Attention conservation notice: I have no taste.
- Nathan Long, Swords of Waar
- Mind candy: In which Our
BarsoomWaar, and gets her mad on.
- Martha Wells, The Siren Depths
- Mind candy: the conclusion to Wells's series of fantasy novels about caste and ecology, and personal growth, among shape-shifting lizard-men. The books go down delightfully, and I am really tempted to re-read the earlier ones. (Also to make up an evolutionary justification for a world with so many intelligent species.)
- Zach Weiner, Save Yourself, Mammal!
- Early Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, pleasantly read of a Saturday morning. With thanks to reader J.C. for buying this for my off my wishlist.
- Arthur O. Lovejoy, The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea
- It's a classic of scholarship, and deserves to be; what could I possibly
hope to add?
- (Except that: Wow, did people have trouble reasoning about continuity before the 1800s.)
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
- See Jo
Walton. (This led to
Immunity, Shards of Honor, and Barrayar
--- in that order, for odd reasons.)
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- Norberto Bobbio, Liberalism and Democracy
- A very brief account of the tensions between 19th century liberalism and 19th century democracy, with a very little about later developments, mostly relations with socialism, and a few words on the welfare state and Hayek/Friedman-style neoliberalism. ("Liberalism" in the 20th century American sense is pretty much ignored.) It's decent, but to my eyes pretty conventional, and I can't begin to understand why Verso would have bothered to reprint it (in a "Radical Thinkers" series, no less).
- Taylor Anderson, Iron Gray Sea
- Mind candy. The world, or at least the story, is in danger of becoming too complicated for Anderson to handle effectively, and his ending is adding only more complications, but I continue to want to see where this goes. This installment would be incomprehensible without the previous ones.
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