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quoted Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Robin Hobb: Assassin's Apprentice (EBook, 2002, Del Rey) 4 stars

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow …

"I must ask," he said, and the venom in his voice was hungry with hatred. "Are you his catamite, that he lets you suck strength from him? Is that why he is so possessive of you?"

Assassin's Apprentice by  (The Farseer Trilogy, #1) (61%)

new vocabulary: catamite

a boy kept for homosexual practices

Adam Oyebanji: Braking Day (AudiobookFormat, 2022, Recorded Books) 4 stars

On a generation ship bound for a distant star, one engineer-in-training must discover the secrets …

Action packed and enjoyable

4 stars

Ravinder "Ravi" Mcleod is training to be an officer on a generation ship going from Earth to Tau Ceti. While not strictly speaking a heredity based society, officers tend to be children of officers & crew tend to be children of crew. The ship (one of three in a fleet) is coming up on Braking Day, the point in the trip where the ship flips around, then fires its engines to begin decelerating. A.k.a., Braking Day from the title.

There's lots of plain drama just from keeping a ship in good shape and heading toward its destination. There's lots of drama because of the hierarchical society that dominates the ship. And there's lot of drama because Ravi starts seeing visions of a girl whose only words Ravi can understand are "help us".

This is a very young adult themed book, though I don't know if it was officially marketed as …

quoted Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Robin Hobb: Assassin's Apprentice (EBook, 2002, Del Rey) 4 stars

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow …

If I close my eyes, I can smell those glorious days. Oakum and tar and fresh wood shavings from the dry docks where the shipwrights wielded their drawknives and mallets.

Assassin's Apprentice by  (The Farseer Trilogy, #1) (7%)

new vocabulary: oakum

loose fiber obtained by untwisting old rope, used especially in caulking wooden ships

quoted Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Robin Hobb: Assassin's Apprentice (EBook, 2002, Del Rey) 4 stars

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow …

I helped them as far as the door of a small chandlery, Molly sniffing apologies every step of the way.

Assassin's Apprentice by  (The Farseer Trilogy, #1) (6%)

new vocabulary: chandler

  1. a dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats.
  2. a dealer in a household items such as oil, soap, paint, and groceries.
  3. a person who makes and sells candles.

reviewed The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi (The Interdependency, #2)

John Scalzi: The Consuming Fire (EBook, 2018, Tor Books) 4 stars

The Interdependency—humanity’s interstellar empire—is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel …

i don't know why i did this to myself

2 stars

On paper, I should really enjoy Scalzi novels. In practice, not so much. Every character feels like an extension of Scalzi's social media presence. Fir the first book of this series, I could put up with it because the premise and plot were interesting.

There's nothing interesting in this second installment. it's just court intrigue with a bunch of wise cracking nobles. Scalzi can't seem to write a normal conversation, or plot intrigue that isn't over the top mustache-twirling.

Unfortunately for me, i want to know the end of the saga now. i will read the third book. then please, talk me out of reading any other of his books.

(He seems like a decent guy, but his fiction is just oil to my water.)

commented on The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi (The Interdependency, #2)

John Scalzi: The Consuming Fire (EBook, 2018, Tor Books) 4 stars

The Interdependency—humanity’s interstellar empire—is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel …

Ugh. The first book was ok. This is a drag, but now I'm invested in knowing what happens. And there's one more book in the series.

Charan Ranganath: Why We Remember (EBook, 2024, Doubleday) 4 stars

Memory is far more than a record of the past. In this groundbreaking tour of …

semantic memories

4 stars

As I've gotten older, I have found it increasingly harder to remember nouns, particularly names. Names of companies in my industry. names of software packages and services I use frequently. My sibling's names. My girlfriend's names.

I didn't read this book with the idea that i would learn how to cure my memory difficulties. Rather, I wanted to understand in a basic way how memory works and if research backs up any method for slowing my decline.

The book solidly walked me through things. It includes descriptions of two kinds of memory: episodic and semantic. Things I experienced and might recall vs. facts I've committed to my store of knowledge. Although my memory of things I've experienced is not great, for some reason that's never bothered me. But losing common facts really makes me anxious.

Although a bit florid, i recommend the book for a mostly understandable explanation of about …