February 5th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Giorgio and the Vet

I'm going to edit the info about Giorgio from a reply I made to Jill on yesterday's post:

The vet was here and initially seemed to think I should have taken him to the emergency vet ER over the weekend. It turns out the vet ER does close during the day, but if they have animals to watch, they move them next door to their internal medicine vet specialist. I would have been more likely to take him if I knew that. It's not on their website because they don't want people bringing animals they know have to be kept long periods.

She said "When cats don't eat baby food..." and I told her only Spirit would eat a bit of it, too, so maybe it's the baby food. Also, I didn't realize she doesn't have blood analyzers on the van. Helen did, so we got lab results right away. These are likely to come back tomorrow.

I paid for really expensive blood analysis and I hope it all comes back negative. He has a massively diseased right lower canine (one of the four teeth he has, all canines -- I knew his line had bad teeth when I took him, and the others all went years ago) and an infection under it. She said that's not usually enough to keep cats from eating, but it's possible, and he's lost two pounds since she saw him for the eye. I have antibiotic drops to give him tonight and she'll call me in the morning with the lab results and we'll see from there. The tooth probably has to come out, but maybe not. It's hard to take canines out, they don't have roots like most teeth, they're part of the jaw and she'll have to essentially break it off gracefully.

He has been drinking regularly -- four times since I've been up at 1pm -- and that's a good sign. I tried to look at his teeth, but I couldn't hold him, open his mouth, and shove his tongue aside -- not enough hands. She held him and just opened his mouth a bit on that side and the tongue didn't get in the way. I'll have to remember that.c
20111112, Marilee

Probability Space by Nancy Kress

We read the first book in the trilogy for bookgroup and I reviewed it here and reviewed the middle book here.

When I emailed David Hartwell about the idea that this was a single book, cut into three parts for publication, he responded that they were separate and had been published as they came in. He said he thought Kress had had a change of mind partway through and that the end was written while her husband, Charles Sheffield, was dying. I can see that's part of the reason for the lack of connection between books, but isn't that part of what editors are for? (To be fair, Hartwell edited the first and second books only.)

The first book, Probability Moon, was spent on a planet called World and in orbit above it. We learned society, rituals, even some language, and a number of native people. The second book, Probability Sun, had an entirely new cast of characters except for two from the first book. They spent some time on World, most away. This third book had the same characters as the previous one, but spent one short section on World and the plot could have been slightly adjusted to not include that, so I think it was adjusted just to include World since it was the primary focus of the first book.

This book follows on well from the second one, but again, you'd have to read the first book to really get it. We start the book with the tetchy physicist being captured, his older daughter accidentally home, and she runs away. She and her father, plus the primary characters from the second book have harrowing adventures that include growing up, being caught in a revolution, and the end of the world. It's not a bad story. There's just no real flow through the trilogy. I still feel a little cheated. I usually like Kress' books, but I think this series is going to the Friends of the Library.