Big Purple Cat (cattitude) wrote,
Big Purple Cat

So why not come back with a meme?

What are you reading now?

The latest issue of F&SF - I'm up to Ken Liu's story, which is showing more promise than the rest of the issue so far. I actually stopped reading one of the earlier stories without finishing it. This is something I only do rarely.

Rachel Hartman's Amy Unbounded comics. I found these ashcans while going through lots of back issues. Why haven't they been published in a deluxe edition? They're simply beautiful, or perhaps beautifully simple.

Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics: The 1986 Dirac Memorial Lectures by Richard Feynman and Steven Weinberg. I've been pissed off by the popular explanations of the Pauli exclusion principle for quite some time now. These lectures provide an anodyne. I still need to study the actual mathematics to understand all of what's in here, but this is a much better presentation than anything I've seen elsewhere. I've read through this once without really grokking it, and am now going through it again, more slowly.

Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael Feathers. I've committed it, now I have to repair it. Practical, may all the gods help me.

What did you recently finish reading?

Kij Johnson's At the Mouth of the River of Bees. She's a genius. Read everything you can find by her. Just do it. The collection includes The Man Who Bridged the Mist - I've just spent fifteen minutes trying to say something about this story that would express why you should read it. I've hit the backspace key a lot. It's a character study of an engineer that captures his soul. Read it.

Jim Butcher's latest Dresden Files novel, Cold Days. It continues the series well. If you like this kind of thing, you will like this thing.

A random Rex Stout collection. It had a picture of a trout on the cover. Mindcandy.

What are you likely to read next?

Rachel Hartman's Seraphina, because after rereading Amy Unbounded I had to go look at what she's been doing lately. Did I mention that someone ought to reprint Amy Unbounded?

The next two volumes of Scott Westfield's Leviathan series. The first volume of this WWI era Darwinists versus Mechanists fantasy was fun.
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