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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is a fantastic sprawling sci-fi story, set in the far future, with an AI as the central character. The character development is superb, and I especially appreciated the spot-on nuance about how AI might operate. … Continue reading

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Reading Guy de Maupassant stories in Contes du jour et de la nuit

I picked up a copy of Contes du jour et de la nuit at our local San Jose second-hand bookstore, Recycle Books, and have been enjoying reading one of the early masters of the short story form. In some ways … Continue reading

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Gone fishing! Goodby 2017

Actually gone skiing, in the miserable snow of Bear Valley… what’s that you said about global climate change Donald Trump? C’est faux! And anyway, gone fishing? I’m a vegetarian. So not likely.  But it is just an expression. And I … Continue reading

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Recent reading: Fantasy science-fiction, and historical fiction

For recent leisure reading lately I read four novels/novellas/collections/YA. China Miéville, The Census Taker.  While I did not enjoy the novella, it was like a good workout, following along with an excellent writer a concept, “What would a novel be … Continue reading

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Every Day by David Levithan

I occasionally read young adult fiction, sometimes because my kids are reading something, sometimes because I like to imagine what such fiction would be like for French West African readers.  I finished Every Day by David Levithan over a couple … Continue reading

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Books not worth reading. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I actually enjoyed, somewhat Anathem by Neal Stephenson, but Seveneves was flat out bad after about 300 pages… and it continued until 800 something.  I slogged, skimming.  Burst out laughing at the explanation for genetic engineering of Neanderthals in cramped … Continue reading

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Kazuo Ishiguro -Nobel Prize in Literature

“Never Let Me Go” is an amazing novel.  Poignant and urgent.  From The New York Times: Mr. Ishiguro, 62, is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in the years … Continue reading

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