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Roadside Picnic   book icon  
by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (1977)

read: 14 October 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

A great story, translated from the Russian, about life on Earth after the aliens have come and gone and left some of their weird technology behind them. The visitation sites, six in all, become a fascination for scientists and stalkers (people who creep into the visitation areas and take things to sell) and the interrelationship between these two groups is what drives the story forward.

Machine Man   book icon  
by Max Barry (2011)

read: 9 October 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

So good! So creepy! This book about an engineer who get in an accident at the lab and then is surprised to learn he likes his prosthesis in some ways better than his actual limbs. Enough that he tries to get more of them... You never know where this book is going. It has a Repo Man feel to it. It’s sort of gross in parts. I have really liked Barry’s books in the past but this may be my favorite.

Funny in Farsi   book icon  
by Firoozeh Dumas (2004)

read: 30 September 2017
rating: [+]
category: non-fiction

This is a short easy read about Dumas’s life growing up partly in Iran and partly in the US. A lot of it has to do with her perceptions of her family and the weird things American’s do. I enjoyed it though it was a little difficult to track since it’s told in a series of vignettes, not entirely chronological.

The Bird’s Nest   book icon  
by Shirley Jackson (1976)

read: 29 September 2017
rating: [0]
category: uncategorized

I love Shirley Jackson usually but this book about a woman with dissociative personality disorder was really a slog.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions   book icon  
by Randall Munroe (2014)

read: 28 September 2017
rating: [+]
category: non-fiction

I enjoyed this book. I like XKCD a lot and partly because Munroe is so danged smart about everything. He’s managed to put that all together in this fun compendium of weird questions people have asked him, split into ones he really tries to answer and a few he just illustrates for the heck of it. Mostly fun, sometimes I feel it’s handwavey. Always enjoyable and great illustrations and humor you’ve come to expect from XKCD.

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