Not dead, just tired 
2010.11.30 20:24 - Entertainment, Books, Movies, Meatspace Stupidity, Whining, Work-related
Criminy, it's almost December.

I think I can sum up my life the last month as: work, TV zombies, work, TV spies, work, TV spaceship, work, work, cartoons, more cartoons, minecraft, work, TV zombies, work, etc.

I've read Monster Hunter Vendetta, am most of the way through Unseen Academicals, watched a movie or two, eaten some turkey, and have otherwise been a little too shelled from work to devote much time to life outside my head.

Two and a half more weeks to the end of the year, for me. I think I owe my employer two-hundred-odd unit tests and some additional code in the meantime, though.

Oh, and I've been listening to The Protomen. First album's okay, second's very good.
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Why My Investment In Fictional Universes Is Increasingly Limited 
2009.12.02 09:00 - Entertainment, Books, Movies, Television, Meatspace Stupidity, Whining
I have the RSS feed from laying around in my Google Reader subscriptions. This morning, that feed included an announcement of the cancellation of an upcoming Star Wars novel by Karen Traviss.

I really don't follow this stuff very closely, and what's going on here is one reason why. Karen Traviss has been writing novels in the Star Wars universe centered around some characters that are clone soldiers and a handful of Mandalorians, either referencing or creating a lot of stuff concerning the previously established warrior culture of the Mandalorians. I've read a few of these, because they've crossed over nicely into the sub-genre of military sci-fi that I've recently found myself enjoying, and because I do still like the Star Wars universe, despite the fact that it is often so shoddily and inconsistently constructed. So, I've got two or three of the Republic Commando novels on my bookshelf, and I'll probably pick up the couple of novels following those characters at some point.

Traviss has decided not to write this last book because, among other reasons, the Mandalorians are being retconned into pacifists during the movie time period, which presents certain existential difficulties for many of her key characters.

Uff da.

[Addendum: I fired this off without putting a complete title on it, so I corrected the title.]
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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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