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review 2017-12-12 12:55
Casting your brain into big questions
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

I went in all big eyes and heavy heart and cheating, starting with the story I was curious about after watching the movie. It was sadder in it's determinism, but it was all that (and it had emotion, lordy, did it have emotion).


About half way through this book (and with my brain much hurting, I get so immersed into these Big Question explorations), LeGuin's introduction for The Left Hand of Darkness (I was very much taken by them, book and intro) kept popping into my thoughts. The part where she says taking a concept to it's maximum expression is like concentrating any chemical element: it causes cancer.


The stories vary in nature and theme, they are interesting, and unique. And in a sense, bleak. Lacking in hope, some in sentiment, some in... something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but while amazing, thought-provoking explorations that filled me with wonder or questions, each tale left me with this vague sense of depression. Which had little to do with whether they had happy ending or not (most are a dagger), since Le Guin does that, you blubber like a fool, and still makes you love it and leave bittersweet hopeful. So, not the presence of pain. Maybe more like a general lack of joy to balance them (for the most part).


Anyway, it is a really good book to think about or discuss, and it delves into some interesting territories (I'm itching for some looong research and reading on some things that went over my head). Different and exhausting. Will read more of the author.

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text 2017-11-26 22:16
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

I'm reading out of order, so I'm starting on "Understand". Two things strike me starting off the bat: I would NEVER admit to memorizing those 14 digits so fast and well as to recall them backwards (I realize that I might be a paranoid "too-genre-savvy" book-worm, but still); and (given that phone-call) this guy is about to find out what a social curse true high intellect is.


Aaaannnd right after the guy asks for it. Goodness! This guy has never read or watched any sci-fi, or wish-fulfillment stories.

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text 2017-11-26 05:09
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

Well, it looks like I'm getting back into the reading saddle with a vengeance. This is stunningly gorgeous, and the writer seems to like the big questions.


I'm moved beyond words and feeling mighty greedy for a Spanish copy of my own, and I'm just two stories in.

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review 2017-09-22 13:28
Cerebral, disquieting, and addictive
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

I've become an instant fan of Ted Chiang after reading his book Stories of Your Life and Others. It's such a breath of fresh air to read a really phenomenal collection of short stories such as this one. I had been itching for some truly delicious science fiction and this collection delivered. From the opening story about the Tower of Babel, it is obvious that Chiang is a unique voice in sci-fi and I only wonder at why it took me so long to have him on my radar. While each story is unique, they are all equally fascinating, consuming, and vaguely unsettling. I forgot a few times that what I was reading wasn't actually true which is disconcerting when you're reading about people being blinded on the streets by the sight of heavenly creatures or a drug that when given to patients who are brain dead can not only bring them back to life but elevate their IQ. Suffice it to say, this is a book that any sci-fi junkie (or newbie wanting to get their feet wet) should immediately seek out. Take your time and indulge because this is an author that should be savored and not rushed. 10/10


Source: Goodreads


What's Up Next: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien


What I'm Currently Reading: Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-08-26 19:27
Why did I wait so long?
Paper Girls #1 - Brian Vaughan,Cliff Chiang,Matt Wilson

I kept hearing good things about this, and even have at least one volume available via Humble Bundle, but I resisted.   Paper girls in the eighties band together to protect themselves from bullies and general jerkfaces.   


No, thanks, pass.


What they aren't prepared for was creepy ass possibly alien monsters. 


But, I said, it's paper girls.  In the eighties. I don't want to read about teenagers in my comics.   I mean, without superpowers?   No, these aren't cosmic cube, mutants, or Inhumans; these girls just had the potential power of eighties glam, and I lived through that as a child.   Ugh, Brian Vaughan, do I have to live through that again?


Apparently yes, yes I do.   And look: my heart is still with Saga and Prince Robot IV and, y'know, all the robots, but Vaughan makes the eighties not only bearable but downright enjoyable to read about.


I'll always like Saga better because it has literal robot sex in it.   (Although Vaughan had to bring dicks into play there, because why not, I guess?)   Still, robot sex.   Yass.   It looks like Paper Girls is going the not-robot-sex route which is okay.   Vaughan doesn't have to include robot sex in all his series, although he could.   He totally could and I promise, I would buy all of them in paper and e-book versions.   But he doesn't have to.   I'll apparently settle for eighties paper girls when Vaughan is writing them.  


And hope that if it has aliens, hey, maybe robot sex isn't out of the question?


Yeah, now every single Vaughan review is probably going to have some kind of robot sex/robot dick reference in it.   He got me way, way too excited about that prospect in everything now.

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