Monday, December 17, 2012

The Emperor's Soul / Brandon Sanderson / 167 Pages Of Bliss

Brandon Sanderson's, The Emperor's Soul
Blew my socks off
My feet are freezing but my heart is warm

The story drew me in immediately
The magic was intriguing, to say the very least
The young female protagonist enthralled me
The story runs on so many levels
I had to install stairs between my heart and my brain

The finish was delectable
I had to savor every word
I had to be sure every player played their part
They did
I am a happy man

New music
Wanda Jackson
Unfinished Business
This is Wanda's 31st studio album

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stormdancer / The Lotus War, Book 1 / Jay Kristoff / Steampunk In Historic Japan

Jay Kristoff has opened The Lotus War
With a Bang reverberating in my head
Stormdancer, book 1, has it all
(I paraphrase)
Japan, Mythos, Steampunk, Strong Fem Protagonist

What more could a boy ask for
Young Yukiko, coming of age
In the most difficult times
Humanity on the brink
Society and Ecology in full collapse

Life teetering on a wave crest
Derived of an economy of drugs
Greed and Avarice the watch words
Depravity of mind, body and soul the norm
Yukiko's nature, always rising

The Glorious Thunder Tiger
Half Eagle, Half Tiger
Staunch and Steadfast
Myth Written in Stone
Yet, willing, begrudgingly, to learn with Yukiko

Heroic Myth
Epic Fantasy
Writ Large
Fresh Canvas
Laudable

Nose to the stone Mr Kristoff
Tell the story
Your readers will grow
The story must be told
I Want More, Please

New music at the library
The Avett Brothers
The Carpenter

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ramez Naam / Nexus / More Than Human / The Future Is Right Behind Us

Angry Robot gave me my first ARC
Advanced Reading Copy
I felt quite Special

It was the book, Nexus, that was Special
Hard Science Fiction
Near future, nano infested, very Special, bliss

Some young grad students
Create a nano based drug
Making Human, More Than Human

Much like the ability to Grok
Ramez Naam does not use Heinlein's word
The results are startling

Don't know about Grok
The ability to be one with another
To be one with many, with "all"

Think Vulcan Mind Meld
On a really big scale
Add computers

WoW
What would Robert A. Heinlein do
He did it in Stranger In A Strange Land

More Important
What would Ramez Naam do
He would take us on a wild wonderful ride

Good guys against bad guys
Good governments against bad governments
Scratch that, There Are No Good Governments

The dilemma
To give it to the world
Hope for the best

Let the governments have it
A hyper oppressive weapon
Mind control is but one of the derivatives

Read at your own risk
Your brain will do a big spin up
Edgy; Edgy Is A Good Thing

Get your radar out
Acquire Ramez Naam
Lock On, And Read

Do not miss the information at the back of the book.
Mr Ramez is a very bright fellow
He explains the current state of brain science
The science in the book is not the great leap we think
We sometimes find the future right behind us

About the music today
Yes, I just posted it in early October
I'm putting it up again
If you like singer songwriter genus
You do not want to miss this guy
"Household Name" comes to mind
John Fullbright
From the Ground UP
This weeks obsessive play
Track 2 Jericho