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computer scientist, mathematician, photographer, human. Debian Developer, Notmuch Maintainer, scuba diver

Much of my "reading" these days is actually audiobooks while walking.

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I have just reached the stage where the book emphasizes "The warrior leader" more than the "Crime family". It is easy to see similarities to sword-and-sorcery type fantasy. The emphasis on "honour" also shows up in Japanese martial stories (Samurai/Ronin being the obvious analogues). I guess I don't know enough about "Kung Fu" movies / stories to see that connection as strongly.

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence (Hardcover, 2022, Harper Voyager) 4 stars

From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret …

provoking, but in a good way

5 stars

I did feel like this violated the dictum "show don't tell" a bit too much, but it has interesting characters and a gripping plot to go with it's anti-colonialism message. Can be read as a straight forward critique of imperialism, but there are also interesting connections (or at least possible interpretations relating) to the role of technology and technology driven capitalism in contemporary society.