Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, November 2012
Attention conservation notice: I have no taste.
Long, Swords of Waar
- Mind candy: In which Our
Barsoom Waar, and gets her mad on.
Wells, The Siren Depths
- Mind candy: the conclusion to
Wells's series of fantasy novels about
caste and ecology, and personal growth, among shape-shifting lizard-men. The
books go down delightfully, and I am really tempted to re-read the earlier
ones. (Also to make up an evolutionary justification for a world with so many
- Zach Weiner, Save Yourself, Mammal!
- Early Saturday Morning Breakfast
Cereal, pleasantly read of a Saturday morning. With thanks to reader
J.C. for buying this for my off my wishlist.
- Arthur O. Lovejoy, The Great
Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea
- It's a classic of scholarship, and deserves to be; what could I possibly
hope to add?
- (Except that: Wow, did people have trouble reasoning about continuity
before the 1800s.)
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
- See Jo
Walton. (This led to
Immunity, Shards of Honor, and Barrayar
--- in that order, for odd reasons.)
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- Norberto Bobbio, Liberalism and Democracy
- A very brief account of the tensions between 19th century liberalism and
19th century democracy, with a very little about later developments, mostly
relations with socialism, and a few words on the welfare state and
Hayek/Friedman-style neoliberalism. ("Liberalism" in
the 20th century American sense is
pretty much ignored.) It's decent, but to my eyes pretty conventional, and I
can't begin to understand why Verso would have bothered to reprint it (in a
Thinkers" series, no less).
Anderson, Iron Gray Sea
- Mind candy. The world, or at least the story, is in danger of becoming too
complicated for Anderson to handle effectively, and his ending is adding only
more complications, but I continue to want to see where this goes. This
installment would be incomprehensible without the previous ones.
Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur;
Scientifiction and Fantastica;
The Progressive Forces;
Writing for Antiquity;
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