May 1st, 2005


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2005/05/01 22:06:00 - Leonardo and other ventures into alternative reality
17. Brown, Dan The da Vinci Code

They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch; well I guess there's no such thing as a free book either. On the other hand the bookclub I'm a member of would have liked me to think that this was one such, having been sent me out of the blue without any intervention on my behalf. I suspect they just had a massive overstock.

Onto the book itself, where unfortunately I have to say, and I hope this isn't itself a spoiler, that I don't think there's anything I can say that isn't a spoiler. Hmm, and they haven't even written any spoilers on the back. Anyway, as it happens it ties in nicely with one of my less-often exercised interests, and it's really quite nicely written such that you don't know what's going on. Not quite doubleplusgood, but….

18. Vinge, Vernor The Witling

Another one I picked up at at Picocon, this time in my general attempt to own everything Vinge wrote. This one's quite fun, but I hesitate to find any literary merit in it. It has a good take on esper powers though.

19. Stewart, Ian Math Hysteria

Aficionados will recognise this as the latest in Ian Stewart's series of books republishing articles from Scientific American. They tend to be quite fun and have interesting things in them (even if I've seen some of the Maths before).

This one looks at Monopoly and the Dots-and-Boxes game and Dissection puzzles and other funky Stuff. I don't think Stewart is quite another Gardner, but he does write good stuff.
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Entry Tags: books 2005, dan brown, ian stewart, vernor vinge

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2005/05/01 23:20:11 - Vinge
Another one I picked up at at Picocon, this time in my general attempt to own everything Vinge wrote.

Fortunately it is much easier to do that for Vinge than for most other novelists due to his glacial rate of writing. I've got all his novels and "Vernor Vinge : The Collected Stories". "Grimm's World" was the hardest to find IIRC.

The Witling is pretty good, some nice ideas. The ending is a bit disappointing though ISTR. It is nowhere near as good as his later novels, "Marooned In Realtime", "A Fire Upon The Deep" and "A Deepness In The Sky", but very little science fiction is.
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userinfo ewx
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2005/05/02 11:36:31 - own everything Vinge wrote
I don't supppose you have an instance of The Blabber?
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userinfo senji
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2005/05/02 11:40:09 - Re: own everything Vinge wrote
No, but the CUSFS library has Threats… and other Promises which has it in.
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2005/05/03 13:38:04
This one's quite fun, but I hesitate to find any literary merit in it. It has a good take on esper powers though.

Though that's often the way. We like authors for their merits, and we love them for their flaws, which are often most evident in their lesser-known works.
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