2017 50 Book Challenge

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by edinatlanta, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. LonerMatt

    LonerMatt Senior member

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    Melbourne, Australia
    1. Roadside Picnic
    2. Fifth Head of Cerebus
    3. You are not a Gadget
    4. Is the future going to be a better place?
    5. The Three Body Problem
    6. A Cold and Common Orbit
    7. A Gathering of Shadows
    8. Laurinda
    9. Short Stories inspired by Laurinda
    10. The Pier Falls
    11. A Darker Shade of Magic
    12. A Blade of Black Steel
    13. Naveed
    14. Terra Nullius
    15. True Girt
    16. A Conjuring of Light
    17. The Grace of Kings
    18. Porno
    19. The North Water
    20. Jasper Jones
    21. That Thing Around Your Neck
    22. Divergent
    23. Wall of Storms
    24. Insurgent
    25. The Messenger
    26. When the Night Comes
    27. Glow
    28. Shot in the Heart
    29. Common People
    30. Walk Away
    31. Name of the Wind
    32. Wise Man's Fear
    33. Infomocracy

    33. Infomocracy

    This political thriller encapsulates a lot of interesting ideas but ultimately falls flat. In the world of Infomocracy the non-governmental organisation Information (basically an advanced google that's seen to have a monopoly on information, data and accuracy) has transitioned most of the world away from nation states and into 'micro democracy' where units of 100,000 people vote for governments once every 10 years.

    The story follows two characters: one a campaigner for a political party and one a high-level worker for Information as a election begins. Unfortunately there is sabotage for the first time, and it seems that the fabric of micro-democracy might be destroyed.

    I felt a bit let down by this book because it seemed incredibly pro global monopoly of information and information workers. Which I detest, and I felt that the criticism was really conservative (politicians will do anything to stay in power). The IT workers are heroes and the politicians scum bags, but the technology itself and how that warps, shifts and alters things wasn't really expounded upon and that just can't fly - a technological shift like that would be huge and there would be massive push back and difference, I think anyway.

    Plus I hate technology's increasing role in our lives so I'm a bit of a curmudgeon.

  2. Foxhound

    Foxhound Senior member

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    Melbourne, Australia
    Currently reading Love in the Time of Cholora, 15% of the way through. Things finally just got interesting.

  3. Geoffrey Firmin

    Geoffrey Firmin Senior member

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    South West of the Black Stump
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  4. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    Brisbane, Australia
    A really great book, and really good to dip back in to from time to time.

    On the other hand, I didn't enjoy One Hundred Years of Solitude nearly as much. The magical realism had a bit too much magic for my tastes, but it wasn't leavened with as much humour as, for example, Louis de Bernieres' South American trilogy. Of course, de Bernieres' books are in the style of, and in many ways a tribute to, Gabriel Garcia Marquez but I just enjoyed the humour and pathos of de Bernieres' books more.

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