February 24th, 2013

Dr. Tectonic

Weekend in Review

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.