The Yiddish Policeman's Union 
2008.01.13 17:18 - Entertainment, Books
I finished up Michael Chabon's novel, The Yiddish Policeman's Union last night. I'm left with the feeling that I've read a very well constructed book that tries to straddle multiple genres without really succeeding at any of them. You'll get a better summary of the setting by looking up the book on than I can provide.

I want to say that I found the book ultimately a bit frustrating, given that it conveys some sense of being a detective story, an alternate history story, an espionage or conspiracy tale, without actually treating any of these aspects with great depth. I'm not familiar with the modern genre of mysteries, so this may be par for the course, but, though the mix of genres is never jarring, I didn't find it very satisfying. Could just be me. I've just told Amazon to send me some stuff by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Perhaps that will go over better.

Next up, however, is Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia, of HK. Because You Suck. And We Hate You. fame. I'm not expecting a story for the ages, but the first chapter has the main character defenestrating his suddenly-a-werewolf boss from a tall building, so at least it should be entertaining.
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2007.09.19 13:27 - Entertainment, Books, Comics, Music, Movies, Internet Stupidity
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Well, &*^%! 
2007.09.17 01:34 - Entertainment, Books, Miscellanea, News and Politics
Seems that Robert Jordan died yesterday (9/16) afternoon. Details at Wikipedia, and probably at this link to his blog. I found out from a posting at

Despite the long standing joke about whether he'd finish the series before he died (which, granted, stopped being funny over a year ago), I can't say I expected it to actually happen. I can only assume he's busy writing where'er his soul may be.
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From the Terrible Idea Brigade 
2006.12.19 16:35 - Books, Movies
Slashdot is maundering about a webmaster being sued for his domain name by MGM.

MGM wants the domain so they can promote War Games 2: The Dead Code, in which a kid hacks into an unspecified defense computer system used for terror simulations and teaches us that a war on terrorism is unwinnable, ultimately ensuring destruction for all sides. In the process, he'll break into a DoD facility, and play tic-tac-toe with an improbably extant AI, all while winnig the requisite hot babe.

Somewhere in the middle of this, I'll probably throw up, but don't let that stop you going to see what will, undoubtedly, be a fine and original movie capable of standing on its own merits, and not at all a boring, trite, and obnoxious bit of propaganda trading on a better movie (which was also propagandic, but at least it was entertaining).

Actually, who knows? Maybe it'll be a good movie. I mean, statistically speaking, there have to be at least a few of those next year.
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2005.10.31 09:03 - Entertainment, Books
I really should read more. I should probably read better stuff, but at the very least, I should read more. If only to excavate all the damned magazines. In the last month, I read Robert Jordan's latest opus, Knife of Dreams, and a pair of Pratchett novels.

I thought the latest Wheel of Time book was better than the previous one, but my only real recommendation would be to pick it up whenever if you're following the series, but if you're not, why care? I imagine there's at least a year until the next volume, so, if you can wait, Knife of Dreams will be a darn sight cheaper then. I distinctly recall picking up some of the hardcovers for less than the paperback, because I waited. Stuff happens, some questions are finally answered, some suppositions finally confirmed (some of those only obliquely), but it all feels like set-pieces being moved into position.

Pratchett. I can't say that I ever find Mr. Pratchett a deeply intellectual read, but he's usually been an enjoyable one. For all that, I wonder if some of the noise I remember hearing when Night Watch came out isn't true: the man may be off his game. (I actually enjoyed Night Watch, but that's been a year or more ago.) The two I just finished up were Monstrous Regiment and Going Postal. I though Going Postal was a fair read, but really found Monstrous Regiment a bit tedious. Might have been the subject matter (did you know that women can do the sorts of things men can do? Really? Blimey!), or just context, which could have much read into it, fairly or otherwise. Parts of Going Postal will be funny to anyone who thinks that Dilbert or "Office Space" are funny.

There was one matter in Going Postal than bugged me slightly. I seem to recall that, in Reaperman, it was established that light on the Disc moved subsonicly--slowly enough that it could be seen 'leaking around the trees', or something to that effect, in the sunrise behind a forest. It is suggested in the latter part of the book that an object moving at supersonic speeds would be quite unable to outrun light. A niggling detail, which probably confirms only that a) the Discworld is not quite internally consistent and b) I am a huge dork. Both are probably well-established facts.
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