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by schiksalgemeinschaft
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 53
Views: 57294

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

Just reviewed a fantastic book on ethnicity. It's from 1981 and has a sociobiological approach, and it's absolutely mandatory for everybody with a serious interest in the topic. THE ETHNIC PHENOMENON - Pierre L. Van den Berghe (1981) (...) Just to get it out of the way: Van den Berghe is unambiguous...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 518
Views: 262068

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

I just reviewed Matthew Revert's Human Trees . Do check it out if you like slighty weird fiction!! (...) A few final words on those emotions. Human Trees doesn’t seem to be written from a happy perspective. Parental abuse and their little sister dying were formative for the Larson brothers. There’s ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

a bestseller this time... RECURSION - Blake Crouch (2019) Dark Matter was excellent: yes, it was light & fun, a thriller, but it was also a truly clever story in a multiverse setting that didn’t short circuit logically. Blake Crouch tried to emulate that succesful formula again in his latest book, t...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

the new Stephenson... FALL OR, DODGE IN HELL - Neal Stephenson (2019) (...) Stephenson’s attempt at a digital translation of mythological source material has merit, especially at first, as Dodge’s creation of his digital world fittingly resembles how gamers in the 90ies explored new worlds in the da...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 53
Views: 57294

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

This really changed my thinking about biology: DARWINIAN REDUCTIONISM, OR, HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - Alex Rosenberg (2006) (...) Kim Sterenly sketches what it’s about on the back cover: “Over the last twenty years and more, philosophers and theoretical biologists have built a...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

3 new reviews. One hyped fantasy book, a Gibson, and an Iain (M.) Banks PATTERN RECOGNITION - William Gibson (2003) (...) All this not to say Gibson wrote an irrelevant novel, on the contrary, Gibson wrote a novel that is very much of these times, dealing with topics – branding, globalization, origi...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

Three new reviews: THE BONE CLOCKS - David Mitchell (2014) What a fantastic book this is. Or rather 6 books. David Mitchell's sixth novel is a tour de force. Mitchell is no small name: Cloud Atlas gathered widespread praise and attention - and also in The Bone Clocks he serves a grand narrative via ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 53
Views: 57294

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

Definitely worth checking out for those in the field... THE EMOTIONAL FOUNDATIONS OF PERSONALITY: A NEUROBIOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH - Kenneth L. Davis & Jaak Panksepp (2018) The main ideas of this book were first formulated by Jaak Panksepp, the psychobiologist and neuroscientist who becam...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

Again a long review this time: DESTINATION: VOID - Frank Herbert (1965) (...) So if I have to believe others - and I do - there is a certain technical merit in these kind of passages. The fact that Herbert himself even updated his work to the standards of the new day, indicates he was serious to a c...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: I Hate Music
Topic: Best of 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 20021

Re: Best of 2018

Here's my year-end post...

After the books, music & a wee bit of tv.

https://schicksalgemeinschaft.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/2018-favorites
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

Couple of new posts, a bit in a different format. ---------------- DARK MATTER - Blake Crouch (2016) (...) What is missing from all the reviews I’ve read is the fact that this story is also an emotional reflection about having a family. It uses these reflections – on fatherhood and being a loving pa...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: I Hate Film
Topic: I Hate Television
Replies: 597
Views: 170506

Re: I Hate Television

I like BCS's slow burning approach. For me the main question is whether they will be able to deliver the same emotional depth at the end of its run as in BB. Walter White's story was a lot more showy and macho, but it still hit hard in the final episodes. Jimmy's story is more subtle - I wonder wher...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 53
Views: 57294

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

I reviewed Brian O's Rowe biography. Maybe the book's not formative, but Keith was.

https://schicksalgemeinschaft.wordpress ... nick-2018/
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

walto wrote:Ballard, Pohl, Bester, Vonnegut, DeLillo--You're making me feel really old!
Time to read the Palmer then!
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

5 new reviews since my last post here... classic Pohl, short stories by JG Ballard, military space opera by Yoon Ha Lee, Vonnegut's sophomore book, and a fantastic near-future novel by Dexter Palmer. ---------------- THE FOUR DIMENSIONAL NIGHTMARE --- J.G. Ballard (1963) This collection of short fic...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 518
Views: 262068

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

More or less double post from the SF thread, as this near future novel will appeal to non-genre readers too. Highly recommended. It's a character book. VERSION CONTROL --- Dexter Palmer (2016) "History lives in the gap between information and the truth." Let me get this out of the way: Version Contr...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 53
Views: 57294

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

I reviewed a great book on the anthropology of childhood. Recommended reading for all parents. THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD --- David F. Lancy (2014) I bought David Lancy’s The Anthropology Of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings a few weeks after I learned I would become a father. It has been ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

6 new reviews since my last post: Don DeLillo, Naomi Mitchinson, Iain Banks, KSR, Alfred Bester & Dave Hutchinson ---------------- ACADIE --- Dave Hutchinson (2017) Dave Hutchinson is best know for his Fractured Europe sequence – an excellent, gritty near future mixture of spy, noir and even fantasy...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 518
Views: 262068

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

This might be of interest to people that don't like SF, as it's one of Frank Herbert's very few non-genre novels. SOUL CATCHER --- Frank Herbert (1972) A few years ago, I decided to read the most important other Herbert novels before starting a reread of the Dune series. A review of Children Of Dune...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 225115

Re: great SF books

2 new reviews: the second in Erikson's Epic Fantasy series, and a non-SF book by Frank Herbert. ---------------- DEADHOUSE GATES --- Steven Erikson (2000) When I wrote my review for Gardens Of The Moon, I didn’t have that much new to offer to readers familiar with the series, and instead I tried to ...