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Old 12-31-2019, 09:27 AM   #271
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I'm still reading Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, 7 books in now.
The 1999 novel had some internet stuff in it, fun to read 20 years later:
Detective1: It's a hyperlink for a web address.
Detective2: What? English please!

I'm also reading Tim Winton's Eyrie which, after a bumpy start, I like more and more. It's not a sad description of a depressed dropout drinking himself to death.

Then I grabbed a friend's book for a moment and was very intrigued by one of Lester Bangs' articles, The White Noise Supremacists - and how much I see the Internet of the 3rd millenium in it. Things haven't really changed all that much in 40 years. Of course this guy was some sort of avantgarde thinker.
 
Old 01-28-2020, 06:31 AM   #272
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
 
Old 01-28-2020, 06:44 AM   #273
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I've just finished a sci-fi novel called The Perfect Wife by J P Delaney. It's about an obsessive geek who brings his (possibly) dead wife back by programming an AI with her online persona and putting it into a robot. The basic premise is that the AI is conscious (which it wouldn't be with today's technology) and so feels itself to be the real Abbie Cullen. But there are a lot of twists and turns. One of the elements of the story is that they have a severely autistic son and this rings true. Geekiness and autism tend to run in the same families.
 
Old 01-29-2020, 11:25 AM   #274
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So?
 
Old 01-29-2020, 12:55 PM   #275
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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

by Glenn Greenwald
 
Old 02-01-2020, 09:49 PM   #276
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Far From the Madding Crowd
 
Old 02-02-2020, 09:53 AM   #277
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AnyRail6 user manual... sigh.
 
Old 02-03-2020, 02:20 PM   #278
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I've just finished a sci-fi novel called The Perfect Wife by J P Delaney. It's about an obsessive geek who brings his (possibly) dead wife back by programming an AI with her online persona and putting it into a robot. The basic premise is that the AI is conscious (which it wouldn't be with today's technology) and so feels itself to be the real Abbie Cullen. But there are a lot of twists and turns. One of the elements of the story is that they have a severely autistic son and this rings true. Geekiness and autism tend to run in the same families.
Thank you for the recommendation, I just bought it.
I find the Bobiverse mentioned previously may ask similar questions. Unfortunately, I cannot find the novels I read about girls physically having their memories removed but it seems in a similar vein.
 
Old 02-27-2020, 12:02 AM   #279
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I'm reading Hidden Marriage from the Novel reader app. A long but interesting story
 
Old 02-27-2020, 02:31 AM   #280
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Most recent novel was 1637: The Polish Maelstrom
 
Old 02-27-2020, 07:05 AM   #281
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"John Hancock, Patriot in Purple," by Herbert S. Allan

John Hancock was an interesting personality in the the early history of the United States as a prosperous businessman in Boston, a Colonel in the British Army (of cadets for an honorary guard and his commission was revoked by Governor Gage),a Revolutionary war leader, and as the first signer of, "The Declaration of Independence of the United States." The book is well written and the author brings out the good and bad characteristics of John Hancock and his relationships with the Revolutionary War leaders; particularly Sam Adams, Dr. Thomas Young, Ben Franklin and the British authorities in the era before and after the Revolutionary War. For those interested in history, especially US history, I recommend the book.
 
Old 02-27-2020, 01:51 PM   #282
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Just starting the latest Rivers Of London and it's fun so far. Not the most technical or emotionally-complicated but very enjoyable. Apparently, the author wrote a Dr Who episode, I'd put this as more adult but similar.
 
Old 03-25-2020, 06:56 PM   #283
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Just read a book called Grant and Me by Robert Forster. An intimate insight into the relationship between Go-Betweens founders Robert and (the sadly deceased) Grant McLennan. A bit of a different take on rock and roll - it is approached from a literate rather than musical point of view
 
Old 03-26-2020, 06:30 AM   #284
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Unfortunately, I cannot find the novels I read about girls physically having their memories removed but it seems in a similar vein.
Oddly enough I'm currently reading a book with that theme. It's called The Binding and it's set in the Victorian age of a parallel world in which certain people, called binders, have the ability to remove memories and convert them into a book. Some binders work purely therapeutically, curing people of PTSD by removing the unwanted memories. But there is a darker side to the craft: the selling of memories by the poor and desperate (often for subsequent use as pornography), and the ability of sexual abusers to have their victims' memories erased afterwards.
 
Old 03-26-2020, 10:25 AM   #285
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Last night, I finished S. King's The Institute. It was, well... it was Stephen King. What more needs to be said.

I just started Thomas Ligotti's Noctuary.
 
  


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