August 30th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Nightly Pain Meds

At least that's the way it's looking. My forearms hurt a lot by the time I got to bed last night and I kept rolling over and moving around before I remembered that I should take more pain meds. That put me to sleep and other than Shiva waking me up every now and then to adjust his position, I slept until the alarm went off. I think I'll take some lesser pain meds before I go to bed tonight and see how that works.

Today I took the ripest tomato and cubed it, cubed about 2oz of sharp cheddar cheese, poured on a bit of ranch dressing, and crumbled a few Triscuit on top. Made a nice salad.

The sheets are in the wash and the clean sheets partly on the bed. The next three days are supposed to be down in the 70s and much less humid, but I'll believe that when I feel it.
20111112, Marilee

The Interpreter

I suspect this is another movie that Charlie thinks the US government funded and produced.

Sylvia is an interpreter at the United Nations and one night, when she's not supposed to be there, she overhears a death threat against the evil dictator of the African nation where she grew up. She happened to have the light come up in her booth and she's sure the speaker saw her. She goes to the FBI who think either she's making it up or, because of her background, plans the assassination herself.

There's a lot of not-believing her, and she doesn't make it hard. There's a point where the lead FBI guy and Sylvia have an emotional moment about their losses. And then it becomes clear that there really is someone who wants to assassinate the dictator (blows up a bus in NYC first), but that someone is not who you think. Lots of tension, some blood. I thought it was okay.
20111112, Marilee

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

This is not your average media vampire novel. It's not your average vampire novel at all.

She wakes up blind, in massive pain, and hungry in what she learns is a cave. Meat comes close and she eats it, finding out later that she's eaten a man. She heals quickly and starts looking around, finding a burned compound with bones and then, following roads out to a main road, runs into a man. He wants to take her to a hospital, but she refuses. They check out the compound over several days and then one day, her father arrives.

She's Ina, a millennium-long nation of vampires, and her name is Shori Matthews. Her father explains that in their culture, the men and women live separately and that the compound belonged to her mothers. She's an experiment -- human genes mixed with Ina genes so she can stay out in daylight -- and that may be why the mothers were killed. Her father takes her and the man to his compound and she meets her brothers and finds out that the Ina need human symbionts to feed on. The feeding is enjoyable for both and the symbionts may marry within their group.

The next day, she and her first symbiont are ready to move into her father's compound when they find it burned, too. Two of that compound's symbionts were not at home during the burning and the four of them try to find a friendly Ina compound. They find that family and foil an attack on that compound primarily because of Shori. They interrogate the three humans that live and find out which Ina family directed the attacks.

The last third of the book is taken up with a Council of 13 Ina families and this is where we find the reason for the burning as well as more customs, laws, and rules.

I would have liked it if Butler lived to write many more books, particularly the last Parable book, but if there was a choice between this and that, I'd pick this. Fledgling has a firm ending but could have had a sequel and I think there might have been a plan for that since fledglings have down and are just getting their wings to fly outside the nest -- nest shown metaphorically in a number of ways in the book.

Highly recommended