You know how when tragedy strikes and you waste so much time feeling awful about it and hoping things would go back to normal – a.k.a. the way things were – rather than accepting that life as a person affected by this tragedy is the new normal? The same is true for AI.
The G-MAFIA and BAT can’t take back the technology they’ve created, and there’s no going back to the point in the road where we didn’t coexist with thinking machines. But The Big Nine says we can at least start steering the bus to a different destination now.
Best devoured, digested, and savored again, Circe is a story about magic, power, and womanhood – and all the ways they are one and the same.
This review is part of the Fully Booked staff’s round-up of Best Books of 2018, originally published on December 1, 2018.
Shut your eyes and picture a ship with a crew consisting entirely of girls. I don’t mean a ship captained by a girl, or a ship whose officers are girls. I’m talking an entire crew, from the captain to the officers, the engineers and the sharpshooters, down to the cook and the person who drains the waste from the ship, consisting entirely of girls.
A whole ship, mastering the open sea, weathering storms, running repairs, fielding pirates, raiding warlords’ fleets — completely ran by girls.
Despite difficulties with context and animal cruelty, once it hits its stride, 99 Nights in Logar still turns out to be an engrossing read.
The book doesn’t sugarcoat the grit, the reality of thieves and hash-heads and kids who know how to shoot rifles before they’re even old enough to drive. We are shown the dynamics of the locals with both the American soldiers and the Taliban, as well as the aftermath of the Communist occupation.
These high school kids are dramatic and dumb, but hey, it’s high school! Isn’t everyone dramatic and dumb at that age? The beautiful thing about What If It’s Us is that, despite the squabbles and misunderstandings the characters tangle themselves in, they ultimately approach their issues with honesty and a desire to forgive.
These dumb, dramatic high school kids also display a maturity that you rarely see in high school novels (or even in grown-ups in real life). It’s pure and refreshing (and grown-ups in real life could learn a thing or two from it).
On language: the average person says approximately 16,000 words a day. Vox’s hundred-word limit for women is less than 1% of that! Here’s a concrete example: this paragraph is exactly one hundred words. Imagine how unfair it is to have every day’s speech be limited to only this paragraph.
Further, a vital thing that sets humans apart from animals is the gene for organized language. To remove communication is to remove what makes us human – the ability to interact with others, express ourselves, and document our existence. The cage Vox’s world puts women into isn’t only unfair, it’s dehumanizing.
The stand the princesses make is for the right to walk the land and follow their passions in peace. If they ever raised a fuss about taking the throne, it wasn’t out of greed for control, but out of their royal obligation to serve the realm.
It’s a subtle expression of the concept that feminism has never been about women stealing power away from men, but rather about women having the right to live as they please – and to have a fair shot at jobs they’re certainly qualified for.