Been reading novels lately 
2009.07.20 00:21 - Entertainment, Books
Old Man's War by John Scalzi, and Old Twentieth and The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Good books. The Forever War seems most important, with more to say, though I think Old Man's War was a more entertaining read.

I'm not really sure what all I think of The Forever War. It's essentially an allegory for the Vietnam War, but I get the feeling that it's as much a personal allegory as anything else. The social extrapolation doesn't really work for me, but that probably has as much to do with the timeframe involved as anything else.

I liked the ending, though. A happy one.
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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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