TITLE: Network Effects
AUTHOR: Martha Wells
SERIES: Murderbot Diaries #5
"Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel.
You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot.
Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century.
I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.
When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.
Drastic action it is, then."
A brilliant, full-length, action packed addition to the Murderbot diaries. ART (aka Asshole Research Transport) makes an appearance, Murderbot blackmails Dr Mensah (!!), there is a Murderbot 2.0 (this part was delightful), there is also a "Murderbot" 3 (sort of) and the hazards of fiddling around with alien technology. Network Effects was something enjoyable and absorbing to read when the world is quite cheerfully going to hell.
NOTE: It helps (and would probably be more enjoyable) if you have read the previous 4 novellas, but isn't entirely necessary.
TITLE: The Travelling Cat Chronicles
AUTHOR: Hiro Arikawa
TRANSLATOR: Philip Gabriel
"It's not the journey that counts, but who's at your side.
Nana, a cat, is devoted to Satoru, his owner. So when Satoru decides to go on a roadtrip one day to find him a new home, Nana is perplexed. They visit Satoru's old friends from his school days and early youth. His friends may have untidy emotional lives but they are all animal lovers, and they also wonder why Satoru is trying to give his beloved cat away. Until the day Nana suddenly understands a long-held secret about his much-loved owner, and his heart begins to break.
Narrated in turns by Nana and by his owner, this funny, uplifting, heartrending story of a cat is nothing if not profoundly human."
I cannot write a review that does this book justice without providing spoilers or sounding soppy or silly. It's a lovely, poignant book about relationships between people and animals (especially the cat) written from a cat's perspective and set in Japan.
A more detailed review can be found here: Portable Magic's Review
I believe this ended up a movie also.
TITLE: The Golden Ratio: The Divine Beauty of Mathematics
AUTHOR: Gary B. Meisner, Rafael Araujo (illustrator)
PUBLICATION DATE: 23 October 2018
FORMAT: ARC PDF
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.
“The Golden Ratio examines the presence of this divine number in art and architecture throughout history, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos. This gorgeous book features clear, entertaining, and enlightening commentary alongside stunning full-color illustrations by Venezuelan artist and architect Rafael Araujo.
From the pyramids of Giza, to quasicrystals, to the proportions of the human face, the golden ratio has an infinite capacity to generate shapes with exquisite properties.
With its lush format and layflat dimensions that closely approximate the golden ratio, this is the ultimate coffee table book for math enthusiasts, architects, designers, and fans of sacred geometry."
The Golden Ration by Gary Meisner is an exquisitely illustration, beautifully and clearly written introductory book about the Golden Ratio and related subjects. There are lovely full-colour illustrations and photographs on nearly every page. The book begins with the unique properties of the golden ratio and then continues on to its appearance in art and design, architecture (pyramids, cathedrals, musical instruments), nature (leaf and petal arrangements, fractals, spirals, facial proportions, buckyballs, quantum physics, golden DNA, the nautilus controversy), and many other interesting mathematical goodies such as tessellations, platonic solids, the Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s Triangles etc. The book also includes appendices that deal with critical thinking, notes and further reading, and “Golden Constructions”. There are a number of equations and geometrical illustrations, but nothing particularly complicated. In the author’s own words: “not everything is based on the golden ratio, but the number of places in which it seems to appear is truly amazing and we are sure to uncover it more and more as technology advances and out knowledge of the physical universe expands”.
This is definately a book I will be adding to my library.