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Start with ze Book Foo.

Finished: Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami (reread)
Started: The Science Fiction Century, Vol 1, by assorted (short story collection)

I've read BR several times so there's not much new to say. However, there are a couple things I want to comment on in terms of the plot, compared to what I might have expected. Spoilers, of course.
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Finished: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge (reread)
Started: Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell (reread)

Not much to say about A Fire Upon the Deep. Really liked it, as usual. No particular added payoff in reading the series in chronological order as opposed to publication order, so I'll probably go with the usual next time. Key phrases: hexapodia as the key insight

A post on 1984 by [livejournal.com profile] karenjeane reminded me that I hadn't read the book in a while, and since I needed something to read, well, it seemed like a perfect choice. Odd that I've been reading a bunch of books with a 'totalitarian government' theme lately, though... Battle Royale, A Deepness in the Sky (sorta, with the badguys), 1984.


In other news, I got a nice little ego boost yesterday. You know this icon? (assuming you're not reading a really old entry and I've rotated it out since). Well, I made it from a larger page-edit I did in Photoshop using that particular gag. I made it something like a year ago, for the old scans_daily community (and probably one of the last Photoshops I've done, I haven't even made many icons since the community was shut down). But yesterday? Someone posted it to a 'funny images' thread on the (revived) Ships and Giggles forum. When I revealed I did it, the poster told me that Matt Fraction, current writer on the Iron Man comic, just tweeted about it. Text was:
"This IRON MAN/DR. HORRIBLE mashup has delighted Team IRON MAN to no end: http://tinyurl.com/yckhmxo (thanks Cth. anybody know who made it?)"

I used my rarely used twitter (http://twitter.com/starpilotsix)to let him know I was responsible in case you were wondering. So yeah, like I said, nice little ego boost there. :)
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Anyway, work was okay, but way delayed. Meh, oh well. And I didn't find $20 again this time, but I did find $2. If this patterns hold, next wednesday I should find 20c.

Since there's no comics, I'll do a Book Foo.

Finished: Tehanu, The Last Book of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin
Started: Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami (reread)

The only reason I read this was because it was a Nebula winner (and I wouldn't be surprised if it was one of those "let's award it for the last book because in retrospect the whole series probably deserved one before" type feelings). I didn't read any other Earthsea books. And... well, it fell kinda flat for me. It really did read sort of like a book that briefly visits characters from other books and gives a 'where are they now', with the basics of a plot behind it. Or, more accurately, it felt like an epilogue rather than a conclusion. Maybe if I read the rest, it would be more satisfying. But it was just sort of okay, and didn't really do anything for me, nor did the setup of the world and how magic work really interest me in reading the rest of Earthsea.

Finished: Ventus, by Karl Schroeder (reread)

It's a reread, so I don't have too much in the way of comments. It does seem to lose a bit on the reread... it's still enjoyable, and I like the way that he subverts expectations with many people you'd expect to be in the 'villain' role actually being rather reasonable people who happen to be at odds, but on the whole not quite as cool as I remembered it. Contrast to Lady of Mazes which does reread quite well. Also a couple disconnects continuity-wise between the two novels and descriptions/origins of certain things, but nothing that couldn't be explained by some sort of virulent censorship/rewriting of history etc.

Started and Finished: A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge (reread)
Read it many times, so no need to go into detail. Only slight twist this time around is that I'm reading the series in chronological order instead of publication (and preferred reading) order, which is a bit interesting, but nothing stands out especially about that experience so far.
Started: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge (reread)
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Yesterday had Thanksgiving Dinner (a week late), and it was quite good. Turkey, stuffing, ham, carrots, corn, turnip, potatoes, gravy, bread and pumpkin pie. Mmmmm. And of course was nice to see the family again even if there was nobody there I hadn't seen in more than 2 weeks anyway.

Finished: Blindsight, by Peter Watts (reread)
Started: Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks (reread)

Already read Blindsight, so no extended thoughts on it, but I do have a selected quote (not really spoilery at all) I liked behind the cut. Before that, I might as well mention that it rereads very well - Still has some of the same problems, but I think I'm actually more impressed with it after the second read. It's very bleak, from general outlook to view of human relations, but sometimes extra bleak is good. To me, at least. Anyway, quote: Read more... )

Finished: Armor, by John Steakley (reread)
Started: Nine Princes in Amber, by Roger Zelazny (reread)

Armor's a reread, but it's been so long, and in fact I think the last time I read it was in the 90s, long before I had LJ. So I'll go a bit into my thoughts, and a teeny bit spoilery (general plot spoilery): In general, liked part, other parts only okay.
Read more... ) Anyway, I probably won't go through the whole Amber series again, but I might read the first couple books of it.

In other bloggage:

Assorted questions I've been pondering lately:

1) If you _were_ the subject of the song "You're So Vain (You Probably Think This Song Is About You)", it wouldn't be vain to think so, right? I mean, it'd just be factual.

2) If every living thing on Earth, right down to bacteria and viruses, suddenly died (no radiation or anything, just call it sudden magic death syndrome), except for ONE human being and the bacteria that naturally live on and inside them, would they alone be able to spread enough to reseed the world with life (not human life, certainly, but enough bacteria that could survive long enough outside the body to breed and evolve and so on).

3) Do individual episodes of Deal or No Deal really need their own promo? I mean, it's a frakking game show! It just seems a lot of pointless busy work to have a promo for every episode that says, "On the next episode of Deal or No Deal... This guy/girl you've never seen before may or may not win lots of money!". I never see individualized promos for Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.

4) Long Time No See? How did such a grammatically messed up sentence enter our commonly used phrases?!

5) Assume the kids of Harry Potter were forced to fight to the death, Battle Royale style. What would be the outcome? Who teams up with whom and who survives to the end? Assume it's circa Goblet of Fire, and only those people in Harry's year. Also, something magically inhibits magic. Is the outcome different if magic is allowed (except magic that might be used to escape the death-collars)? Read more... )

Finished watching The Girl From Tomorrow... I guess I did actually see it to the end, since there were elements I remembered, I'd just forgotten what it was. Still, I hadn't seen the beginning and it was worth a rewatch. Watching some Avatar now but probably won't get through the third season after all.

Since I was at my Grandmothers, I was able to watch Wolverine and the X-Men there instead of downloading it. If it was any other episode I might have done both (because occasional people talking and such can make it hard to follow), but, well, it's really not my type of episode and so not worth following up on anything I missed. Couple good moments though.
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Dream Foo over the last couple weeks. Some Office, some Battle Royale, some semi-lucidity: Read more... )

So, finished up my third Writing cycle on Tuesday. Went fairly well, met my quotas. Sort of finished a story too. I say sorta because I brought it to an ending, but I don't feel like it was the right ending... but I don't know what the right ending is, so until I do that's how it's going to be. Also worked on a couple other short stories.

TV. No significant spoilers. Read more... )

Book Foo: Finished: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (reread)
Started: Fall of Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (reread)
Still Reading: Stardoc by S.L. Viehl

Thoughts and a quote behind the cut. A warning, some particularly devout and sensitive religious people might want to skip this part.
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Let's see, what else. Had to talk to someone at children's aid yesterday. I do not like talking on the phone with people I don't know with little preparation. :P. Actually, you could cut that sentence down to 'I do not like talking on the phone'. You could possibly even get rid of 'on the phone', too. But ah well, it's over with.

The makers of the drug 'Vytorin' have a poor grasp of genetics, and thus I wouldn't trust any drug made by them. They say "Cholestorol might come from bow-tie pasta... or your Uncle Bo". No. That is incorrect. The only way my cholestorol might come from my Uncle Bo is if either Uncle Bo is actually my real dad, or I ate Uncle Bo. They're either stupid, or estimate the amount of cannibalism in their target market is high. Either way, I do not want to be associated with them. Okay, seems I misheard 'Grandpa' as 'Uncle'. Rant retracted. Still, there's an uncomfortably high cannibalism symbolism in that commercial. But I'll replace that with another commercial pissing me off. NO ELECTION HAS BEEN CALLED. PLEASE STOP WITH THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN ADS AGAINST THE LIBERAL LEADER. I mean, I could understand it (though would still be against it) if he was actually the Prime Minister. But he's not. And the constant ads are making me hate _you_ more. Wait till an election is called.

Speaking of commercials, Tandoori Sizzler nachos taste mostly like nachos covered in taco seasoning. Which isn't unpleasant, but is not as exotic as I was hoping. Ah well. Maybe the next new chip flavour will rock my world.

That's it for now.

Edit: Oh, and I've made my two rotating icon slots Runaways related, making everything except my default ghostly pic Runaways-related, until BKV's last issue.
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First, Dream Foo. Both actual dreams, and lucid dream strategy.
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Anyway, speaking of that last lucid dream, I've been thinking lately of the somewhat flexible nature of consciousness. Read more... ) It's also possible I'm just going mad.

Anyway, yesterday I was watching the Canadian classic Strange Brew, and I happened to look up something about it and noticed that it was a loose adaptation of Hamlet (with the McKenzie brothers playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern). Never heard that before, but I can see it. So, anyway, later in the day I was watching Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, and my mind wandered (as it often does) to how one might be able to reinvent Farscape in another genre.
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I think I've mentioned before that my brother got himself a PS2 recently, so I've been able to play some. Only have two games at present, Castlevania and GTA: Vice City. Don't much care for Castlevania, but GTA's fun. Anyway, that's not really the topic I'm going for: I was a bit bored, so just did some random thinking on Video Games I'd Like To See: Read more... )
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Yep, one of those again...

Had some weird Battle Royale-esque dream last night. Don't remember all the details, just that it involved time travelled back to the end of the 'game' to try and change the outcome (save one of the people who died) but winding up getting in more danger because of the attempt because the people who ran the game were monitoring it.

I kinda wanna read this book: An Introduction to Planetary Defense

Social interaction report: Nothing really of note to report. Read more... )

Meme! Interview meme.
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Book Foo:
Finished: The Year's Best SF 10
Started: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (reread)


Non-spoilery thoughts (except for thumbnail plot sketches of a few of the short stories I liked, but no big plot spoilers) beyond the cut.
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And I think that's it for now.
Edit: Oh yeah, one more thing for the old XET guard on the list. I added a couple more undone plots I'd completely forgotten about to the last XET Diaries post.
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Haven't done one of these in a bit, but time for another Big Random Post

The first topic is Copyright and the coming zombie apocalypse.

Now how's that for a title?
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Speaking of zombies, Book Foo:
Finished: The Warrior's Apprentice (Lois McMaster Bujold), Battle Royale (reread) (Koushun Takami), I Am Legend (reread) (Richard Matheson)
Started: The Year's Best SF 10
Thoughts behind cut, not terribly spoilery.
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Some recent icons! (Veronica Mars, Doctor Who) Read more... )

Social Interaction Report: For Friday Read more... )
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Senior Year Meme

Fill this out about your senior year of high school,

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And, since it's sorta school related I guess...

They've announced New Line bought the rights to an American remake of Battle Royale. It'll probably suck because that's what Hollywood does, but if it matches the Americanizezd movie I have in my head when I read the book, it'll be awesome. Actually when I finished reading the book I had some free time and a bit of an obsession and actually wrote up an americanized script just for my own amusement (very faithful to the book with just a couple changes mostly in scene scheduling), complete with renaming all the characters. Now that I'm rereading the book my mind constantly uses my names for the characters because it's easier for me to keep track of everybody that way. ;)
And because this is a school meme and I'm talking about BR, I'm including a superflous link back to my 'what I'd do in Battle Royale' post.
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I burned my finger slightly today. Not seriously, just hurts a bit.

More creative work from my sleeping mind! The other night I was in the half awake half dreaming state and came up with a Marvel comic concept. Read more... )

6 gets semi-political: NSA Wiretappng

I tend to leave politics out of my posts for the most part. Partly this is because I tend to want my LJ to be a low stress place and I don't care to get into huge political debates with people of differing opinions here. Partly it's because usually someone else (or many someone elses) on my friends list has already pointed out an issue and I feel a little pointless repeating it.

But I have some thoughts on the NSA wiretapping/phone records collection program.Read more... )

Doctor Who - with my new computer I've been downloading and watching the new Doctor Who episodes since the CBC is being lame and idiotic and delaying it until after hockey season (It's a new world, folks, catch up - you can't afford to schedule something popular months after it debuts somewhere else - they'll just download it and you'll lose the viewer). Pretty good so far, Spoiler-free )if I had a cell phone, that would be an awesome ring tone... the sound of the Tardis about to appear. Wouldn't that be cool? I wouldn't be at all surprised if someone's already done it up as a ring tone and I don't have a cell phone anyway (or expect to), but it was just an amusing idle thought.

Also finally downloaded the first episode of Veronica Mars' second season. Won't spoil it in case anyone else hasn't seen it yet, but some general thoughts. Read more... )

Also been playing some games. My computer's been behind the times for a while now, and this one still is, but it's good enough that it's given me a chance to try out some games that I've wanted for a while but my system was always just slightly below what was required. These being Black and White and Planescape Torment.Read more... )

Amusing (well, to me) thing seen today: sign taped to a mail drop box, saying that someone accidentally dropped a DVD in the box, and asking politely if the mailman could deliver it to them (the place right near the box).
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Yesterday I finished Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami. For those who don't know, it's a novel about a class of Grade 9 students in a fascist Japan who are randomly selected to compete in a yearly competition in which they all must fight until there is only one survivor. In short, I really enjoyed the book, far more than I expected to. My official Battle Royale review is here, but I have some more thoughts both on the premise, and translations to other media, that I'll put before the cut tag because they spoil some aspects of the book (and movie, I guess) - they are very minor (IMHO) spoilers though, rather than any big details like how it ends.

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Now, since this is one of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much (because it encouraged such speculation in me), I have to go into my own little thoughts about what I would do if I was in the situation. (Some spoilers, mainly for things that are in the book's concept rather than the specifics of plot, but mostly spoilers for my Grade 9 life. If you're planning on reading the book of my life or watching the inevitable movie, you may be spoiled for the parts about Grade 9! ;))

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This week, I got:

Astonishing X-Men #6 (Good)
Guardians #5 (Bleh, but the series is over anyway)
Sleeper Season Two #5 (somewhat disappointing, revolving entirely around characters I'm not terribly interested in)
Uncanny X-Men #452 (Fairly good start to the hellfire club arc, but I worry for where it's going with Claremont).

Also picked up the latest Ultimate Spider-Man TPB, but haven't read it yet.

Full reviews of course at http://www.unreachablestar.net

At the used bookstore, I did finally decide to pick up the translation of the novel 'Battle Royale'. If the story sucks, I'm blaming each and every one of you on my friendslist who've read the book or manga or seen the movie. ;) Haven't really started reading it except for a couple pages while waiting for work to start - although the names are hell to keep straight, at least the text doesn't have the problem I find with a lot of translated stories, that the sentence flow is off and awkward for English.

Oh, and received a care package from Mom, with some small gifts.
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This week I got:
Birds of Prey #75 (good, probably my pick of the week, but more for lack of anything better than its own merits)
Daredevil #66 (okay, dislike the artistic gimmick and story wasn't interesting)
Doctor Spectrum #3 (Blah, story just dragging on)
Excalibur #6 (Ehh, okay. Nifty ending page though)
Mystique #20 (Quiet Man revealed. Fairly good)
Outsiders #17 (Okay, handles difficult subject matter decently)
Ultimate Elektra #3 (more buying out of completeness than enjoyment)
X-Men #163 (a lot of stupid and man they look to be doing even more bad to Remy, but still some surprisingly fun moments)

Full reviews up at http://www.unreachablestar.net

Also picked up: The Gunslinger, by Stephen King (book one of the Dark Tower). Book two has been on my shelf for like 10 years, taunting me, and I've never read it because I didn't have book one. Finally I bit the bullet and got a paperback of #1.

Also saw at the used bookstore something interesting: Battle Royale. I had thought it was only a manga, but apparently if I read the back of it right, it was a novel in Japan, presumably adapted for Manga. The book I found was an english translation of the novel. I liked the premise of the manga when I first heard of it, but, well, it was a manga so I wasn't going to buy it. A novel though, might be another story. I don't always like translated novels, but I might be willing to give it a try if it's still there next week.
Wanted opinions though... especially if anyone's read the actual novel, but if you've just read the manga or even seen the movie, that's fine too. Worth it (no spoilers, please)?

Had for lunch: gyro and a slice of charity subway pizza.

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