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Old 09-02-2016, 10:52 PM   #26 (permalink)
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A pithy summary of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Of distinct interest to the intellectual sort.

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That name (Peter De Vries) was instantly familiar to me but I could not remember a title that linked to it. Looked him up, I still can't link a title. But I for sure have read some stuff by him; must have been among the library books Mom brought home. She knew my Dad well enough to do his library "shopping": she'd browse the new books and grab things he might like. Somehow, that worked. Remember, this was LONG before the internet or even cable television. The only thing either of them knew about new books was whatever got reviewed in the New Yorker. So she just winged it, and it worked for him. Pretty cool.
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And....the reason I was here to begin with. New book (from the library—old habits die hard. It's the way I was raised.). New author, never heard of him. Something about it looked like it might be interesting so I grabbed it to supplement the new (to me) Hamish Macbeth novel I spotted first; knowing that I'd be done with that soon because they're not very long and they're a hell of a lot of fun to read.

So. Finished the Hamish, as expected. Just started on the new one tonight. Not sure where it's going or what it will do. The only clue is that it's separated into three 'parts', so I am starting Part I. In that part the protagonist appears to be someone named Arwood Hobbes (good last name, eh?) who is a member of the United States Army deployed in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm (that was the one that we started after Saddam invaded Kuwait). Arwood is manning an M60 machine gun he's never actually fired; he last fired one when qualifying on it. He's just.....waiting. And he's bored senseless. A front line position beyond which there is no opposition front line, Iraq having (apparently) already surrendered.

A visitor suddenly appears in his vicinity, one who turns out to be a journalist, and British. That's as far as I've gotten other than this little excerpt; reading it told me I'd be willing to give this novel a whole lot of slack. Pretty sure I'm going to like it. Something the journalist says alerts Arwood; this is the result:

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It didn't connect until now, because Arwood had never met anyone British before, but word had gotten down to the troops that their allies—the British—were banning antiwar music back home, and so a good deal of time was spent ragging on them about it in their absence. On the BBC's blackout list were:

"We Gotta Get Out of This Place" by the Animals
"Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles
"Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack
"Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"War" by Edwin Starr; and
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears

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Oops. Forgot to name the book. "The Girl in Green" by Derek B. Miller

ETA: My review.

I just finished the book today. I most heartily recommend it. As it drew to a close I was thinking (between reading sessions) about how it reminded me of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (which for unknown reasons was released in the US without the 'Captain'). Mandolin was an adventure, a tale of people caught up in a storm of war. But at its core it was a love story; or really a multiplicity of love stories.

"The Girl in Green" is much the same. The horrors of war are a great deal more horrible; the religious warfare in the Middle East makes the Nazis look soft. The love is there, though. It's not so much Romantic Love as in 'Mandolin', though that is present. A lot of the love is expressed as friendship, loyalty, and steadfast support. To my mind, that's love too.

A wonderful book. It's only his second novel; I sure hope he keeps going.
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The Times Literary Supplement posed twenty questions to Ursula K LeGuin, including:

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My field? What is my field, I wonder. My favourite field is the one below the barn at the old ranch in California. I hope in twenty-five years it looks just the way it does now, all wild oats and chicory and foxtail and voles and jackrabbits and quail.
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I'm not a huge fan of biographies, but I'll post this one here in case they're your thing. I cheated and just read an interview in National Geographic.

Cheaters like me ---» Female Helicopter Pilot Took on the Taliban and the Pentagon

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But if English-speaking fans wanted to see what it was about the 1990 manga that so captivated Cameron, it wasn’t always easy: As of 2017, the manga has been out of print for nearly a decade. That changes today, with a new digital edition about the titular amnesiac cyborg, and — courtesy of Kodansha Comics and Comixology Originals — you can read the entire first chapter below at the link.
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Now, at 87, Le Guin has stopped writing fiction. She continues to blog, and she has found ways to pursue a similar subversive mission in the new medium.

On the blog, Le Guin’s scope is somewhat narrower. A running theme is the life of her cat, Pard. Between each of No Time to Spare’s four topical sections are essays entitled “Annals of Pard.” Devoting such time and interest to the observation of a cat might seem to represent the commonest impulses both of internet culture and old age; but, as always, Le Guin wades into her new genre to deepen and expand it.

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I dislike the 'two hostile factions' theme in this. There is one hostile faction and everyone else who isn't a fragile white male unable to cope with the fact that women and people who aren't white are more and more being recognized as great science fiction writers.
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Yep. This is happening because as of this year the Hugo Awards' voting system has been repaired so it cannot be gamed in the same way, so Vox Day et al had to find another award with the same weaknesses the Hugos initially had.

And yeah, the "two hostile factions" is a quite Trumpian description of the problem. Scalzi, Littlewood, and Jemisin all asked to withdraw because of concerns about Daybros, no one else.
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This MLP tribute to Norman Rockwell is rather cute. ^_^ It's a cover for a forthcoming issue of the main MLP comic.



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