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View Diary: What are you reading? Dec 18, 2013 (52 comments)

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  •  how the WP of Telegraph Hill? (5+ / 0-)

    i liked the documentary a lot.

    lived in SF for a while and would occasionally get parrots from a different flock in my backyard (near Dolores Park in the Mission)

    i am currently reading Transition by Ian Banks because of a couple of threads here raving about his books scifi & non-scifi.  i'm a little more than halfway through and thoroughly enjoying it.  i found the book in a used bookstore during my explorations of the bookstores available to me in my new hometown of brooklyn.

    Set between the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the 2008 financial crisis, Transition centres on a shadowy organisation called 'The Concern' (also known as 'L'Expédience'), and how the workings of this organisation affect the lives of the novel's multiple narrators and characters. Banks uses the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics theory to imagine "infinitudes" of parallel realities, between which The Concern's agents–known as Transitionaries–can "flit", intervening in events to produce what The Concern sees as beneficial outcomes for that world. Transitioning, or flitting, is only possible for people with a predisposed talent for such movement, who may only flit after ingesting a mysterious drug called 'septus'. When a Transitionary flits into another world, he or she temporarily takes control of the body of an existing inhabitant of that world, along with some of that body's residual idiosyncrasies (such as personality disorders and sexual preferences).

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

    by No Exit on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 09:11:28 AM PST

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