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jslade


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Posted: 2015-01-24 21:37
I've been on planes a lot recently, and have made it through one and a half of the Flashman books. I'm a sucker for decent historical fiction: this stuff is very well researched (so well researched, 1/3 of the reviewers of the first book thought it was a real memoir), and the imaginary hero is a cad and a bounder. Half a dozen more on the kindle; I'll probably motor through most of them this year. Total comic book stuff, but really really fun.

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Maggette


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Posted: 2015-01-24 23:44
I have read "Space Mowgli" form the Strugatsky brothers.

I have read the german translation and that one in an older edition...which was bad!!

I have read it together with my russian girlfriend. She could explain a lot of the stuff to me (refrences to soviet life style, old russian fairtales etc). Without her I am afraid the book wouldn't have made much sense to me. But with her help it was quite an interesting read. IMHO not as good as the old stuff from Lem though. But if you like old eastern block science fiction it might be for you.

Otherwise finished "CRL via C#". That was a great read for me!

Ich kam hierher und sah dich und deine Leute lächeln, und sagte mir: Maggette, scheiss auf den small talk, lass lieber deine Fäuste sprechen...

nikol


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Posted: 2015-02-03 22:08
S.Lem wins both Strugatsky in the long run...

pj


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Posted: 2015-02-04 09:37
> S.Lem wins both Strugatsky in the long run...
Oh yeah, apples beat oranges... Tongue out

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Maggette


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Posted: 2015-02-04 09:46
Don't want to Hijack the thread.

@pj I have read that several times that you can't compare them. But why? Isn't it both kind of SF literature? Any Strugatsky novels you can recommend?

On topic: started "Real World Functional Programming" and like it so far!

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pj


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Posted: 2015-02-04 10:01
They are about different things. Yes, they all write books.

I liked "Noon: 22nd Century". "Space Mowgli" is
also great.
But the definite read is
"Roadside Picnic" (Reread it recently.)

Lem is often much deeper and often much sillier.


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pj


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Posted: 2015-03-06 18:07
The Fredric Brown Megapack
Was looking for a story Etaoin Shrdlu
and found a whole bunch of SF classics.
His stories age well. And I have read only part of them.
Hurray!


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pj


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Posted: 2015-04-02 20:30
Mathematical Cranks

Read after my recent adventures in the phorum.

Delightful anecdotes about trisectors, fermatists
and even anti Cantor diagonalists (one of these stories
cost the author a lawsuit in defamation (thankfully
thrown out of the court)).

Human, all too human.

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Rashomon


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Posted: 2015-04-04 19:17
UCA a.k.a. "Atiyah & Macdonald for dummies". No other way someone like me would ever grasp Spec 𝕜[X,Y].


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pj


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Posted: 2015-05-11 16:03
Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly
by Bertrand Meyer.
An intelligent review of what all this agile stuff is about.
The author has an agenda of his own (Eiffel), but, nevertheless,
I understand now, why the nowadays soft permits to choose
any option, as long as it is the right one. (Damned user stories.)
Also I can sleep calmly without the pair programming shadowing over me. (It is not THAT effective)
I knew of one evil product manager, who liked to use it as a sort of
punishment. Worked wonders on productivity.


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pj


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Posted: 2015-07-29 16:03
BloodStone
By Karl Edward Wagner.
Excellent heroic fantasy
Nice anti-hero, plot etc.
And, last, but not the least:
The vision of internet (of things) in 1975

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pj


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Posted: 2015-10-01 15:11
Parasite Rex
by Carl Zimmer

Gives a whole new meaning to hedge funds.
Fascinating read.

Not in one gulp though. The risk to overdose.
One more random thought,
I refuse to accept that the human downfall
gave raise to such charming creatures as
Ophiocordyceps

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pj


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Posted: 2015-12-08 12:04
So you Have Publicly Shamed
By Jon Ronson

Basically about the twitter power.

My favorite part was about debunking
Stanford Prison Experiment

I like his books

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pj


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Posted: 2015-12-24 14:21
Being Mortal
A sobering reminder about what waits all of us.
And that we need to think about our exit options seriously.
Although like George Carlin has famously remarked:

"So don't be afraid to get old. It's a great time of life.
You get to take advantage of people, and you're not
responsible for anything. You can even shit in your pants."

Merry Christmas! Santa Claus

I saw a dead fish on the pavement and thought 'what did you expect? There's no water 'round here stupid, shoulda stayed where it was wet.'

rftx713


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Posted: 2016-09-09 18:48
>I'm a sucker for decent historical fiction

I highly recommend Red Plenty by Francis Spufford.

rftx713


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Posted: 2016-09-20 01:16
jslade, solid recommendation on the Flashman series, currently almost done with Book 2.

AB12358


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Posted: 2016-09-20 01:36
I've heard the Flashman books recommended by quite a few people now. I gave book 6, 'Flashman's Lady' a go (somehow it was already in my library) and was pretty impressed by how convincing the setting and historical references were. However, while it was easy reading, I found the pacing a bit too erratic.

I'm eagerly awaiting my delivery of Ken Liu's translation of Liu Cixin's "Death's End" from the Three Body Problem trilogy.

h0h0


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Posted: 2016-09-20 13:28
Chaos Monkeys. The author tries too hard to imitate Michael Lewis, but it offers an interesting look into last decade's Silicon Valley and YC culture.

jslade


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Posted: 2016-09-22 19:53
The Otto Prohaxa tetralogy by John Biggins is actually better than Flashman, I think. More even in quality anyway. I've motored through 3 of the 4 (stuck on 3 of Flashy's), and they're super great. Start at the beginning; A Sailor of Austria. Completely bonkers historical fiction about Austria's gasoline powered submarine fleet.

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