The story was a lot of fun, and I'll definitely read the sequel. It got a bit didactic at points, but I tended to agree with with all of the points thThe story was a lot of fun, and I'll definitely read the sequel. It got a bit didactic at points, but I tended to agree with with all of the points the author was trying to make, so it wasn't too bothersome. Good bits of soft scifi, and a fun mystery to keep the book moving along.
My primary complaint is that it took me maybe the first hundred pages or so before I could stop reading the words in Hank Green's voice. The cadence, the vocabulary and the vernacular were all very Hank Green, so it was difficult to develop the voice of the book's narrator, April May, separately, in my head. Even after I really got deep into the book, I would at times slip back into the voice of Hank Green, because prose just seemed to have too much hank-green-ness. I'm very curious if this is a particular quality of this book, or if it's a common problem if you know an author you're reading from something other than their writing, primarily. ...more
Didn't feel like a book of poetry, but more of a book of quotes from Gibson's spoken word. I love their spoken word, and these are good quotes, good lDidn't feel like a book of poetry, but more of a book of quotes from Gibson's spoken word. I love their spoken word, and these are good quotes, good lines, which makes the book fun to pick up every once in a while, just find an interesting line, but it's not really what I'm looking for if I sit down to read/study poetry.
If I don't look at it through the lens of written poetry, then it's a good book to have around. ...more
This might have been the best writing I've ever found in a wine book. Not that it was particularly flowery prose or anything overly-written, just, theThis might have been the best writing I've ever found in a wine book. Not that it was particularly flowery prose or anything overly-written, just, there was nothing awkward about it. You could tell she was a writer, and also loved wine. So the prose never got in the way of enjoying the book.
I was quite riveted through most of the book. I fell in love with the obsessive nature of top sommeliers, and I was adequately disgusted at the behind the scenes look at high end restaurants. Basically, i was hooked through the entire book. And hopefully learned some stuff along the way. What a great read. Looking forward to seeing what else she puts out in the future....more
I never even considered creating a secret society dedicated to combating cognative biases and updating our models of reality using bayes' rule until II never even considered creating a secret society dedicated to combating cognative biases and updating our models of reality using bayes' rule until I was at least in college... If only I'd done so when I was 11... and well, not been a muggle...
Everything I just read was delightful. Even after taking into account the downside of all the strange looks I got from my housemates after explaining that the 2000 page book I've been reading over the last couple weeks was harry potter fan fiction. A good part of the delight came in the form of some fairly obvious fan service, perhaps bordering on pandering.
However, there is something more to Eliezer's writing that's fairly subtly demonstrates a deep, intimate understanding of growing up as, well, me, and I imagine many others. For instance:
"But let it be quite clear that Hermione Granger, sitting alone on the first day of school in one of the few compartments that had been empty, in the last carriage of the train, with the compartment door left open just in case anyone for any reason wanted to talk to her, was not sad, lonely, gloomy, depressed, despairing, or obsessing about her problems. She was, rather, rereading Hogwarts: A History for the third time and quite enjoying it, with only a faint tinge of annoyance in the back of her mind at the general unreasonableness of the world."
With that paragraph, Yudkowsky has encompased 80% of my experience in school growing up. It's the sentiments like this, interspersed between Logic/Rationality/Philosophy fan service, that really make the story shine....more