November 26th, 2011

20111112, Marilee

Watching WALL-E

I did get out with the trash & recycling and then brought groceries home on Wednesday. My sleeping schedule has been a bit odd since -- I woke up at 6am today, which is actually a bit long since I went to sleep at 7pm.

I looked in my mailbox today and neither the Wednesday or Friday mail had my check, so I just put the current Max Headroom DVD in the box at the post office and had breakfast at McDonald's.

I'm down to only 11 papers to catch up with, and this week was good for that because there wasn't much TV I wanted to watch. I had WALL-E (which I really liked) on the DVR and decided to watch that while I did some more sewing on the fleece that will be the new cover of the cat heating pad in the kitchen. Junie had been asleep up on the crenellations, but she looked down when she heard me sewing, and jumped right down. She kept putting a paw out on the needle and I kept telling her not to do that. I had to pull some thread and took the accountant's finger-toppers off (four layers of fleece is too much for me to do with my fingers & needle -- there isn't enough friction) and then she went back up on the castle. When I put the finger-toppers back on, she came back down to get them again. Interesting.

Junie and Loki are getting a lot better at sleeping on the bed and touching. When I went back this afternoon, Junie had an entire back leg over Loki's side. (Later, Junie was a lump, leaving the tip of her tail out to wag at me.) I'm going to wash sheets tomorrow and then get groceries on Monday, assuming I can do those.
20111112, Marilee

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, my review

I figured I should read this since the rest of the group did. It's much nicer than The Windup Girl. For one thing, it has a plot and TWG pretty much just has scenery.

This is in the future where pretty much everything has moved back to the 1800s because of the loss of energy. There's a place where ships have been left because they can't be used anymore, and groups of people take the ships apart -- ship breakers -- for what's there. The protagonist, Nailer, is abused by his almost always high father frequently, so when he and a friend see a new ship is out on the coast, and it's a real ship that was used, they go and find lots of treasures. And a pretty rich girl, .

They argue about whether they should get the rich girl out of the parts of the ship that were on top of her, or just kill her. Nailer decides to save Nita. Nita's family is a very rich transport company, but one of the ship captains and crew are trying to take it away. That's how her ship got on the coast; he assumes Nita is dead.

After some people-breaking, Nailer and Nita take the train to Orleans where she's sure one of her father's ships will be. It's a rough ride and then a rough time to find a place to sleep and work to get money. They find out that the ship in port is the bad guys from her father's company and wait until it's left and a good ship is still in port. The bad ship turns out to have a lot more skill and weapons than the bad ship does, but Nailer has ideas on how to fix that.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's January 2012

Williams talks more about the classes and good times at University of Kansas at Lawrence, Silverberg worries about the rare minerals becoming more rare, and Kelly is once again talking about e-books.

I like:

"Maiden Voyage" by Jack McDevitt -- it's a prequel story to Priscilla Hutchins, the protagonist of his Priscilla Hutchins books, and she not only finds some interesting things on her first flight, but she starts setting a rule about them.

"In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns" by Elizabeth Bear -- a fascinating future murder mystery -- both for the future and the mystery.