This is an improvement over Wednesday night's average, in which 1 email account received .93 spams per minute (i failed to count the spams in the other account).
I guess even spammers like their Friday nights off.
Freeware, by Rudy Rucker: I quit reading this book on page 5. At that point, I'd read 5 pages of exposition about the main character's species of AI written in a sort of Junior Encyclopedia prose. And I flipped the page and saw that it continued through the next page. Then I took my bookmark and went home.
Crooked Little Vein, by Warren Ellis: this was my Christmas present from westlinwind, which didn't arrive in time for xmas, and then didn't arrive in time for my birthday, but... I've only read the first chapter. Twisted and surreal and profoundly improbable so far, but I'm enjoying.
Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the Constitution of the United States, but not the one we all know about. This would be the real Constitution (the one with invisible amendments) created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fallback for their great experiment. Along the way, McGill gains a polyamorous sidekick named Trix, gets scared to death by what men do with warm salty water, and descends into a world where crime, sex, and madness all seem to be the same thing.
My other birthday present of note was A Practical Guide to Racism, by C.H. Dalton. It employs color theory (physics) to explain racism. For example, in the section on "Whites," it says: "elementary color theory teaches us that white is not the absence of color, but the presence of all colors, and that's why white people are so insecure. Just imagine all the bad things about Jews, blacks, Asians, Injuns, and the gays wrapped up in one pasty, freckled package."
The section on My People is particularly insightful:
Eastern Europeans dwell deep beneath the earth in ancient, long-sealed salt mines. Hunched and pale from their years spent underground, they surface only to harvest beets and collude with the Nazis.
They face constant persecution at the hands of unseen, bureaucratic enemies, and due to regional and genetic abnormalities, Eastern Europeans are often transformed into giant bugs while they sleep.
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