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July 2018 News

July 2018 newsletter with links on genetics, RL, true crime, tech economics, and 4 book reviews

This is the July 2018 edition of the newsletter; previous, June 2018 (archives). This is a collation of links and summary of major changes, overlapping with my Changelog; brought to you by my donors on Patreon. This month I’d like to particularly thank my 2 anonymous donors, who gave $20,000.


  • Nothing completed





  • Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1), Gladstone 2012 (urban fantasy, sold to me as being unusually legal and economic-themed; not bad, but those aspects turn out to be minimal, arguably less than, say, Spice and Wolf, and some parts are a little derivative—City of Doors, anyone? I was a little more intrigued by the overall worldbuilding, with a geopolitical order polarized between upstart immortal human mage-kings seizing power with magic-science, and retrenched old gods.)

  • The Japanese Family Storehouse, or, The Millionaire’s Gospel Modernised, Saikaku 1688, trans. Sargent (review)