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John Lusk

Joined 1 year, 2 months ago

Old white cishet suburban male. Software engineer.

Mostly interested in sci-fi (fiction) and anti-racism (non-fiction), but, wow, is that stuff Hard To Read. (Mostly because it's all my fault.)

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Heather McGhee: Sum of Us (2021, Random House Publishing Group) 5 stars

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails …

Finally, after much avoidance, getting back to this. It's so unpleasant. Reading about white workers choosing not to unionize because unions were seen as a Black effort. Why are we so easily subverted by an appeal to selfishness?

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

Martha Wells: Fugitive Telemetry (Hardcover, 2021, 4 stars

No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body …

Proof you can still have a good story even when you know the major characters are going to be ok

5 stars

It's a bit like robot-detective-noir. I loved it. Good combo of sardonicism (sardonicness? sardonicy?) and dry humor. (Or do those two always go together?)

reviewed Network Effect by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)

Martha Wells: Network Effect (Paperback, 2021, 4 stars

Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel.

You know that feeling when you’re …

This is why books are superior to video

5 stars

I am LOVING this series, and this novel was no exception.

With all the inner monologue and 4th-wall breaking (and the asynchronous HelpMe.file insertions), I keep thinking "how could this be rendered in video?" (Except I didn't think "render" in my head, because holy cow, is it pretentious.)

And my conclusion is: it would be tough, and very few could do it. I'd love to see it done well, but 99% of book-based video is so "lossy", to appropriate a criticism of JPEG as compared to GIF. ("Lossy" meaning all those delicate plot and character nuances are lost.)