1/ The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman. Useful discussion of knowledge scope and storage: We think in groups, and we store information in our surroundings and in others. Changed how I think about information and about grief.
2/ Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers. Good collection of Lord Peter Wimsey short stories, including some very intense ones, and one that is hilariously playful.
3/ The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Alien life is discovered, and the Jesuits make First Contact because they have their shit together. Well-told with strong characters. Humanoid aliens 🙄 and anything re:sexuality was predictably disappointing.
5/ HTTP/3 explained by Daniel Stenberg. An overview over HTTP/3 by the developer of curl. Fairly short and informative, and includes a helpful amount of history and reasoning. A good way to find out if and where you want to dive deeper into the topic.
6/ Clouds Cannot Cover Us by Jay Hulme. A collection of modern poems. Some were not for me at all, but one or two dropkicked me in the feelings. Imo the best possible outcome of reading a selection of poems.
7/ The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers. The tedious Lord Peter mystery – focused on a very boring plot, little in terms of dialogue and characters. Only people fishing and painting, forever.
8/ Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers. I went on a bit of a mystery streak here. This one is mostly character building for Peter and Harriet and their interactions. Good to read through a historian's lens, because holy gender role batman.
9/ The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke. A calm, optimistic story of the last humans leaving Earth, visiting another human settlement. Infuriatingly it left out everything I wanted to hear more about, and was lovely nevertheless.
11/ Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Excellent dystopian storytelling. Not loud, not ostentatious, not yelling "THIS IS A DYSTOPIA, GETIT?!". Strong narration, slow burn. Didn't feel depressing despite the bleak theme.
12/ Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire. I want to like the Wayward Children series more than I actually like them. This one felt just a bit too formulaic, too quippy, too designed to be quotable.
13/ Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher. Excuse me, a ninja assassin and an anti-stereotype paladin? Light cost, but fun, with good dialogue and more than decent characters in a well-rounded world and an extremely over-the-top plot.
14/ How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. I didn't finish this book. Extreme tech pessimism ("kids these days don't talk to each other" basically) is not something I'm ever in the mood for.
15/ Hangman's Holiday: A Collection of Short Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers. Short story collection. Very mixed bag, rather skippable.
16/ SSH Mastery: OpenSSH, PuTTY, Tunnels and Keys by Michael W. Lucas. Teaches both implicit cultural knowledge and exciting obscure details about OpenSSH in a concise and fun way. I rewrote many configs after reading this.
19/ Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers. At some point, Dorothy Sayers figured out that her forte was characters and dialogue, not plot, and this book delivers. It's a honeymoon with a murder, and who even cares about plot beyond that.
20/ A Time to Reap by Lynne M. Thomas. Very solid time travel short story, probably even better for people from the rural US. Extremely strong on the atmosphere.
5/ I Sexually Identify As An Attack Helicopter by Isabel Fall. Brutal-yet-touching scifi take on gender. Loved the story, hated the aftermath – it got taken down, and is only available via some archives now.
@rixx Good news! There's a second edition now! Even comes in a fantastic hardcover edition.
@rixx Still on my list 😞 At this point I'm even considering re-reading all the previous books simply because I've completely lost track of what happened when, where, why, and how 🤪
@zerok Huh, I found Expanse one of the series that was really easy to keep track of. Some more generic series I completely forget and then just play guessing games, but the Expanse characters and plot felt unique and real enough that I never really let go of them.
@rixx thansk for that, started reading it. I wish there was documentation/summarization in that format available for a lot more technologies. No unnecessary chat, no deep dive, but short overview over topics for those that are kinda knowledgeable in that area.
@xpac Yeah, definitely. I particularly liked that it included reasoning and discussion from the working groups. The generally best source for things like that is lwn.net, I believe.
@rixx your books page is so perfect! And interesting to read. Got some ideas for presents and by own reading list, thank you so much for sharing.
@TQ Thank you, happy to hear that! I'm working on adding more lists/tags that could be useful. I don't really like the big ones, like scifi/fantasy/kids, and would like to have more like enemies-into-friends, or stuff like that. Plus, I have an ongoing process of adding reviews to the earliest books I've read, because I now have Opinions.
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