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Just Fluff

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  1. Hi all, it's been a while Currently I've got Light entertainment: The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman, which is the first James Bond pastiche I've actually been able to tolerate. Heavy entertainment: Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan, which reads like an M. John Harrison novel written by Jodie Scott. It's good and weird and I like it a lot so far. Nonfiction: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz. I loved their SF novel The Future of Another Timeline, so figured why not? (I very very wholeheartedly recommend said novel by the wa
  2. Recently finished: Company Town by Madeline Ashby. I loved it... up until the end, whereupon it started getting incredibly preachy with magical Free Will stuff and a heaping side of normative sexism. It almost completely lost me on the latter, because the whole "women need to personally rely on men" thing usually makes me too furious to keep reading. I did like the protagonist a lot though. Also, it's now clear to me that cyberpunk is the most stereotypically Canadian SF genre ever.
  3. TBH I don't really like this test due to severe lack of nuance. e.g. I had to answer "no" on taxation because I don't believe governments have the right to punitively tax people who can't afford it. IMO one of the central purposes of taxation is to redistribute wealth.
  4. Just finished The Power by Naomi Alderman. I love this book, and wish it had existed when I was 16.
  5. @Edgwyn At this point, if you can look at Trump and his cabinet in all their cumulative awfulness and just say that they continue a bad trend, you are in denial far beyond anything I can help with. @Goldengirl Agreed. I want to say I fault Pres. Obama in part for failing to curtail this, but it goes waaaay back and a lot of people share responsibility. (Including people like me, for failing to make enough noise about it.) But, I think that a Trump administration is a qualitative change, not just a quantitative one. Trump is a guy who doesn't even pay lip service to rule of law,
  6. So, it didn't work. Lately I've been hearing stuff about how the Supreme Court could throw out Trump's Presidency. If this is legally possible though, I think it doesn't matter; the Republicans would probably ignore SCOTUS, because they could get away with it and they know it. Also, anyone notice how Trump has his own private security force in addition to the Secret Service? I do not think we have rule of law on a federal level any more. On a local and state level, in some places, but not federal. Good luck and best wishes to everyone here. Please try to keep your anger, if not
  7. Edgwyn - I'm just going to link this. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/magazine/a-time-for-refusal.html?_r=0 If you think the country will come through okay when left to its own devices, you are rationalizing. Please try not to let the normalization get to you. ... I think I'm gonna stop posting in this thread for a while. Need to actually be functional, which has suddenly become a lot harder than it sounds.
  8. Edgwyn, I think it's not realistic to deny the role of sexism, considering the rhetoric both from Republicans *and* from anti-Clinton guys on the left. Even if it ultimately played second fiddle to racism. I agree about the foibles of the Democratic party, but also think that's mostly irrelevant now. Once Trump is in office, with his buddies ruling Congress and a friendly judicial branch, the bigots will have carte blanche to oppress whoever and however they like. Now is not a good time for retrospective analysis paralysis.
  9. @Alex You might want to actually talk to some of the "self-styled progressives". And maybe pay attention to their living conditions. It's not just straight white people who can't make ends meet; and seriously, if you think that money is the only form of privilege and independent of anything else, you are either in some serious denial or have been living in a cave your entire life.
  10. Okay, let's try this again... So yeah, I might just be a fool with easily-pulled chains. As I indicated, I've bought the second book and am hoping that Jemisin corrects the failings of the first one. Don't get me wrong, it's very much pulp fantasy, but I thought it had good ideas and mostly good execution and a lot of potential. It just could have been much better, if Jemisin had followed it to its (IMO) logical conclusion. Satisfied? Edit: finished the second book. IMO it was stronger in some places than the first, but weaker in others. Notably, Oree feels less memorabl
  11. I didn't like Neuromancer all that much. Admittedly "debut SF novels I've read" is a small pool though. Hope I didn't come across as combative above. Opinions are an opinionated thing. I will try not to tread on yours. (Re the ending, I really need to figure out how to use the spoiler tags...)
  12. Hmm. I finished The Hundred Thousand Kingdom a few days ago. I absolutely loved it until the very last chapter. The ending was a rather jarring change of direction, and not in a good way. Also, I'll admit some of the earlier content (mostly involving the God of Night) seemed... very unwholesome. Whatever though, I'll buy the rest of the trilogy. THTK is probably the best debut SF novel I've ever read; I'm inclined to give Jemisin the benefit of the doubt for now. Oh, I also tried to read God's War by Kameron Hurley last week. I gave up after four chapters or so. Well written, great
  13. "He says he was there for five hundred days." "Five hundred days. Impossible. How?" "No idea. He said he learned to breathe air." "That's..." "Crazy. I know. But you've seen the changes, you saw how his skin was all red and rough when we brought him back." "The crew did say his chest was heaving, when they saw him. Thought it was some kind of spasm. Some kind of sickness." Kam can hear the voices outside the ward. Doc Forvin, and the skeptic, another man he doesn't recognize. "This is crazy. Crazy!" Forvin walks in. "Kam? I'd like you to meet Chief Scient
  14. So I should probably should post an update on The Bees... It got awful. Really awful, really fast. So awful I had to give up on it. The protagonist - yes, a worker bee - quickly becomes an enormous Mary Sue, reaching Kvothe-like levels of exceptionalism. Hurray. I wanted this to be a good novel. I really did. But I can't recommend it at all.
  15. Finally found a novel I can get into! It's called The Bees, it's written by one Laline Paul (whom I've never heard of), and it's basically Redwall meets 1984 by way of Dune. (And yes, the characters are in fact bees.) I'm not very far into it yet, but so far I love it.
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