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The Three Pirates Meet (Griffin Pirate Stories) (Paperback, 1970, Hodder & Stoughton General Division) 5 steloj

Nostalgic early childhood bedtime reading

5 steloj

My OCD completionist tendencies have driven me to add this, the earliest book I can remember. My Dad read it to me at bedtime, when I was a small child in the early 1970s. We also had a few sequels. Googling around for them, I'm delighted to realize that I recognize the titles, covers, and illustrations. Amazing what is retained in the old noggin.

recenzis The Three-Body Problem de Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem (Hardcover, 2014, Tor Books) 4 steloj

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien …

Not just bizarrely nihilistic and cynical, but also pro-authoritarian propaganda

1 stelo

Averto pri enhavo This book is intensely political.

Piranesi (2020, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) 5 steloj

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building; its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls …

Splendid tale, in a symbolic setting which is strikingly and evocatively minimal.

4 steloj

Averto pri enhavo Minor spoiler, which reveals a mid-book event which is very different in setting than the consistency of the opening chapters might suggest.

William Gibson's Alien 3 (2019, Dark Horse Comics) 2 steloj

Some potential, but didn't gel for me

2 steloj

Some interesting ideas, but as perhaps gently hinted at by Gibson's own genial, generous and self-aware introduction, despite his love for the Alien universe, writing a screenplay under contract was not familiar territory for him, he had constraints, and it's perhaps not his best work.

I found both the dialog and the visual composition to be needlessly confusing. I was trying too hard to understand things like people's relative positions in the room, and which characters are even present in the scene, and whether I was even reading the dialog in the right order. Maybe it's whip smart and I'm just not keeping up?

As an example, the first time we see Bishop, his top half has been put back on a cheap set of legs, his memory has been strip mined, he's been through a lot, and his eyes are just pitch black. I thought this was maybe a …

Fullmetal Alchemist (GraphicNovel, 2005, VIZ Media LLC) 2 steloj

I really wanted to like it, but just couldn't

2 steloj

I had high hopes, and it was pressed into my hands by an acquaintance, in exchange for me forcing "Watchmen" on them, so expectations were high. But I just couldn't get along with it at all.

On a frame-by-frame level, I'm unused to the Manga style of dialog and presentation (eg overblown reaction shots when a character is outraged, etc), which presumably is all heavily dependant on conventions of Japanese language and culture. To me it just seems, at times, puzzlingly opaque and juvenile. No doubt the fault is mine.

At a higher level, I was failing to pick up on any interesting themes or symbolic content. It's just a ripping yarn about some boys in a world of magic. Which has its place! It wouldn't surprise me if a reader with relevant experience tells me I'm missing important things here. But, lacking that insight, this one wasn't for me. …

recenzis Hyperion de Dan Simmons

Hyperion (1995) 4 steloj

Hyperion is a 1989 science fiction novel by American author Dan Simmons. The first book …

A smashing, gripping story, with prominent elements I'm unable to decode.

4 steloj

Averto pri enhavo Major recapitulation of the first of the book's six interwoven tales, short phrases describing three characters, one of whom only appears late in the book, and some fruitless discussion of the novel's many connections with John Keats.

Review of 'Python Beyond the Basics' on 'Goodreads'

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This book is a brilliant "next step" for people who are learning the Python programming language. If you've read a book or some tutorials about the language itself, or are writing your first programs, then this book is for you. It will expand your awareness of the sort of things you ought to know about, beyond the basics of the Python language itself.

It collects together wisdom from a wide range of topics, such as characterizing good code versus bad, the absolute bare minimum nuggets extracted from a computer science degree that you really might need from time to time (presented very approachably), and introductions to common tools from the Python ecosystem, like the code formatter "Black", or source control with "Git", and why you might want to get to grips with them. Many other topics are covered - see the contents:

Chapter 1: Dealing with …