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Mysteriarch

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Interested in history, philosophy, social criticism, weird-fiction, sci-fi

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22% complete! Mysteriarch has read 8 of 35 books.

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Mysteriarch started reading Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon (2002, Avon)

3.8 stars

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

E-book extras: "Stephensonia/Cryptonomica": ONE: "Cryptonomicon Cypher-FAQ" (Neal addresses "Frequently Anticipated Questions" and other fascinating facts); TWO: "Mother Earth Motherboard" (Neal's landmark nonfiction account of, among other techno-feats, the laying of the longest telecommunications cable on earth); THREE: "Press Conference": Neal answers "Why write about crypto?" and other penetrating questions.The smash New York Times bestseller and cult classic is at last …

Mysteriarch rated Cannibalism

4 star

Cannibalism (paperback, 2018, Algonquin Books)

4 star

Cannibalism by Bill Schutt

"Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons relating to famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies. Cannibalism has been used as a form of terrorism but also as the ultimate expression of filial piety. With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, Bill Schutt, a …

Mysteriarch finished reading Cannibalism

Cannibalism (paperback, 2018, Algonquin Books)

4 star

Cannibalism by Bill Schutt

"Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons relating to famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies. Cannibalism has been used as a form of terrorism but also as the ultimate expression of filial piety. With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, Bill Schutt, a …

Mysteriarch started reading Cannibalism

Cannibalism (paperback, 2018, Algonquin Books)

4 star

Cannibalism by Bill Schutt

"Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons relating to famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies. Cannibalism has been used as a form of terrorism but also as the ultimate expression of filial piety. With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, Bill Schutt, a …

Mysteriarch started reading The Melancholy of Resistance

The Melancholy of Resistance (paperback, 2016, Tuskar Rock)

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The Melancholy of Resistance by Laszlo Krasznahorkai

A powerful, surreal novel, in the tradition of Gogol, about the chaotic events surrounding the arrival of a circus in a small Hungarian town. The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai's magisterial, surreal novel, depicts a chain of mysterious events in a small Hungarian town. A circus, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, …

Mysteriarch rated 1491

3 star

1491 (Hardcover, 2005, Knopf)

4 star

1491 by Charles C. Mann

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on …

Mysteriarch finished reading 1491

1491 (Hardcover, 2005, Knopf)

4 star

1491 by Charles C. Mann

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on …

Mysteriarch started reading 1491

1491 (Hardcover, 2005, Knopf)

4 star

1491 by Charles C. Mann

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on …

Mysteriarch rated The age of Surveillance Capitalism

5 star

The age of Surveillance Capitalism (Hardcover, 2019, Public Affairs)

4.5 stars

The age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

"Shoshana Zuboff, named "the true prophet of the information age" by the Financial Times, has always been ahead of her time. Her seminal book In the Age of the Smart Machine foresaw the consequences of a then-unfolding era of computer technology. Now, three decades later she asks why the once-celebrated miracle of digital is turning into a nightmare. Zuboff tackles …

Mysteriarch finished reading The age of Surveillance Capitalism

The age of Surveillance Capitalism (Hardcover, 2019, Public Affairs)

4.5 stars

The age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

"Shoshana Zuboff, named "the true prophet of the information age" by the Financial Times, has always been ahead of her time. Her seminal book In the Age of the Smart Machine foresaw the consequences of a then-unfolding era of computer technology. Now, three decades later she asks why the once-celebrated miracle of digital is turning into a nightmare. Zuboff tackles …