August 19th, 2007


Capsule Reviews

Working Backwards:

Before D&D today (we beat the necromancer, lifted the curse, and discovered that when someone else had control of our bodies, they set up a secret society that we're now in charge of, which was nerve-wracking but cool) Bryree and I went and saw Ratatouille. Thumbs-up! Good story and almost nothing jumped out at me as CGI. I like that they understand that cartoony humans generally work better than realistic. The short (Lifted) was also hysterically funny.

I finished Iain M. Banks' The Algebraist on Friday, and while it probably won't displace Excession as my favorite, it's really good. Not a Culture book, but still epic (EPIC) space opera. I figured out the secret pretty early on, but it was still quite satisfying to see things work out. One of the things I really like about Banks' writing is that just because you're a superintelligent AI controlling a spacecraft the size of a small moon or a hypertech alien 3.5 billion years old doesn't mean you can't also be just as sarcastic, snippy, vulgar, petty, devious, smug, self-absorbed, irreverent, and/or generally a jerkass as any human. Because people are people, no matter the form they take.

And I read Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman on the trip to Canada. Devoured it, really, getting through most of it on the plane flight there. It also gets a big thumbs up. Quite fun. On the lighter and looser side of his writing style. I'd say it's the most like Good Omens (which is one of my favorites) of just about everything he's written so far. A good fit for the source material.