December 4th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

More Dumplings

The Giant had some of their own brand frozen dumplings/potstickers on sale 2/$6 on Monday, so I bought two. I had half of one package, a nice small meal, Tuesday night and really liked it, so I went off to buy more today, the last day of the sale. I dropped another DVD into the mail on the way. Linda Evans/Audra Barksley's makeup isn't bothering me so much now.

I'm waiting for the Peapod delivery (and actually, that sounds like a truck outside) and doing laundry. An exciting night.

There was a fire yesterday in a million-dollar Maryland home where a set of two-year-old triplets were rescued by firefighters (all in serious condition) and it turns out there was an electrical fault in a hot tub too close to the house. The bad part is that this probably didn't have to happen. 1. The father tried to combat the blaze with a garden hose, then tried to get up the stairs (and has mild burns), before he called 911. B. There were no working smoke detectors.

So folks, always call 911 first. They're the experts. And make sure your smoke (and carbon monoxide, if appropriate) detectors work!
20111112, Marilee

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

This is the sequel to Old Man's War, which I reviewed here.

There's an exciting first chapter, then a lot of infodump. I think people must have bugged John to explain the technologies he used in the first book. Then things start getting exciting again.

A scientist who was thought to be dead has instead made a clone of himself, killed that, and gone traitor to an enemy race. His lab assistant finds that the scientist has left a copy of his consciousness and the military decide to try and put it into a clone. In the beginning, the clone, Jared Dirac, has no memory of the scientist. He's a scared empty brain. Scalzi writes:

It was as if corrective lenses had been placed on his consciousness. The world snapped into place. Everything remained unfamiliar, but everything also seemed to make sense. He knew that even though he couldn't identify or name anything he saw, it all had names and identities; some portion of his mind surged into life, itching to label it all but could not.
The entire universe was on the tip of his tongue.

so he's definitely talked to stroke patients/doctors. Mine was in file folders just out of my reach.

We see some sorties where Jared comes up with new ideas and then, back on the station, he has a break and starts remembering the scientist and his daughter. They are able to figure out where the scientist is and send in the platoon including Jared to get him back. Things don't turn out quite like they expected (true of war in general) but Jared has a little surprise.

I commented on the lack of proofreading in the middle of yesterday's post. This is not as strong a book as the first one, at least partly because of all the infodump. However, it's still a good read and I'll be reading the next ones.