Friday, June 25, 2010

I Am Not A Critical Reader. I Am A Viceral Reader. Give Me Something To Expirence!

I have just finished the Jump 225 Trilogy and am breathless. Few writers and critics disagree, this trilogy is a brilliant piece of work.  These books grabbed me, shook me and would not let go.  On the grand scale of things I kept thinking of The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, Dune (usually #1 on my all time ever list) by Frank Herbert and strangely enough but really not so strange, Pattern Recognition by William GibsonFoundation and Dune because of the grand scope of world building and Pattern Recognition because the unique sub genera "Sci-Fi Business Thriller" with  much to do about advertising.  I'm hoping the two mentions of "pattern recognition" I caught in my reading of book three, Geosynchron, were homage to Gibson by Edelman. Anyone who has ever seen an advertisement or plans to see one in the future should read Gibson's book.  You will be changed in what you see forever and have a lot of fun reading to boot.

I am a slow deliberate reader.  I read everything the author writes.  I pause for commas, I hesitate for semicolons and I reread the occasional line or paragraph that inspires or baffles.  I am aghast at some of the reviews I read of the books I've blogged.  Some critics are so puffed with self aggrandizing, I wonder if they even read the book.  Don't they like a good story?  Don't they want to escape and or think about something else for a little while? You will not find books I have not liked for one reason or another in this blog.  I don't finish books I don't like, my list is too long to accomplish to begin with, I don't have time for fiction I don't like.

About the near future Jihadist war series with no name by Tom Kratman, it is now officially Carrera's Legions. Thank you H. O..

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BURNING BOOK! Fire Unsuppressable! YIKES! Grand Master Spins and Spins and Spins Time!

Summer Reading Fans, Here's One Lightening Fast and Fun Read.
Jack McDevitt could not have pleased me more with his newest,
Time Travelers Never Die.  It is a joy to read.
No heavy thoughts, save the usual paradox involving time travel.
It's like some of the old great stories where the author takes an idea
and turns it loose on a Mobis Strip and then plants it
at a very uncomfortable juncture in an M. C. Escher drawing..
Time! What Fun! What an idea! What a concept! You get the idea.

Music after reading this one.
"Well, I woke up this morning, I got myself a beer.
The future's uncertain, and the end is always near..."
 Roadhouse Blues [track 1] on Morrison Hotel by The Doors

And yes to you etymologists pulling your hair, roots and all;
unsuppressible should be insuppressible or in-suppressible.
Just didn't sound right to me.
Merriam-Webster would not buy my try,
but the Wiktionary even defined the goofy word.
It's 2010 you don't have to be right if someone else agrees with you.
Just ask a pundit or talk show host.
Did I just become what I loathe?
I hope this isn't becoming a theme for my blog.

Friday, June 11, 2010

More War, More Dragons and Some Summer Reading

I just finished Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb, book two of The Rain Wilds Chronicles. The story continues to stand strong, I'm loving this series. Stronger women, stronger dragons, stronger story.

I finally got my hands on The Lotus Eaters by Tom Kratman, book three of his violent Jihadist annihilation series with no series name. Wow! This guy really makes me think of the value of soldiers and what they do for a living. The war is over now and the troops are at home and starting to deal with local problems, drug cartels, international and intergalactic politics, the usual stuff. The leading soldiers son is being introduced into the story and some of the tribal folks treat him as "Avatar of God." I'm wondering if we have a religious war looming in the next installment (do we become what we loathe?). I continue to burn through these books. My brain continues to re-evaluate my body-politic in regards to war. I think this pondering is good for me. We live in troubling times even as we are evolving (hopefully for the better) as species. I think I've been a little myopic in my middle years. Having a six year old girl makes me look much more to the future.

Enough for now!
Sleepless in Sleepy Hollow Subdivision

Almost forgot the summer reading.  An aging thing again.
 I just read Patrica Briggs' newest Mercy Thompson Novel, Silver Borne.  Of course, a burning book experience. The whole series of stories is just good Urban Fantasy Candy.  Few in the genre compare, but, but, but I just read a new author, Seressia GlassShadow Blade was a lark!  I know this lady is going to delight us in the future, Kira Solomon is a strong protagonist with an interesting day job. Her avocation is fraught with danger and daring do.
Enjoy!

Music at the moment
To be young (is to be sad, is to be high)
David Rawlings' cover of Ryan Adams deliciously down beat song.
CD - Dave Rawlings Machine / A Friend of a Friend [track #2]
Just as an aside, David Rawlings is husband to Gillian Welch.
Their music is always haunting me. Try Time (The Revelator).