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Can't Stop the Signal

You mean people read these things? Oh well. Here's some stuff: I read in spurts. Sometimes a lot, sometimes not at all. Sometimes books, sometimes only articles or newspapers or magazines or whatever's on that box of cereals. I don't review books. I sometimes have random semi-coherent thoughts and I sometimes rant, but i never review.


Oh, and I try to rant in the same language as the book I'm ranting about was written, which means you might encounter Norwegian, English, German or French here, all of it mangled to some degree.


I can read most genres, but I tend to prefer scifi. 

Currently reading

Pwning Tomorrow
Lauren Beukes, Bruce Sterling, Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, Kameron Hurley, Hannu Rajaniemi, Neil Gaiman, Ramez Naam, SL Grey, Charles A. Human, Dave Maass, Madeline Ashby, Annalee Newitz, Charles Yu, Carolyn Jewel, Paolo Bacigalupi, James Patrick Kelly, Paul Leice
Progress: 35 %
Mastering Emacs
Mickey Petersen
Roberto Bolaño
Arguably: Selected Prose
Christopher Hitchens

Reading progress update: I've read 85%.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.E. Vance

Great story and tremendously interesting, but there's something off about it that I can't put my finger on.

The City and the City to be adapted for TV

The City and the City - China Miéville

This book is perhaps my favourite thriller from the last decade, and I'm really looking forward to seeing if BBC Two can do it justice. 


Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space - Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

A short film by Erik Wernquist, narrated by Carl Sagan from his book Pale Blue Dot.

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

American War - Omar El Akkad

So many appealing things about this book. The mirroring of world affairs, the jumps from individual to "historical" viewpoints, the ever present backdrop of climate change. This is shaping up to be a good one.

Trinity College Library, Dublin
Trinity College Library, Dublin

Honey, I'm home!

Reading progress update: I've read 55%.

Gunning for Greatness: My Life: With an Introduction by Jose Mourinho - Mesut Ozil, Jose Mourinho

Like most footballers biographies, it's a bit dull. The most interesting parts are where he talks about growing up as a son of turkish immigrants in Germany, and the fallout of his choosing German nationality over Turkish. 

Jeg gråter ikke, jeg leser.

Anorektisk - Ingeborg Senneset

Dette er tung lesing, og umulig å vurdere for meg. La meg bare si at dette bør være obligatorisk lesing for samtlige norske helsepolitikere og anbefalt for alle som studerer eller jobber med helse eller ungdom.

Keep Looking Up

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Well, it's Tyson, and he's true to form. Nice primer in astrophysics, although if you're already somewhat into the subject there's not a lot of new stuff. The last chapter on the relative insignificance of humanity is pretty good and shows off Tysons poetic bent (although he's still not Sagan, possibly due to a lack of chemical assistance.)

Yes and no.

Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher

As I mentioned in the earlier update on this, Carrie Fisher is both witty and extremely clever, but the biggest part of this book feels a bit trivial and frankly it's dull at times. I've watched the show that makes up the basis for this book and I'd much rather recommend that (or the audio book perhaps) than reading this. 


That said, I still think openness about mental issues is a good thing and that this book helps. 

Why can't BookLikes do proper word wrap in post titles?

See my previous Andy Weir post for example.


Edit: Changing themes fixed it, so theme issue, not BookLikes as such.

Read the first chapter of Andy Weir's next book.

Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson

This seems like familiar KSR territory, ecological disasters and co-ops. I was a bit worried at the apparently juvenile writing style in the first couple of chapters but it's gone away. It might even have been intentional?

Slate: Dark Futures

The Road - Cormac McCarthy Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan The Book of Joan: A Novel - Lidia Yuknavitch American War - Omar El Akkad

Slate asks, "What happens when literary novelists experiment with science fiction."


I answer, "Lots of wonderful things."

Rushdie and Atwood lead campaign for displaced writers

PEN grows more important every year.

Last year, Turkey imprisoned 81 journalists, more than any other country in the world. Egypt came second in this ranking, with 25 jailed, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The committee also noted that Mexico has emerged as the most dangerous place to be a writer or journalist; in March, four journalists were murdered – 40% of the total number killed worldwide so far this year. The country also has the most missing journalists – 13 out of a global total of 54.

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is smart and funny and this is a good read for when you're tired and not interested in thinking a lot. 

Dull, repetitive and pretty far from blissful.

— feeling sleepy
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World - Eric Weiner

Yawn. While there are some good bits in this book it reads more like some sort of stream-of-consciousness retelling of a couple holidays paired with whatever anecdotes the author happened to remember while writing. Not my cup of tea (and actually not quite unlike Three Cups of Tea when you think about it. Minus the worst falsehoods of course.)