Recent Books — This Idea Must Die, Dream of Perpetual Motion


  • This Idea Must Die, ed. John Brockman. Ben pointed me towards this. A bit repetitive, but a lot of pithy observations by very bright people. Will be interesting to revisit in 20 years.
  • The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer. Need more mushrooms to enjoy this book. And a greater tolerance for farce.
  • Night Dogs by Kent Anderson. This is a rough book — a rough tale, written roughly, edited roughly. All that said, it is compelling though not always easy to stomach.
  • Wraeththu by Storm Constantine. I just don’t know about this. It seems poorly written at times, and a little too mystical, and a little bizarre at times. I haven’t finished but I haven’t given up. It is resting on my desk and I am trying to decide whether to have another go.