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url 2017-03-15 03:26
New York 2140 Offers a Fascinating Tour of a Drowned Manhattan
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson

I am not fucking around: this is a great Kim Stanley Robinson novel. It's got everything I like about him: a bunch of hugely nerdy digressions, some legit science, a little light-hearted didacticism, and words words words. This man can write. Ok, sure, the plot is loose, but who even needs a plot when you've got a world like this, like ours but in extremis

 

My latest at B&N SciFi. 

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text 2017-01-18 02:47
Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 315 pages.
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins - Andrew Cockburn

when you're young, you have an idea of what the world is. then you get older and start to deal with disturbing hints that maybe the world doesn't really work the way you thought. then you read books like this, and find out things are more rotten than you would have ever believed, everywhere, and always have been. but I'd rather keep reading, and know about all these pricks.

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text 2017-01-17 17:54
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 315 pages.
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins - Andrew Cockburn

first chapter, eerie, disturbing: drone strike gone wrong.

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text 2017-01-16 18:39
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 315 pages.
Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins - Andrew Cockburn

nonfiction time, and I'm never far from a default preference for espionage-related books. I actually bumped into this one at the bookstore a while back, as I was looking for something else. I put it back and decided to pass. but I couldn't get it out of my mind, even as I was reading the graphic novel series DMZ. the next time I looked at Kill Chain--still not really excited about committing to it--a flip-through showed me it had artwork scattered throughout--and I don't mean dull artwork like what's on the cover; I even had a look at the title page and saw the notice "With Illustrations By Danijel Zezelj". well, there was a sign: Zezelj is a favorite comics artist of mine--and it was so weird that I just been enjoying some of his work guesting on DMZ! coincidence, or a  nudge by sneaky Fate?? who cares...more Zezelj artwork--no idea how it came about that he got tapped to provide artwork for a book about drones, of all things--and that's the clincher! now it's time to actually read the thing, and occasionally stop to admire the drawings. slick, Tigus-hooking move, publishers, or editors, or writer, whoever thought of it.

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review 2015-06-19 23:14
(Audiobook) High-Rise
High-Rise - J.G. Ballard, 'Tom Hiddleston Fans'

I never actually got around to reviewing this book when I read it last year, but I gave it an actual rating of 3.5 stars...rounding up to 4.

 

I've just finished listening to the audiobook version, which is narrated by Tom Hiddleston, and I am still unsure as how to review this book. It's just really so bizarre, and even though I wasn't exactly sure if I was enjoying it, I couldn't stop reading it...or listening to it, this time around.

 

So, I'll stick with my original rating of 3.5 star for the actual content, and Tom Hiddleston's excellent narration earns it the extra 1.5 stars. I mean, with that voice, he could narrate the phone book, and I'd find it utterly compelling and spellbinding. Heh.

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