May 3rd, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Couldn't Read

I mailed a DVD today and went to get groceries (and didn't buy the second half because I didn't think I could walk that far, even with the cart) but when I came home, I couldn't make sense of email. This is one of those brain "events" so I slept with Spirit in the recliner for about three hours.

All the cats had solid poop today (and there's a lot of the Wellness all over the floor where they spit it out because they didn't like it) so tomorrow we go back to Science Diet and see if it's the food or was a virus.

Gene Robinson, gay Episcopal Bishop, wrote a letter to the Pope via the WashPost telling how the Episcopalians handled the church pedophilia problems, as well as disagreeing with the Pope's belief that all pedophiles are homosexuals.

Florida Republicans have put a formal picture of Governor Crist on eBay because they decided he's not worth the $7500 that was paid for it. I wonder if eBay has seen the item specifics; they don't usually allow that kind for actual people. Huh. Fifty-nine bids, up to $2,125.00. We could use that for BFAC.
20111112, Marilee

Forge of Heaven by C.J. Cherryh

This is a sequel to Hammerfall, but many centures in the future. I didn't like Hammerfall very much, but this is a much better book. In the beginning, there's a 12-page history section, of which two pages are about Hammerfall, so you don't actually have to read that book at all. When she started on the history, I thought "a Venn diagram would be better" and what do you know -- the section called Positional Map is a Venn diagram.

There's some plot with the Immortals down on the planet, but most of it is on a station above the world that has two types of humans plus the aliens.

There are "taps" -- people who can hear someone else's voice -- who, in three shifts, are constantly with the Immortals. They can give them information from satellites so they know what's happening with the weather and the continuing changes to the world. Basically, they become help to the Immortals. The daytime tap for Marak, the hero of the other book, is named Procyon and Marak picked him personally.

An Earther ship lands at the station out of cycle and turns out to have an ambassador, in a quarantine carrier because they're afraid of the Outsiders, who wants to talk to Procyon. In the beginning, this doesn't seem to be such a problem, but when he does visit the ambassador, someone launches a rocket at them.

The various governments, layers of the station, spies, and taps are all full of intrigue, back-stabbing, and disaster. Then the alien steps in.

I really liked this book and highly recommend it. You don't have to read the first one.