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Just finished
Embassytown by China Mieville. Far future SF. Mieville plunges into a very different world, and uses his skills (which are enormous) to write a novel about language, identity and contacts between two very different species. Full Review

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. Jack Halloway is a miner on distant planet Zarathustra. He loves his dog, fights with his girlfriend and argues with people in authority. Then he discovers a new life form - like a cat. And he hits a huge vein of ore. Nothing profound here, but it's a lot of fun.

Now reading

The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four remarkable friends who transformed science and changed the world by Laura Snyder.  A group biography of Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell and Richard Jones, four friends who met at Cambridge early in the 19th century, and of how, together, they changed the role of science into something like what it is today.

A Behavioral Theory of Elections by Jonathan Bendor et al. Traditional "rational choice" models of voter behavior don't mesh all that well with how voters actually behave, in particular, they don't do well with predicting turnout. This is an attempt at a different formulation. This will interest election geeks.

The Quantum Thief Post-singularity SF, with all sorts of philosophical geekiness.

Angel in the  Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution by Benson Bobrick.  A good history of the revolutionary war period, hampered by a complete absence of maps.

Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France by Jean-Vincent Blanchard. If you thought politics is dirty now, read about what it was like in the days of Louis XIII. Very well done.

Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey by Peter Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus.  A survey of the history of science from Copernicus to now.

A re-read of Globalhead by Bruce Sterling.  A bunch of short stories by the SF/Cyberpunk author. Not his best work, in my opinon

Just started
That's How I Roll by Andrew Vachss. Regualar readers of WAYR may recall that I am something of a Vachss fan. He had a long series featuring Burke, but that series is over. This new book features Esau Till, who is writing from a death row cell. He was a hit man; he was an abused child; he is very smart and he also has spina bifida and gets around in a wheelchair. Vachss does best when he tells his brutal stories straight up. In the later Burke novels, and now in That's How I Roll, Vachss has too many vaguely profound aphorisms.

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