Weeknote for Week 13

written 2023-04-02

The 13ths Week from 27th of March to 2nd of April 2023 where I was mostly away but still managed to read


  • Isabella is still sick.
  • Two days of business travel.
  • Created a Minio Server to sync with Siyuan. Mobile Version still throws errors, opened a ticket. It will be fixed by the next release. It seems to be only the indicator however

Posts I read

Books I read

Rainbows End

I picked up Vernor Vinge’s Rainbow’s End with a sense of excitement, expecting a hard-hitting, technological thrill ride with the kind of Gibson-esque flair that I absolutely adore. And while the novel certainly had its moments of brilliance, it left me with mixed emotions.

From the moment I read about the young-again poet, Robert Gu, I was intrigued by the concept. It seemed like an interesting twist on the usual sci-fi tropes, and I couldn’t wait to immerse myself in Gu’s journey. However, as I dove further into the novel, it became clear to me that Vinge was combining elements of a coming-of-age story into his futuristic narrative, which didn’t quite suit my preferences. I felt a little out of step with these elements, as I’d been hoping for a more hard sci-fi experience.

As I continued reading Rainbow’s End, I was initially captivated by the undercurrent of a global conspiracy that promised to elevate the tension and propel the story forward. However, as the plot progressed, that captivating thread seemed to diminish into a human interest narrative, which, although engaging in its own right, wasn’t quite what I had expected or what I was looking for in the novel.

Nonetheless, I had to admire Vinge’s world-building skills. The author effortlessly pulled me into a rich and imaginative future that felt both foreign and strangely familiar, offering a profound exploration of technology’s increasingly pervasive role in our lives. In this aspect, I felt a deep appreciation for the novel.

Regarding the novel’s characters, I found interactions and relationships compelling, and they’ve left me thinking about them even after finishing the book. These detailed character connections may strike a chord with readers who relish human stories in their sci-fi adventures, even if the overarching narrative isn’t what they expected.

So, where do I stand with Rainbow’s End? I’d say that it’s a well-written and creative book that offers some genuinely engrossing reading moments. However, it might not satisfy everyone, especially those who crave a hard-hitting sci-fi experience or a fast-paced conspiracy thriller. In the end, it’s an enjoyable read, but for me, it didn’t quite hit the mark I was looking for.

Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries

I chose Exit Strategy, as it is something incredibly convenient and refreshing about these novellas. That being said, Exit Strategy adheres to a similar pattern to its predecessors, making it feel somewhat repetitive. Despite this, Martha Wells keeps the pacing and action engaging, ensuring I have a fun, entertaining read each time. While I wish there was more variation in the storyline or that the author explored new ideas, I can’t deny that I still look forward to each novella in the series, and Exit Strategy was no exception


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