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November 9th, 2008

November 9th, 2008
03:08 pm

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Bleak
A messed up sleep schedule left me unfit to drive this morning, so I'm at home now when I should be with my tigers.  I went for a walk in the neighborhood.

Just a couple of weeks ago, despite the shorter days and the turning leaves, there was still a lot of summer left.  Now, suddenly, it feels like winter.  It's a cold, gray day with a few snowflakes and a wind that seemed to blow more through my soul than my adequate jacket.  It will be four months before the world really starts stirring, and weeks beyond that before it really wakes up.

It's going to be a long winter.

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10:22 pm

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Book review: Marsbound
Today's book review is Marsbound by Joe Haldeman.

This is a standalone novel.

The first third of the book is some straightforward, fairly tame exploration of where our civilization might be in a few decades, told through a moderately engaging story of a woman coming of age.  Then we meet the aliens, and things get very contrived and suspension of disbelief is quite difficult.  We rush headlong to an ending that makes some sense in human terms, but leaves me wondering what the larger point of it all was, if any.  It was fairly entertaining, but it ended up being more or less all whipped cream when I was expecting some pie under there.

6 out of 10.

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