I think I mentioned a while ago I was reading Dan Ariely’s Predictably irratonal: The hidden forces that shape our decisions, but it got pushed down the pile a little bit while I gave time to some library and book club reads. I love these easily readable themed books on psychology (and, often, economics) – for a lot of the same reasons I love science fiction. “Real” or “unreal”, a fascinating concept is… well, fascinating, no matter where it’s categorized. There are interesting insights about the human mind in both camps. (And the other things I’m currently reading are a Norwegian nonfiction book, not terribly teasable, an anthology of dark fantasy/horror, also not terribly teasable, and just started on the classic Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, but, oh, Ariely is still the most share-able thing…)
(I may also be sacrificing reading time to build houses in the Sims 4. Might. Maybe.)
“Ownership is not limited to material things. It can also apply to points of view. Once we take ownership of an idea — whether it’s about politics or sports — what do we do? We love it perhaps more than we should. We prize it more than it is worth. And most frequently, we have trouble letting go of it because we can’t stand the idea of its loss. What are we left with then? An ideology — rigid and unyielding.”
Almost five years ago (swooosh, time flies by) I was reading Wiliam Gibson’s Neuromancer. I only remember the time because it was what I was reading when I found CompanionBot, who conveniently provided for me the following novels. Sappy? Sappy!
I enjoyed the books, but I haven’t been a dedicated Gibson reader. Still, his upcoming novel The Peripheral looks delicious.
Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force.
Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That’s all there is to it. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect.
It might be a game, but it might also be murder.
I’m pretty sure this is going to get a high Cool! Shiny!-rating from me. The Peripheral is released on October 28th. (In my region, anyway. I see there’s a November date listed too, but I don’t feel compelled to investigate where/how the different dates apply.)
I decided I needed to read Joe Hill’s Horns before the movie is out – so that’s how I’ve started September. As one might guess by the title, this is supernatural/horror a la Christian mythology. Some will therefore inevitably find it unpalatable, but I’m all for it. (I also enjoy Supernatural, so there’s that.) Joe Hill’s storytelling gifts are eerily like those of his dad, sometimes – there is a distinct difference, absolutely, but also a great similarity in how I feel reading the extremely readable prose, speckled with a Morgan Freeman-narrated sort of wisdom. (You know what I mean.) Anyway, a sample:
He paused, twisting his goatee, considering the law in Deuteronomy that forbade clothes with mixed fibers. A problematic bit of Scripture. A matter that required thought. “Only the devil wants man to have a wide range of lightweight and comfortable styles to choose from,” he murmured at last, trying out a new proverb. “Although there may be no forgiveness for polyester. On this one matter, Satan and the Lord are in agreement.”
You should watch the movie trailer too, I think it looks great!
Now I need my library to obtain the sixth volume of Lock and Key, and my Joe Hill Appreciation Seance will be more or less complete. (I’d buy all six volumes if I was richer or hadn’t been robbed by a hairdresser today. I know, hairy robot. Design flaw.)