Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bookworming: Proven Guilty

Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher, ****
Yes, I'm still trying to catch up with The Dresden Files series. This is the eighth installment, and for my money the strongest in a while. The main plot is fully contained in this book, the motivations are highly tied into the characters that readers have seen developed over the series, and there are a couple payoffs for long-running threads. And though it certainly sets up for the series to continue, it only does so in fleeting moments and in the denouement of the book rather than leaving the main threads of the story hanging. If it wasn't so tied into the continuity of the series, I could easily give this one five stars.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Quote of the Moment

You don't have to move that mountain, just help me Lord to climb it.
—Nickel Creek, "You Don't Have to Move That Mountain"

I've had this quote in my collection for a while, but for some reason it's been at the front of my mind recently. I love Nickel Creek's bluegrass version, originally written, as far as I can tell, by Trisha Yearwood, but clearly the roots go farther back. After a bit of digging around on the 'net it appears that the original late-50's gospel song was written by Doris Akers and Mahalia Jackson. It will not displace the version I'm used to in my rotation, but as is often the case the original is even more raw and powerful than the newer version.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Quote of the Moment

You know, when you're a kid, they tell you it's all grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that's it.  Ah.  The truth is, the world is so much stranger than that, it's so much darker, and so much madder, and so much better.

—Doctor Who episode "Love and Monsters"

One of the least effective episodes of the new series, but they still have a handle on how life goes.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bookworming: This Alien Shore

This Alien Shore, C. S. Friedman, ****
A mix of cyberpunk and space opera, This Alien Shore is a magnificent example of world building around a central chase plot-line. Standout elements include human mutations in place of aliens and the plausible hatreds and motivations that brings, a unique and sympathetic main character, and a well drawn high-tech setting full of political machinations. Throw in a nice job of building the suspense at it goes, and for my money you get a quite enjoyable read.