June 18th, 2011

20111112, Marilee

Trees and Horses

I read the paper last night and watched the last thing I have on tape -- L&O:CI -- and went to bed to read at 2am and went to sleep at 4am.

I have had, so far, five sparkle balls out and I found three last night (a blue and a green in the entrance to the workroom, where the door is always closed), and a yellow in the middle of a cat hair reef. I'm quite sure there's a purple one under the chest of drawers, which means there's one missing purple ball. If I knew where it was, I might find the Birdies. But maybe not since the balls roll across the laminate instead of just sliding. Junie was very unhappy last night that I didn't play fetch with her, but I really am more comfortable on my right side and I'll have to limit how often I'm on my left side so I can throw. I have plenty of sparkle balls, I just want to see if I can find the Birdies, and not try to move my left arm backwards over my head to get the ball Junie put under my pillow.

I got up at noon and headed to the library for bookgroup. I was at the community room door at 2:18pm and it was still locked. I waited, but nobody came, so I walked to the front and told one of the librarians about it. She said our librarian/fan/leader takes care of that. I've never seen her take care of that; I've seen the woman with the keys take care of that. So I sat down about five minutes before the door was unlocked.

After bookgroup we went to Lin's China Bistro -- I recommended because I was pretty sure everybody had been there before -- and the server was pretty good with eleven adults and two little kids. As usual, I brought most of my food home.

ETA: I forgot to say that Lin's has an entire wall of metal running horses, looking very real for the color, and a giant tree leaning out of a corner. Really amazing stuff.
20111112, Marilee

Halting State by Charles Stross

This book is written in second person and we divided close to half with people who hated that and people who knew what it meant and just read without problems. One of our members knew almost nothing about computers, which we didn't know, or one of us would have explained things to him.

There's several layers of plot in this -- a well-known online game, Avalon 4, has a bank robbed by Orcs, Jack and Elaine are trying to figure out what happened, Sue and Liz are police who are trying to solve the real-life problems, one of which is a tiger team from other countries, and people die. Sue is a lesbian and one of our members was very unhappy about that because she felt there wasn't any need for it. The rest of us shrugged.

It's rather complicated, but I'm one of the folks who didn't really notice the second person and I really enjoyed it. I have the very semi-sequel, Rule 34, on pre-order. Charlie's been running some parts of it on his blog and you can get an idea from there.