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by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Favorite Art Books
Replies: 21
Views: 10056

Re: Favorite Art Books

I've written a bit on 2 books on James Turrell, the 2013 LACMA publication, and a 2018 one by Hatje Cantz for the Frieder Burda Museum.

It's here: https://schicksalgemeinschaft.wordpress ... 2013-2018/
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

THE HAIR-CARPET WEAVERS - Andreas Eschbach (1995, translated 2005) (...) While not fully perfect, the book is a gem that combines Le Guinish calm, mythical storytelling as in Earthsea, with a space opera plot that nods at Herbert and has the outrageous imagination of Iain M. Banks. I’d say this woul...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:09 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE - Frank Herbert (1981) This is the 4th post in a series on my reread of the Dune books, and it became yet another lengthy text of about 8,720 words. I’ve also written long analyses of Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. My text on Dune itself focuses on the issue of Paul as ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

5 new reviews. Especially the new Susanna Clarke is worth checking out! STARSHIP TROOPERS - Robert A. Heinlein () (...) For all the talk of personal responsibility and moral choices, it’s hilarious that Juan enlists on a whim, because of a sexual reflex. I guess Heinlein set it up so that he could s...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 517
Views: 126494

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD - Olga Tokarczuk (2009) (...) This also struck me as a cousin of The Door by Hungarian author Magda Szabó – an absolute masterpiece that also deals with an eccentric old female protagonist that’s something of a housekeeper, and similarly has a vibe that gen...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

An older hard SF classic, and the brand new KSR. QUARANTINE - Greg Egan (1992) (...) What starts as a detective set in 2067 quickly turns into a head spinning novel about the possible existential effects of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics – more specifically the consciousness caus...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: I Hate Music
Topic: i hate Ocora
Replies: 74
Views: 36511

Re: i hate Ocora

I have a few more to add. All of these have been reissued fairly recently in the new series lay-out. Some of them aren't coupled to their older versions on Discogs, so that's confusing. Most of these can be ordered new from Amazon.fr, or amazon.co.uk or Honest Jon Records. Greece - Grand chant octot...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: I Hate Music
Topic: i hate Ocora
Replies: 74
Views: 36511

Re: i hate Ocora

A few to add: An Anthology of South Indian Classical Music (by L. Subramaniam) 4 cds, fantastic, varied. I'd say this is in the same league as the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 4cd set. Japan - Nagauta - Ensemble Kineya Kabuki theater music, very dramatic & expressive. Vocals, lutes, flute & some drums. Jap...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

Two classics... A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ - Walter M. Miller Jr. (1959) (...) At the same time, much of these questions are only interesting for readers that adhere to a belief in a personal god yet struggle with injustice & sorrow. If you don’t believe in god – or if your particular belief system ma...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

This year's Hugo winner A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE - Arkady Martine (2019) Arkady Martine’s debut novel just won the 2020 Hugo and is shortlisted for the Clarke, so indeed, it has all the hallmarks of what people seem to like: a picture of a sprawling throne on the cover, and a “glossary of persons, pla...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

Third post in my long reads on my reread of the Dune series: CHILDREN OF DUNE - Frank Herbert (1976) “The landscape which met their gaze was beyond pity, nowhere did it pause – no hesitations in it at all.” There is something relentless to Children of Dune. It was the most difficult hurdle yet in my...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

A deserved classic - don't be fooled by the movie! THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS - John Wyndham (1954) (...) Whatever Wyndham’s soldier status, there is an amount of carnage & corpses in The Day of the Triffids – although generally subdued, and mainly visible out of the corner of the eye. Death might not ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 517
Views: 126494

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

Strange, weird new novel of Harrison,the first in 7 years. THE SUNKEN LAND BEGINS TO RISE AGAIN - M. John Harrison (2020) https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1587253025l/49201192._SY475_.jpg (...) But this is a review, so I have to tell you something about the beaut...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

SOLARIS - Stanisław Lem (1961) (...) It’s curious that our relation to alien intelligence isn’t upfront in the movies, but then again, maybe it is not. I thought the strongest suit of Solaris was the character of Harey – or ‘Rheya’ in the translation I read. She is quite an invention. How would you ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 517
Views: 126494

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

Just reviewed a brilliant, overlooked novel about 2 physicists entangled in corruption, mid-life crises, institutional incentives, technological inevitability, the end of the Cold War, nuclear bombs & the Star Wars missile defense program, existential risks & accelerationism. Based on true events, w...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

THE GODS THEMSELVES - Isaac Asimov (1972) (...) The title comes from a quote from a Friedrich Schiller play: "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain", and it is a clear indication of what Asimov wanted to do with this book: issue a warning against human vanity & stupidity. The central...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

4 new SF posts on Weighing A Pig: EXHALTATION - Ted Chiang (2008) (...) This time the main focus is on neuroscience, and the debate on the classic boxological Theory Of Mind: do our brains have representations of their content inside their brains, or not? The Nobel Prize winning research by Kandel a...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

A NEW FAVORITE!

GREG EGAN - SCHILD'S LADDER (2002)

(...)

I used to think the Culture of Iain M. Banks represented the creative pinnacle of imagining a transhumanist future, but consider that position revised: it seems Egan has picked up the baton a long time ago.

(...)

Full review here.
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 261
Views: 94264

Re: great SF books

My analysis of the Dune series continues... another 4500+ word article on Dune Messiah, focusing on the differences with Dune, the ties with Nietzschean Eternal Recurrence and, yet again, prescience and determinism. DUNE MESSIAH - Frank Herbert (1969) (...) I’ll try to keep this text under 5000 word...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 48
Views: 23191

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

Fantastic book on human development. BECOMING HUMAN: A THEORY OF ONTOGENY - Michael Tomasello (2019) (...) Tomasello’s scope is large. He ties the development of human cognition and human sociality together, resulting in synthesizing insights about social norms & moral identity. This in not only a c...