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December 29th, 2011

12:45 am: First Day Out Since Thursday

I had another week where my hands hurt too much to do anything, but at least I got up to only eight WashPosts too late. I can't seem to post on Blogger or Blogspot -- they say my Open ID is wrong. One of my friends has hers set up so I can use Anonymous and just put my name in, but the others don't have that option.

I did get to the grocery store today and filled all three of the reusable bags only to find that my clusterbox locker was full and I had a box in the parcel box. Good thing I bought a tote to keep in the van with James' quote on it. Loki has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen on the heating pad with the new cover. I'm pretty sure it's the new cover that he likes because that's the only difference from before.

An interesting article where the GOP presidential candidates talk about whether some of the other candidates are really in the right religion.

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01:03 am: The Wooden Man by Harry Connolly

This is an SFBC omnibus of Harry's trilogy: Child of Fire, Games of Cages, and Circle of Enemies. The entire book is 733 pages long so I could only read a few at a time (because of the athritis).

I'm sure some of you know that I don't normally read paranormal or horror -- I don't get scared -- but the blurb about it made the plot and characterization sound good, so I bought it. I was right. There was a lot of horror and paranormal, which doesn't do anything for me, but I liked the stories a lot.

Ray Lilly is a criminal who agrees to be the wooden man for Annelise, a member of the Twelve Palaces group. That group works to keep the aliens off Earth. All the aliens that don't come from Earth want to eat humans, and Ray comes to find that the term "wooden man" means he distracts the aliens and dies so Annalise can get her job done.

Annalise is not very happy with him at first, but their relationship (work, not romantic) becomes better over the three books. The books have a somewhat similar plot -- an alien(s) arrives, Ray tries to start killing them and has to kill a lot of Earth people to get rid of all the aliens, and Annalise comes to help him. Ray turns out to have some paranormal skills himself.

I'd really like another book or so of these. Ray is now just at the edge of being taken more seriously and I think Harry gave us a good clue about another book.

I recommend them, although most people will probably get them separately at a store.

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