What are you reading?

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  1. hkmb

    hkmb Senior Member

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    I do like a good Scottish detective novel - I've always very much enjoyed Ian Rankin's Rebus books - and I've been reading a few Val McDermid books recently. I'm on A Darker Domain at the moment, and it's excellent so far.
     
  2. ETC(SS)

    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Just finished “The Dangerous Years” by Max Hennessy.
    Meat in a trilogy.
    Historical Fiction featuring the Royal Navy back when it was THE Royal Navy in the early 20th century during the UK’s dead cat bounce years.
    “Back to Battle” will round it out, but since it’s historical fiction you pretty much know….who done it.

    Just uploaded:
    “The Last Paladin” by Deutermann….
    “Nightwork” by Nora Roberts
    “The 6:20 Man” by Baldacci
     
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    After >40 years I am re reading Heinlein’s “Time Enough for Love”. It is provoking, and as I am not the person who read it then, I’m giving it another go.


    Among gems contained, one small piece relates to my current interest in sentient thought:


    “ … self-awareness never arises in a computer designed only for deductive logic and mathematical calculations, no matter how big it is. But if it is designed for inductive logic, able to assess data, draw hypotheses therefrom, test them, reconstruct them to fit new data, make random comparisons of the results, and change those reconstructions—exercise judgment the way a flesh-and-blood does, then self-awareness may occur.”


    We ought to forgive Mr. Heinlein setting this up in either/or terms, as he had many other ideas to present. Yet I now suppose that any large computer made to do big things would include both deductive and inductive architectures. A) Why not? B) Computer limitations (hard and soft) have been much relaxed since that story was written.


    There is a lot more fun (and a lot more fluff) in his novel, But I am now interested in humans making larger and more interconnected computers. Other sci fi suggests bad outcomes from that. A smaller fraction including Heinlein’s reckons that benevolent benefits will result. I expect to be gone before any computers ‘think’ and allow us to know that they do.


    Heinlein was a fabulous thinker and writer, and not entirely distracted. Born decades too soon? Not for me to say, but reading his work makes me feel that old me will miss seeing his anticipations. While there is usually time enough for love, time enough for knowing runs short.
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Most remembered for Starship Trooper, a book that used to be on the Professional Reading Programme lists for all of the US militaries.
    (So was 1984)
    Now I suppose it's on none of them.

    I never realized that they made a movie from that novel until, tragically, I stumbled upon it in the mid 90s.

    Interestingly enough, when I was knocking holes in the North Atlantic I met people who went into the canoe club as a result of READING Heinlein's ode to his alma matter. Later, when I switched my major from Undersea Warfare to Coastal Warfare (Now Expeditionary Combat) I would go on to meet people who hitched their wagon to that starship as a result of seeing the MOVIE.

    Two VERY different groups.

    I never groked why Troopers was so controversial ..... ;)
    Probably my libertarian underpinnings.
     
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    Have Spacesuit Will Travel. Guess it's "young adult" level, but hey, reread it with my wife about a year back, fun book.
     
  6. ChapmanF

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    Weren't the mid-90s when it was made? 1997ish?

    At least you weren't unaware for very long before stumbling on it. :)
     
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    finished mutiny on the bounty, good story.

    started gentleman in moscow, page turner so far. i did have to wiki the bolshevic revolution because of my public education.
     
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    moby dick, melville is quite wordy
     
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    I tried reading that a couple of times and only got to page 100 before I stopped.

    I try to give books 50 to 100 pages before I call it quits.
     
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    That’s me and Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

    My Daughter has a dust collector copy of it and some others like it on her shelf.
    I picked it up and just about recited the famous first line from memory in a poor imitation of an Oxford English Accent:
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a goof fortune must be in want of a wife.”

    She gave me that ‘daughter-father’ look and expressed surprise that I had read it.
    I had to admit that I never have, but I’ve started it so many times that I just about know the first chapter by heart.

    Almost done with “The 6:20 Man” by Baldacci.
    On Deck: (maybe) “Nightwork” by Nora Roberts or maybe I will try P&P one more time.

    I’ve been reading much lately on building a 300AAC pistol, deciding on barrel length, twist rate, brace, optic, etc while they’re widely available.
    There’s a large mountain of material out there and arguments over them are even more contentious than oil change periodicities here in PC.

    That’s been eating away at my free time to read a novel.
     
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    P&P is worth another chance. It may grow on you later. Mr. Bennet is a character it's hard not to enjoy, and reminds me of one or two folks I know.

    I also haven't finished Moby Dick, but not because I wasn't enjoying it. I had finally caught on to Melville's tone and the fun he was having with me, and then I was in the right spirit for it, but something else came up and now it's been long enough I'd probably have to start over.
     
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    a lot of the 'classics' can be a difficult read. the more old english you read, the more your brain grows accustomed to it.
    melvilles prose is especially difficult, and i skim some of his descripive work that isn't particularly relevant to the story, such as his one long run on sentance on 'the whiteness of things'.

    some parts are torrid page turners, and others are yawners.
     
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    Some are long inserts of the sort of droll humor you can kind of warm up to, once you see that's the game.

    But I knew some folks who would tell that sort of yarn in real life.
     
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    I wrote 2 papers on MD for 10th grade English. I only turned in the second one since I repeated 10th grade English.

    I did luck out in summer school. The teacher was into creative writing and when I moved before senior year the english classes that were available for senior english were creative writing and scifi. I enjoyed english that year.

    I started "The Sun is a Compass: A 4000 Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness" by Caroline Van Hemert

    The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds by Caroline Van Hemert
     
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