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by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 265
Views: 109875

Re: great SF books

INCANDESCENCE- Greg Egan (2008) “All I learnt in the void was that our best guess so far is certainly wrong.” While not totally unfamiliar with Greg Egan – I’ve read the brilliant Schild’s Ladder, and his early Quarantine – I did start Incandescence with the wrong expectations. The blurb of the Brit...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 265
Views: 109875

Re: great SF books

ROADSIDE PICNIC - Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (1972) (...) Anyhow, I agree with Lem that the final chapter – while I sympathize with its ultimate message, “HAPPINESS, FREE, FOR EVERYONE, AND LET NO ONE BE FORGOTTEN!” – isn’t the most successful of the book. It turns something that was fairly consisten...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat May 22, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 49
Views: 28035

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

Brilliant book on evolution, attempting to see if it is possible to derive universal laws from evolution on Earth, zooming in on the nature of 'minds'. Highly, highly recommended! CONTINGENCY AND CONVERGENCE - TOWARDS OF COSMIC BIOLOGY OF BODY AND MIND - Russell Powell (1980-1983) (...) For starters...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat May 22, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 265
Views: 109875

Re: great SF books

Aside the ones listed in the post above, I've also written 5500 words on The Book of the New Sun, focusing on the narrative trap Wolfe has set, and my theory that his literary sleight of hand serves a religious/mystical goal, much more than it is the supposed puzzle for the reader to unravel. There’...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat May 22, 2021 1:38 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 265
Views: 109875

Re: great SF books

Seems like I forgot to update here. Quite a few new reviews since my last post... NOVA SWING - M. John Harrison (2006) (...) This was another successful Harrison for me – and like his latest The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again, one that I will probably reread in the coming decade, just as I will re...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Favorite Art Books
Replies: 21
Views: 13614

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 145829

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 44405

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: 44405

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 145829

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: 265
Views: 109875

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: 145829

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...