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Feb 03, Eve added it. Not sure how to rate this.

This action packed story kept me riveted and I read through this book in one sitting, enjoying both the characters and the plot. On the other hand, once I was done, I sort of had a feeling that I hadn't read anything very memorable. So, I guess that for me, this was a fun 3 hours, but not one for re-reading. Mar 12, Ayanna rated it liked it Shelves: favorites , evocative-or-edifying , reviewed , non-pulpy , be-still-my-heart , meh. The futuristic stuff is weird. I know I'm not one to judge someone else's universe or their interpretation, per se, but it just Seems Like the author didn't quite commit to it.

Either that or went in a weird direction. Of course, now that line from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead comes back to me "Audiences know what to expect, and that is all they are prepared to believe in. But then, you know what, I'm part of the illogical a The futuristic stuff is weird.

But then, you know what, I'm part of the illogical audience known as humanity, so I object. I think it's all "retro" stuff. It's weird that they would keep referring to things that exist now like that. Makes it feel like the author arbitrarily decided to make it "futuristic" because xe either didn't want to research what does and doesn't exist now or wanted some gimmicky way to explain away certain elements the author wanted to magically include somehow. That's probably why it feels like the author didn't really commit to xer world. It makes it feel like the author's almost apologetic about it.

I didn't have as much issue with the tablet thing because that's the direction most people seem to think technology is going in, especially as, in our world, tablets are growing in processing power and capabilities and such. Me, I can't quite picture "typing" on a tablet. I like the feel of the pressure of the keys so I know when I'm actually typing and when I'm not.

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It makes me feel like I'm not typing gibberish. There are a couple of times when the phrasing's really It was kind of cool because you could see the effects of the whole thing on his psyche, but it was subtle and well-worked. He's constantly referring to himself by his body, but you really don't start noticing until way late because it's done so subtly. It adds such another amazing layer to the characterization of the characters and the universe the author creates.

That was Marius moment if ever I've seen one. But then it goes right back to the previous mindset, which is a bit weird, but makes sense. So often with this character type the narration comes off sounding like we're dealing with a terrified child. You know, between the cringing and groveling and sniveling and sobbing and all that. Argh, I can't think of any other way to describe it. I mean, I know regression is considered a perfectly viable defense mechanism, but it just Remy actually felt like an adult.

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An adult with a certain set of trained responses, yes, but still an adult as opposed to a traumatized teenager. But then I liked the way it was lampshaded. I also liked that it was lampshaded at all. It would have been extremely weird if Challanor hadn't picked up on so obvious a nuance that.

Remy's insight on during the whole view spoiler [drug use era hide spoiler ] was interesting, too. I liked the way the author explored his mindset. I didn't have much issues with the view spoiler ["goddamn virus implanted in the mother ship" hide spoiler ]. But then, I knew it was coming. Actually, Emma, if you read this, I didn't have issues with Remy's apparently Heel Face Turn because to me it seemed more like he was transferring his So, in a sense, Challanor went from simply "a client" to basically "The Master," for want of better terms.

I mean, for all that he seems to bear enmity towards Challoner, that mostly just stems from him not knowing waht to do to please him. That was poignant. I mean, it was very clear that Remy never really enjoyed sex and that he didn't really seem to understand that it could be for him? I mean, I'm sure he intellectually "got it" why else would he have clients? But no, seriously, Remy's interesting because he doesn't seem to have experienced love or lust. Usually these characters have experienced at least lust.

It's an interesting take. Now, when they say "behind the molars," they mean between the molar and the cheeck, right? Unless it's not large Ah, conundrums But anyways. As the revolution starts spreading, it starts getting Ridiculous, at the very least. That's when it started getting weird. I mean, Remy magically develops a self identity, people are suddenly willing to jump on the potential-suicide-boat, things start getting pedestrian Did I forget anything? Oh, yeah. How could I have forgotten?

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Remy's complete personality makeover was annoyingly instantaneous. I mean, up until that "spread the word! See Emma's review for more information. It cost it its "magnum opus" status. Makes me wonder You know what the author needs? What do you mean, you "don't know how to end this"? So you're just giving up? You're just going to throw in some token deus ex machina and then make your readers wait for book two? That is not what you do! Oct 30, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: mm , library-cloudlibrary , slaves , mystery-thriller , romance , dystopian.

Owned and indentured prostitute, the nobel but naive client, and the ultimate game of chess The first two-thirds of this intriguing story explores a whore's life in a modern dystopian world echoing both of the economic and political oppression outlined by Dickens and Orwell. The interplay between the prostitute and his nobel but naive and very wealthy client has a nice mix of the slow slipping of a thick mask worn to please others in order to simply survive with eye-opening realities for the Owned and indentured prostitute, the nobel but naive client, and the ultimate game of chess The first two-thirds of this intriguing story explores a whore's life in a modern dystopian world echoing both of the economic and political oppression outlined by Dickens and Orwell.

The interplay between the prostitute and his nobel but naive and very wealthy client has a nice mix of the slow slipping of a thick mask worn to please others in order to simply survive with eye-opening realities for the a powerful man who seems unable to help.

The last third is less about personal relationships and a bit pat it is a romance novel rather than an entirely dark urban-fantasy. However, I found the societal musings and the need to break some shackles to be entertaining and enjoyable reading if a bit simplistic and brief. A solid read for those looking for some personal darkness before heroes need to sacrifice the pawn to threaten the King. Feb 14, Sherry rated it really liked it.

Boy, does Kate Sherwood know how to write or what?! North America is ruled by a corrupt government, although it's never explained why or what happened. Remy slowly and reluctantly emerges from his numbed existence to actuall Boy, does Kate Sherwood know how to write or what?!

Remy slowly and reluctantly emerges from his numbed existence to actually believe that things might be able to be changed for the better. No sex between the MCs in this story but it wouldn't have fit the storyline; kudos to the author for not just throwing one in! I am hoping there is more background of what happened in the 2nd story, which I am very much looking forward to!

Mar 08, Tamarrion Lash rated it liked it Shelves: m-m-romance. Jan 31, Aniko rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle , favourites. I loved this book so much. The story is original and grabbed me right from the start. The characters are complex and fully realised. If you want to read something that has an intriguing plot and characters that are layered and engaging, then buy this book.

You won't regret it. I am really looking forward to seeing where Kate takes Remy and Adam in the ne 4. I am really looking forward to seeing where Kate takes Remy and Adam in the next book! He also runs the largest football contest proxy service in Nevada, For more info, visit www. Heading into Game 5 against Washington on Thursday, Bogdanovich noted he was pulling for Vegas as a lifelong resident of the city, even though it meant his books would have taken a major hit.

If they win we pay, and if Washington wins, they were the better team. Looks like the Capitals may spare us some agony. Washington rallied for a victory in Game 5 with two goals in the third period, winning the Cup by handing Vegas its first four-game losing streak of the season and tying an NHL record with a road record in the postseason. Kg1 d5 Nc3 Nd4 Ne4 Nf5 Perhaps Black would win anyway. Rh4 Nxd6 Rf4 Perhaps there was no defense anyway. Black is now winning. Kg3 Re4 Rxc5 Kf6 Kg2 Ke5 Kh2 Rg6 Although the computer won the match, the games were all interesting fights that attracted large online audiences.

Varying the starting imbalances can help to quantify how much stronger computers are than the best humans in ways that playing straight-up matches cannot. Komodo is a chess program that is different from the rest. Its search makes greater use of extensions than any other top engine, which allows Komodo to often see deeper than the others, even if it is displaying a slightly lower search depth. The evaluation differs from its main rivals because it represents a blend of both automated tuning and the judgment of a grandmaster and computer expert Larry Kaufman.

Fully automated evaluations are subject to rather large sample error, and applying some human chess judgment is beneficial, both in results and solid evaluations. Komodo is primarily known for superb positional play. Of course it is also one of the top engines in tactical strength, but the programmers have not been willing to sacrifice positional play just to score better on tactical problem sets.

All good engines are far stronger tactically than any human player, but when positional judgment is involved, top grandmasters are still superior. Therefore it makes sense to emphasize positional play rather than only tactical skill; it is better to improve the program's weakest point rather than further improve its strongest feature. Komodo is especially useful for opening analysis, because its grandmaster programmer has made sure that the program's evaluations generally agree with accepted theory. Komodo also excels in the evaluation of positions with material imbalance, which it handles more intelligently than other top engines.

The endgame of Komodo has been improved by the use of Syzygy tablebases, which employ only the most essential information, to save computing time and memory. Another unique feature of Komodo is its superior performance when using eight or more cores. The Komodo 9. Not registered yet? The Sniper is a universal opening framework which can be played against all main first white moves - 1. Black plays 1…g6, 2…Bg7 and 3…c5 against practically anything! Toggle navigation. Chess News. WSJ on odds chess match Nakamura vs Komodo.

I like it! No grandmaster, however high-ranked, would dare to play against a top engine. Except Hikaru Nakamura, currently number seven in the world. But even he has to accept odds and start a pawn or exchange ahead. How a match between him and one of the most powerful chess programs went is recorded in the Wall Street Journal.

ChessBase 15 - Mega package Find the right combination! Topics: Komodo. Advertising Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann. Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann. Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors. See also. This engine achieves over Elo, but more importantly, it plays more aggressively and more human-like. Komodo Monte Carlo is not primarily concerned with material advantage and provides a completely new strategic evaluation of the game.

It contains the full and 6-piece tablebases on a pen drive so that neither hard disk space or SSD drive are required to take advantage of them. However, the big question is what is so special about them and why you need them. Read on and find out! But in this 60 minutes video IM Andrew Martin suggests an aggressive and little-used idea of the renowned attacking player GM Viktor Kupreichik to counter the French: 1. Andrew Martin uses the games of Kupreichik to show why this line could catch many French aficionados unprepared and is very dangerous for Black. Attacking players will love this line and the unusual complications that it promotes.

Discuss Rules for reader comments User. But clearly it does not take a top GM to see how badly he played. He played 3. Qb3, but then he pulled back his Queen to c2 and to d2, to support Bishop e3. Nakamura could simply play Qd2 after Be3, as any players including himself! Thereafter he played the useless 9. No surprise that Komodo — having so quickly equalized — could quietly exploit its position and prepare its winning attack almost undisturbed. After 1. Then 2…d5 is now impossible, as Black would lose another pawn, after 3.

Nc3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Ne7 4. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qb3 Bxc3 5. Qxc3 Nf6 6. I admit that now computers can beat all humans in equal positions. But this was not a serious match, find someone else to fool! OK, I'm going to run a race against a machine!

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I'll start an inch from the finish line, and the machine can start from meters back. Hopefully they only choose an airplane to race against me, and not a rifle! The whole thing of competing against a machine was a strange novelty that arose because the first machines of this type were not very good.

Worrying about what odds to give, and treating it as if it is some sort of sporting question with a possible idealistic or principled answer, is completely absurd. As absurd as racing against an airplane or rocket ship. A computer is useful for training, as is a car which can drive along behind a bicycle to offer support to the rider. But that is the role of the computer; as a helper, not a competitor.

It is a useful novelty for Nakamura to do this, but only if he or others enjoyed it. If you didn't enjoy it, but he did, you have in no way refuted his effort. The Komodo team is considering time odds matches. But this only makes sense if we get another top-ten player like Nakamura, and even then Komodo would be heavily favoured unless we also specify Komodo must run on laptop computer. I think no handicap except for how we score points. If there is a draw then we consider it a lose for the computer. So there is no real handicap, normal chess games.

Each side playing at its best. In a 5 game match how many games can Nakamura draw? Can he draw even 3, 2 or even 1 game?

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I am afraid Nakamura could not even draw 1 game. I think we should aim for quality chess and not have handicaps. One of the main problems will always be the tactical lines where the computer can out-calculate, so this means humans have to play positional chess, which is a shame.

Advanced chess seemed a good idea with computers and humans working together, but haven't seen that for a while. Komodo wasn't using an opening book, in order for it to have one, they should've made a special one based on the handicaps given, which was clearly not the case. Someone above mentioned AI.

Opening books and endgame databases should not be allowed for a computer, but at this point I don't think it matters. Recently, there was an even more interesting handicap match between a strong computer and GM Joel Benjamin former member of DeepBlue team.