Too Busy To Blog
- White Trash (Put A Shirt On, Fatty!)
- Teleconferencing (Because Reverb Won't Be On The Exam)
- Utopia (And How You Can Get Into Mine)
- War of the Worlds (Possibly - I might see it tomorrow)
Impertinent Thoughts on Impertinent Topics
Well, that's the story up until now, though I'm positive that I've left some things out. Questions? Comments?
Now, if you'll excuse me, all this maturity has put me out of touch with my inner child. Think I'll go for a visit.
Just two more days until Blurred Line is re-released by Apodis Publishing (I figured it would be a nice birthday present for myself). I'm not sure if it'll be available on Amazon by then, but everyone out there in cyberland will be able to download a 100% free copy of the novel in PDF form.
For those who are interested, there hasn't been much progress on the book's sequel, Glistening Edges and Right Angles, as you might be able to tell by the progress bar. I've been rather busy working on Apodis stuff and am working on the final scene of a short story. If all goes according to plan, though, I'll have GERA up to 20,000 words by the end of the summer.
Lucky for you, I'm Canadian, so that'll probably never happen (see, if I wanted to rob you, I could just go into the government and charge you ridiculously high taxes and, if you complain, I've got the perfect response - "Well, you want free health care, don't you?" And if you're American, well, no one here wants to risk being associated with Americans - mostly because we're all rather averse to President Bush - so I just wouldn't bother).
Anyway, the point this brings me to is; how well do you get to know the bloggers you read everyday? And, perhaps more interestingly, how does your respect for a blogger as a person actually affect your blog-reading? My two favourite blogs, Scalzi's Whatever and Dave's Blogography, have managed to ascend to that position not just by the quality of their content, but by the fact that I feel like their both pretty good guys I wouldn't mind hanging out with. In fact, it always seems to be the quasi-personal blogs that I read the most - and by that I mean not the people who rail on at length about their personal lives (ie. relationships, kids, etc.) but the people who always have something interesting to say and, in saying it, have some side of their personality presented in a relatively obvious way.
It seems to me that, to make reading a blog worthwhile, you either have to really like the personality that comes through in the posts, or really hate it (because reading stuff from the opposite side of the spectrum is interesting, not because you're masochistic). So, Scalzi and Dave, congrats for coming off as such cool guys. We'll do lunch sometime. In a public place. A beach BBQ, maybe. You can't hide a gun in swim trunks.
And, for those of you who like memes, this might be an interesting one. Think a bit about how important the personality of the blogger is to your reading and make a post. Or, make a mention of bloggers you wouldn't mind hanging out with.
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus - Orson Scott Card
-From the author of Ender's Game
In a thought-provoking work that is part science fiction, part historical drama, Orson Scott Card writes about scientists in a fearful future who study that tragic past, then attempt to actually intervene and change it into something better.Tagiri and Hassan are members of Pastwatch, an academic organization that uses machines to see into the past and record it. Their project focuses on slavery and its dreadful effects, and gradually evolves into a study of Christopher Columbus. They eventually marry and their daughter Diko joins them in their quest to discover what drove Columbus west.
Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan
Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award
In a society in which death has been rendered practically obsolete, suicide and murder take on different significances. After a particularly brutal offing, former UN envoy Takeshi Kovacs finds himself "resleeved"--that is, his consciousness has been put in a new body--and hired as a private investigator by Laurens Bancroft, one of twenty-fifth-century society's old rich in Bay City (formerly San Francisco). Bancroft claims he was murdered, but the police say it was a suicide. After Kovacs gets hit at his hotel within hours of being resleeved, he sees the possibility that Bancroft was, in fact, murdered, and that someone wants to keep it very hush-hush. As he investigates, he uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy with ties to the most unsavory characters in his generally unsavory military and criminal past. This far-future hard-boiled detective story is a lovely virtual-reality romp distinguished by a conspiracy whose strands have the potential to generate several successful sequels, which is just what its publicity promises.
Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Tiptree and World Fantasy Awards
Scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin and his lover, an insect-like creature named Lin, discover the risks of meddling in the affairs of mobsters, renegades, and revolutionaries when they fall afoul of the powers that rule the sprawling city of New Crobuzon. The author of King Rat delivers a powerful tale about the power of love and the will to survive in a dystopian universe that combines Victorian elements with a fantasy version of cyberpunk. Mieville's visceral prose evokes an immediacy that commands attention and demands a wide readership. Highly recommended.
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises was Ernest Hemingway's first big novel, and immediately established Hemingway as one of the great prose stylists, and one of the preeminent writers of his time. It is also the book that encapsulates the angst of the post-World War I generation, known as the Lost Generation. This poignantly beautiful story of a group of American and English expatriates in Paris on an excursion to Pamplona represents a dramatic step forward for Hemingway's evolving style. Featuring Left Bank Paris in the 1920s and brutally realistic descriptions of bullfighting in Spain, the story is about the flamboyant Lady Brett Ashley and the hapless Jake Barnes. In an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions, this is the Lost Generation.