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    Re: What are you reading?

    Postby SadisticCynic » 15 Aug 2017 07:05

    Yes, you have but I had forgotten about it!

    Very cool to see videos of Octavia speaking. She seems like one of those people it would be awesome to have known.

    I finished the Parable novels. Brutal reading, but I think probably the best of what I've read so far. Kindred is still on the list though, and it's apparently the famous one.


    Now I have a copy of Erewhon by Samuel Butler. I remember Chig talking about this one, way back in ye olden dayes.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Postby Omphalos » 22 Aug 2017 10:51

    There's a Dune connection with that one too. Someone theorized that is where the name in the Butlerian Jihad came from.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Postby SadisticCynic » 17 Sep 2017 18:23

    Omphalos wrote:There's a Dune connection with that one too. Someone theorized that is where the name in the Butlerian Jihad came from.


    I think that makes a lot of sense. The whole sections titled The Book of the Machines are pretty great, covering transhumanism, A.I., consciousness, "the extended phenotype" and a whole list of other very modern topics all the way back in 1872. That said apart from the really philosophical parts I found it a little dull plot wise. I might have missed some connections though; there's an awful lot of nice social commentary some of which is definitely ironic, but I expect some of it fits the time when the novel was written better.

    After that I've started reading The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.


    I finished A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn and On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky, and now I've started No Is Not Enough by Klein. On a real anti-establishment streak, I guess.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Postby Omphalos » 18 Sep 2017 15:18

    SadisticCynic wrote:
    Omphalos wrote:There's a Dune connection with that one too. Someone theorized that is where the name in the Butlerian Jihad came from.


    I think that makes a lot of sense. The whole sections titled The Book of the Machines are pretty great, covering transhumanism, A.I., consciousness, "the extended phenotype" and a whole list of other very modern topics all the way back in 1872. That said apart from the really philosophical parts I found it a little dull plot wise. I might have missed some connections though; there's an awful lot of nice social commentary some of which is definitely ironic, but I expect some of it fits the time when the novel was written better.

    After that I've started reading The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.


    I finished A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn and On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky, and now I've started No Is Not Enough by Klein. On a real anti-establishment streak, I guess.


    Most utopian novels are boring as hell, IMHO.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Postby Serkanner » 19 Sep 2017 16:53

    I have started my second reading of "A song of ice and fire". Which is a bit painful because it is a series I shared, both reading and watching, very closely with Laura, my ex, but it is worth it.
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