February 19th, 2005

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Rover Lives! (link salad, apparently)

The CEO of the Swedish company Rotundus, Nils Hulth, discusses his company's pride and joy. It's the Orb, a robotic ball that Rotundus describes as "well suited for surveillance and inspection in rough environments."

Will Shetterly: ...the essence of art is purpose, and "to keep the audience from noticing that the story sucks" is not a good reason for a flashback.

Last night, we watched the first episode of The Greatest American Hero, which is now available on DVD, and there was much rejoicing.

Frighteningly, it also led to the realization that my first high school crush may have been a result of the boy in question having hair like Ralph Hinkley's. And boy, he was a tough son of a bitch in that show. I'd entirely forgotten--or remembered only his crunchy-granola flying-badly side, and not the in-your-face aspect of the character.

*happy sigh*

Also, Robert Culp, still funny. My inner spy geek was pleased by the nods to I Spy, too.

Sekrit Identity? WHAT sekrit identity?

Also, nice APOD today:

Auroras! On Saturn! It's Aliiiiiivvvveeeeee!
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Dead Woman in Deptford

There's an Elizabeth Bear buried in Deptford's St. Nicholas' Churchyard:

86. Sacred to the memory of Anne daughter of Jonathan and Anne Bear of this parish who died July 31st 1836 aged 6 years and 9 months. Also William Henry son of the above who died April 29th 1832 aged 16 months. Likewise Mr Jonathan Bear grandfather of the above who died July 6th 1837 aged 79 years. Also Mrs Elizabeth Bear relict of the above who died 20th February 1844 aged 79 years. Also Mr Jonathan Bear father of the above children who died 5th January 1832 in the 66th year of his age.

And now, I should go for a walk....
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Your money or your life I'll have, it's all the same to me. It's hang-ed for a sheep or murder in

the first degree.

Songs of Innocence, Introduction
You are 'regularly metric verse'. This can take
many forms, including heroic couplets, blank
verse, and other iambic pentameters, for
example. It has not been used much since the
nineteenth century; modern poets tend to prefer
rhyme without meter, or even poetry with
neither rhyme nor meter.

You appreciate the beautiful things in life--the
joy of music, the color of leaves falling, the
rhythm of a heartbeat. You see life itself as
a series of little poems. The result (or is it
the cause?) is that you are pensive and often
melancholy. You enjoy the company of other
people, but they find you unexcitable and
depressing. Your problem is that regularly
metric verse has been obsolete for a long time.

What obsolete skill are you?
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I have walked. In the rain and the wind.
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Another review roundup

Tangent Online's Suzanne Church reviews "Two Dreams on Trains."Elizabeth Bear brings slavery and freedom of spirit together in "Two Dreams on Trains."

Cindy Lynn Speer for Fantastica Daily reviews Shadows Over Baker Street, and so does Gus Sheridan for Java Magazine (scroll down for this one.)

Kristin L. Chin for The Davis Enterprise has a lovely review of part of the class of 2005, including moi, up here: <http://www.davisenterprise.com/articles/2005/02/19/entertainment/books/345book.txt">Jenny Casey considers herself a freak.</a> Again, scroll down.

A blog review! What the heck--random strangers post their thoughts on teh intraweb, and I get to read them when I'm bored and ego-google. Thousand-Faced Moon reviews Hammered: I also like Dr. Elspeth Dunsany, another strong female character, who's also not white. I'm uncertain about Gabe Castaign, but I'm impressed that Elizabeth Bear writes a single parent (as well as his kids) and the characterization of both Gabe and his daughters seems real. Hopefully he'll have more to do in Scardown. And the 'villain' isn't a cardboard fascist, but as the protagonist says, he's the hero in his own movie.

(Elspeth is my favorite character too. Shh. Don't rat me out.)

Another blog review! Susan Marie Groppi liked the book--I feel like I should say something more, say something articulate about why Hammered was so good. Before I try, though, I feel like I ought to explain something.

And it makes me happy that she liked it, because I like Susan.

Actually, I think the blog comments are the most fun, because they're such honest reactions. No pretension, just readers doing what readers do.

Mysterious Galaxy approves in a micro-review: Damn, this was good and a debut to boot: near future, former Canadian special forces, broken, partially bionic woman, Jenny Casey, rocks in this hard bitter future Bear has created. Especially nice since the book is #3 on their January bestseller list.

And there's a brief three-paragraph review in Starlog, which kit_kindred just handed me a copy of, which starts off "Hammered, Bear's debut novel is an enthralling roller-coaster ride through a dark and possible near future." It then goes on to say that "a few tracks have been jumped along the way," but neglects to mention which ones (or maybe they mean something different by track-jumping than I do.) and concludes, "...you have enough material for ten books." (And they mean that in a good way, apparently, because the next thing it says is) "Bear leaves enough loose ends that a follow-up novel seems mandatory. It will also be welcome."

Another blog reviewer (and personal acquaintance--for the sake of full disclosure) Jvstin, says The only disappointment, which keeps it from being highly recommended, is the "chop here and end and buy the next book" feel of the denouement. While there is an ending for the book...it feels like part of a bigger work.

Alas, yes, that's typical of the first book in a trilogy. At least there's a sex scene, though. *g*
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