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review 2018-08-23 21:01
Physics and Computer Science for Laymen: "The Emperor's New Mind" by Roger Penrose
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Popular Science) - Martin Gardner,Roger Penrose


Penrose certainly has a generous idea of his readers' mathematical ability. It's a kind of running joke among Penrose-fans: he always starts his books by saying you'll find it tough going if you haven't got a 12th Year (in Portugal)/GCSE (in the UK) in math, but that he'll explain it as he goes if you haven't. Twenty pages later you're on Gödel and conformable geometry. He doesn't do it deliberately; he really does believe his books are popular science. How can you not love him? I purchased an on-line kindle edition of this book back last year via Amazon and it was more about bringing myself up to date (I read it for the first time in 1991 when the book came out), although such things are never truly current due to Theories being debated and tested for very many years within Scientific Realms. Roger Penrose's books are as stated often inclusive of more mathematical devises than many books aimed at more laymen realms, so I often regard them as perhaps Bridging that gap between Solid Science Headaches and Laymen 'I read an article and am a common law know-all expert'.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2017-12-06 15:03
On How to Spin a Top-Notch Yarn of Bullshit: "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert A. Heinlein
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein

The usual pretty crude pneumatic sex-fantasies cropped up... But women actually have a pretty dominant role in Heinlein's lunar society... It's a penal colony, and Heinlein reckons that means there are going to be far fewer women then men there - so he's come up with a system called 'line-marriage'... wherein a few women in a household share numerous husbands... And the head of the household is a woman... and women call the shots... Meanwhile, outside the home, women are treated with far more respect than they are on earth because they are so rare and precious... Obviously, he's not going to get any badges from feminists, but he does at least ask a few interesting questions about the way women were viewed in his own world...The characters explicitly reject using patriotism as a method to revolution.  

 

I think that Prof De La Paz's 'rational anarchism' is also expressed by Jubal Harshaw in 'Stranger', though not in as straightforward a manner. Both seem to say that it's not that hard to figure out what ideal behavior should be but expecting actual live humans to live up that is impossible. After accepting that point, they both want to move on. Yep, humans are hypocritical and sometimes hard to live with. What of it? The other big point of this is that only the direst situation (near term cannibalism here) justifies butting into other people's business. Sadly, this attitude is pretty rare today. The characters explicitly reject using patriotism as a method to revolution. 

 

 

If you're into SF, read on.

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review 2017-04-07 13:00
Nope, nope, nope
X-Force (1991-2002) #1 - Fabian Nicieza,Rob Liefeld,Rob Liefeld

There's very little setting in this: I'm not sure when this happened in relation to the general Marvel world, and this gives me very little to go on.   Truthfully, being so insular wouldn't be so bad, but this gets convoluted, and bored the hell out of me.   Add to that fact that I didn't feel the art was spectacular enough to really grab me, and I'm not looking to read more of this series. 

 

Freebie.  Either free on Comixology or via the digital codes, and I won't be reading more of this series. 

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review 2016-11-11 12:55
Nope.
Foolkiller (1990-1991) #1 - Steve Gerber,Joe Brozowski

All set up. 

 

All boring.   

 

No, thank you!

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review 2016-02-11 14:01
By Nancy Thayer - Everlasting (1991-03-1... By Nancy Thayer - Everlasting (1991-03-16) [Hardcover] - Nancy Thayer

Everlasting  by Nancy Thayer
Have enjoyed the author's other books.
Katherine Elliott, it's Christmas and she wants to leave. She's had enough of the girls boarding school and wants to venture out.
She comes to New York and finds a job working at a flower shop.  She travels to Paris and has a fling but returns back to her job in NY, not hearing from kit.
Her father drops a bomb on her and she strives to help them all out financially.
Story also follows her parents and her siblings along with her own career. So many struggles and heart ache, betrayal as each wants something more from her.
Loved hearing about all the flower arranging...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
 

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