Gab is a relatively new social network, centered around a microblogging platform which limits your posts to 300 characters. You might not want another social network in your life, or you may not wish to devote time to a social network that is just getting off the ground, but you should register an account and start using Gab right away. You can find me on http://gab.ai/CQW, it is where I do most of my social media posting these days.
The proper way to review a book is a matter of some debate and differing philosophies and Corrosion by Johan Kalsi is one that could receive reviews with largely different content and conclusions based on the choices made by the reviewer in examining the work. Corrosion can be examined in a vacuum, in comparison to John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire or in comparison to the Isaac Asimov novel, Foundation. In the first case the novel was mostly successful in accomplishing the author’s goals. Pitted against Scalzi, the book would seem to be a resounding success. Finally, while it is impossible to properly compare it to Asimov at this stage, the novel develops a similar premise in a more expansive direction and uses different means to maintain cohesion between the stories.
The sixth volume of the Harvard Classics is exclusively poetry and songs from the famous and influential Scottish poet, Robert Burns. He his best known to me for the classic song “Auld Lang Syne” and the classic rock hit “John Barleycorn”. Encompassing 557 individual poems, this work was daunting. Not only am I not usually one for reading poetry, Burns usually writes in Scottish vernacular and often uses Scots Gaelic words in his poems. That’s in addition to the standard practice of using plenty of Latin and French borrowed words as well. Robert Burns seems to refer to Scotland as Caledonia more often than its actual name. This makes these poems a challenge to read and comprehend for a reader like myself who is not only separated from the work by a significant language barrier but also by more than two hundred years of history. After reading the first hundred poems, the language became easier to deal with and the second half of the collection was a relative breeze once I had gotten used to his style.