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twoion wrote:
Martin wrote:

The three-body problem. I am only a couple of chapters into it but so far so good.

/Martin

Interesting; added it to my list. Thanks for pointing me to that author in particular; so far, I've been focused on Western sci-fi literature only…

I have colleagues from all over the world... But this one was brought up by a Swedish colleague who had read it and he asked some of our younger Chinese colleagues if it and its author are well known in China. The answer to both questions was yes.

Then we started talking about classics which resulted in me listening to Romance of the three Kingdoms.

So if you ever wonder why your cell phone coverage is patchy -- it may be because we discuss languages/literature/cooking/culture... more than we should at work :-)

Regarding SF: Last summer I found librivox.org has some rather good short story collections.

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#432 2018-06-30 20:34:38

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#433 2018-07-01 11:19:22

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Martin wrote:

The three-body problem. I am only a couple of chapters into it but so far so good.

Thank you for listing this.  Looks like a really good read.


"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." - Calvin Coolidge

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#434 2018-07-22 10:48:21

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Chen, X. and Tung, K. (2018): Global surface warming enhanced by weak Atlantic overturning circulation. Link, Summary.

Evidence from palaeoclimatology suggests that abrupt Northern Hemisphere cold events are linked to weakening of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)1, potentially by excess inputs of fresh water2. But these insights—often derived from model runs under preindustrial conditions—may not apply to the modern era with our rapid emissions of greenhouse gases. If they do, then a weakened AMOC, as in 1975–1998, should have led to Northern Hemisphere cooling. Here we show that, instead, the AMOC minimum was a period of rapid surface warming. More generally, in the presence of greenhouse-gas heating, the AMOC’s dominant role changed from transporting surface heat northwards, warming Europe and North America, to storing heat in the deeper Atlantic, buffering surface warming for the planet as a whole. During an accelerating phase from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the AMOC stored about half of excess heat globally, contributing to the global-warming slowdown. By contrast, since mooring observations began3,4,5 in 2004, the AMOC and oceanic heat uptake have weakened. Our results, based on several independent indices, show that AMOC changes since the 1940s are best explained by multidecadal variability6, rather than an anthropogenically forced trend. Leading indicators in the subpolar North Atlantic today suggest that the current AMOC decline is ending. We expect a prolonged AMOC minimum, probably lasting about two decades. If prior patterns hold, the resulting low levels of oceanic heat uptake will manifest as a period of rapid global surface warming.


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#435 2018-07-22 21:47:32

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Reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.


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#436 2018-07-31 08:03:06

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I've been out and about in the finnish wilderness for two weeks, and decided to not take any books with me, rely on my phone as an ebook reader instead. It definitely reduces baggage, has the additional benefit of not needing a flashlight when reading at night.
though without a solar charger (i got a cheap one just before leaving, but it doesn't work) it's difficult.

anyhow:

Helene Wecker - The Golem and the Jinni
two creatures from different mythologies meet in new york in 1900, and besides a complex mystery, a complicated love story develops.
there's much more to it than that. just read it.


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#437 2018-07-31 08:27:38

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After finishing the Kubrick book, trying to read

https://www.amazon.de/Science-Interstel … 0393351378

but will probably abort. Kip Thorne is still a great guy though.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kip_Thorne

Also trying to get over Programming in Lua, stuck in the iterators section now.

P.s. And finished with https://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashGuide ( pdf version ).

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#438 2018-07-31 12:15:09

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

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#439 2018-08-06 08:29:10

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Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black) by Stendhal

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#440 2018-08-13 12:00:14

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Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality as well as Wherever you go, there you are on mindfulness.

Apart from that trying to get through entire 300+ star wars ebook collection and currently reading some nostalgia ridden books from my childhood to get back into reading.


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#441 2018-08-13 17:00:45

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Re: What are you reading right now?

One I finished recently: The Multicultural Southwest: A Reader (https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/the-mu … -southwest). Excellent.

Currently reading Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, by Carlos Eire.

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#442 2018-08-13 19:17:54

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Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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#443 2018-08-14 05:27:54

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Män som hatar kvinnor.
Probably I read it already, and definitely watched both film adaptations (first the swedish, then the slightly less, but still good, hollywood), but it's been a while and it's a really fine story.


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#444 2018-08-15 02:56:13

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ratcheer wrote:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Tim

My wife just finished it.  Said she didn’t like it as much as the other 2.  I haven’t read it yet but have read all of Sandersons novels including all of the Wheel of Time.

I’m curious how your liking oathbringer.  I stopped on chapter 13 when work got busy.

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#445 2018-08-15 11:26:04

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I somewhat agree, cog. This one, so far, is more of a political intrigue. I think even the characters within the story feel much the same way, especially Dalinar. It is still holding my interest, but it's a very long book and I'm about 20% through.

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#446 2018-08-20 20:51:54

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twoion wrote:
Martin wrote:

The three-body problem. I am only a couple of chapters into it but so far so good.

/Martin

Interesting; added it to my list. Thanks for pointing me to that author in particular; so far, I've been focused on Western sci-fi literature only…

I can report that since my comment in June, I've finished the original The Three-Body Problem novel, just to see that it already has two sequels (not sure if it is supposed to become a triology, so far I haven't cared researching), which is why I am know reading the second book The Dark Forest.

Coming from probably (in my opinion) Vernor Vinge's most well-written books, The Peace War and Marooned in Realtime, the translation of the Chinese original feels completely different while reading; while the story and concepts are interesting, the style lacks what I would call literary craftsmanship and appears completely 'flat', without any decorum or elaborate use of words. I don't know whether that's a property of modern Chinese literature altogether, but who knows, I can't read Chinese…

Then there is the actual structure of the book: Across several chapters, an arc with actual characters doing things is built up, just to end in some kind of scientific Q&A session where one party elaborates on some neat science concept and a counterparty interjects and is the one 'being taught a lesson', completely breaking up any character or plot development.  This might actually be a Chinese literary instrument, but who knows. Overall, it's like the sci-fi content is delivered in chunks between chapters where the plot actually moves. Particularly the last third of book I and the first chapters of book II suffered from this kind of delivery style; I'm on page 120 of book II now and it's become much more delectable to read.

Admittedly, I'm not even half through the Three-Body Series, so I'll see how the story goes and then post a more holistic comment smile


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#447 2018-08-22 06:26:42

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twoion wrote:

the translation of the Chinese original feels completely different while reading; while the story and concepts are interesting, the style lacks what I would call literary craftsmanship and appears completely 'flat', without any decorum or elaborate use of words. I don't know whether that's a property of modern Chinese literature altogether, but who knows, I can't read Chinese…

Then there is the actual structure of the book: Across several chapters, an arc with actual characters doing things is built up, just to end in some kind of scientific Q&A session where one party elaborates on some neat science concept and a counterparty interjects and is the one 'being taught a lesson', completely breaking up any character or plot development.  This might actually be a Chinese literary instrument, but who knows. Overall, it's like the sci-fi content is delivered in chunks between chapters where the plot actually moves. Particularly the last third of book I and the first chapters of book II suffered from this kind of delivery style; I'm on page 120 of book II now and it's become much more delectable to read.

i fully agree on all points.
i am listening to the audiobook, in english, and got finally exasperated a few chapters into the second part.
this is boring.
in my mind, i dubbed it "nerd fiction".
i doubt i will pick it up again, but i'm waiting for your report!

i was thinking it was a trilogy; if it isn't this would be one more reason to NOT pick it up again.
i like a long story, but i hate an endlessly drawn out saga...

additionally (to what you said) there's some "romance" woven into the book, but it feels just as propped on as the (pseudo?)scientific explanations:

mildly depressed science guy falls in love with ethereal, improbably "perfect" girl...

this actually happens again (?) in the third part, which i accidentally started reading first.
it feels like a prop from a different genre (just like the grumpy cop that pops up every now and then) - a cliché.

BUT, it's really interesting to get some insight into chinese politics & history & culture & how people there think nowadays.

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#448 2018-09-05 18:25:22

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"Leviathan Wakes" - first part of "The Expanse" series.

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#449 2018-09-05 19:00:48

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NetBSD documentation, because too much free time</s>.

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#450 2018-09-05 20:12:26

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I am ~100 pages into Sapiens. Good read so far but I find Harari is a bit careless at times in the interest of making a splash. Also, some statements must be pure speculation but are not presented as such. I am thinking of statements abot the happiness of wild animals and what early hunter-gatherers were thinking about their lives and future.

/Martin


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