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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

and with pictures:
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

@danwchan just reading the titles made me think of my favourite book as a small child:

Whose mouse are you?

@lauraritchie Haha blast from the past! I remember that book. The rhyme started to come back to me as I watched that video.

@dredmorbius Thanks for the suggestion.

I usually read sci-fi and steer clear from historical fiction but after a few positive recommendations and reading excerpts from How to Write a Thesis, I gave NofR a try. I was so happy I did. I liked how the setting was foreign and ancient but conversations were familiar and topical. The pacing was amazing and I could read it again looking for meaning (but probably won't). It expressed his care of and careful research into the era.

@dredmorbius Oh yeah I read Anathem and I bet Stephenson was influenced by Eco. I think they take different stances on the idea of "what can be known".

At the time I was very struck by the imagined danger/issue of so much networked information of dubious quality that specialists were required to parse through it (Reticulum). Of course, it's been making more and more sense to me as I continue to learn and forget.

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