June 8, 2019

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    4.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Borderless (Eliot Peper, 2018)
    Second in the Analog techno-thriller series. In a not too distant future, ultra-hackers manipulate the world to stop the world from being manipulated. 

    Or something like that. 

June 2, 2019

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    3.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Longer (Michael Blumlein, 2019)
    A compact story about love and career and passion once humans become quasi-immortal.

May 28, 2019

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    David Milch’s Third Act

    “David Milch in the converted garage of his bungalow, in Santa Monica. Photograph by Ryan Pfluger for The New Yorker David Milch, the television writer, lives…”

May 26, 2019

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    World of Trouble (Ben H Winters, 2014)
    Last book of the “Detective at the end of the world” series “The Last Policeman”. The planet will only exist for another two weeks, but there are mysteries that need to be resolved before we reach the end.

    Lovely. Wraps the series up beautifully.

May 24, 2019

May 20, 2019

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    The Hunting Party (Lucy Foley, 2019)
    I think there is a name for this type of murder mystery, but can’t come up with it. A group of people is off somewhere isolated (in this case a hunting cabin in the north of England). A murder happens and everyone becomes a suspect.

    It’s a decent example of the genre, whatever it’s called.

May 18, 2019

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    Cooking As A Service

    “This tweet made me think a lot:
    First of all, as much as I hate this idea, I think this notion is correct. This trend has been happening for a long time, and…”

May 8, 2019

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    Delta-v (Daniel Suarez, 2019)
    Suarez writes great techno-thrillers but this is not one of his most thrilling. His tech is often based on some real-world concept (drones, DNA editing, etc.) that he wildly extrapolates and then he drops happless victims into the mix.

    Here he’s taken more of a “hard SF” approach to things, doing a detailed analysis of how asteroid mining might work. It’s interesting enough, but long on details and (relatively) short on thrills.

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April 29, 2019

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    Laziness Does Not Exist

    “But unseen barriers do. Devon Price Mar 23, 2018 Photo by Scott Webb, courtesy of Unsplash I’ve been a psychology professor since 2012. In the past six years,…”

April 27, 2019

April 24, 2019

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    The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over

    “okawa somchai / Shutterstock As Instagram has grown to more than 1 billion monthly users , it has ushered in a very particular look: bright walls , artfully…”

April 20, 2019

April 19, 2019

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    The Lost Man (Jane Harper, 2019)
    Jane Harper is quickly becoming one of my favorite mystery writers. All set in Australia, most in the outback, her stories are sharply written character studies of people lost in a massive, hostile environment. And murder and deceit.