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Return of the book meme (still late)

First off, there's another Friending Friendzy post here in case you're looking. Secondly, here's a post from back in July: Why Imzy doesn't have ads, and what we're doing instead which has some stuff I hadn't heard before. I'm not altogether convinced all these ideas will work, but it's interesting anyhow.

Finished recently:

Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age, by Björn Kurtén. The author is an expert on Ice Age fauna, so it's interesting to read speculation rooted in deep knowledge, and his afterword, along with Stephen Jay Gould's introduction, really add to it. Since the book is a few decades old, I'd imagine that much then-current information has been superseded by new discoveries (we often seem to hear that we've underestimated the Neandertals, for instance), but the characters, situations and world are compelling enough for this not to matter. But the best pleasure of this book is a piece of narrative boldness: a third of the way through, we switch to hear the story from the antagonist's point of view, before returning to the protagonist for the last third. The only real problem for me is that the ending feels very rushed, which is a pity after everything else has been so cleverly set up and allowed room to breathe.

Currently reading:

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders, by Gyles Brandreth. I thought that what I'd previously read was the first in the series: actually this is the first, and that was the second. It doesn't matter, though if you're looking for the series in America you need to know that some of the titles have been changed for that market. Here's a nice interview with the author, too, in which he theorises that Wilde may have been the model for Mycroft Holmes.

Good Kings Bad Kings, by Susan Nussbaum. So far this is very good, though harrowing at points. I'm very glad it was recommended to me.

Reading next:

Something digital in a waiting room, probably.

Comments

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semyaza
Sep. 9th, 2016 05:50 am (UTC)
I'm not clear on how the tipping system, which I don't like, will generate enough revenue to keep Imzy afloat. And I doubt it's going to be the anti-Reddit as far as safe spaces go. That runs counter to earth logic, but I guess we'll see.
cloudsinvenice
Sep. 9th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
And they're not actually getting any revenue from tips users give each other - it seems more like they're hoping that by starting a tipping culture they'll make users want to tip them.

And yeah, I don't think it's possible to make an entirely safe space - if they're used to defining everything in terms of Reddit they may not foresee other issues.
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