January 20th, 2011

Dead Dog Cat


Yesterday, I finished reading a spy novel set in Greece during WWII, called Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst. His novels in general deal with intelligence operatives in the years before and during the war, and they do a terrific job of scene-setting. The characterization is better than most, as well. I recommend any of his books, this one among them.
Dead Dog Cat


Just before I left for work, this morning, I finished reading Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. forestcats and I had decided we were going to read this, back when we visited Monterey, and I picked up a copy, but it got lost in the bookshelves until I dug it up this week. It's a quick read; only 123 pages, compared to most novels these days at 300 pages or more, but it sets a very discernible scene. The Monterey of that he describes is a blue collar place, as opposed to the resort/retreat that it seemed to have become when we visited. It's worth a read.

I also worked my way through three comics this week. First was DMZ #61 - this saga is about the sequelae of a new civil war in the US, with most of the armed forces overseas in police actions, and pursuing terrorists, when things fall apart back home, they really fall apart. DMZ is Manhattan; a demilitarized zone between the US and the Free States. The second is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust #8 of 8, an imagined prequel to P. K. Dick's novel, which shows the problems between the androids and the humans. Not as good, and not really needed. This was the final chapter of this run, and the ending was disappointing. The third was a new comic that I thought I'd try, called Magus #1 - magic was sealed off from the world in the 13th century; the seals are breaking and there's evidence worldwide that people are beginning to figure out how to use magic. It might be worth following.

I sat down to a couple of episodes of season six of ST:DS9, neither of which I cared for. Up and down...