Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, July 2013
Attention conservation notice: I have no taste.
- Howard Andrew
Bones of the Old Ones
- Mind candy. In which our heroes battle the malign spirits of the ice age.
- Warren Ellis, Global Frequency
- Mind candy. I remember liking this a lot when it first came out, but reading the re-issue I can't recall why; it seems like Ellis recycling themes he dealt with much better elsewhere.
Networks and Graph Limits
- Lovász is one of the inventors and main developers of the theory of
graph limits; I will not attempt to explain that here,
but refer to my notebook on the
subject. This is his most systematic and comprehensive account of the
theory, and indeed the fullest account I know of. It's very much a
mathematician's book, rather than, say, a computer scientist's, physicist's, or
statistician's — I confess I still don't see the point of some of the
most purely algebraic parts — but extremely clear for anyone with the
necessary firm grounding, which should include graph theory, especially the
theory of random graphs, some real analysis and probability (enough to
appreciate weak and \( L_1 \) convergence and why they differ), and a fair
chunk of abstract algebra.
A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape
- How-stuff-works for grown-ups, guided by an aesthetic of fascination and
awe, and integrally bound up to lovely pictures.
- (This book came out years ago, but I have been reading it very slowly, to
savor. Like Adina Levin, I'd like
to see it "appear 50 years from now like a tour guide to Colonial
- Mark Charan Newton, Nights of Viljamur
- Mind candy: Yet Another Epic Fantasy. Picked up because of the
dying-earth setting, finished
because I started it. (I didn't find either the characterization or the
politics convincing, and there was a lot of both.) I won't be looking for
- Karin Slaughter, Unseen
- Mind candy. The first time in years I'd figured out whodunnit long before the end.
Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur;
Scientifiction and Fantastica;
Pleasures of Detection, Portraits of Crime;
Enigmas of Chance
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