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Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West. By Cormack McCarthy

A Western about scalp hunters. cant recommend this enough 

Also try The Road by the same author.

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  • Seven Brief Lessons  On Physics   -  Carlo Rovelli

very thin, only 79 pages, but seems good overview for understanding the basics.

  • Unmasking Europa. -  Richard Greenberg

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On 6/10/2019 at 4:32 PM, swansont said:

Just finished “The Poison Squad” by Deborah Blum - very good

Now reading “The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War” by Ben Macintyre - thus far also very good

Finished the Spy and the Traitor a few weeks ago. Very good telling of the tale.

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On 7/12/2019 at 4:05 PM, swansont said:

Finished the Spy and the Traitor a few weeks ago. Very good telling of the tale.

Could you recommend a book store/place where I could find good books/papers on physics for my new Kindle for our 2 week mediterranean vacation? Also if anyone has a tip on a good scifi/dystopia/utopia book I’d be grateful. 

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You're going to the Mediterranean for two weeks and you're gonna read ???
Greece isn't it ?

I can think of much better things to do.
( grilled octopus, Ouzo, and seeing all the little islands by boat and scooter )

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8 hours ago, MigL said:

You're going to the Mediterranean for two weeks and you're gonna read ???
Greece isn't it ?

I can think of much better things to do.
( grilled octopus, Ouzo, and seeing all the little islands by boat and scooter )

„Kos” island in a multiple pool, private beach and all inclusive hotel presumably with a bunch of other families with kids. I’m already hating myself for doing this but we got a 3 year old so regrettably this is not going to be a dedicated adventure and exploration trip. I wonder for how long I will be able to hold my urges to go and do something stupid, we’ll see...I need good reads to stay a good boy. 

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7 hours ago, koti said:

„Kos” island in a multiple pool, private beach and all inclusive hotel presumably with a bunch of other families with kids. I’m already hating myself for doing this but we got a 3 year old so regrettably this is not going to be a dedicated adventure and exploration trip. I wonder for how long I will be able to hold my urges to go and do something stupid, we’ll see...I need good reads to stay a good boy. 

Take some good reads, but I did the same thing in Cozumel when I had a 3-year-old. When we weren't playing in the surf and sand and pools with her, the resort had daycare to keep her ocupado while mom and dad explored for a while. 

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34 minutes ago, Phi for All said:

Take some good reads, but I did the same thing in Cozumel when I had a 3-year-old. When we weren't playing in the surf and sand and pools with her, the resort had daycare to keep her ocupado while mom and dad explored for a while. 

Thats the plan, they have some day care thing. I got some old William Gibson and Philip K. Dick novels I havent read so I’ll be taking that. Plus I never read „Dune” and got some long due physics papers I want to read.

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8 hours ago, koti said:

regrettably this is not going to be a dedicated adventure and exploration trip.

A friend of mine told me it's important to make a distinction between a "trip" and a "vacation". A trip is full of sightseeing and adventure and exploration. A vacation is where you park your butt on a beach and relax with a good book (or sunglasses) and DON'T think about all that other stuff.

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1 hour ago, Phi for All said:

A friend of mine told me it's important to make a distinction between a "trip" and a "vacation". A trip is full of sightseeing and adventure and exploration. A vacation is where you park your butt on a beach and relax with a good book (or sunglasses) and DON'T think about all that other stuff.

Exactly. We’re taking a weeks trip to the local lake distric right after Greece. I’m counting on resetting and hopefuly getting new firmware for whats comming in September. 

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On 7/13/2019 at 4:37 PM, koti said:

Could you recommend a book store/place where I could find good books/papers on physics for my new Kindle for our 2 week mediterranean vacation? Also if anyone has a tip on a good scifi/dystopia/utopia book I’d be grateful. 

Not sure if it is exactly what you're looking for but the Belisarius Series is pretty great. Mix of alternative history, scifi and dystopian/utopian elements, set in the Byzantine period.

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On 7/13/2019 at 9:37 PM, koti said:

Could you recommend a book store/place where I could find good books/papers on physics for my new Kindle for our 2 week mediterranean vacation? Also if anyone has a tip on a good scifi/dystopia/utopia book I’d be grateful. 

The Road by Cormack McCarthy. Post-Apocalyptic, Not too long, simply written, absolutely brilliant.

 

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I just read Paolo Bacigalupi's "Shipbreaker" trilogy - "Shipbreaker", "The Drowned Cities", "Tool of War".

I am not that adventurous in my reading - mostly SF but not a lot of new or unknown authors - but even so I haven't read much SF that really treats climate change with any seriousness; the last near future SF I read was Vernor Vinge "Rainbows End" but, as impressive as it was, global warming may as well not exist for the lack of mention of it. Other global problems, sure, but, for whatever reason, not climate change. Bacigalupi does put the reader right into the middle of the worst of global warming consequences and - I expect deliberately - makes societal breakdown within the USA a major feature. A recent history of (failed) Chinese peacekeeping missions is probably also intended to get up American Exceptionalist noses.

He has militias fighting over the remains of "drowned cities" including Washington (took me a bit to realise it was Washington), descended to conscripting slave labor to strip the remains for salvage, all to buy guns and bullets to keep their never ending wars, to rid the place of "traitors" (ie everyone else), going. It doesn't chronicle the breakdown, though the politics of treating legitimate opponents as traitors gets a mention. But these are as much cautionary tales about bio-engineering as global warming - and I didn't find that as compelling or believable. Though that could be my lack of imagination for how far genetic engineering can go... and go wrong. Even so, I found them compelling and very readable. It tends to emphasise a conclusion I had already made - that our social institutions and practices like functional governments within democracy and the independent rule of law - are our most essential and valuable assets.

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