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Old 03-24-2020, 11:36 AM   #638
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Old 03-24-2020, 11:57 AM   #639
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Anyone read "Middlegame"? Relatively recent fantasy about two people who are half human, but half built in a lab and they come into contact.

I'm ~100 pages in and can't say I'm hooked. Does it get better?
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Old 03-24-2020, 12:11 PM   #640
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Rereading In the Wake of the Plague by Cantor. I remember really enjoying it years back and it seemed appropriate enough currently,...

On deck I have Blind Owl Blues about Alan Blind Owl Wilson,... looking forward to it.
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:08 PM   #641
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Worth a re-read when I can access the library - The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett, 1994. Her follow-up book is also excellent: Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health

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Where's your next disease coming from? From anywhere in the world--from overflowing sewage in Cairo, from a war zone in Rwanda, from an energy-efficient office building in California, from a pig farm in China or North Carolina. "Preparedness demands understanding," writes Pulitzer-winning journalist Laurie Garrett, and in this precursor to Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, she shows a clear understanding of the patterns lying beneath the new diseases in the headlines (AIDS, Lyme) and the old ones resurgent (tuberculosis, cholera). As the human population explodes, ecologies collapse and simplify, and disease organisms move into the gaps. As globalization continues, diseases can move from one country to another as fast as an airplane can fly.

While the human race battles itself ... the advantage moves to the microbes' court. They are our predators and they will be victorious if we, Homo sapiens, do not learn how to live in a rational global village that affords the microbes few opportunities.

Her picture is not entirely bleak. Epidemics grow when a disease outbreak is amplified--by contaminated water supplies, by shared needles, by recirculated air, by prostitution. And controlling the amplifiers of disease is within our power; it's a matter of money, people, and will. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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Laurie Garrett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has been a health and science writer for Newsday since 1988, and a contributor to such publications as Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Affairs. Previously, she was science correspondent for NPR. She is the only person to have received all of the top four awards in American journalism: the Pulitzer Prize (for which she has three times been a finalist), the George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, the George C. Polk Award, and three times honored by the Overseas Press Club of America. Her book The Coming Plague (1994) was name "One of the Best Books of 1994" by both The New York Times Book Review and Library Journal, and was a national bestseller in 1995
Garrett is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Health Security Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She created the Council on Foreign Relation's Global Health Program, where she served as Senior Fellow for Global Health from 2004-2017. She is also a member of the National Association for Science Writers.

In the 1992-93 academic years Garrett was a Fellow at Harvard, where she worked closely with the emerging diseases group, a collection of faculty concerned about the surge in epidemics of previously unknown or rare viruses and bacteria. Garrett and other scientists, infectious disease and public health experts among many warned over twenty-five years ago of the ease with which emerging pathogens can travel throughout the world in a global world while funding for surveillance and public health organizations is being cut back, leaving us open to global health and economic disasters.

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Thanks to IrishLion for the Red Rising recommendation. Devoured it over the last three days. Ender's Game was one of my favorite books as a kid, and RR is similar in a lot of ways. Except the hero is fighting a neo-Roman bourgeoisie instead of hostile aliens.

Can't wait to start Golden Son.
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Thanks to IrishLion for the Red Rising recommendation. Devoured it over the last three days. Ender's Game was one of my favorite books as a kid, and RR is similar in a lot of ways. Except the hero is fighting a neo-Roman bourgeoisie instead of hostile aliens.

Can't wait to start Golden Son.
I am very jealous that you are about to experience Golden Son for the first time.

If I could have my mind wiped and re-read a book for the 'first' time, Golden Son is up there.

Maybe it just pushes all the right buttons for me, and it won't be quite the same for you, but I was totally blown away by just about every aspect of the story.
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Started reading Listen Liberal by Thomas Frank. Pretty compelling takedown of the current Democratic establishment. Agree with him or not, the guy is a great writer and cultural critic.
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