Wizard od Earthsea setting spoilers 

I really like this idea of knowledge is morality, and that power binds your hands. This idea started with Socrates philosophy.

Anyhow in the wizard of earthsea wizards are taught real magic only when they know enough how to use it without upsetting balance of the world. Three is a quote that apprentice enters the school of magic wanting to do great things, and during his education they want less and less, until they only do what they must.

The Fifth Season Setting spoilers 

I liked the dialogue of Binhoff and Sjenit about: The fact that the way our society survives doesn't mean that its the only way society could survive, and doesn't mean its the best one.

// quote is from memory so may be slightly off.

(I also seem to find political messages in everything I read)

Fifth Season quoted badly translated from Polish 

Whenever we say world ends, we usually lie, as the Planet itself endures.

I have also read two other novels by : "Solitude" and "The word for >>world<< is >>forest<<".

Both are part of Hainsh cycle, and both could be interpreted commentaries on the real world events.

The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

"The Dispossessed" by Ursula K Le Guin is a different book in 2020 than when I first read it.

It shows two ways of life (neither of them perfect) one that is fascist-ish capitalism, other anarchistic.

I can not not think of Urras (the capitalists) as a 2020 western world.

Anarchists on Anarres had much less, but were sharing what they had, and they worked much less. This is a bargain I would gladly take.


Dispossessed, late spoilers, real life environmental catastrophe 

Monologue about Terra from terran ambassador is terrifying. In the book Terrans destroyed Earth just as thoroughly as we are on a path to do.

Reading "The Disposessed". This book is different than in early `00 when I read it first.

A memory called empire won Hugo award this year. We read it on the !

Inheritance by N.K. Jemisin (minor settign spoilers) 

I read the Inheritance cycle by N.K. Jemisin recently. (We read another book by this author)

You can read this as a romance book.

However I read it as another take on Octavia Butlers major theme --- humanity dealing with non-human (I mean mostly Xenogenesis cycle).

Also you can read this as story of fanatical facist regime, where everybody is unhappy (including actual fanatical facist establishment).

I really enjoyed diaries for . I'm not sure what to say more about it?

I'd be happy to know more about politics of that world, however this is not something Murdebot is interested in, so slim chances (unless he will get into contemporary political drama).

Walkaway Review 

I did read Walkaway by Cory Doctorow (it was nominated to ).

I will post review, starting with minor setting spoilers in a thread.

I've read first murderbot novella ("All Systems Red") and I like it very much.

Review in thread.

Waste Tide 

I really liked how mechanical information and spiritual world would mix in the book.

Like Mimi transferring to the mecha, or metaphor of Web guardian spiders stinging people that circumvent bitrate restrictions.

Waste Tide // Deus Ex Series 

Those fashion prosthesis reminded me of Deus Ex game series that deal with transhumanity.

In one of the games we see a fall, where due to series of events augmented persons would become subhuman nearly overnight. And the fact that their bodies came with maintenance costs exacerbated their problems.

Covid ancillary 

I'm really waiting for new book. I need to get some physical books, as it turns out that audiobooks are not that great when you stay at home for most of the time.

Waste Tide no spoilers 

I got Waste Tide on audiobook. And I really like that narrator says local names and whatnot in proper Chinese with nice tonal accent (I can only guess its proper Chinese since, but it sounds believable).

Prepping questions // Parable od Sower 

Did passages Lauren preparing for emergencies influence your behaviour related to preparing for any emergency?

I started to at least think how could I prepare to survive power / gas cutoff (which is not that big thing to do if you live on the remote rural outskirts of Warsaw).

I'm reading two books in parallel one is "Parable of Sower" by Octavia E. Butler the other is "Fall" by Neal Stephenson.

I can't shake the feeling that they are telling story of the same* Armageddon, but one from the perspective of 1% of tech bros (tech persons?) other one from the perspective of 99%.

In the Fall they even ride through "Ameristan" rural, "crazy", part of the USA.

* obviously causes od the armagedon are different somewhat but its still similar enough.

Parable of the Sower first chapter or two 

this book is so good at predicting the future/now it is scary.

- Right wing fanatic wins elections. Check.
- Smart people / middle class not voting due to "disgust in politics". Check*.
- Social stratification. Check**.

* Actually voter demobilisation was one of the more effective strategies employed by the Cambridge Analitica.
** This is only hinted, but since new VR gear is researched and produced, somebody can afford it.

I'm finishing "The Killing Moon" by N. K. Jemisin. So far I like it, not as much as "The Broke Earth Trilogy" but still good.

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