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Rhube

@Rhube@wandering.shop

She's just this guy, you know?

I'm a science fiction and fantasy writer. I like robots and dragons, silliness and literature.

Used to be an academic; may get too deep into analytic philosophy unexpectedly.

I'm agender and disabled #MECFS

Buy me a coffee on Ko-fi: http://ko-fi.com/drrhube
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/rhube

No unsolicited advice.

Not keen on DMs.

Note: CFS drastically reduces my spoons. If I miss an alt description please don't chastise or quiz me about it.

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CultureDesk , to bookstodon group
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In celebration of the 50th birthday of Stephen King's first novel, "Carrie," NPR polled its readers on their favorite King books. Here's what they chose. Which is your top pick? Tell us in the comments if there's a gem that didn't make the cut.

https://flip.it/f9sriI

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Rhube ,
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@CultureDesk @bookstodon lol - The Stand is a Dark Tower book.

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@dfrancis @CultureDesk @bookstodon tbf, I said that and realised most of the list were. But I would argue that The Stabd has the most direct Dark Tower content. I mean, the Ageless Stranger is there as the main antagonist.

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Fruit bushes in flower!!

(Gooseberry and red currant respectively.)

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A red currant bush against a red fence, with cascades of tiny green flowers.

Rhube , to gardening group
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Gasped this morning, because I wasn't expecting them yet, but the first of my seedlings have sprouted!!
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Rhube , to bookstodon group
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This is a shot in the dark, but I'm looking for an audiobook on the history and archaeology of Troy/Hisarlik, preferably reflecting more recent academic work than 2011 (the date of the work I've just been listening to). I'm interested in a work by an academic who really knows what they're talking about, not popular history with unexamined bias.

It's OK if it's situated within a broader history of Ancient Anatolia or similar, as long as it covers Troy in detail. Any recs? @bookstodon

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@athena_rising @bookstodon Thank you! These sound good!

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon group
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@bookstodon Do you own any autographed books? If so, did you personally meet the author at a signing?

Rhube ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon Yes, several, and in most cases I was there at the signing. But when I got Robin Hobb to sign my book I was gushing too much about Alien Earth (a different book she wrote under Megan Lindholm) and she was distracted and wrote 'Wishes best' instead of 'Best wishes' and this is why I can never meet my heroes I am SO EMBARRASSING.

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"Gen Z is bringing back reading," says The Week, which leads us to wonder what the heck it is we've been doing all these years. But, the publication explains, it's not just reading — it's real books, made of paper. Per research published in @TheConversationUS: "Gen Zers and millennials prefer books in print over e-books and audiobooks" which has manifested in an "unlikely love affair with their local libraries." Here's a breakdown of what might be happening. We want to know: How do you like to read these days?

https://flip.it/zJEJAK

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Rhube ,
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@CultureDesk @TheConversationUS @bookstodon as a Millennial I massively prefer print. As someone with sensory issues I can only really do print or audio books. Ebooks are actively bad for me.

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At the end of Song of Susannah (Dark Tower VI), Stephen King includes a series of diary entries, purportedly his own but there's discussion among fans if they're real or fictionalized. In one, he writes "Meanwhile, I have an idea for a novel about a lady who buys a picture in a pawnshop and then kind of falls into it."

Help me, fellow Constant Readers: was that story ever written? The plot is not familiar, but sounds like one I'd enjoy. @bookstodon

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@dbsalk @bookstodon It's Rosemadder - not one of his best,but worth a look! Content Warning: very much about domestic violence and trying to escape it.

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adriano , to bookstodon group
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I think it’s finally time to read Pride and Prejudice @bookstodon

Rhube ,
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@adriano @bookstodon it is a good'un.

Rhube ,
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@adriano @bookstodon lol 😂 I've seen the film of that - fun, but a little different in places.

Rhube ,
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@adriano @bookstodon Like, not in as many scenes, for sure.

chelming , to bookstodon group
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I have a goal of turning every book I read this year into an earring. I got started a little late in Jan so I missed about 5 of them and have ~5 made so far. I'm not sure that I'll go back and do the ones that I missed.

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What is the most difficult or you have ever ? What made the so difficult for you? Would you others that ?

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Rhube ,
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@bibliolater @MarianHellema @reading @bookstodon when I was doing my PhD another grad was German and she said she preferred to read Kant in English because it was even harder in German - at least with the translation someone had already tried to work out the meaning of the words.

But for me, Kant was nothing to Hegel. My lowest marks of my undergrad were for the Hegel course. I needed Peter Singer's Very Short Introduction to Hegel to explain it to me 🤣

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@bibliolater @MarianHellema @reading @bookstodon it's kind of fascinating, because he was writing under heavy censorship and trying to obscure some of his rlmeaning from the authorities. But even so...

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@MarianHellema @bibliolater @reading @bookstodon Well, it's just the truth, not really a story.

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon group
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Did your parent(s) try to hide certain books from you, while you were growing up?

I think my mom would have done better to just mix Rubyfruit Jungle in with all the other books, instead of putting it by itself on top of the bookcase. Curious teenaged me found it.

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon @lgbtqbookstodon Not to my knowledge. There were weird random films my dad wouldn't let me watch alone (Trainspotting and Repulsion) but not books. Random considering some of the films he was perfectly fine with me watching.

To my knowledge, my parents didn't police what I read at all, they only cared that I did read, and I'm glad of that.

Rhube , to gardening group
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EXCITING NEWS!! The first of my elephant garlics has just poked its nose above the ground!!

Also, the random daffodil at the end of my garden has started to open up!

Spring is coming...

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A pale yellow daffodil just starting to open.

Rhube OP ,
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@gardening update: since this morning there are TWO MORE elephant garlic sprouts and one of the ordinary garlic! (I think - it's possible I planted another elephant garlic on the other side of the wisteria, but I thought is was all garlic garlic.)

No photos because I have a headache starting, but there's not much to see anyway.

KitMuse , to bookstodon group
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I need your help . One of the classes I'm taking at the graduate level this semester is Religion & Science Fiction. I read more fantasy, and would like to do my research paper on something that's not obvious (like ST/BS5/Matrix/etc.) & I'd love to use more modern sf rather than the golden age classics.

Anyone have any interesting ideas for my research paper on regarding the intersection of religion and science fiction?

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@KitMuse @bookstodon this isn't a book (or that deep) but my RE teacher used Darth Vader turning away from the Dark Side and Luke burning his body to teach us about symbolism.

He was a nerd and lay preacher and geeky child me wanted to absorb it all. On the book side he put me onto A Canticle for Leibowitz and Earth Abides, both of which consider new religions forming in a post-apocalypse world.

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@KitMuse @bookstodon there's some discussion of religion in Stand on Zanzibar, where John Brunner correctly predicts the rise of right-wing Christian extremism in the US as a counter to the hippy movement and rejection of religion, although he focuses on extreme right Catholicism (Right Catholics) rather than the evangelical and extreme puritanism we're seeing now. The book's theme is overpopulation, with Right Catholics being against birth control in an already overpopulated world.

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@KitMuse @bookstodon it's a complicated book with a lot going on, but that is one of its themes. Also interesting from the POV of drawing on fictional sociologist Chad C Mulligan to provide commentary. I can't remember if he directly discusses the Right Catholics in the extracts from Mulligan's work, but I'm sure he does at some point, and it would be interesting to explore the layers of commentary in this as a presentation of religious tensions.

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@kitoconnell @KitMuse @bookstodon Yes!! That's one of the quotes that stuck with me - my dad (who got me into Brunner) was always quoting that.

Context for those who haven't read it: said by a junkie staring at a screen tuned to white noise. There's definitely a lot of people searching for meaning in other ways.

I take the perspective that the science in Stand on Zanzibar is sociology, more than anything, and the ultimate conclusion of the book can be seen as finding alternative sources of>

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@kitoconnell @KitMuse @bookstodon >meaning in loving one another, rather than fighting against overpopulation as such. The problem is not that there are too many people, but in how people relate to each other - and to a large extent, colonialist attitudes to how people occupy space.

dilmandila , to bookstodon group
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Oh my God! Oh fck! I wake up to this big news and all I can say is fck! I went to bed having read something about Philip K Dick Awards (I can't even remember what I read about it!) and I wake up to learn that my book, Where Rivers Go To Die, has been nominated for this and its a big deal to me and all I can day is f*ck! What a way to start the year!

https://www.norwescon.org/2024/01/09/2024-philip-k-dick-award-nominees-announced/

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@dilmandila @bookstodon that's absolutely incredible - congratulations!

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What books cause a reaction in you? These are 2 that always come to mind when I think of this question.

Still Alice brought actual tears as I read the last few pages. My dad, who had Alzheimer’s, was living with us & I was really frustrated. I read this book at the perfect time, because it brought my perspective back to where it needed to be.

Hannibal made me afraid. I read this in college & I put it on the floor every night after reading, because I didn’t want it next to me while I slept. I love that!

When words on a page can produce real feelings, that is damn good writing.
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@Likewise @bookstodon Cloven Hooves by Megan Lindholm made me righteously furious. The building horror of being increasingly trapped by family in a world of micro aggressions that slowly close you off from yourself.

If ever you want to get your feminist rage on, Cloven Hooves is the book for you. But I recommend being in a healthy mental place.

That author is generally good at getting my emotions. Under the name Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate makes me cry buckets. So do all the books in that series.

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@Likewise @bookstodon The Long Walk, by Richard Bachman/Stephen King scared me proper. Did not want to go to sleep after, and horror rarely gets to me.

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@bookstodon As we approach the end of 2023, I would love to know about the very best books you read this year. (They don't have to have been published in 2023 for your "best of" list.)

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon Down and Out: Surviving the Homelessness Crisis, by Daniel Levelle - an own voice description of modern homelessness in the UK and its causes.

Extremely important reading.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Down-Out-Surviving-Homelessness-Crisis/dp/1472279093

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon Absolutely. I've come close to being unhoused, but have never been myself. I'm writing an SF stories and wanted to include unhoused people, but was aware of my lack of experience - I came very close to it in 2014, but was saved from the street by a GoFundMe. I've felt the fear, but not truly th experience, which is why I sought own voices accounts. Lavelle has not only been unhoused, he has interviewed dozens of others and their families.

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon His book makes clear both how easy it is to slip through the cracks in our support systems, and how difficult it is to get back once you have. And how those systems are not well-designed to help neurodiverse and disabled people, of victims of abuse.

I was struck by how close his story was to mine; how a few advantages kept me 'safe' from the streets, but only just. And about how unregulated the services that exist to help are. How by handing them off to charities>

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon >and private companies with little oversight, the government leaves th system open to abuse, callousness, and the mistakes that arise where people aren't adequately trained.

And how often people are blamed for things that were outside of their control, and this is used as a reason to deny them services.

I thought a lot about that this year as I went though the tortuous system required to reach an agreement from doctors and my employers that I could no longer work>

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon >due to disability, instead of simply quitting, which would have been better for my health. It was hell, but I kept in th back of my mind how Lavelle was denied housing initially because he left housing 'voluntarily' to avoid the stress of eviction. I'm quite sure I would not have the paltry benefits I have now without that.

The very systems that should help are run as a mechanism of punishment for being poor and disabled.

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Question for The Murderbot Diaries fans. (No spoilers please as I'm just starting book 4)

Who do you hear in your head as Murderbot's voice?

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Rhube ,
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@MagentaRocks @bookstodon the need to gender a non-binary character's voice in this poll is really uncomfortable

You could have said 'a deep voice/a high voice/something in the middle' or used baritone/tenor/alto/soprano. But it's also an uncomfortable thing to want to know anyway - like you want to say 'ha! You DO tacitly gender Murderbot!'

This binarism is deeply insulting to the book and non-binary readers - like me.

I would strongly suggest taking this poll down.

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Huh. It just occurred to me that not everyone reads all the time. Like, there’s a bunch of people without books they’re reading right now. That concept is so bizarre to me. I’ve always got several books going. Ebooks, audiobooks and physical copies of books. If you don’t read anymore, when and why did you stop? No judgement. I’m genuinely curious. @bookstodon

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@rickf @pseudonymsupreme @bookstodon I hear this big time. I have ME/CFS and Long COVID and it's destroyed my ability to read anything except very engaging stories by authors I already trust. Even having stopped working, it's hard to read for very long.

I'm a writer. I have an Eng Lit degree. The walls of my house are covered with books. It's hell.

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when do you abandon a book?
I'm not very good at it, but I might be about to do it again.
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Rhube ,
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@Helen50 @bookstodon The thing that made me better at abandoning books was reading Sarum. It's over 1,100 pages and tells the story of five families from pre-history to 1985 in the area around Stonehenge. While it had its moments (who doesn't like Stonehenge?) most of the book was incredibly tedious.

I slogged through it as a teenager - I'd started and by damn I was gonna finish! I got to the end and... it really wasn't worth it. I decided I never had to finish any other book I wasn't enjoying.

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@Helen50 @bookstodon like I say, I liked some parts of it. But it is a looong book when you're not sold on all of it.

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System Collapse by Martha Wells, the latest MurderBot book, is out today and it's great. Read my review: https://susannashore.blogspot.com/2023/11/system-collapse-by-martha-wells-review.html

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@beecycling @ianturton @SusannaShore @bookstodon Ebooks and audio release today according to Amazon, Hardback still says 19 Dec.

But Blackwells say they have the hardback releasing today. I am wondering if I should cancel my Amazon order, or if it's something that will correct itself? Extremely confusing!

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@beecycling @ianturton @SusannaShore @bookstodon I had the exact same issue with Witch King and am honestly wondering what's going on!

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@beecycling @ianturton @SusannaShore @bookstodon Fuck it. I've cancelled my pre-order and ordered from Blackwells. Here's the link for other UK folks disappointed by this: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/System-Collapse-by-Martha-Wells/9781250826978

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Have seen some talk about people boycotting the Big 5 publishers. Because they own so much, I personally don't know how possible that is. But there's a good article out about some indie publishers which may help - https://bookriot.com/best-indie-publishing-companies/

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@awenspark @bookstodon yeah, I personally think an author strike is what's needed. But publishing is such a global business, without a single global union, that's hard to arrange.

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Justice for Animals
Our Collective Responsibility

A revolutionary new theory and call to action on animal rights, ethics, and law from the renowned philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum.
Animals are in trouble all over the world. Whether through the cruelties of the factory meat industry, poaching and game hunting, habitat destruction, or neglect of the companion animals that people purport to love, animals suffer injustice and horrors at our hands every day.

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    @appassionato @bookstodon Martha C Nussbaum wasn't a name I expected to see in my feed today, but I'm very glad to see she's applying her mind to such a worthy subject!

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    Do you judge a book by its cover? I'm thinking of changing the cover of our already-published book!!! 😮
    Tell me which cover you would click on: the new one in sunny yellow or the existing cover in sandy beige?
    The yellow reflects @TeresaHeartchild's love of life -- and the urgency of getting her freed. It should attract the eye for Amazon clicks.
    But the beige may be some book-lover's sophisticated fave. 🤔 What do you think? @bookstodon @bookgaga

    Franke James' book cover in sandy beige for "Freeing Teresa: A True Story about Fighting Ableism." The book is sitting on a striped, multi-hued couch.

    Rhube ,
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    @frankejames @TeresaHeartchild @bookstodon @bookgaga the yellow is just too eye-searing. A paler yellow might give freedom or happiness, but that one hurts to look at. As someone with light sensitivity, this kind of eye-catching colour is something I just have to look away from these days - in general it's just an accessibility issue.

    The beige appeals simply for not being that yellow.

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    We lost the gravel battle, cuz the landlord says it's cheaper. Killing the = cost effective. In this section, he moved the gravel, put down new membrane, then put back the dirty gravel. Within 2 weeks, there was new grass. At 3 weeks, the grass is 4" tall. When I stick my finger into the gravel, the first digit is coated in dirt. He tried to charge the last tenant for the existent shoddy landscaping. We're thinking about putting heathers & lavenders in to save our deposit. @gardening

    Rhube ,
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    @LoraHughes @Irisfreundin @gardening that's so shitty. I am angry on your behalf.

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    Things are getting funny on the other site. Like, what the hell did I just read?

    "any engagement with texts that isn't an erotic relation"

    I'm like, sir, has the papercut on your dick still not healed from when you tried to fuck the books? Is that what's going on here?

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    @orionkidder @azforeman @bookstodon it's obvious where he's coming from (speaking as someone with a humanities PhD who is therefore very well trained in analysing hostile arguments) but believe me when I say this dickhead did NOT need defending.

    This screed is inexcusable&in utter bad faith. No one needs to give it kindness and look past the way he's behaving. If you really think you've grown past this, please recognise when a dude doesn't need a defence. Listen more to those under unjust fire.

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    10/3/23 Open 6-9p. No open containers, please.

    A few days ago I shared a 6 vol serial novel from Fawcett in '97. This is the set that inspired it, from Signet in '96. Note, the first vol of this 1st ed, 1st print set is embossed in silver. Later printings were embossed, but plain white. The other volumes are not embossed. This set is available here, now!


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    @BonnettsBooks @bookstodon ooo, I have originals of these, if a bit busted up be being carried with me to school.

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