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By TheophileEscargot (Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 01:03:46 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Revenger". Links.

What I'm Reading
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds. Science fiction novel with an interesting scenario. A solar system includes a vast number of asteroid habitats. Ships use solar sails to move between them, with a mixture of mid-Twentieth level technology and higher tech artefacts that have survived from the distant past in Vernor Vinge-esque "baubles". The protagonist and her sister enlist on a ship on a mission to retrieve from a baubles, but a pirate attack leaves her seeking revenge.

It's a great premise which allows for plausible human centred action in space. The analogies with 18th century sea stories are handled well, touched on but not overdone. The plot is well worked out.

Even so, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I ought. There are awkward conflicts of tone, where it can't quite decide whether it wants to be cynical and grimdark, or a rollicking adventure. The book might have been aimed at a YA audience, which means although we're constantly told how sadistic the baddie is, the menace is a bit toned down. Also some of the archaic slang used e.g "cove" for man, seems a bit grating.

Overall, not terrible, but a bit underwhelming.

Socioeconomics. China's path out of poverty can never be repeated at scale by a country again. Robots don't cause job losses in Germany.

Sci/Tech. Having your dog in the bed is bad for your sleep Scientific Papers Are Getting Less Readable. Technology behind a video game bottom.

Pics. Synchronistic Images Captured in Soviet Era Swimming Pools by Photographer Maria Svarbova.

Politics. What Britain needs to understand about the profound and ancient divisions in Germany. Where Are the Brave Military Voices Against Forever War? Provision of more facts and objective information would have been of marginal significance in the Brexit vote. Libertarian case against Brexit. Ryanair and unionisation.

Articles. What's Fueling South Africa's Violent Uber Wars. Pissing in art. In defence of Ringo Starr. How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. Dune inspired by "The Sabres of Paradise".

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Like many by Herring (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 11:54:36 AM EST
I used to titter over the "not even the best drummer in the Beatles". The boy's drum teacher set me straight though.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

Revenger by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 12:19:31 PM EST
Reminded me of Karl Shroeder's Virga series, only not as good.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Good analogy by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 11:45:45 PM EST
I think they were making a halfhearted attempt to call this sort of genre "dieselpunk".

I need to get back in to the Virga series, read the first three and liked them a lot.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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Tracer's butt, and another butt story. by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 02:18:29 PM EST
I actually found the former less sexualized and (separately) more appealing. But I don't think it's anything to write home about, or at all. (But that's Kutaku for you, the Arse Technica of video games.) Still, Blizzard did right, the new one fits her character better.

Another butt story: Spider-Woman's butt stirred up some controversy (visual portrayal of women in comics) on the cover of one of her comics. Punchline: most unfortunate choice to make an example of—it looks exactly like Spider-Man's butt, in the exact same pose on his covers. But I don't think there's an equality problem here, men and women are both depicted in ways I find disgusting and uncomfortable. Maybe it's just me, but it sure doesn't seem at all like the gap that exists in other media.

Bonus piss¹. I don't know whether this is intentional, but I love it: there is much I would criticize about Venus and Cupid, but that arc is strikingly rendered.

¹bet you've never heard/read those two words in that order before.

See you, space cowboy.

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