Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cory Doctorow Delivers In YA, "Little Brother"

Little Brother stopped me cold
I lost one night's sleep
It was worth it
Cory Doctorow hits the nail
It penetrates your psyche
Paranoia just keeps building
The description of electronic surveillance 
Clear enough to paralyze you
You start noticing all the cameras
All the radio signal readers
All the Arphid (RFID) tag readers
All the GPS you own; car, phone, tablet...

Biggest questions to speculate
The Constitution of the United Stats (pdf / interactive)
Will it protect you / Does it protect you
Do you recognize the dangers in your life
To live in fear or not to live in fear
Better yet, Do you recognize what you should fear
What or who controls or creates the fear in your life
Do the precautions we take make us any safer
And more, so much more, to think about

Okay! Okay!
The story
Young boy is arrested detained as a terrorist
Young boy does not lay down and roll over
The boy knows how to use the technology in his life
Mighty exciting stuff
And all of this in a Young Adult Novel

The bibliography is a must read
There is hope in the world we live in
There are also many dangers
Be aware, pay attention, be present
Paranoia is healthy, very healthy

New music in the library
All songs a collabration
Rodney Crowell singer, songwriter
Mary Karr wordsmith and memoirist

Norah Jones
Vince Gill
Lucinda Williams
Lee Ann Womack
Rosanne Cash
Kris Kristofferson
Emmylou Harris
Rodney Crowell
Even a jaded cynic will emote while listening

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jo Anderton Is Smok'n Hot

Just blistered my way through Debris
Book 1 of The Veiled Worlds Trilogy
Australian author Jo Anderton
Has opened her career with a bang
What a treat for Fantasy / Sci-Fi fans
New and well crafted magic
Very smart world building
The protagonist, Tanyana, is strong
And head strong to a fault
But, she is not a quitter
Again and again she gets up
Again and again she trys to do the right thing

The book reads like a Sci-Fi Fantasy mix
There are elements of Urban Fantasy
There is a subtle whif of Steampunk

The story is relentless
The reader is always engaged

I have my Hold on Suited, book 2
I can hardly wait to get on with the story

Music today
Ray LaMontagne
Gossip in the Grain

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Required Re-Reading / Philip K. Dick

1963 Hugo Award Winner
The Man in the High Castle
Philip K. Dick, always at his best

I am generally not a fan of alternative histories
This book is an exception
Leave it to Dick to twist things
Within this alternative history
The reader finds
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy
An alternative history novel

In this story the Axis won WWII
The US is divided into 3 areas
The USA in the East, German controlled
The PSA in the West, controled by Japan
And the Rocky Mountain States
A somewhat free zone buffering the USA and PSA

Throughout the book the characters are constantly
Consulting the Oracle (even the Germans)
The I Ching; or, Book of Changes
The hexagrams derived
Are explained in some detail
The plot continually thickens

Carl G. Jung, in a nutshell, called the I Ching
A book of magic spells that work
Go figure

What will the reader garner from this 1962 book
Life lessons in culture (raceism), polotics and religion
An edgy look at the diversity of the human condition
We are all guilty of egocentric thinking
And soo much more (keep your pennies, no charge)

I could spend days scratching the surface
Philip K. Dick runs deep in my veins
Check the Wiki for a rundown of his accomplishments
They are still making and remaking movies
They are still writing books about the man

Norah Jones
Little Broken Hearts

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Benedict Jacka Has A Cool Name

I read Fated on a whim
I liked Benetict Jacka's name
The Jim Butcher quote on the cover nudged me
The Alex Verus novels are going to be read
The magic is complex and well developed
Alex is a diviner
Not the strongest card in the magic deck
The characters are, depending on their role
Endearing and Despicable
Some, a little of both
I liked the spider
I liked her cloth
The first story, Fated, introduced the players well
The love interest was just more than an obvious hint
The challange the couple will face, daunting
Urban Fantasy fans
A Must Read

More music new to the library
1988vnl / 1990cd release
A personal favorite
Helped me stumble out of troubled times
John Hiatt / Slow Turning

Friday, August 3, 2012

James S. A. Corey Is Brilliant

I enjoyed Leviathan Wakes (the post)
I loved Caliban's War
Book 2 of the Expanse series
James S. A. Corey speculates with the best
His future is totally believable
Life at the edges of this solar system
Adapted to, as only humans could adapt
The polotical machinations
As only humans can machinate
The war between Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets
Messier than ever and full of misunderstandings
The alien proto-stuff?
More dangerous than ever
James Holden and crew continue doing the hard work
Unraveling the mess
Searching for peace
The characters are fully fleshed
As complex as humans are wont to be
Thank You James S. A. Corey!

New music to us.
I am ecstatic
Difinitive alt-country
The Jayhawks
Tomorrow the Green Grass