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October 17th, 2011

08:39 am: A Bit Long

I hadn't realized it'd been eight days since a post until I got some reminders. It's just that it hurts to type, and to do handwork, so I'm mostly watching TV/video, reading, and sleeping. I did go to bookgroup on Saturday, even though I had some doubt, but that worked out okay. I have a much lesser week; I'm going to get groceries in a few hours. A good bit of other parts of me hurt, too, and I'm usually taking the narcotics at least twice a day -- leaving eight hours to do things.

Something interesting I saw -- Terry Pratchett made a surprise visit at Capclave this weekend and Scott Edelman has a video of the Q & A.

08:46 am: The Last Theorem by Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl

This was the bookgroup book and the only one of the 13 of us who liked it was our leader/fan/librarian. It seems very cracked, like it fell and was put back together but was missing parts. I figured partway through that maybe Clarke couldn't write and turned it over to Pohl, and Wikipedia told me so. When I finished the book, a postamble told me so, too. Clarke handed some pages and notes over to Pohl and he decided if things were all right. The book had been finally written three days before Clarke died.

This is almost always set in Sri Lanka -- where Clarke lived -- and has really almost two stories that are kind of shoved together. We thought that the Sri Lanka story was primarily Clarke's, while the alien part was primarily Pohl's. There were people introduced who we never saw again, people who just disappeared, and people who appeared at the right moment, as if they'd been there before.

I don't recommend it.

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