Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury. Book by a lieutenant in Irish regiment in the British army, about his time commanding a unit in Sangin, Afghanistan. Pretty good, evocatively describes the realities of patrolling and the constant tension of dealing with IEDs. He also desribes his growing disillusionment, and his frustration with non-combat troops or REMFs.
While it's well done, the book doesn't add any new information about the well-documented situation. OK but not unmissable.
What I'm Reading
The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua. Science fiction book set some time after a variant of the Singularity called the Seizure, when rogue AIs destroyed human civilisation and then attempted to reconstitute it. The story has an academic and recovering drug addict called in to investigate a trove of data from before the Seizure.
Liked this book a lot. Has some plausible world-building, a plot that makes sense, and some decent satire. It's often hard to do plausible SF satire, but he does it well without compromising the setup.
It's apparently part of a series in the same world, will definitely be looking out for the others.
Things seem to be going pretty well at the moment. At work, dev freeze for the latest major release was today and we seem to have got all the stories in on deadline, without even a panicked scramble for once. Of course, have to see what comes out of testing... Went up to see the parents with the toddler a couple of weeks ago and going again this weekend, really good to see the family again.
Socioeconomics. Why liberal economists dish out despair. Let's hope it's just fear of Brexit hitting growth.
Politics. More about the Russian buzzing of US warships off Kaliningrad. The Smug Style in American Liberalism, via. Peter Oborne: "Goldsmith's campaign for mayor has become the most repulsive I have ever seen as a political reporter", more. If Brexit then Swexit. Varoufakis and Europe, Politicians mostly keep their promises.
Articles. The Beach Girl Behind the Beach Boys.
Random How to operate your frog.
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