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Ah, my dear little friends. It is not my intention to program you -- to flick through the many crevices of your brains with my grease-spotted fingers. But let me subtly suggest that you buy The Call for your loved ones this Christmas?

There are other fine books out there, of course, and I have been reading some of them. Right now, waiting patiently for me to finish this post, is Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Math Destruction. The author investigates how our blind trust of mathematical formulae has created a self-sustaining vortex of stupidity that wreaks havoc on our society. It's not as mind-altering as Nassim Taleb's Black Swan so far, but I'm really enjoying it all the same.


Westworld continues to entertain, but I have a bad feeling that it's about to spit a great big gob of stupid into my face. Let's see...

In the meantime, Netflix bought The Expanse, so I finally had a chance to watch the first season. I enjoyed it a lot, although I seem to remember the first book of the series ending with more of a bang. Perhaps not. It's been a while.


Good things continue to happen to The Call. New York Public Libraries have chosen it as one of their recommended books for teens for 2016. Another fantastic list from the other end of the US, Texas Tayshas, has put it down as one of their 2017 books to look out for. So, all excellent news!

Meanwhile, in the UK, the Literary Review said I was a "powerful writer" and that The Call was "riveting". Can't complain about that!


How are you?


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
A book to look out for?
You're throwing it at them?

I thought I'd explained that's not what's meant by "pitching a novel"...

Edited at 2016-12-02 06:04 pm (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
I thought you were supposed to dip novels in tar in order to pitch them? I could be wrong...
Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
That theory will at least hold water....
Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2016 07:15 pm (UTC)
The first book of The Expanse does end a bit more dramatically, but the first season of the show only makes it about 2/3rds of the way through the first book. I believe the second season will blend the rest of the first book with parts of the second book.

I'll have to check out Weapons of Math Instruction. I only made it a little over halfway through Black Swan -- interesting ideas, but I could not deal with the author's style any more.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
I think you should try a done chapter to see how you find the style of it. It feels more breezy to me. Lots of baseball metaphors :)
Dec. 2nd, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I do like my baseball metaphors.
Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:20 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that the reviews are going so well.
I confess to being confused as to how mathematical formulae are causing stupidity. Now, if it was being argued that calculators are making people more stupid, because nobody can do things on paper or in their heads anymore, I would have understood that.
Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:01 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not so much that the formulae are *causing* stupidity. It's more that people are relying on them to make decisions that, sometimes, a human should make. And because of the complexity of some of the math, people are blindly unquestioning. It's well worth a read!
Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'm done shopping Yule presents. More or less. (Have a couple of friends I will make jewelry for). However, someone has bought The Call as an ebook for themselves. ;-)
Dec. 3rd, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! I hope that mysterious person enjoys it ;)
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