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Tania J.

Joined 3 months ago

data science researcher, ex software deveveloper, pole dancer, bibliophile, interested in machine learning, comp neuroscience, sociology. I read a bit of (almost) everything. 🇸🇬🇦🇺🇩🇪

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11% complete! Tania J. has read 6 of 52 books.

Permanent Record (2020, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass …

This book is boring me to tears. The writing style is pretty awkward and difficuly to read, especially when compared to some of the classics I've been reading lately. It may be quite informative for people who didn't grow up in the 90s or are not tech savvy, but in 100 pages I haven't found many new insights so I'm putting this one aside.

Permanent Record (2020, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass …

Tech people rarely, if ever, have a sense of the broader applications and policy implications of the projects to which they are assigned. And the work that consumes them tend to require such specialized knowledge that to bring it up at a barbecue would get them disinvited from the next one. In retrospect, maybe that's what got us here.

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Crime and Punishment (2002) 4 stars

Crime and Punishment (pre-reform Russian: Преступленіе и наказаніе; post-reform Russian: Преступление и наказание, tr. Prestupléniye …

A masterpiece

5 stars

No need for a long review since IMO this book truly deserves its place as one of the greatest works of literature. A murder mystery which is not so much about the plot but meanders into themes of human nature, society, pride, poverty, vice and insanity. The characters are very interesting - delightfully, stereotypically Russian and yet relatable in a disturbing way - plagued with moral dilemmas, engaging in great philosophical dialogs and often overly melancholy.

Ludicrous (2019, BenBella Books) 5 stars

Engaging and informative

4 stars

I'm not a car person at all and read this book out of interest in the real Tesla story, behind all the hyperbolic hand waving and fanboys. I found it an easy, engaging read, full of well researched facts that put some of the fanfare into perspective - exactly what I had hoped for.

The Extended Mind (Paperback, 2022, Mariner Books) 4 stars


3 stars

I found very few bits and pieces of new information in the book. I would have thought most of what she writes about is already common knowledge, but maybe I misjudge that due to my extensive reading and listening to podcasts. The writing itself was bland and there was not enough solid evidence to support some of what she writes. Hence, it was overall a disappointment.

Walkaway (2017, Tor Books) 4 stars

Walkaway is a 2017 science fiction novel by Cory Doctorow, published by Head of Zeus …

Great ideas, not so great story

4 stars

Started out great, engaging with big ideas. Very relevant topics were raised and weaved into a futuristic world - technology, unemployment, greed, capitalism, meritocricity, abundance, diversity, post-humanism. However, it got harder to read somewhere along the way. The plot was poor and the storytelling disjointed and longwinded, with too much going on. I also couldn't really identify with any of the characters.