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text 2017-10-21 18:28
10th Anniversary Dewey's Update #1
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

It's the start of Hour 6 of the Readathon and how my Readathon is going is a matter of perspective.

 

One perspective is that I've only read for a little over an hour, finishing about 90 pages of The Girl with All the Gifts

 

The flip perspective is that I've read for an hour more than I'd get most busy Saturday mornings.  I've also:

  • Gone to Karate class
  • Watched my son during his sparring class
  • Cleaned up after Karate class
  • Made a salad and ate lunch
  • Played with the dog
  • Helped my older son with homework
  • Spent too much time enjoying other folk's Readathon updates

 

 

So I'm a bit behind where I'd hoped to be at this point, but well on my way to my personal goal of at least 1 book finished and 12-hours of reading or Readathon-related activities.

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review 2017-10-21 17:30
The Innocent Auction - DNF @ 25%.
The Innocent Auction - Story Perfect Editing Services,Victoria Sue

Contrived scenes to give the MCs forbidden but tepid smooching scenes, zero build up to any kind of relationship and zero chemistry despite all the lusting between them. Bored now.

 

There is an attempt at a plot though, so that's nice, but honestly, I've read much better master/servant fanfic than this back when I was absorbing every Frodo/Sam slash fic I could get my greedy little hands on. Plus, the constant bad grammar (was stood, had sat) and missing punctuation killed this story even before I got to this:

 

"...his skin taught..."

 

Um...sorry, honey, but skin cannot be taught. It has no brains to be learning with! It can however be taut.

 

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review 2017-10-21 16:00
C = B * log2(1+S/N): "An Equation for Every Occasion - Fifty-Two Formulas and Why They Matter" by John M. Henshaw
An Equation for Every Occasion: Fifty-Two Formulas and Why They Matter - John M Henshaw
Oh man, I once had a heated debate with someone, who was convinced that vinyl gave better sound quality than CDs because it contained higher frequencies than 22.05 kHz. And that those frequencies would "harmonically" influence the lower frequencies, even though he accepted his ears could only detect  <  20 kHz. He was insistent that he could hear the difference, despite his ear essentially being a low-pass filter (well ok band pass, but you know what I mean). Apparently they don't teach linear superposition in some engineering courses.
 
One of the glaring absences is the mentioning of the contribution of Boltzmann who was the first person to formulate the logarithmic function to connect the average uncertainty with the probability of random variable. Shannon had extended this result into the communication scenario to propose two theorems-source coding theorem and the channel coding theorem-that are the basis of the modern communication technology; Shannon’s treatment became “Shannon’s Law.” Until then nobody really knew what they were doing before Shannon. It was all very ad-hoc.
 
 
If you're into Computer Science, read on.
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review 2017-10-20 21:40
Uncle! - Lila Leigh Hunter

2.5 stars. 

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text 2017-10-20 20:33
Third Bingo!
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
Tales of Men and Ghosts - Edith Wharton
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch

Yay! Across from left bottom to right top.

 

Amateur sleuth: A Spark of Justice by J.D. Hawkins

Chilling children: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Free square: Mirror, Mirror by Anthony Strong

Terrifying women: Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton

Magical realism: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

 

 

My army of Whitewalker Kittehs is nearly complete! One last book to finish reading! Then I just have to wait for the calls. :)

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