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I'm trying to decide what to read.

open to a wide variety.

i just read a book about a navy seal who went on the kill bin laden mission.

i read all The Expanse books (sci fi) recently and before that i read some fantasy. i'm getting pickier about fantasy.

i generally dislike books about "regular people", especially living today or in the somewhat recent past. especially if they are losers or don't do much. i don't like unhappy people.

i prefer books where people do big or notable things (even if the character is e.g. a thief).

i like reading about the important parts of history.

science stuff is good if the book is actually good. but i find it usually has some really bad arguments or explanations. so either i think it's wrong or i don't find it very helpful for learning anything.

philosophy is good if there is a purpose to reading it. i don't like reading bad thinkers for no particular reason just because they are famous (e.g. locke, hume, kant, plato, artistotle, mill, marx, hegel).

i like spies and military stuff but don't know which books are good. might try more kinda randomly.

i read modern politics books but i generally don't like it when the ideas are bad. i read Flynn's book (The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies) the other day. it was ok. not that great. he did a pretty good job of being right (by saying stuff he knows and not overreaching). but it was a bit superficial and short, i felt i didn't learn that much due to the lack of detail arguments.

i could read more economics stuff (like ricardo, menger, adam smith, or some of the new austrians alive today) but i don't have in mind a clear purpose of what to do with the info and i don't really expect to learn many good ideas/args i don't already know.

i can read bad thinkers and write criticism but what for? no one's listening. i don't learn a lot from it. sometimes i get interested in some instance e.g. when it comes up in a discussion.

one purpose to reading bad thinkers is to try to understand people's confusions. except who actually read locke or kant or plato or whatever? and even if they did, is that REALLY where they are getting their ideas? nah, at least not directly. even if someone basically believes stuff Plato advocated, and read some Plato, they usually will be totally lost if you criticize Plato. even fans of Plato mostly don't know enough about his writing to follow criticism of it, let alone learn something important and change their minds.

i liked reading some stuff about the people who built the railroads and oil companies and the "robber barrons". and some stuff about steve jobs. maybe there's more good stuff like that. i don't know what to search for though. i have low opinions of a lot of the modern famous/rich businessmen. i'm not gonna read a book about Gates or Musk. fuck them.

i liked reading some books about the history of dungeons and dragons, war games, etc. there's a really long detailed one full of scholarship. i think i got the idea though.

i generally don't like reading about psychology, persuasion, rhetoric, etc, b/c it's confused crap. same with parenting or relationships. it's hard to find worthwhile books on a lot of the topics i write about.

sometimes i read anthology or collection type books. like you get fiction books with a different authory for each short story. or non-fiction with a different author for each chapter. it's good for sampling a variety and then you can try more stuff by authors you like. i've found some fiction i liked that way. for the non-fiction i often find it all sucks.

taking suggestions.

Elliot Temple on October 12, 2016

Comments (67)

what about "The Technopriests"

beautiful art

some ideas seem similar to your own

for instance:

https://i.warosu.org/data/vr/img/0019/25/1410248010407.jpg

overall not your philosophy

i don't know of any fiction that is based on your values but the one you already read.

maybe you should write a book?


Anonymous at 3:07 AM on October 13, 2016 | #6801 | reply | quote

You can read the books Donald Trump has written.

He has written many books.

You said to have read some of them. You can finish the remaining.

or read and crit self-help motivational authors. ( most people go to them instead of you. You can get some good quality people mislead by self-help)

Trump likes Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad). You can crit him.

or read & Crit remaining Ann Coulter books.

or read & crit D'souza book (Hillary's America)

Or read Benjamin Franklin incomplete Biography.


ff at 3:50 AM on October 14, 2016 | #6802 | reply | quote

or you could read Rami's books. He has written two.


FF at 4:09 AM on October 14, 2016 | #6803 | reply | quote

I've already replied to Rami on FI list where he refused to discuss.

BTW he may actually be plagiarizing me, I'm not sure. I don't think he knows how to tell if he is or isn't.

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self-help books sound unpleasant and like i won't learn anything.


curi at 10:37 AM on October 14, 2016 | #6804 | reply | quote

> BTW he may actually be plagiarizing me, I'm not sure. I don't think he knows how to tell if he is or isn't..

In his Anger Management book he has mentioned fallible ideas many times. He might add more acknowledgements if you ask him.

He has mentioned fallible ideas many times in his " How to get more right answers" book.

Many students who have bought his book might get interested in your philosophy.


FF at 8:02 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6805 | reply | quote

Correction: In his Anger Management book he has added you as one of the authors.

Anger: And how to change

By

Rami Rustom

Elliot Temple


FF at 8:04 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6806 | reply | quote

source on attributing Elliot as an author?


Anonymous at 8:14 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6807 | reply | quote

> source on attributing Elliot as an author?

What kind of source do you want?

I have both his books. But I am not allowed to share them.


FF at 8:16 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6808 | reply | quote

where did you get the book which says Elliot is an author?


Anonymous at 8:17 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6809 | reply | quote

> where did you get the book which says Elliot is an author?

Rami gave me the pdfs


FF at 8:17 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6810 | reply | quote

Rami didn't ask me first. Naming me as an author without asking is **fraud** and a **gross violation of my rights**.


Elliot Temple at 8:18 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6811 | reply | quote

> Rami didn't ask me first. Naming me as an author without asking is **fraud** and a **gross violation of my rights**.

It was written long back. Maybe you forgot.

I had sent you a thank you card on

21/07/15 at 11:12 PM by mistake

You should have known that you were an author of that book.


FF at 8:24 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6812 | reply | quote

I didn't forget. I didn't coauthor it. Rami committed fraud.

I see your email in which Rami says that I'm a coauthor and also says that he hasn't told me yet. That's **fraud**.


Elliot Temple at 8:28 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6813 | reply | quote

> I didn't forget. I didn't coauthor it. Rami committed fraud.

First you said he was plagiarizing by not giving you credits. I quoted the title to solve that problem.

Now you are saying he committed a fraud. But you didn't get a copyright over the essays right? He can copy stuff if he gives you credits right?

Maybe he wanted to give you a surprise.

> I see your email in which Rami says that I'm a coauthor and also says > that he hasn't told me yet. That's **fraud**.

I thought adding you as an author was a good thing. That meant he wasn't plagiarizing your content as his.

Link for Rami's books -

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Rami+Rustom&search-alias=books&field-author=Rami+Rustom&sort=relevancerank


FF at 8:39 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6814 | reply | quote

I'm not a co-author. So saying I'm a co-author is fraud.

I do have copyright over all of my essays. Copyright is basically automatic.

Surprise fraud is fraud.

You can't solve plagiarism problems by adding fraud on top of them.

When dealing with copyrighted works, you have to get *permissions* or do what's called *fair use*. Otherwise copying stuff is copyright infringement.

Fair use limits what you can use, in what ways, for what purposes, and also requires giving appropriate credit. In my understanding, Rami has not done this correctly and is both a plagiarist (taking credit for other people's ideas) and a copyright infringer (violating the law).


Elliot Temple at 8:48 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6815 | reply | quote

> I'm not a co-author. So saying I'm a co-author is fraud.

You can buy his 3rd book to see if it has your content.

$14.99

You and Rami and follow the permission process well this time. It will release on May 1, 2017. It is available for preorder.


FF at 9:12 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6816 | reply | quote

Correction

And follow = can follow


FF at 9:13 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6817 | reply | quote

rami should not release it, he has no idea what he's doing and hasn't spoken to me about it to check anything. he will probably violate my rights again.


Elliot Temple at 9:15 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6818 | reply | quote

secondarily, Rami's ideas suck and he should learn good ideas before making books.


Anonymous at 9:16 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6819 | reply | quote

> secondarily, Rami's ideas suck and he should learn good ideas before making books.

The urge to share ideas might be too much.

I get overexcited and give sermon to family and people who listen for 4-5 hours eventhough I haven't learned many FI ideas.


FF at 9:21 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6820 | reply | quote

then write a blog, not a book?


Anonymous at 9:25 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6821 | reply | quote

> then write a blog, not a book?

Rami has a blog. His domains expires often though.


FF at 9:26 PM on October 14, 2016 | #6822 | reply | quote

history books

Some books I thought were interesting:

"Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History" by john david lewis

"The Pursuit Of The Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages" by Norman Cohn.

"No More Wacos: What's Wrong With Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It" by David B. Kopel


oh my god it's turpentine at 4:08 PM on November 1, 2016 | #7312 | reply | quote

I like Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

Has some interesting ideas about memes. There are a few holes in them, but I can work out viable explanations that fill them.

Main characters are skill-orientated, take their work seriously, try to be great.


Anonymous at 4:31 PM on November 21, 2016 | #7697 | reply | quote

I like the Ghost in the Shell manga.

There are some notable flaws. I think it has some mixed up ideas between altruism and individualism. It doesn't wholesale advocate altruism, is very often individualistic, but has some moments where it values sacrifice.

I'm not sure if it's just using the language of altruism (eg someone giving their life because they don't want a world where the consequences of not doing it are worse, then calling it "sacrifice") or if it actually endorses altruism.

Also semi-mystical in attitude to the "ghost". But I think mystical attitude of we have these things called ghosts that set us apart from robots is much better than attitude of humans are just sophisticated automata that seems to come way too much in sci-fi. It's not a good explanation of consciousness, but it doesn't deny consciousness either.

Main characters are skill-orientated, take their work seriously, live very focused purposeful lives.

Lots of fun and imaginative tech too. I look forward to when technology means I can just remove faulty parts and replace them when they wear out. Death sucks.


Anonymous at 3:02 PM on November 27, 2016 | #7734 | reply | quote

Heinlein

I read a ton of Heinlein books some years ago and mostly liked them. I didn't keep a list of which I read. I started reading Heinlein again, at random.

I read Between Planets today. I liked it. It involves humans living on mars and venus, war, spies, and the importance of physics.

I liked Sixth Column too. The US is conquered by the pan-asians (china conquered russia already). 6 military men in a mountain are alive and in possession of advanced science. they come up with a plan to take back the country.

I liked "Gulf" from Assignment in Eternity (a book with 4 stories). It involves spies, future science, people living on the moon, and smart people who care about speed reading and speed talking. I wasn't impressed by the other 3 stories in that book.

My favorite Heinlein story, from reading a bunch in the past, was *The Man Who Sold The Moon*.

I don't know where to find similar sci fi stories. I liked a bunch of Greg Egan books, though those are pretty different – more science, not much in the way of pro-freedom pro-individualism themes like Heinlein has plenty of. A lot of Heinlein involves war, politics, pioneering, exploration or commerce, and there are anti-government themes. Heinlein also has pro-heroism and pro-science attitudes. His characters have a rugged, can-do spirit, aren't afraid of hard work, and don't spend their time obeying authority. They aren't a bunch of college boys who let bureaucrats boss them around, nor a bunch of whiners who want government handouts.

I've read a lot of fantasy books but I've gotten less interested in the genre, and my quality standards have gone up, and it's hard to find more that I consider readable. I've tried a lot that I thought were really quite bad. I've tried a fair amount of sci fi, too, but not as much. I found some leads on other sci fi authors to to try: https://www.tor.com/2012/10/28/something-else-like-heinlein/ I will try some after I run out of Heinlein.

My favorite fantasy is Brandon Sanderson (particularly the first mistborn triology, elantris, warbreaker, and the stormlight archive, in no particular order. that's 5 of his oldest books. i find his new books worth reading but not as good, except for the stormlight archive series, which is great.) I also particularly like Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards series but sadly he's only finished 3 books and more don't seem to be forthcoming. Sanderson, by contrast, is extremely productive and keeps writing a ton all the time.


curi at 8:12 PM on May 23, 2019 | #12488 | reply | quote

I read Rocket Ship Galileo and Space Cadet. Both solid, nothing too special. I like the sense of life.


curi at 8:21 PM on May 24, 2019 | #12502 | reply | quote

I read *the rolling stones*. Solid space story with more sense of life than plot. lots of Heinlein's earlier books are a little over 200 pages and have a weak plot. they are often like "here are the characters. now they do thing 1. now they do thing 2. now thing 3." and it ends after the second or third major thing. the things are related but you could tell the story of thing 2 without the story of thing 1.

in The Rolling Stones part 1 introduces the characters (a family named Stone) and they get a spaceship. part 2 is the trip to mars and the visit to mars. for part 3 they go to the asteroid belt.

in Space Cadet, part 1 is training/education to be part of the of the space patrol, and part 2 is their first mission.

in Rocket Ship Galileo, part 1 is introducing the characters and their hobbyist work on rockets. part 2 is building a ship to go to the moon and flying there. part 3 is what happens on the moon.


curi at 4:38 PM on May 25, 2019 | #12508 | reply | quote

Between Planets has a stronger plot because the character has a goal early on which drives a lot of the story. i like the low-plot novels fine, but i would recommend Between Planets more. not just for the better plot, it was also more interesting in other ways, e.g. i liked the dragon species that lives on Venus (no, they aren't similar to fantasy dragons. they don't fly around breathing fire. they are more like an alien species with their own culture which happens to be in a bodily shape similar enough to a dragon that people call them dragons).

Between Planets is my favorite of my recent readings. I'd recommend Gulf second; i think it packs a good amount into only like a quarter of a book.


curi at 4:43 PM on May 25, 2019 | #12509 | reply | quote

I finished *Friday*, which i particularly liked. it's loosely sequel to *Gulf*. i would recommend reading *Gulf* first. you don't need to but it's shorter and is referred to a bit.

the main character and cultural ideas are interesting. the world political situation is rather different than ours and the main character participates in 3+ person marriages. my favorite part is when she spends time with a library. it explores racism type themes because the main character is an artificial person (think test tube baby), but it's not like how today's SJWs talk about racism.

also here's a quote i liked:

> a public employee, having no self-respect, needs and demands a show of public respect.


curi at 10:42 AM on May 26, 2019 | #12514 | reply | quote

Gulf is around 25k words and Friday is around 135k. Between Planets is around 65k.


curi at 10:53 AM on May 26, 2019 | #12515 | reply | quote

I enjoyed Heinlein's *Star Beast* a lot. I particularly recommend that one. It has kinda like a talking alien dog, a court trial, and negotiations between humanity and an alien species. That doesn't do it justice but I'm avoiding spoilers.

*Starman Jones* is another solid coming-of-age story, with a male lead, involving space. It involves basically beginning in a career and advancing in it. Jones wants to work on spaceships in transit.

*Tunnel in the Sky* is another solid coming-of-age story, with a male lead, involving low tech survival on a strange planet. It involves basically beginning in a career and advancing in it.


curi at 2:50 PM on May 30, 2019 | #12568 | reply | quote

*Farmer in the Sky* is about colonizing Ganymede. It's very hard to start a farm there. Another solid coming of age story with a male lead and sci-fi elements like space.


curi at 2:52 PM on May 30, 2019 | #12569 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *Citizen of the Galaxy* which I remember liking in the past. I liked it again. I'd forgotten most of it.

The main character goes from slave to beggar to space traveller/trader to more. It covers 4 phases of his life. It's another coming of age kinda story but a bit longer. I can't say much more without spoilers.


curi at 10:45 AM on May 31, 2019 | #12579 | reply | quote

I reread Heinlein's *The Moon is a Harsh Mistress*. I think it's overrated for having a violent libertarian revolution plot (to free the moon from being ruled by the Earth). It also has an AI. It has fully adult characters, a poly marriage, and it's longer than the early books (like double the length).

It's pretty good. Overrated doesn't mean bad. I liked this press conference on Earth:

> One man demanded to know why, since we paid no taxes, we [lunar] colonists thought we had a right to run things our own way? After all, those colonies had been established by Federated Nations—by some of them. It had been terribly expensive. Earth had paid all bills—and now you colonists enjoy benefits and pay not one dime of taxes. Was that fair?

> I wanted to tell him to blow it. But Prof had again made me take a tranquilizer and had required me to swot that endless list of answers to trick questions. "Lets take that one at a time," I said. "First, what is it you want us to pay taxes for? Tell me what I get and perhaps I'll buy it. No, put it this way. Do you pay taxes?"

> "Certainly I do! And so should you."

> "And what do you get for your taxes?"

> "Huh? Taxes pay for government."

> I said, "Excuse me, I'm ignorant. I've lived my whole life in Luna, I don't know much about your government. Can you feed it to me in small pieces? What do you get for your money?"

> They all got interested and anything this aggressive little choom missed, others supplied. I kept a list. When they stopped, I read it back:

> "Free hospitals—aren't any in Luna. Medical insurance—we have that but apparently not what you mean by it. If a person wants insurance, he goes to a bookie and works out a bet. You can hedge anything, for a price. I don't hedge my health, I'm healthy. Or was till I came here. We have a public library, one Carnegie Foundation started with a few book films. It gets along by charging fees. Public roads. I suppose that would be our tubes. But they are no more free than air is free. Sorry, you have free air here, don't you? I mean our tubes were built by companies who put up money and are downright nasty about expecting it back and then some. Public schools. There are schools in all warrens and I never heard of them turning away pupils, so I guess they are 'public.' But they pay well, too, because anyone in Luna who knows something useful and is willing to teach it charges all the traffic will bear."

> I went on: "Let's see what else— Social security. I'm not sure what that is but whatever it is, we don't have it. Pensions. You can buy a pension. Most people don't; most families are large and old people, say a hundred and up, either fiddle along at something they like, or sit and watch video. Or sleep. They sleep a lot, after say a hundred and twenty."

> "Sir, excuse me. Do people really live as long on the Moon as they say?"

> I looked surprised but wasn't; this was a "simulated question" for which an answer had been taped. "Nobody knows how long a person will live in Luna; we haven't been there long enough. Our oldest citizens were born Earthside, it's no test. So far, no one born in Luna died of old age, but that's still no test; they haven't had time to grow old yet, less than a century. But— Well, take me, madam; how old would you say I am? I'm authentic Loonie, third generation."

> "Uh, truthfully, Colonel Davis, I was surprised at your youthfulness—for this mission, I mean. You appear to be about twenty-two. Are you older? Not much, I fancy."

> "Madam, I regret that your local gravitation makes it impossible for me to bow. Thank you. I've been married longer than that."

> "What? Oh, you're jesting!"

> "Madam, I would never venture to guess a lady's age but, if you will emigrate to Luna, you will keep your present youthful loveliness much longer and add at least twenty years to your life." I looked at list. "I'll lump the rest of this together by saying we don't have any of it in Luna, so I can't see any reason to pay taxes for it. On that other point, sir, surely you know that the initial cost of the colonies has long since been repaid several times over through grain shipments alone? We are being bled white of our most essential resources . . .and not even being paid an open-market price. That's why the Lunar Authority is being stubborn; they intend to go on bleeding us. The idea that Luna has been an expense to Terra and the investment must be recovered is a lie invented by the Authority to excuse their treating us as slaves. The truth is that Luna has not cost Terra one dime this century—and the original investment has long since been paid back."

> He tried to rally. "Oh, surely you're not claiming that the Lunar colonies have paid all the billions of dollars it took to develop space flight?"

> "I could present a good case. However there is no excuse to charge that against us. You have space flight, you people of Terra. We do not. Luna has not one ship. So why should we pay for what we never received? It's like the rest of this list. We don't get it, why should we pay for it?"

> Had been stalling, waiting for a claim that Prof had told me I was sure to hear . . . and got it at last.

> "Just a moment, please!" came a confident voice. "You ignored the two most important items on that list. Police protection and armed forces. You boasted that you were willing to pay for what you get . . . so how about paying almost a century of back taxes for those two? It should be quite a bill, quite a bill!" He smiled smugly.

> Wanted to thank him!—thought Prof was going to chide me for failing to yank it out. People looked at each other and nodded, pleased I had been scored on. Did best to look innocent. "Please? Don't understand. Luna has neither police nor armed forces."

> "You know what I mean. You enjoy the protection of the Peace Forces of the Federated Nations. And you do have police. Paid for by the Lunar Authority! I know, to my certain knowledge, that two phalanges were sent to the Moon less than a year ago to serve as policemen."

> "Oh." I sighed. "Can you tell me how F.N. peace forces protect Luna? I did not know that any of your nations wanted to attack us. We are far away and have nothing anyone envies. Or did you mean we should pay them to leave us alone? If so, there is an old saying that once you pay Danegeld, you never get rid of the Dane. Sir, we will fight F.N. armed forces if we must . . . we shall never pay them.

> "Now about those so-called 'policemen.' They were not sent to protect us. Our Declaration of Independence told the true story about those hoodlums—did your newspapers print it?" (Some had, some hadn't—depended on country.) "They went mad and started raping and murdering! And now they are dead! So don't send us any more troops!"


The comment "I don't hedge my health, I'm healthy." is stupid though. What if he gets hit by a car or gets cancer? He could risk it to save money but "I'm healthy" is not a reason to risk it. If he said, "I didn't hedge my health, I'm poor." that would actually make sense.

(btw that sentence is a comma splice. it's wrong tho i think it's alright informally, you can understand it. the comma could be a semi-colon or the word "because")


curi at 12:30 PM on June 2, 2019 | #12605 | reply | quote

I reread Heinlein's *Red Planet*. It's OK. The stuff with the martians is weird (kinda like new agey spiritual meditation stuff). The rest is about as good as his other juveniles. Kid (maybe age 15? idk) living on Mars goes to school (also on Mars) where the headmaster is very nasty; kid ends up having an adventure.

Today I'm rereading *The Puppet Masters*. Not a juvenile. I'm enjoying it. It involves spies and aliens. No more comments cuz I don't wanna spoil the plot.


curi at 2:32 PM on June 6, 2019 | #12674 | reply | quote

Heinlein's *Methuselah's Children* involves long lifespan, space travel, aliens with very different culture than us, and persecution of men, by men, for being superior.

It's the first of ~5 books that share a major character. I don't yet know how related the plots are.


curi at 11:03 AM on June 7, 2019 | #12680 | reply | quote

I've also been reading some interesting technical grammar/linguistics papers like https://www.glossa-journal.org/articles/10.5334/gjgl.537/


curi at 11:21 AM on June 7, 2019 | #12682 | reply | quote

Terry Goodkind is a self proclaimed Objectivist:

http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2007/12/interview-with-terry-goodkind.html

He writes fantasy. I have not read anything of his so I can't say if it is good or bad. Have you read anything of Goodkind?


Anonymous at 7:22 AM on June 10, 2019 | #12710 | reply | quote

I read *Wizard's First Rule* ages ago after hearing about Goodkind being an Objectivist (possibly I read it first, heard that second). I thought it was a normal fantasy book. I didn't particularly like it. I also saw the TV show. I have heard that it's only later books which have Objectivist stuff.

I think I've seen a few Goodkind quotes that didn't impress me either. If someone knows a few great quotes, please share it and maybe then I'll want to read more.


curi at 10:39 AM on June 10, 2019 | #12713 | reply | quote

I reread Heinlein's *Starship Troopers*. I disagree with some of the intellectual themes but I still like the book. It is about military culture. And see this FI topic where I post a lengthy scene advocating spanking and ask if anyone can refute it: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/fallible-ideas/BZekBJfADZE/KTqgSldnBQAJ

I read 70% of *Time Enough for Love* which is weird. I don't like Heinlein's polygamy material in general and I'm not very interested in his views on genetics (which are old and have no criticisms or improvements to offer re my beliefs about genetics). I might not read the rest of the book.


curi at 10:44 AM on June 10, 2019 | #12714 | reply | quote

I reread Heinlein's *Have Space Suit – Will Travel*. I like the progression as he travels to 4 places that aren't on Earth. I like the person he travels with and (mostly) his sense of life. And I like how it's partly an adventure story, but partly other things, instead of just one thing.


curi at 10:13 PM on June 10, 2019 | #12725 | reply | quote

Do you read manga? Have you read Berserk?


Anonymous at 7:27 AM on June 11, 2019 | #12728 | reply | quote

I watched anime years ago. Got tired of it. I watched Berserk (1997 version, not 2016). My friend was super impressed by it (and I think he read some Berserk manga); I thought it was OK. I read (past tense) a little manga (in general) but not much. I never read a lot of comics either, nor graphic novels. I generally don't like the format very much.


curi at 9:30 AM on June 11, 2019 | #12730 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *Double Star*. It's a fun one! It involves covert action, politics, and a bit of space.


curi at 10:07 PM on June 11, 2019 | #12743 | reply | quote

#12730 I can identify with that. It usually has so much filler.

Regarding Berserk I think the manga as well as the -97 version (I have not seen the -16 version either) is interesting as it has the dynamics of tribalism and it's clashes with individualism (Guts, the protagonist).

One major theme in the manga is individualism, breaking with tradition ("destiny"), and taking charge of ones life. It's dialog heavy but also heavy on action. For those that like dark fantasy and manga I recommend it. Mind it it's ful of gore, so if you do not like that Berserk most likely is not for you. (By you I adress the reader, as Curi has already seen it.)


Anonymous at 5:13 AM on June 12, 2019 | #12747 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *Time For the Stars*. It was OK. It has telepathy and space travel. In general my least favorite Heinlein themes are telepathy/ESP/psychic powers and polygamy/marriage/family. I prefer the space, the adventure, the science, the productive people, the pioneers, the spies, the coming of age stuff, and the military stuff.


curi at 9:05 PM on June 12, 2019 | #12759 | reply | quote

Has anyone read *The Robber Barons: John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Cornelius Vanderbilt* and can say if it is good or not?

https://www.amazon.com/Robber-Barons-Rockefeller-Cornelius-Vanderbilt-ebook/dp/B07H1ML3RG

I was looking for *The Myth of the Robber Barons* in Audible, but they didn't have that one.

https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Robber-Barons-Business-America-ebook/dp/B004X2IJ72/?tag=curi04-20


Anonymous at 2:15 AM on June 13, 2019 | #12760 | reply | quote

#12760 No, but you should be able to get a sense of the book by reading a few passages + a few amazon reviews.

Re *The Myth of the Robber Barons*, use Voice Dream Reader or other Text To Speech.


Anonymous at 10:26 AM on June 13, 2019 | #12762 | reply | quote

I read Hazlitt's Thinking as a Science. I like and recommend it, especially chapters 1, 5, 7. It's pretty short even if you read all the chapters. There is some inductivism and mainstream epistemology, but also some CR-like stuff

You can find some quotes from the book (not posted by me) at http://curi.us/2189-open-discussion#c12443


curi at 10:34 AM on June 13, 2019 | #12763 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *The Door into Summer*. It involves an inventor/engineer and cryonics. No space! Another solid one.


curi at 10:17 PM on June 13, 2019 | #12769 | reply | quote

I read *Variable Star*, which was written based on an old Heinlein outline that he hadn't turned into a book.

It was not great. In a fair amount of ways it was similar to a Heinlein book. (And a typical, good one, not one of the weird ones.) But the sense of life was wrong, and I actually judged that the author is a bad person (even before the brief aside with a leftist political interpretation of the war on terror).

I'd be interested in discussing what's wrong with it with someone who had read it and also had read a lot of Heinlein.


curi at 9:47 PM on June 14, 2019 | #12774 | reply | quote

#12762 I did not realize one could get a sample. Thanks.

I did not get a good impression reading the preview of *The Robber Barons: John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Cornelius Vanderbilt*. I did *not* get this book.

From the Rockefeller chapter (free sample).

> ... Cornelius Vanderbilt controlling the the monopoly on the waterways and Andrew Carnegie operating the steel monopoly, many wondered if there was another monopoly to be controlled in America.

> However, while the wealth of John [Rockefeller] was enough to warrant a second glance into the life of the industrialist, John found *his true love in dispersing the wealth* amassed during his lifetime.

>Trough the life of John D. Rockefeller, one can learn that there *truly is no greater joy than bestowing wealth to those not as fortunate* in the world.


Anonymous at 5:56 AM on June 15, 2019 | #12777 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *Orphans of the Sky*. It's about people who live in a giant spaceship but no longer understand what a spaceship is. Something went wrong generations ago. Pretty good.

If ppl aren’t gonna read Popper/etc carefully they could at least read it quickly like i read scifi. The amount I've read in the last month – as a secondary activity after I do primary writing/research/etc – would make a good dent in the FI reading list.


curi at 6:59 PM on June 16, 2019 | #12778 | reply | quote

> If ppl aren’t gonna read Popper/etc carefully they could at least read it quickly like i read scifi. The amount I've read in the last month – as a secondary activity after I do primary writing/research/etc – would make a good dent in the FI reading list.

I had been holding off on reading Popper and other philosophy until I get better at reading/thinking/learning. I think I'd misunderstand a lot of it if I read it now. But maybe it's still worth doing.


Anne B at 8:55 AM on June 17, 2019 | #12780 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *Podkayne of Mars*. Another solid one. Pretty normal Heinlein book. Nothing wrong with it.

I've tried looking for more fantasy authors to read, at various times, and I find a fair amount of them are so bad they're not readable. And that includes books and authors that win awards or even that were recommended by Brandon Sanderson. Just writing books that are actually readable is an accomplishment that is rarer than people realize, IMO. Maybe that's a big part of why most people don't like reading – most books are bad and they aren't familiar enough with better books to know it's the book's fault and that they can find better books (and they don't know how to find good books cuz awful ones get plenty of recommendations and good reviews, so how are you supposed to find the ones that are actually good? and if you read one with great reviews and it sucks then I can see how it would look like books just suck.)


curi at 5:37 PM on June 21, 2019 | #12822 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *Farnham's Freehold*. It was pretty solid and standard. Not exceptional and not weird.


curi at 1:53 PM on June 27, 2019 | #12914 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *Glory Road*. Atypically, it had major fantasy elements.


curi at 6:01 PM on June 28, 2019 | #12921 | reply | quote

Robert Heinlein in *Expanded Universe* (short story collection, but this is his own opinion, not from within a story):

> Anyone today who simply brushes off ESP phenomena as being ridiculous is either pigheaded or ignorant.


curi at 12:54 PM on July 1, 2019 | #12943 | reply | quote

I read *Hellbender* by Frank J. Fleming (who made the IMAO blog). It's a funny sci-fi adventure. FYI he has a couple other books too.

I read Heinlein's *Expanded Universe* collection of short stories. Solid stuff. I skipped some of the non-fiction at the end.

I also read (more solid stuff):

Robert A Heinlein - Shorts Vol 1.txt

It contained the short stories:

Ordeal in Space

Requiem

Searchlight

Space Jockey

The Black Pits of Luna

The Discovery of the Future

The Green Hills of Earth

The Long Watch

All You Zombies


curi at 12:16 PM on July 5, 2019 | #12964 | reply | quote

I particularly liked some of Heinlein's short stories related to atom bomb concerns.

The Long Watch

Solution Unsatisfactory

Blowups Happen

I thought those had some interesting ideas in them (the first is particularly short with a standard idea, the second and third have more unique ideas).


curi at 12:24 PM on July 5, 2019 | #12965 | reply | quote

I read Heinlein's *6xH* and *The Past Through Tomorrow*. Good stuff. I skip stories I already read in the last few months. Next I'll be looking through some individual short stories to see if I can find any that I missed. I'm about done with Heinlein. There is still some Lazarus Long stuff I could read, and I could reread *Stranger in a Strange Land*, but I think I may skip those.


curi at 8:13 AM on July 9, 2019 | #12990 | reply | quote

I read parts of Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I read the first like 8% and didn't like it. So I read a bit around 50%, 75%, and 90% through and then the Epilogue, and I got a much better idea of what the book is and that I don't want to read it.

I think it's bad and that the author is a bad thinker. I disliked how the characters thought and talked, which I think was mostly based on the author's own sense of life view of the world. Also the views on genetics, human nature and violence in the book are really awful and anti-reason. And there's a general lack of intelligence combined with some social fakery to try to sound smart.

I would like to read a book with a similar sort of plot by a good author, but this book is too unreadable for me. I like many of the topics.

Some of the use of references remind me of Ready Player One as reviewed and extensively criticized by CharlesXII at http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4248817&mc=515&forum_id=2 There were fantastic four and batman references in particular near the beginning that I thought were irrelevant pandering crap and were handled really badly.

IMO there's something really off and bad about the writing style throughout. It's hard to explain though.

I liked Stephenson's Snowcrash and Diamond Age years ago. I read Cryptonomicon too but was less impressed. I started Quicksilver but got bored early on. I don't know if the old books are bad like Seveneves (and I was a less perceptive reader) or if he was better then and changed. Both seem plausible.

I read parts of Seveneves after DD tweeted plugging Stephenson's latest book. I read several negative Amazon reviews about the new book. One in particular said he had gotten too popular for editors to tell him what to do, so it was incoherent because no one could fix anything. They said the same thing had happened with Heinlein, which makes some sense to me because some of Heinlein's late books are weird and bad IMO even though I like most of his books. Anyway that guy thought Seveneves and Anathem were good, unlike the new one, so that's why I tried Seveneves.

I could go into more detail but I don't really want to.


curi at 10:50 PM on August 10, 2019 | #13276 | reply | quote

I read Lucifer Curves: The Legacy of Lead Poisoning

https://www.amazon.com/Lucifer-Curves-Legacy-Lead-Poisoning-ebook/dp/B01I3LTR4W

It's pretty good. The first chapter about Lucifer was awful and pointless. Just skip it. There's a lot of correlation and statistics stuff but also some causation too and it's way better and more convincing than any twin study. And it's short.

I didn't fact check it. I read it with text to speech and missed every graph and chart. I didn't carefully look over the reasoning or details. But my general impression was that lead poisoning was a big deal and the author had good reasoning that'd be hard to refute (on the main claims, no doubt there are some detail errors).


curi at 10:55 PM on August 10, 2019 | #13277 | reply | quote

I read *Old Man's War* by John Scalzi. It was OK. A decent military sci-fi novel. Nothing too special about it. It was readable. Lots of books are bad – and I think I'm a bit picky – so that's pretty good. Found via https://www.tor.com/2012/10/28/something-else-like-heinlein/ I'm also going to try some other authors from that blog post.


curi at 8:09 PM on September 2, 2019 | #13426 | reply | quote

I read *Space Viking* by H. Beam Piper. OK. Not great.

I read *The Warrior's Apprentice* by Lois Bujold. I liked it a lot! I recommend it! And now I see that it's a series. There are like 30 books by this author in this world! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorkosigan_Saga#Works

It wasn't intellectual or "hard" sci-fi, but it was fun and had a positive sense of life. It was a hero's journey.

(I got several books at once and had totally forgotten which were standalone and which weren't. The book reads find as a standalone book but also introduces a world where more could happen.)


curi at 10:01 PM on September 11, 2019 | #13486 | reply | quote

I also reread *Elantris* by Brandon Sanderson. It's great but I've read it too many times. I didn't pay a lot of attention. (I'm reading these books with Voice Dream Reader. I often read audio+visual, but also a lot with just audio, and with audio only it's pretty easy to do other things and pay less attention, though I can follow fine with audio only if I focus. Also I mostly read at 450-600 wpm.)


curi at 12:57 AM on September 12, 2019 | #13489 | reply | quote

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