April 3rd, 2007

david bowie realism _ truepenny

head 'em up. move 'em out.

There's a pretty positive and thoughtful review of New Amterdam by Rich Horton (who is now ecbatan on lj) in this month's Locus. I'm not sure I agree with him that Sebastien is the central character, but then, I generally think I have more protagonists than anybody else does.

thebluerose is pretty sure I set out, with Carnival and with Blood & Iron, to confound hir on purpose, and is pretty cranky about it. Alas, 'tis not so. On the other hand, I often feel that way about crowleycrow's work, and I'm pretty sure he's not doing it to me on purpose either. But it's nice to be reminded that no matter how hard one works for a nice transparent surface, there are always people whom one will miss.

Speaking of crowleycrow, peake says that the nicest thing he can say about Carnival is that he read it after two of JC's books and didn't ever actually throw it across the room. High praise!

sksperry liked it mostly, even with being an Admitted Straight Guy. Yay!

clockworkwings thought the ending was a bit abrupt.

goselam was underwhelmed by Hammered, but not critically so:

This was better than I expected, but still rather pedestrian. It has some cyberpunk trappings, but I'm not sure it's "punk" enough to fit comfortably in that genre.

Yup, can't argue that.

And dyanearden had, you know, exactly the reaction to Scardown that I live for. It's my favorite book of that trilogy, for just exactly the reason sie elucidates here.

SF Signal reviews Fast Forward 1.
criminal minds reid mathematics

you got a heart so big it could crush this town and i can't hold out forever

Well, I have made it through the chapter 4 self-test in good order. Only three problems wrong, and two of those on arithmetic errors. ( Today's gifts from the left brain: 8 squared as 18, and 6x4 as 16. Yes, I am reasonably certain that both of those are wrong. ;-) ) The other one, I quit factoring too soon.

It's so hard being me.

Tomorrow, I get to start on fractions.

This Tom Petty song makes me want to write, but unfortunately, I still got nothing. Today, though, I should slush. Maybe I'll watch Nova tonight and do that. Ahhh, Nova. May you never die, pop science public TV programming.

Other things to do today:

Go for a walk
Read some more of my research book
Play guitar

I need to nail down the taxes pretty soon, since the paperwork I was waiting for finally came.

Hey, stillsostrange, do you like duck?