- Update my greatgrandfather’s journal on the 101st anniversary of each entry
- Read Emily Wilson‘s translation of The Odyssey
- Learn (more) Spanish
- Improve my piano playing
- Teach my dog a solid (maybe even unbreakable) Stay!
- Do stuff
Letters from Gardner, Lou Antonelli (The Merry Blacksmith Press)
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, written by Kurtis J. Weibe, art by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
Today I might have gotten a little silly with the book purchasing. I bought:
Today I also got a book in the mail:
Next day edit:
I just finished reading The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias. This was a beautiful lyrical story with subtly of magic interwoven through poetry and friendship. I enjoyed the truth of two different world views, the dance of perspective. Definitely a story I would recommend reading.
Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
“The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF”, Ken Burnside (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)
I took a short break from writing twice a day reviews to have an existential crisis about writing reviews. I’m going to review what I’ve decided I’m reviewing for.
On file770, in the middle of some of the most interesting conversations I’ve had in web site comments, someone brought up the dual ideas of compelling questions and conversational analysis. I’m going to focus on compelling questions because that’s the half that I’ve latched onto.
This goes back to my post about Totaled. It was a good story. Had some interesting ideas. Didn’t do it for me and I think the reason why not has to do with compelling questions. Look at Ancillary Justice and the story is full of compelling questions. Then there’s Mono No Aware.
Cutting for spoilers about Mono No Aware, Totaled, and me.