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Paul Mitchener
Trust me, I'm a mathematician.
Trust me, I'm a mathematician.


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I'm not sure what I want to say here really. Reading through and looking at the cards, I don't as it turns out have much quarrel with it, though I can't see myself backing.

Since you asked... my Two Towers reading order (mid-level Tolkien nerdery). And much more interesting than Star Wars film order:

Book 3: The Departure of Boromir
Book 3: The Riders of Rohan
Book 3: The Uruk-Hai
Book 3: Treebeard
Book 4: The Taming of Smeagol
Book 3: The White Rider
Book 3: The King of the Golden Hall
Book 3: Helm's Deep
Book 4: The Passage of the Marshes
Book 3: The Road to Isengard
Book 3: Flotsam and Jetsam
Book 3: The Voice of Saruman
Book 4: The Black Gate is Closed
Book 4: Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
Book 4: The Window on the West
Book 4: The Forbidden Pool
Book 3: The Palintir
Book 4: The Journey to the Crossroads
Book 4: The Stairs of Cirith-Ungol
Book 5: Minas Tirith
Book 4: Shelob's Lair
Book 4: The Choices of Master Samwise

Then back to the conventional order. Though it's good to treat things in the conventional way for a communal slow read.

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I may have been involved in a couple of the books for the Mindjammer line, but please don't let that put you off. It's excellent.

Far future science fiction, not all doom and gloom, full of flavour and world and society building. It's seriously good stuff.
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Book announcement for June: The plan is for some non-Dune Frank Herbert. The selection is Hellstrom's Hive.

Here's the blurb:

First published in 1973, Frank Herbert's vivid imagination and brilliant view of nature and ecology have never been more evident than in this classic of science fiction.

America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects.

When the Agency discovered that Dr Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses - it could not be allowed to continue. What they discovered was a nightmare more horrific and hideous than even their paranoid government minds could devise.

It's available from Amazon as paperback, kindle, and audiobook.

I'm pondering a good summer project for myself. I'm torn between:

() Going further with a project I'm tinkering with involving an attempt at self-publishing (through print on demand) an inspirational maths book to introduce university level pure mathematics.
() Getting my guitar back down from the attic and learning to play it properly.
() Learning to program in Python.
() Finally taking the next step in teaching myself Latin.

There, that probably gives you more insight into my mind than you might care to have...
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The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 5: The White Rider
Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli learn Merry and Pippin still live, and follow the trail into Fangorn Forest. There they meet an old friend they had not expected to see again, and a number of questions are answered.

The Two Towers book 3, chapter 4: Treebeard
Merry and Pippin take shelter in Fangorn forest, and find a new friend. Their stories rouse an ancient people into dramatic action.
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