Mysteries, A.I, the End of Humanity, and Fangirls

books, reading, book club, book discussion, novels, fiction, libraryMy local library is hosting a series of monthly Mystery Book Discussions. I found out  because I was at the library a week ago and noticed a pile of the same books on a table. Curious, I wandered over and wound up picking up the book and the flyer about the book discussions.

I missed the January meeting. That book was Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg. Even though I missed the discussion, I may still try to read it. Yeah, sure. Along with the literally hundreds of other books I want to read.

For February, the book is Promise Not To Tell by Jennifer McMahon, published in 2007. It was her debut book. Since then she’s written five other books. I’ve started reading it and so far I’m liking it.

I haven’t been to a book discussion in quite a while. I tend to enjoy them as I’m always curious as to what people like or don’t like in a book, what draws them into the story, what bores them or repulses them so much they refuse to even finish the book.

The problem is I’d put some other books on hold and assumed they wouldn’t be coming in anytime soon. But they did. Two of them are by Rainbow Rowell, whom I’ve heard good things about; Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.

I couldn’t resist starting to read Fangirl. I’m a bit too, shall we say, advanced in years to be considered a fangirl, but I am a geek and a nerd and, yes, I confess, I have written my share of fanfiction. It’s a fast read so maybe I can read both it and Promise Not to Tell at the same time and still finish Promise Not To Tell in time for the book discussion meeting, which is on February 5th.

Yeah, I should be fine.

But some other books also came in and I want to read them too!

Our Final Invention – Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era  by James Barrat- I forgot why I put this particular book on hold, but I started reading sections from it and, oh, man, I may have to read this. Why?

Humans. Stupid. Must Die!

Well, basically this guy is saying that at some point, based on advancing technology and R&D on artificial intelligence, we’re going to create and turn on some kind of super-souped-up A.I. equivalent to Skynet from The Terminator movies or Colossus from the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project  and it’s basically going to bring about the end of life as we know it because it will be waaaaaaaay smarter than all of us put together and probably within nanoseconds of being turned on will assume that humans are just too stupid to live and eliminate us all. And uh, no, it’s not science fiction. It’s totally non-fiction

The Book of Other People – Edited by Zadie Smith – I put this book on hold because I had heard about it earlier last year and had intended to read it, but it recently caught my eye again because apparently Shia LaBeouf plagiarized a story from the book by turning it into a short film without getting permission to do so from the author or crediting said author. Not good.

I also picked up a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which is a cautionary tale about a future in which firemen start fires. That is they burn books because reading is considered deviant behavior and therefore forbidden.

Scene from movie version of Fahrenheit 451

I’ve seen the movie quite a few times, but I have yet to read the book.

Well, if it’s slow at work this weekend (and I have to work Monday too as it’s a Federal holiday and I usually try to work some holidays for the extra pay), I won’t have a lack of anything to read, that’s for sure.


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