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Weekend in Review [Feb. 24th, 2013|10:49 pm]
Beemer
It was so snowy and blowy today that it made me cold just looking out the window. We didn't even leave the house, and I was very glad that I went grocery shopping last night and didn't put it off until today. I am not looking forward to tomorrow's commute.

Yesterday afternoon we went off to the Eagle to say happy birthday to Adam, and had a very nice time visiting with him and Channan and with Bob & Pyro and various others. Today we did a whole lot of nothing much beyond snuggling with kitties. Played some MUA2, watched Safety Not Guaranteed, which is quite good. It scores high on the "wow, I really have no idea what's going to happen next" scale.

I did read four books this weekend, which is more than I have in quite a while. First, I finished John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation, which is a reboot of the premise in H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy. It actually works quite well. His writing moves along at a brisk clip, and it's different enough that it wasn't like just reading a rewrite; it's an entirely new story. I liked it, and I'll be looking for some other books of his to read.

Of course, then I had to go re-read the original, and the first sequel (Fuzzy Sapiens), so I could compare and contrast, and because they're delightful. (One major difference: good lord do people smoke and drink a lot in those books!)

And then today I realized that I had an Ethshar novel (The Vondish Ambassador) in my to-read pile that I'd never read, so I decided to read that. And I kinda tore right through it and finished it up shortly after dinner. It doesn't do as much heavy world-building as the best novels in that series, and that's really the big draw, but it reveals some interesting details and has some fun tie-ins with other books. It's worth a read if you're a fan of the rest; not sure how it would read if you haven't.
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[User Picture]From: tbass
2013-02-25 06:52 pm (UTC)
I liked Safety Not Guaranteed a lot. They filmed some really good indie movies here last year.
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[User Picture]From: nitasee
2013-02-25 10:08 pm (UTC)
Wow. It's been ages since I ready Little Fuzzy. I remember that I liked it a lot. I'm glad you've read both it and the reboot - I can trust your opinion of the reboot.
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2013-02-25 11:49 pm (UTC)
I read three books myself this weekend. It was nice to just sorta tell the world, "Go away, I'm reading" for a few hours. One of them was a book I was recording for my nephews, which always takes way longer than I expect it will because, "hey, you can't read outloud as fast as you read quietly and expect anyone to understand it." It's a project that works especially well when there's a snow sound barrier.
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