Reading Log

Podcasts

Dead Collections, Isaac Fellman

2022-03-27.

A love-letter to fanfic, to trans people, and to libraries. Confessional, epistolary, and magic realism. I like a good San Francisco novel.

I’ve stopped being grateful for the miracle of my survival, and just started living as best I can. I think it’s that way for everyone.

Zero History, William Gibson

2022-03. Audiobook, narrated by Robertson Dean.

3rd or 4th read; 1st time audio. Good narration.

Gibson’s Jackpot and Blue Ant series hold up as key, even crucial, ways to understand what is going on right now. Below the keenly-observed surface flows a tide of critical, and necessary, radicalism.

He’s still hitting all the same plot and character points as all of his novels do, in their endless variations. But, it still works.

Inversions, Iain M. Banks

2022-03.

2nd or 3rd read. I had forgotten how extremely low-key the Culture-ness is in this novel. (No e.g. gravitas-minimal ship names.) Valuable as a way to observe Culture intervention from 1 non-Culture perspective.

Agency, William Gibson

2022-02. Audiobook, narrated by Lorelei King.

2nd read; 1st time audio. Narration is extremely good. San Francisco, with specific details and humor.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams

2022-01. Audiobook, narrated by Stephen Fry. Narration is ideal for the material.

I hadn’t read this since probably middle school. This time around, the bromance aspect is clear to me in a way it wasn’t then. That’s not a bad thing, at all, but Trillian is the lone non-bro — this delightful classic doesn’t even give itself a chance to fail the Bechdel test. These days I find that harder to ignore. Most (not all) of the jokes still work, and the cynical-but-loving worldview they evoke stills rings true.

Programming Rust, 2nd ed., Jim Blandy, Jason Orendorff, Leonora F. S. Tindall

2021-12-21.