December 4th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Wording

The local NBC station just said "Breaking News! Tom Brokaw has been in a deadly crash!" And it turns out he's not dead, it's someone in another car.

Now that the WashPost has many fewer copyeditors, the reporters look like illiterates. However, in this article about a man who makes sculptures that fit into the eye of a needle (spiffy pictures), I think it's a braino: "He is wearing a black suit, lavender shirt opened at the color."

I saw an ad on TV last night where some TV company was sponsoring "Avatar: The Movie" and the end of the Avator ad was "Avatar: only in theatres!" I'm sure it'll be out on DVD or On Demand soon enough, but it is a bit weird to say it won't be on the sponsor's product.

I took a DVD to the post office today and noticed that the anti-abortion protesters were missing both times I'd been to the post office this week. They're usually there through the winter. We are scheduled to have snow tomorrow, ice on streets by midnight, and thawing by midday Sunday. Good thing I don't have to go anywhere.

Loki has fur growing where he made raw skin by pulling off the last giant mat. He lets me pet him there now. There haven't been any problems for a few days and I hope that continues.
20111112, Marilee

Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds

As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I didn't like this one as well as the first two in the semi-series: Revelation Space and Redemption Ark.

This one starts much slower and gives us basically two places in space plus people we know from earlier books. Khouri lands on the refugee planet and asks them to help her find her daughter, Aura, because Aura knows what's going to happen. On the moon, some years later, a 17-year-old girl is trying to get to the head of the moon who makes people have viruses that give them religion.

The wolf (Inhibitors)/human & conjoiner battle has reached the refugee planet and the original lighthugger takes as many people off as they can and runs while the conjoiners block the wolves. The lighthugger eventually reaches the moon and in order to find something about the planet it orbits (and pick up Aura), they agree to defend the moon. The head of the moon cheats them.

This ends without a real resolution -- we don't even know if our characters, some from all three books, survive -- and I didn't like that. I like knowing more about what happens with the wolves, conjoiners, and humans, but I'd like to have a solid ending.

Next, the Asimov's that arrived yesterday, and then the two Reynolds books that are in this universe, but not part of the semi-series.