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Carl

strangefreeworld@bookrastinating.com

Joined 1 year, 3 months ago

Computer nerd here. My reading focuses around post-evengelical Christianity, politics, and science fiction.

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Neal Stephenson: Termination Shock (Hardcover, 2021, William Morrow) 4 stars

Termination Shock takes readers on a thrilling, chilling visit to our not-too-distant future – a …

Didn't Go Off The Rails

4 stars

My biggest frustration with Stephenson books of late (#Seveneves, #FallOrDodgeInHell) is that IMO they went way off the rails in the third act. This was a fun read, my first venture into #clifi. This gave me a lot to think about, and I felt it ended well.

Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash (Paperback, 2008, Bantam Spectra) 4 stars

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra Pizza Inc., but in the …

Fun Introduction To Stephenson

4 stars

The dates are a total guess; (side note: an annoyance I have on BookWyrm right now is that in order to list a book as read, you have to give exact read dates, which I don't track, especially for a book I read roughly 25 years ago). I enjoyed this a great deal; back at that time the techno-libertarian themes of the book appealed to me, 'Hiro Protagonist' was a cute joke, and there was useful social commentary. It was a fun way to explore things that have now come to be.

John Scalzi: Your hate mail will be graded (2008, Subterranean Press) 4 stars

A compilation of some of the writings from the author's popular blog, Whatever, from 1998 …

Review of 'Your hate mail will be graded' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

To be clear, I have not read all of the essays in this book, a collection of his blog posts from the first ten years of his blog, but unless the essays left were posted by some pathetic alien poseur who captured Scalzi's brain and keyboard, the quality and insight of these are nigh impossible to decrease enough to lower the rating of the book.