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What am I reading?
I just saw a post by jazzfish entitled "What are you reading Wednesday". It seemed like a good idea, but it's no longer Wednesday...

What are you currently reading?

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold. It's the 8th story in the Vorkisigan Saga, and this counts as a re-read. The series is semi-hard SF (around 2.5-3.5 on the Mohs Scale of SF Hardness. Right now, the series is centered around Miles Vorkosigan, a young man who has managed through guile, wit, powerful family connections, luck, and sheer bravado, to get himself involved in, and succeed in, incredible adventures. Lest you think these are young adult novels, where the parentless teenager saves the world, the first published book in the series was about Miles' parents, at the height of their military careers, long before Miles was even conceived (both in-story and out).

What have you just finished reading?

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold. Before that, "Mountains of Mourning", The Warrior's Apprentice, Barrayar, "Aftermaths", Shards of Honor, Falling Free, and "Dreamweaver's Dilemma", all by Lois McMaster Bujold. I've been reading (or rereading) the Vorkosigan Saga in internal chronological order, so this has been the main reading I've done over the past couple of weeks.

Before that, I read Debt: The first 5000 years by David Graeber, which is an interesting history of debt, monetary systems, and society over 5000 years. Among other things, the author describes a series of ages, where society flips back and forth from being debt-based to being currency-based (each age lasting several hundred years, mind you), and how societies grow and adapt in each phase. The conclusion of the book essentially highlights that we are in a phase of transition now, with the fall of the gold-standard in 1971, and it's a bit early to tell, after only 40 years, where this will lead to.

I recommend both Debt and the Vorkosigan Saga.

What do you think you'll read next?

Ethan of Athos, the next book in the Vorkosigan Saga, of course. After the rest of the Saga... I haven't thought that far ahead.

Actually, I'm taking a (mild) break from reading. My free time is usually split between doing stuff on the computer (usually reading blogs), listening to podcasts, eating, and reading. Before I discovered that reading glasses helped a lot in reading close up, my reading had fallen off and podcasts had expanded to fill all available space. With the recent acquisition of good reading glasses (plus the carry-everywhere convenience of the Kindle App on my phone) my reading has picked up again. But now I'm 2 weeks behind on the podcasts I listen to (this includes hour-long programs like Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Skeptic's Guide To The Universe, Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap, Ask Me Another, Car Talk, This American Life, Cooking Issues, Freakonomics Radio, Radio Lab, Skeptically Speaking, as well as plenty of shorter shows), and I'm trying to catch back up. Hence, instead of reading whenever I can, I listen to podcasts. I can't do both, as they both engage the same parts of my brain. When I get into a book, I literally can't process the podcasts I'm listening to, and have no short- or long-term memories of what I just heard. So until I catch up on the ever-increasing podcast backlog, no pleasure reading for me.

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Dammit, you linked to TVtropes without a warning label. There goes the afternoon.

Sorry. Of course, with a title like "Mohs Scale of SF Hardness" it wouldn't be hard to surmise it went to TVTropes.

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