Jump to content

IlyaP

Members
  • Content count

    183
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About IlyaP

  • Rank
    Squire
  • Birthday 06/10/1981

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Australia

Recent Profile Visitors

778 profile views
  1. IlyaP

    Second Quarter 2019 Reading

    Sorry for taking so long to reply - have been recovering from a double-whammy of the flu *and* jet-lag. Spoon count has been low of late. Going to try and be curt - primarily because I'm still struggling to hold complex thoughts in my mind at the moment. Post-modernism? Did you mean to say 'Neo-classical economics'? As the book isn't really about post-modernism. It's not that it's unusual, or isn't done, it's that many economists don't think about distribution or fairness at all. In fact, the hypothesis of distribution itself is avoided in economics faculties. (I am happy to provide many direction citations, professor and student quotes, curriculums (curriculi? What's the plural form for 'curriculum'?), and direct citations from widely studied and read economics, including Marshall, Manikew, and Samuelson, to name a few 20th century heavyweights of the field. Correct, it's not. That you know this indicates a level of knowledge of the field that extends beyond the statistical layman. Which is to say: this is not something that - I at least would argue - is commonly noticed or observed. De Tocqueville had interesting thoughts on this topic, incidentally. Even concepts like "Hermeneutics of suspicion" didn't intrigue you? I'm surprised I made it all the way through my philosophy and theology studies and *didn't* know that term! Oh it's quite subjective. This is certainly not a book for everyone. I'm sorry you didn't like it more! Though he does reiterate the themes at length, that, in conjunction with the wildly interesting footnotes and immensely detailed and interesting bibliography (itself a springboard to other texts!) makes it massively interesting!
  2. IlyaP

    Second Quarter 2019 Reading

    Like @Iskaral Pust, am reading Economics As Religion by Robert Nelson and Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality by James Kwak. Some light reading after the beautiful, breathtaking, and emotional assault that is Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet.
  3. IlyaP

    Second Quarter 2019 Reading

    I started reading that recently! I may have even mentioned it somewhere on the forum. Were you reading it based on my recommendation, or was it just a case of us having similar interests? I picked it up as an eBook as I could not find a physical copy anywhere in Sydney. Am only about 30% of the way through, and having a bit of a different reaction than you (possibly due to my professional and educational background), but also: holy shit, how impressive are all the footnotes and citations? He name-drops some authors whose works I'm familiar with, which makes for a pleasant experience - makes me feel like that moment in a movie where I recognise a pop song, and like Captain America, say "Hey I understood that reference!"
  4. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    Crying, @Astromech, lots of crying.
  5. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    I don't remember that being a major part of the Prince of Nothing trilogy. Is that something that gets explored in more detail in the Second Apocalypse books?
  6. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    Uhm, not... uh, not exactly. It's...shit dude, I don't want to spoil things, but remember: this is a world where grammar and language make magic. Synonyms have power. And memory remains.
  7. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    Have only read the Prince of Nothing trilogy, so am vaguely familiar with it - but do tell! On that same note of texts that come to mind from reading TLPQ: the Myst books by Robyn Miller and David Wingrove and the related games - grammar, lexicon, and creation and the power that comes with that.
  8. IlyaP

    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    Welcome! Facilitating book-reading is obviously near and dear to me, so, y'know, I'll never not make the offer if it puts a gem into a reader's hands!
  9. IlyaP

    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    Thank you for getting that! Would you like me to have a look around the stores in Sydney? If I can find a copy that has a modern typeface, I'd be happy to post it your way!
  10. IlyaP

    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    *claps* I did the same! Showed it to store staff and friends alike as we marvelled and wondered who thought such a thing was a good idea - and was that person or persons even a book reader? Aim for that Harper Collins edition if you can! It would not be surprising if we start seeing new editions of all of GGK's books being reprinted, given that The Fionavar Tapestry was optioned for development two years ago. If production actually does go forward on that, chances are new editions of all of his works will start coming out as part of a concerted marketing push.
  11. IlyaP

    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    Yeah, the Roc version is (sorry to any Roc publishers reading this!) absolutely awful. The Harper Voyager edition is the best edition to obtain, if it's within your means and ability to do so.
  12. IlyaP

    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    Adding this to the list as I don't think I've seen it mentioned here, and even though it's a reprint, it should be celebrated: Random Penguin are republishing Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, with new covers and typeface - one that is far easier to read than the previous Ace editions that featured a think, ink-blot serif typeface that was difficult on the eyes (and which also featured a blurry world map, for reasons unknown to me). The Summer Tree came out in January of this year. Here's the link: https://penguinrandomhouseeducation.com/book/?isbn=9780451458223 (This is the hill I will die on - a bad typeface or font will absolutely guarantee that I will not read your book. I get eye-strain *way* too easily these days, even with reading glasses, one of the, uh, "perks" of getting older.)
  13. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    Heh. Give me a few days then. It may only be 200 pages, but this book series demands slow and careful reading!
  14. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    It's wonderful how the thematic through-line of the book shows up in a consistent, logical, even tragic way. But never in an on-the-nose sort of way. It's just ... so goddamn good. And intelligent.
  15. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    Resurrecting this thread, primarily because of this: Finally finished the third book in the series, An Autumn War, and am into the opening pages of The Price of Spring. Someone here on the forum raved about the conclusion to the third book in the series, and damn if they weren't onto something. One scene in particular in the snow involving someone's son actually left me crying when I read it. An Autumn War really does go hard for a variety of emotions, complicated characters, and plot curves. It's just so goddamn humblingly good.
×