Reading Wednesday 20 July 2016

What I just finished reading

The things I’ve just reviewed, and also–

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg (library book) – I liked this. People expecting a comedy memoir along the lines of Bossypants or Yes Please will be disappointed because this is actually a sociological look at dating and romance in the current time and how it is mediated by technology. That was pretty interesting to me. The effect of modern tech on human relationships is a pretty fascinating thing to look into but some sociology books confuse or bore me. Because Ansari is such a great writer, capable of breaking down sociological research into easy to understand information, while retaining a human, personal element that makes it engaging, this book does not have that problem.  Teaming up with sociologist Klinenberg for the experiments he recounts was wise. The book has legitimate scientific research underlying its conclusions but Ansari’s interjections about how certain things (like texting dates) have impacted his own life added that entertaining touch. Recommended!

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz – Fair disclosure, Meredith is a long time friend of mine. Cute asexual f/f romance between an AI and a robot tech, the end of which I liked very much.

What I’m reading now

Queer Wars by Dennis Altman and Jonathan Symons (library book) – A bit dry so far and mostly stuff I already knew but we’ll see how I feel by the end.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick – Part of my ongoing quest to read all those sf/f classics I hadn’t got around to yet.

What I’m reading next

Probably War for the Oaks, as that has to go back to the library. I should also get on the ten unfinished romance novels in my kindle app.

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