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Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth • 2003 • Biography by John Garth

One key to understand The Lord of the Rings and all the other great works by Tolkien is his involvement in the First World War. Elements like a last minute rescue of the Rohirrim, or the role of Samwise Gamgee, … Continue reading

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The Art and Soul of Dune • 2021 • Graphic Documentary by Tanya Lapointe

A Happy New Year 2022! And could it start better than to finish the very first book at the first day of the year? I’ve got this Graphic Documentary for Christmas, and it was a fast and easy read. I’m … Continue reading

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The Art of Sushi • 2021 • Graphic Documentary by Franckie Alarcon

The author flies to Japan on a gourmet quest to discover everything there is to know about sushi. Starting with the basics, he visits Mizutani, a famous, Michelin-awarded chef who serves it the traditional way. There is much to learn … Continue reading

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For Cats Only / Nur für Katzen • 2021 • Novelty Book by Pascale Weber

The cover picture shouted at me to get this book. First of all, because I have exactly this cat tree model. Here is one of my favorite pictures with crashing Kira: Secondly, that hilarious turned over cat. This is a … Continue reading

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster • 2021 • Non-fiction book by Bill Gates — Look a Book

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Informed layman and technology nerd Bill Gates, the multi-billionaire and founder of Microsoft, steps out of his comfort zone in order to give climate change a prominent voice. The author has become a part-time … Continue reading

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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies • 2014 • Non-fiction book by Nick Bostrom — Look a Book

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3.5 out of 5. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will recursively improve itself, leading to a technological singularity and unpredictable changes to human civilization. Low probability combined with high impact generates a risk which certainly makes one wonder about … Continue reading

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Final Report of the National Security Commission on AI • 2021 • Non-fiction book by Eric Schmidt, Robert Work e.a. — Look a Book

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. “America is not prepared to defend or compete in the AI era.” “AI tools will be weapons of first resort in future conflicts. AI will not stay in the domain of superpowers or the … Continue reading

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William Gibson and the Future of Contemporary Culture • 2021 • Non-fiction essay anthology by Mitch R. Murray & Mathias Nilges

William Gibson revolutionized SF in the 1980s, leading the Cyberpunk subgenre to its hype phase. This book gives us 11 essays analyzing Gibson’s work from the perspective of high-brow literature. There’s nothing nerdy in it, the essays are extremely academic. … Continue reading

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The Real J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man who created Middle-Earth • 2021 • Non-fiction book by Jesse Xander

Does the world need yet another Tolkien biography? There is already the excellent and ancient 1977 “J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography”, and the newer 2012 “J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend” by Colin Duriez. Other biographies focus on … Continue reading

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Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control • 2019 • Non-fiction book by Stuart Russel — Look a Book

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. A Superintelligence is an artificial general intelligence (AGI) which has an intelligence surpassing that of humans. A.I.s are in some specific cases already better than humans, e.g. by winning ever more complex games like … Continue reading

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