Free holiday reading?
post by Paul Crowley (ciphergoth)
score: 4 (5 votes) ·
I'm going on holiday tomorrow. What freely downloadable reading do people recommend? I'm after both more serious things related to Less Wrong or SIAI/FHI's mission, or more lightweight stuff that is the sort of thing an LW participant like me would enjoy. Thanks!
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comment by Armok_GoB
· score: 9 (9 votes) · LW
http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oa-story&story=dr_yes_jolonah (Warning! Scary!)
comment by Nornagest
· score: 4 (4 votes) · LW
Have to say I wasn't too impressed with "Yes, Jolonah". Its protagonist's predicament, while undoubtedly horrible on a conceptual level, didn't evoke much in the way of emotional horror -- the presentation was too melodramatic, the premise too fundamentally silly, and the characters too flat. The tvtropes word for this sort of thing is "narm", I believe.
On the other hand, I've always liked "Prime Intellect", despite its faults and despite the Luddism it feels compelled to devolve into.
comment by Armok_GoB
· score: 0 (0 votes) · LW
While it's true that it's hardly a great piece of literature, and there are certainly more enjoyable things out there for the same time, it still IS enjoyable and I think it teaches an useful concept.
comment by Normal_Anomaly
· score: 3 (3 votes) · LW
The raikoth.net story is awesome. "Yes, Jolonah" is not worth reading.
Edited ages and ages later: "Yes, Jolonah" is a frightening story that caused me distress due to empathizing with the characters. If you aren't prone to that or if you enjoy it, go ahead and read it. It is moving and well-written.
comment by PhilGoetz
· score: 4 (8 votes) · LW
The cost of a book is negligible compared to the cost of the time it takes to read it, and the cost of filling part of your brain up with its contents.
Choose what you want to read, and get it, whether it's free or not.
comment by atucker
· score: 2 (2 votes) · LW
If you value your time at $20/hr, then unless you decide that you would read a book for the amount of time it takes -- but not an hour longer -- then most books are worth buying.