Review: This is How You Die – Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death

‘Is there anything you want to do before we put our heads in plastic boxes for two days?’
I thought about this for a second, then held the side of her face and kissed her.
We both zipped up our suits just in time to see the reactor blow: a column of green radioactive fire, belching black smoke. Di squeezed my hand, our big boxy heads knocked clumsily together, and I tried to think of something romantic to say.
‘Well, I guess that’s why they all die of cancer.’
~Tom Francis, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death

Plot summary

“If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published best seller, Machine of Death.

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Poll: Summer 2017 Rock Playlist

“Mellow is the man who knows what he’s been missing”
~Led Zeppelin

Vote for your Rock playlist

Below is a list of 15 rock songs, vote for your favorite three among them. You can also add your own choice if you wish. Just a hint, the 15 songs are among my favorites 🙂 Thanks for helping me out! Have a blasting summer of rock!

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Travels: Oasis of alpine roses in Helsinki

“The earth laughs in flowers.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a surreal paradise not too far from the Helsinki city center. It is a world where alpine roses meet mighty pine trees. It is a collision of realms of sweet flowers and trees that are used to four seasons and the harshness of conditions.

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Review: Neuromancer by William Gibson

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
~William Gibson, Neuromancer

Plot summary

“The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace.

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Story time: Revealing the Gravatar image

moi, haudi, morjens, tseenare!

You might be wondering what the nonsense above might be, but no worries! The words in question are both common and less common greetings in Helsinki slang, an almost forgotten lingua nordica very much in use in the 1950’s. But now I am procrastinating. The topic for today is not Helsinki slang – although highly tempting as such – but something else completely.

It has been very busy lately, the days have flown by way too fast. So I thought of postponing the upcoming book review until next week, so instead here comes a revelation on the image in my WordPress Gravatar. I also wish to pay a tribute to the first official day of summer. It might be less than 10 Celsius degrees outside, but nonetheless it says “summer” in my calendar, so I am going with that. Any more questions?

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Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

“If you strip away all the trappings of personality and lifestyle, what are the core components that make me me?”
~Blake Crouch, Dark Matter

Plot summary

“Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

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Review: The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

“In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.”
~Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

Plot summary

“Who could read the programme for the excursion without longing to make one of the party? So Mark Twain acclaims his voyage from New York City to Europe and the Holy Land in June 1867. His adventures produced The Innocents Abroad, a book so funny and provocative it made him an international star for the rest of his life.

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