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Nemesis Games, book 5 of The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey
I read the first dozen or so Xanth novels about 20 years ago. I thought they'd be fun to read aloud to my boys so we're reading Spell for Chameleon right now. I'd forgotten how advanced the vocabulary was in them. Not sure how much they're following but my 6 and 8 year olds seem to be enjoying it.
I hadn't realized Piers Anthony had just kept writing Xanth books, theres like, 40 of them now. Color me surprised. Looks like I'm good for a while.
My favorite Piers Anthony books were the Cluster Series:
Vicinity Cluster (1977)
Chaining the Lady (1978)
Kirlian Quest (1978)
Viscous Circle (1982)
How to Repair Food (the revised edition with more healthy recipes than the one published 30 years prior) by Marina and John Bear (with Tanya Zerck) is a book about fixing problems in cooking. The introductory sections include a "First Aid Kit" of ingredients that are commonly used in the repairs. The meat of the text is an alphabetized list of ingredients and dishes, each having various conditions with their corresponding repairs and salvage recipes. Appendices cover burned and thawed foods, along with references such as shelf lives and related topics such as equipment problems. Short and sweet, yet very nourishing.
I finished The Three Body Problem over the weekend and have moved on to the second book in the series, The Dark Forest.
I can't remember but I think that was my favorite one of the series.
Was Three Body Problem about astronomy?
Not at all. Its Sci fi written by a Chinese author and involves aliens on Alpha Centauri. It begins during the Cultural Revolution. I really enjoyed the first book and will start the second tonight or tomorrow. I have the third on hold at the Library.
EDIT: not really on Alpha Centauri, but from that system.
**** it, I need to get back into reading so I'm ordering that with my library now
Edit: it's on hold with 2 in line ahead of me
It's been years since I read the first four, but this one is funnier than I remember the others being.
It also jumbles up the character pairings some. Fred and Holden, Alex and Bobbie.
Finished the second chapter of Bouvard et Pécuchet.
For the first time, it seems this may be an interesting story, assuming the overarching meaning is that it is futile to try to learn everything yourself just so that you can do specific things. Now the two former parisians, after managing to have their steam heating device blow up (cause they are clueless about operating it) and almost dieing, conclude that the issue was that they aren't well-read on... chemistry.
By this point they have wasted tens of thousands of franks in failing to produce fruit, vegetables, grain and canned food.
It's funny cause I saw a book titled "The Three Body Problem" in a bookshop today. I presumed it would be that one and picked it up, but then I read the blurb and it was a collection of short stories by some Spanish author, and was both slightly amused and greatly disappointed.
Every time I see "three body problem" I think of quantum mechanics, but then I've known for a very long time that I'm odd.
Bummer. In Cixin Liu's story the three body problem involves a planet with three suns in a video game that represent Alpha Centauri AB and Proxima centauri. The planet is Proxima centauri b.
That's a thing in quantum mechanics? I don't remember it but I only had one course in quantum physics.
Well, it is, but I may also have been confusing it with black bodies.
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, by Liza Mundy
I am reading some university paper on Goedel's incompleteness theorems. It would have been better if they had first presented the goal and method in detail, instead of a general proof with no reference to the specific logic system, cause now it took two chapters to have it presented using a specific formal logic system (arithmetic).
Lacking patience will not help, though: when I tried reading Turing's paper (where those theorems are used) the incomprehension was far greater
Just started Knut Hamsun's Sult (Hunger). About time I got around to it. I'm enjoying the opening, it's general mood matches mine pretty well.
Have some theme painting.
Too bad that painting was made a couple of years after the book, it would have made the best cover.
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