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An unscheduled addition to Tor Books free e-books: Killing Gravity by Corey J. White. This is the first book in a to-be-series with the next book, "Repo Virtual", set to be released on April 21st. A preview of the new book will be included in the e-book version of "Killing Gravity".

The usual limitations and restrictions apply. Despite my having gotten the e-mail mentioning this free download just this morning, the time for downloading is short: it must be completed by 11:59 pm EST on February 28th.
"The Dragons Of Eden", (1977) by Carl Sagan subtitled "Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence" Mr Sagan is an engaging writer. Highly recommended.
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A few minutes ago I finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It is a historical fiction book set in WW2 Saint Malo France and also in Germany among other places. It is an amazing book and I highly recommend it.
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Yesterday I picked up a hardbound copy of "The Last Dark", the final installment of Stephen R. Donaldson's "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" series (that I started reading in 1980).
$3.98 at a variety store.
https://www.amazon.com/Last-Dark-Chroni ... rch&sr=8-2
So, now I have two of them, this and "The One Tree" in hardback. Only eight to go!
Tor Books is offering beginning on International Women's Day (March 8th) Nevertheless She Persisted for free. This is a "flash story"--meaning each story is 1-10 pages in length--anthology written by eleven female SF/Fantasy writers.

Note that this link differs from that for Tor Books' monthly free e-book.

Here is Macmillian's page with the offer (and is Tor Books' link for the download) with links to the most popular e-book formats. You do NOT have to sign-up for Macmillian's newsletter which will be offered via a pop-up window.

I do not know how long this will be offered for free.
I'm going to check out the Baking Bears series from Hollis Shiloh as I liked his Shifters and Partners series.
Tor Books has a ONE DAY FREE E-BOOK OFFER: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (2017). This is the first book in a trilogy which will be concluding when Tor Books will release on April 14th "The Last Emperox".

The usual limitations apply. The download must be completed before 11:59 pm EDT on April 1st.

My admittedly scant reviews for the first two books can be read here for "The Collapsing Empire" and here for "The Consuming Fire".
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Tor Books has a ONE DAY FREE E-BOOK OFFER: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (2017). This is the first book in a trilogy which will be concluding when Tor Books will release on April 14th "The Last Emperox".

The usual limitations apply. The download must be completed before 11:59 pm EDT on April 1st.

My admittedly scant reviews for the first two books can be read here for "The Collapsing Empire" and here for "The Consuming Fire".

Oh that series is awesome. It puts a business humour spin on concepts that have no business being businesslike. When you read the first book it starts with a detailed explanation of the proper procedure for filing for a mutiny on a ship and how the paperwork is done and decisions are made and it goes into extreme bizzare detail, only to close with how most mutinies skip several steps then fudge the paperwork.

If you liked Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy you will love this series.

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I almost bought Relentless Pursuit today, but didn't. Maybe later.
The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind, by Julian Jaynes. (1976, 1990)

The title says what the book is about; when humans became conscious and what effect this had on civilisation.

Fifth time reading the book. Every time I do I get more out of it and the hypothesis becomes clearer. Not necessarily truer, just clearer.

For this reading I am following the author's advice and reading parts of the Old Testament contrasting 'Amos' (a description of a bicameral unconscious person), with 'Ecclesiastes' (written about, and by, fully conscious people).

Reading the old testament as if it were describing what today we would call hallucinating schizophrenics does bolster the hypothesis that up to about 3000 years ago humankind did not experience consciousness but rather the language centre of one side of the brain communicated to the other through (what we would call) hallucination and what a person of that time would consider to be the voice of a leader, a king, a deceased ancestor, or a god. And these hallucinated voices would mostly manifest themselves when the person would be encountering novel situations., IE "What is to be done?"

Passes the time, anyway.
I picked up the neuromancer trilogy. It's an old series, but I do like the authors work.
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The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind, by Julian Jaynes. (1976, 1990)

The title says what the book is about; when humans became conscious and what effect this had on civilisation.

Fifth time reading the book. Every time I do I get more out of it and the hypothesis becomes clearer. Not necessarily truer, just clearer.

For this reading I am following the author's advice and reading parts of the Old Testament contrasting 'Amos' (a description of a bicameral unconscious person), with 'Ecclesiastes' (written about, and by, fully conscious people).

Reading the old testament as if it were describing what today we would call hallucinating schizophrenics does bolster the hypothesis that up to about 3000 years ago humankind did not experience consciousness but rather the language centre of one side of the brain communicated to the other through (what we would call) hallucination and what a person of that time would consider to be the voice of a leader, a king, a deceased ancestor, or a god. And these hallucinated voices would mostly manifest themselves when the person would be encountering novel situations., IE "What is to be done?"

Passes the time, anyway.

I'm sure the author is describing some specific type of cultural attitude to consciousness, but the notion that paleolithic hominids and even other animals are not "conscious" is more than just a little quaint. Also, much of the Levant was a fairly rural backwater 3000 years ago after the sacking of the major empires by the Sea People at the end of the Bronze Age. Other civilizations (Persia, Greece, Egypt, China, India) had fairly large universities that taught language, religion, astronomy, philosophy, and the arts that people from across Africa and Eurasia traveled sometimes thousands of miles to attend. The notion that they weren't conscious or somehow less conscious than we are today seems far-fetched to me.

However, the idea that the way our brains' functioning changes with the way we categorize things linguistically is a sound one.
I just finished The Last Emperox, by John Scalzi. All three books are very well written, and I mostly enjoyed the final book, other than "the twist", which wasn't poorly done, it just made me very :cry:

I can wholeheartedly recommend the Interdependency Trilogy.

Now I am on to Seveneyes by Neal Stephenson
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I just finished The Last Emperox, by John Scalzi. All three books are very well written, and I mostly enjoyed the final book, other than "the twist", which wasn't poorly done, it just made me very :cry:

I can wholeheartedly recommend the Interdependency Trilogy.

Now I am on to Seveneyes by Neal Stephenson

Let me know how Seveneyes is, it's been on my wishlist for a while.

And I can concur that the Interdependancy trilogy is stick fiddling awesome, with each book having a climax scene that induces maniacal laughter.

I'm onto neuromancer by william gibson which is supposed to be dated but interesting.
You guys are refering to Stephenson's "Seveneves" (so a "V", not a "Y"). I reviewed it here and I heartily recommend it.
Woops. misspelled it!

It's on for 4.99 on the Apple book store.
Nearomancer was good. I really like the William Gibson series, his take on the future is vastly different than what other science fiction authors go as he made assumptions about technology that just didn't pan out. I haven't seen any other author that portrays cyberspace as innately tridimentional where you can see the size of different systems among a landscape and accessing them requires you to be in close virtual proximity in little regard of what routing you use to get there.

I mean the overhead to run such a setup must be HUGE, but I can see dimensional partitioning being built in as a safety and proximity mechanism, allowing you to more easily locate nearby businesses while avoid being harassed by scammers way in nigeria or NK unless they hoof it.

The fact it places such emphasis on big-name Japanese companies, some of who are still around in a lesser form and some who are forgotten or region exclusive is fascinating too.
Tor Books next free eBook of the month are actually FOUR books: the first 4 books of Martha Wells' Murderbot series. This is being done in preparation for the coming release of her NEXT book in the series, "Network Effect", on May 5th.

BUT here is a complication: each of the earlier books will be available for download for the 24 hours following 6 am EDT from Monday through Thursday this week, and since I was late to read their email, RIGHT NOW as I type this book 3 "Rogue Protocol" can be downloaded until 6 am EDT tomorrow morning after which book 4 "Exit Strategy" can be downloaded.

The usual restrictions apply.

I do like Wells' series and will get "Network Effect".
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Well crap, I missed the second one. :(

Scratch that - I emailed Tor, and they sent me the second book :up:

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shadow over santa susana, by adam gorightly

a crazy, twisted telling of the manson family story, focusing on stuff that all the regular histories (which are pretty much all based on "helter skelter" by vincent bugliosi) ignore

i'm particularly interested in the near-certain fact that charlie and his girls moved freely among the top echelons of hollywood royalty
Reading Android General 1: Archangel Project, book seven by C. Gockel. The series is pretty epic, it went from muted grays to pastels and now is getting pretty gritty.

This book is interesting to read in light of current events, there's a scene where a planet of self deluded scholars are refusing to be evacuated because the volcano eruptions has not been proved to be happening by the government.
Reading Home Front, the 7th book in Lindsay Buroker's Star Kingdom series. I like the series, has a lot of wtf battle moments which makes it feel like Pirates of the Caribbean in Space.
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Betonhaus posted:
like Pirates of the Caribbean in Space.


ok, i'm interested
ukimalefu posted:
Betonhaus posted:
like Pirates of the Caribbean in Space.


ok, i'm interested

The romance plotlines are a bit cheesy, but the unconventional approach to battles and conflict resolution makes up for it.
I've been reading Hollis Shiloh's Shifters and Partners series. The basic premise is this is a world that basically is reality but with a population of people who can shapeshift into wolves, foxes, etc. The majority of the stories follow police teamups where a shapeshifter and a trained policeman work together to find drugs and lost children, with some pretty intense scenes. The world itself is a backdrop for studying the dynamics of different personalities and situations, such as ones where the shifter has experiences severe personal trauma or is under extreme duress but his partner has to discover that. There's a lot of strong emotional scenes, such as the one with the actor who everyone is trying to replace but he's trying his hardest to play his character well.


... Oh yeah I should probably mention they are gay romance novels.
Tor Books has ANOTHER free ebook for April: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. The usual restrictions apply.

My apologies for being so late to make this announcement but I had fallen behind in my reading of my GMail. It was sent to me on Monday so please be aware that there are only MINUTES available before the download will cease working at 11:59 pm EDT TODAY April 30th.
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Finally started Scalzi's Collapsing Empire series. (Had the first one in hard cover for like a year.) Remaining two are in the mail.
And Tor Books HAD ANOTHER free e-book, The Way of Kings which is Book 1 of The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. This was to announce that Sanderson's Book 4, Rhythm of War, will be released by Tor on November 17th.

The reason for that "HAD" is that it is supposed to have been a ONE-DAY offer for May 4th only, but I had read my GMail just now (on May 5th) so I thought I was too late, but I figured I would give it a try and I did download the book through the link above within the past 15 minutes. No telling when it will become invalid.

EDIT: do note that this offer is no longer available.

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Finally started Scalzi's Collapsing Empire series. (Had the first one in hard cover for like a year.) Remaining two are in the mail.

:wuv:

Have you read the Old Man's War series? They are also pretty damn awesome.

I also love that he makes the alt-right, incel, annoying bastard conservative faction of the science fiction community absolutely batshit crazy and upset.
J.K. Rowling's World of Wizardry is starting a series of readings of the Harry Potter books by actors beginning with Daniel Radcliffe reading the very first chapter, "The Boy Who Lived".
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Finally started Scalzi's Collapsing Empire series. (Had the first one in hard cover for like a year.) Remaining two are in the mail.

:wuv:

Have you read the Old Man's War series? They are also pretty damn awesome.

I also love that he makes the alt-right, incel, annoying bastard conservative faction of the science fiction community absolutely batshit crazy and upset.


I've also read OMW, and Redshirts.
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Book Review: Crashed
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About the stock Market crash of "08.
My apologies for another late offer from Tor Books, Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton. The usual limitations and restrictions apply. Downloads will be valid until 11:59 pm EDT TODAY, May 22nd.

Tor Book is using this offer to announce that they will publish "Or What You Will"--the second book in this now-series--on July 7th.
<sigh> Again, my apologies. I really need to check G-mail more often.

Tor Books has another off-schedule free e-book: In Our Own Words, Vol. 2. The usual restrictions and limitations apply. Downloads must be completed before 11:59 pm EDT TODAY, June 5th.
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Exhalation by Ted Chiang (2019).

TL;DR: another anthology of completely unrelated short stories. If you liked Arrival, Chiang's first collection, then get and read "Exhalation".

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The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (2020).

TL; DR: if you aren't reading Scalzi yet, do yourself a favor and get some of his books RIGHT NOW, although not this particular title considering that this is the last book in a three-book series collectively titled "The Interpendency".
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the making of jaws

written by the guy who wrote the screenplay, it's a very entertaining look at the making of the first summer blockbuster

it was a nightmare of a shoot that kind of traumatized steven spielberg, but it's fascinating to see how it all came together

there's also some context, about what it was like in hollywood in the early 70s, at a time when all the studios had basically collapsed (except for universal, which made jaws)
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^^ It was really cool in the 70's how independent movies had as much chance of making it as any big studio. So many American International films that could never see that kind of distribution in today's market.
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