Finished Wake by Robert Sawyer. Somewhat old-school SF bringing an old idea up to date. The human elements are a bit perfunctory, with the blind high-school heroine never quite convincing. The ideas and science side are great though. The idea of a computer network accidentally gaining sentience has been raised in a waffly way many times, but never in such a plausible way, with lots of good information science details.
Worth reading if you like high-concept SF, but the protagonist could be a bit irritating if you need well-rounded characters and relationships in your fiction.
What I'm Watching
Saw the movie Carnage at home. Adaption of a stage play where two New York couples meet to discuss an incident where their children fought, and the initial brittle calm descends into furious emotional battles.
Pretty good movie. Very funny in places, and with great performances, especially from Jodie Foster. The characters are deliberately a little obnoxious, but not totally unsympathetic.
Weaknesses: feels pretty stage-bound, makes no attempt to leave the one set. Also the ending didn't really seem apocalyptic enough.
Overall, worth a look.
Economics. Model analyses whether UK austerity should have been delayed. Down with shareholder value. Five-year credit drought crunches the recovery, Lessens from Sweden. Are Americans better off than the Dutch?
Random. Victorian roller skating.
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