by George R.R. Martin
Yes, that George R.R. Martin – the same guy behind the Game of Thrones / Song of Ice & Fire phenomenon. This is an earlier work of his (first published in 1985), and it’s something completely different. This group of short(ish) stories all center around Haviland Tuf, space trader turned ecological engineer with a decided penchant for cats. It’s got a bit of the absurdity of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, a bit of the moral tone of fables, a good bit of the classic sci-fi adventure story, and a bit of the flowery dialogue of 19th century English novels. It is fantastic. I hesitate to even call it a group of short stories; it’s somewhere between a contiguous novel and a book of short stories, because there is a narrative thread running through the whole book. But there are also significant time gaps between the clearly delineated sections, so… *shrug* Whatever, it’s a fun read. It’s certainly not as heavy or grim as his Game of Thrones stuff, and the characters aren’t as layered and complex. And, like most fable-like stories, the ending of each story isn’t a huge surprise. But it’s entertaining and enjoyable, and definitely worth a read.
I give it 4/5 stars.
I know, I know; usually today is a What I Wore post. I had planned on doing one, with my floral skinny jeans seeing as it’s officially spring and all. But I ran out of time yesterday and I’m feeling under the weather today, so a photo shoot is the last thing I feel like. Instead, I’ll show you some of the ways I was considering wearing said floral jeans. I’ve been using Polyvore to build a collection of items in my wardrobe, so that I can mix and match them in their handy drag-and-drop builder. It’s still a work […]
Video of the week: Illegal. The Brains of the Animal Kingdom. New research shows that we have grossly underestimated both the scope and the scale of animal intelligence. And in other animal/science news, this bombshell: Scientists Want to Bring Some Animals Back from Extinction. Oops, I Accidentally Wasted My Entire 20s (And I Feel Fine). “Perhaps you’ve just read one of the recent, seemingly endless stream of articles and books about how difficult it is to get a handle on anything in your twenties, and how you are kind of, sort of, irrevocably fucked if you don’t completely figure out […]
Right now, I am… trying to finish up two big work projects this week. The kind where they’ve dragged on for weeks/months because all the information/bits haven’t been provided, and suddenly everything needs to be done immediately OMG CRISIS! It’s a bit stressful. checking out some new ways to make local lady friends, after reading MWF Seeking BFF this weekend. excited about meeting up with some of the lady bloggers I met at the TxSC mixers tomorrow night for coffee (sort of related to the above). tired. Ian having his late shift week once per month always throws off my […]
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah This book was not what I expected it to be. I initially picked it up for the cover, and read the book jacket blurb and thought ok, could be good for chic lit. And it is chic lit, in the sense that it’s about women and women are probably the ideal readers for it. But it is not the overly sentimental, fluff read that most chic lit is. This is a book with some grit. It’s the story of two women, Kate and Tully, who became friends as teenagers despite the fact that they are […]
Brown and black together, what?! This is something I usually avoid, but I think if you get the right shade of brown it can work. And when I saw this outfit floating around on Pinterest, I loved it. Black AND brown AND grey AND white? Yes. All ze neutrals, I will vear zem all! (imagine with an accent). So I decided to copycat it as part of my Pinterest challenge. You can see the original pin here. I had all of the elements except for a good scarf to pull it all together. And then I came across the Etsy […]
A fun Game of Thrones parody: School of Thrones. Worth watching just for their version of the opening credits. Surviving A Workout Plan & Healthy Diet When You Love TV, Cookies And Sleep Too Much – “Chances are, if you aren’t already a physical specimen, the thought of entering a gym and working out in front of gorgeous, fit, tight, ripped, strong people seems unappealing. If you’re the least bit self-conscious it can be an uncomfortable experience. Is my form right? Why am I struggling to lift this much weight when they’re lifting that much weight? Why is everyone’s treadmill […]