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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, December 2016

June 18, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Laila Lalami, The Moor's Account Historical fiction, in which the Narvaez expedition across what's now the American South and Southwest in the early 1500s is told from the view-point of the Moorish ...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, January 2017

June 14, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. David Wong, This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It Mind candy horror and juvenile humor (informed by reading about actual social solidarity during disasters); loosely a sequel ...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, February 2017

June 12, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Ben Aaronovitch, The Hanging Tree Continues the long-running series, and went by pleasantly, but I don't think it really advanced the plot very much. (Previously.) Jen Williams, The Iron Ghost Seq...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, March 2017

June 9, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Check Wendig, Invasive Mind candy technothriller, drawing on obviously-loving research into ants. Fun enough, but takes its own oracular pronouncements about The Future a bit too seriously. Alice Dr...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, April 2017

June 9, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Jean d'Ormesson, The Glory of the Empire: A Novel, a History (translated by Barbara Bray) This must be one of the strangest and most brilliant of alternate histories, covering thousands of years in th...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, May 2017

June 7, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Karin Slaughter, Cop Town and The Kept Woman Mind candy mysteries. Cop Town is a historical mystery, set in the distant and alien past of early 1970s Atlanta. The Kept Woman is the latest thriller i...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, June 2017

June 7, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Peter Frase, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism An expansion of his essay of the same name. This short book is very much worth reading if you like my blog at all. (Unless you're only here because y...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, January 2018

May 13, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Maria Konnikova, The Confidence Game: And Why We Fall for It... Every Time An engaging popular-science look at confidence games, their players and their marks. (Konnikova references a lot of the soci...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, February 2018

May 3, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Joel Michell, Measurement in Psychology: A Critical History of a Methodological Concept Comments having passed the 1500 word mark, including long quotations, this will have to be a separate review. ...

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An _Ad Hominid_ Argument for Animism

May 3, 2018
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Attention conservation notice: Note the date. A straight-forward argument from widely-accepted premises of evolutionary psychology shows that humans evolved in an environment featuring invisible beings with minds and the ability to affect the materia...

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