There I was, merrily reading along in this science fiction book. Then WHAM, S. Ghali ruined it completely. How? They depicted the main female character as having an irresistible attraction to the alien who was her enemy minutes before, a member of a race she’s been raised to consider lower than animals. Of course, she doesn’t understand what she’s feeling, and I imagine she’ll fight it to some extent, but that was it for me.
Boring! If I hadn’t been having trouble finding enough to read, I wouldn’t have finished it. I thought there was too much talking in Serpentine, but this volume takes the cake. While Anita is ostensibly in a small Michigan town because a therianthrope has been accused of a murder, the book mainly serves as a vehicle for interactions between her and Olaf. The ending is anti-climactic and the vast amounts of dialogue don’t move the plot along in the least.
Happily, there isn’t even one sex scene in this one. I figure Hamilton must be responding to the hordes of people who stopped reading because there was so much explicit sex in the earlier books.
By John M. Ford
The worm drives helically through the wood
And does not know the dust left in the bore
Once made the table integral and good;
And suddenly the crystal hits the floor.
Electrons find their paths in subtle ways,
A massless eddy in a trail of smoke;
The names of lovers, light of other days;
Perhaps you will not miss them. That ís the joke.
The universe winds down. That ís how it ís made.
But memory is everything to lose;
Although some of the colors have to fade,
Do not believe you’ll get the chance to choose.
Regret, by definition, comes too late;
Say what you mean. Bear witness. Iterate.
Okay, I’ve finished moving the material from my cross-stitch pattern, home education, relationships and community, and fibromyalgia sites. Woof! Now I just have this site, my portfolio site and Rick’s stub of a site to maintain.
I had a new theme that I really liked for this site, but Google’s search console threw a fit about clickable items being too close together for it to work well on mobile devices, so now there’s a different theme. For now. I’m not too happy with the mobile navigation menu on this theme, because it throws all the pages in one long list instead of showing just the top pages. I’ll deal with it ’til I find something better, though.
I’ve made a little progress in getting more quotes into the database, but it will probably take years to get that back to where it was.
At some point, all of the many, many thousands of quotations that were stored on my blog went 404. That’s highly annoying. I have many more, but it’s going to take a lot of work to get them uploaded. The first file I came across in my archives was all about chocolate, so that’s all that’s in the database at the moment. (I do like chocolate, but not to the exclusion of all else!) I’ll work on getting the others put in place after I do the more urgent site updates.
Edited to add: Ack! I found an old comment that said there had been 13,064 quotes in the database back in 2008! I don’t think I have THAT many in my other files!