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text 2017-02-22 16:47
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 352 pages.
Flatland & Sphereland - Dionijs Burger,Edwin A. Abbott

Flatland

 

Abbott's classic, exuberant look at life in two dimensions and how hard it would be to understand a third deserves a wide audience; much wider than stereotypical maths or science nerds. Not only does it remind us that our direct perceptions are limited and limiting, it also acts as a severe critique and satire on Victorian society and hubris that we would do well to take note of even today. Finally, it ends on a bit of a downer note, telling us how visionaries are often treated as crazy.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-22 15:15
Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)
Dune - Frank Herbert

Dune

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review 2017-02-22 14:56
To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip José Farmer

Good novel with a great story idea. Every human being (and one alien) that ever lived on Earth is resurrected on an alien world beside a river millions of miles long. Everyone is naked and hairless. They have a canister strapped to their arm that, when placed in "grails" spaced along the river, is filled with food, tobacco, toiletries and a narcotic gum.

 

So what does humanity do with this second chance? Unfortunately, most revert to form. War, rape, murder, but is it really murder if your are resurrected again?

 

This is book 1 of the Riverworld series. It follows the exploits of historical figures Sir Richard Francis Burton and Hermann Göring. Burton is trying to find the "why" of this alien world and after his 777 deaths gets close to the answer while Göring is haunted by his personal demons but eventually seems to come to terms with them and make peace.

 

This book will leave you with a lot of questions and few answers although there are hints such as when introduced to the "Ethicals".

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I hope the others in the series are as good.

 

Oh, and one last thing. For those that saw the made for cable "Riverworld" movie, the book is much better!

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review 2017-02-20 20:56
Pirate Utopia - Bruce Sterling,Warren Ellis,Christopher Brown,Rick Klaw

Surprisingly firm in its literary feel. RIYL Pynchon, Burroughs, etc.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-15 13:06
Gorgon (Alex Hunter #5)
Gorgon - Greig Beck

https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/gorgon-alex-hunter-5/

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