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July 4th, 2008

July 4th, 2008
05:15 pm


A good walk (not spoiled)
I got in the car planning to head to Kennekuk, but I unthinkingly turned right rather than left at the end of the lane.  Oh well, I thought, it's not such a hardship to drive through Kickapoo.  But on a whim, instead of taking the turn off Newtown Road to Kickapoo, I went straight and up to Middlefork Stake Fish and Wildlife Area.  I've been meaning to explore up there since I started hiking regularly, but haven't gotten around to it.  I found myself in pleasant surroundings on a lovely day, and started walking on some trails.  The trails themselves were clear, but the intersections were even worse marked than the ones in the north area of Kickapoo I started exploring last weekend.  I got genuinely lost and actually found myself having made a perhaps one-mile circle when I was trying to leave, but from there managed to find my way out.  Fortunately, it's not a big enough area to really get dangerously lost in, and I fond my way back to my car after probably a little over 5 miles of total walking.  Then I decided I wasn't walked out and went off in a different direction for another mile or so.

There were more butterflies today than I've seen before this summer.  I still couldn't say there were lots of them, but at least there were a decent number.  Also many summer flowers.  Birds were singing everywhere, but seldom visible.  I didn't have a camera today because there was still a chance of rain in the forecast, so no pictures of any of this.

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07:48 pm


Book review:  The Sharing Knife: Passage
Today's book review is The Sharing Knife: Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold.

This is the third book in the Sharing Knife series.  I don't think it would be easy to understand without reading the earlier books, due to both the nature of the world and the backstory of the continuing characters.  The first two books are outstanding anyway, so I definitely recommend reading the series in order.

This is a fascinating story of exploring magic in the Sharing Knife world.  It's also a human story of individuals dealing with tough situations and learning how to deal with it, and on a larger scale a story that teaches some lessons on how to deal with ingrained cultural prejudices that ends with a pretty good conclusion about how individuals should deal with such things.  It's not quite perfect -- it's not as absolutely fascinating as Beguilement, when the magic of this universe was brand new, but it's definitely a 9 out of 10.

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