August 21st, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Downpour, but No Rainbow

I watched the clouds get darker and darker from the west and then the skies opened up. About 10 minutes later, the sun came back out, but I didn't see any rainbows. It's now dry where the sun hits, but the edge of my porch will probably be wet until after dark.

The BoA woman called this morning and said the notary could come out on Monday to do the closing! Yaaaay! So I scheduled 1pm, to get it done before I get groceries. I'll have to bring the TV tables in from the storeroom because I don't have a dining room table anymore.

I remembered it was my brother's birthday and called to say hello and Happy Birthday. Their school starts Monday, so he's making sure the computers and peripherals are working. This is the part of the year where I'm only a year older -- we're 17 months apart so when you use whole years, about half the year I'm two years older and half I'm one year older.
20111112, Marilee

Turtles Can Fly

This is about four kids in a Kurdish refugee camp. "Satellite" is a teenager who can get antennas for villages and trades live landmines (These are American! Top quality!) for food and other things he needs to support the refugee kids. While he's working on getting a satellite dish for the camp, he meets a slightly younger teenage girl, her armless brother (many kids without limbs in this movie, and I think it's real), and a toddler. He immedately falls in love with the girl and tries to do what he can to get her to marry him.

There's talk that an armless boy has visions and can see the future, and Satellite wonders if the brother is that boy and we learn that he is. Unfortunately, he doesn't see everything you'd want to know.

The girl tries to kill the child several times -- she says he's not theirs, he belongs to the people who killed their family, but there is a time where we see her raped by soldiers, so he probably is hers and she can't admit it. She eventually kills the child and herself, just as the Americans come in and overthrow Saddam.

I think the title, "Turtles Can Fly," means that the things you'd want can't happen, but I can't find anything specificallly about it.

It's a very sad movie, but I recommend it.
20111112, Marilee

The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald

This is the first of a trilogy (I emailed to make sure it was only three when the third came out) and I expected to read it in about six pre-sleep periods, but I finished in three. I kept thinking "that's a chapter" and then finding myself beyond it.

This is the story of Jodenny Scott, a Team Space member who saved most of the people on her original spaceship by jettisoning the area with a fire, and killing some people, including her best friends. The story starts with her on desk duty and she uses her heroism to get a gig on a ship that needs a Supply Officer. Once there, she finds puzzles, corruption, violence, and lots of other bad things that people want her to let go. She can't do that, and the plot just pulls you along.

This series takes place in a set of planets that have been made habitable for humans by a long-gone alien race. Another long-gone alien race has made sculptures that are all over the planets. The Australian Outback features strongly in the book.

I identified immediately with Jodenny not because of the military aspect (I was a Navy brat), but because she doesn't like people calling her by part of her first name. I always explain to someone twice and then stop answering.

In any case, I really liked this and will start the second book, The Stars Down Under, tonight.