Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

Yesterday, I finished the latest David Weber novel. I like Weber; most of his books I gobble up, wholesale, and initially, the same went for this book. I was enthralled for over 300 pages. Then, Out of the Dark took a turn that was so out of left field that I was muttering "deux ex machina" to myself over and over again. I enjoyed most of the book aside from the ending.

The premise? Hundreds of years ago, alien scouts witness the massacre of French nobility at Agincourt, and they decide that the human race needs to be eliminated. They send the only intelligent race of predators to do the deed, expecting/hoping that both the humans and this predatory race will do each other severe damage.

The alien attackers use kinetic weapons ("drop the rock") to destroy most human militaries and governments, but are shocked when the humans don't surrender.

And it goes from there.

Because I found the ending disappointing, I find it hard to recommend the book, but the rest of it was a fascinating read, so it may be something you'd enjoy. Try scoping it out at the book store...

Once I finished my work I met forestcats at the Mix Bowl Thai place near our home for dinner. There'll be plenty of cooking soon enough. I was somewhat disappointed to hear that themodeinliz wasn't going to make oyster pie, but she was kind enough to share the recipe, so I think that I'll be making another stop at the grocery store to get the fixings, and one of us'll give it a whirl and hope we can match our friend's dish for the holiday meal.

Once we got home, I put on a Netflix disc, and finished watching season five of ST:DS9. For those of you who don't know or don't recall, this was the season when the Dominion drove Star Fleet off the station, so season six'll deal with the war. I really think that this captain is probably the best portrayed commanding officer in all of the series. Call me a heretic, but I like him far better than even Kirk.

No office today, but I have six stops and at least 27 patients to see before I can turn things over to the doctor who'll cover for the holiday. I'll be off, momentarily.

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