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Martian Kyo



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guns, Germs and Steel
but I have been reading that for a few months off and on. It's well written, easy to read...and apparently very contraversional/hated in the history buff community (i.e. history subreddits)

In meantime I did read
Amusing ourselves to death - which was different then I expected, it has a very hyperconservative attitude and I have a knee jerk reaction to disagree with such thing. But he does make good points about how each medium is different and that learning from video media cannot replace learning from a written media.

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves - which was good, it didn't present me with new information as I have heard of a lot of theories and experiments mentioned in other books. But it's an interesting read if you like books about fickleness of the human mind, which I do.


yeah....I kind of don't read fiction lately.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suffering from library withdrawal, I fell off the wagon and sped over to the main branch with about fifteen minutes to spare before closing. Grabbed a couple of classics I've been meaning to read (Maus*, Ringworld), a stonking huge Best Of Niven short story collection, and a few nonfiction books to feed my brainicles:
The Knowledge, which actually prompted my library trip today. Wanted to get ahold of this one because hey, knowing how to rebuild a technological civilization from collapse is fun. Probably not going to be necessary... unless we keep cutting public education funds and electing Dittoheads who hate science.
Once you have successful gotten humanity back onto the rails of techno-wizardry and forward progress, you may want to relax with a nano-reef saltwater aquarium. This is the Handbook for those things! Fish guy though I am, saltwater is something I haven't yet dipped my toes into.



*I actually grabbed Maus on my way to the checkout counter because it was on the library's Book Jail shelf. It's part of the ALA's Banned Book Week (officially starts tomorrow), and this year they're focusing on graphic novels that have been challenged, banned, or otherwise caught heat. Wanna know what takes the #10 spot on the list? Jeff Smith's Bone. WTF?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ringworld is a page-turner that's not stupid. At the same time I'm glad I read partway through the short story collection first, because now I have some references to the call-backs.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Ringworld is a page-turner that's not stupid.


yes, niven is good at this.

but you will probably want to read the followups (ringworld engineers, ringworld thrown and ringworld's children) pretty quickly, so you have all the characters still in mind. (i gotta get all mine together and read them through again - i think i have like 4 copies of ringworld and 2 of ringworld engineers, keep buying them when i can't find the copy i have, and then in the wait i forget stuff...)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't see Nevin's name without thinking of Nevinyrral's Disk
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