21 November 2000
9:20 PM: Wow. I'm sitting here watching Jim Baker lay down a declaration of war. He's essentially labeled the Florida Supreme Court as a Democrat tool. He's saying that if Bush doesn't win, the election will have been stolen. Creepy. I would hate to be on Algore's Secret Service detail.
10:49 PM: Weekend Media Report: Hurrah hurrah, the new installment in George R.R. Martin's Fire & Ice series, A Storm of Swords was at the bookstore Friday night. If there was ever a weekend when I needed a big fat story to disappear into, this was it. The book was amazing. Especially in my experience with sword&sorcery/historical/fantasy works in general (limited as that might be, your mileage may vary, don't shoot me if you disagree, thank you). No character is safe. No major character is left to play a simple part. Anybody can break your expectations, at any time, or sometimes just toy with breaking them. I don't want to give it away in detail. But Martin is slowly bringing up the major conflict that dwarfs everything else that's happened in the first two books - Winter Is Coming. It's not like he hid it. And it's going to change everything.
Normally, this would go like, Fight fight fight wow yay we won, Oh No Foolish Mortal, Your Battle Has Only Begun, dang OK, fight fight fight fight fight Curses I Am Foiled!! ha ha we win OK good guy & girl get married comic relief The End. Storm of Swords makes me believe that's not going to happen here. The larger conflict is more like a new source of illumination. The meanings of things change, your feelings about the characters change, it all shifts like one of those optical-illusion drawings that flip between two images. I can't believe I have to wait another two years for the next book. And Lucy says it's going to end up being a six book series! Sheesh, I might not live to find out what happens. That would suck.
I read a bunch of other books too. Actually, it sort of wasn't very smart to do that, because now I can't go to sleep until 11 AM. That's what I get for not looking at that note. Anyways, what did I read?
- Zeitgeist, new Bruce Sterling novel. Very silly in that good way. I knew his article about Cyrpus sounded like the seed of a book.
- Precursor, new installment in C.J. Cherryh series about aliens that are big and Really Not Like Us, Honest and dumb humans and one or two smart humans. She really needs to change the ink in her plot template. How many times can the grandmother save the day unexpectedly at the last minute? Oy.
- Some new book by Patricia Cornwell, I honestly don't even remember the title. Oh, right, Black Notice. Eh. It was a book, it had words, I read it, it got interesting eventually.
So how much does the Republican Party pay MSNBC a year, do you think?
Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.
All names are fake, most places are real, the author is definitely unreliable but it's all in good fun. Yep.
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