Still Reading THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE

Haven’t reached the dog point-of-view chapters yet. When self does, that may very well spell The End. But David Wroblewski’s writing style is quite lyrical. And very spare. For the first time in her life, self understands that a dog obssession may not be the worst thing to spend a week reading about. Who knows. She’s still on the fence about dog point-of-view.

To help her along, she re-reads wicked letters from Zelda Her Malevolence in Caite Dolan-Leach’s over-the-top but strangely magnetic novel, Dead Letters. (What Follows Is Not Really a Spoiler, Since Zelda Could Just Be Pretending To Be Dead) To show you how fabulous this Zelda is, her funeral photo (selected by her father) shows her in a see-through caftan, an image of pure, feral Untameability. Picture of course taken by her strait-laced sister, the one whose boyfriend she stole. Do you see how over-the-top this novel is? Why isn’t it set in some British stiff-upper-lip society drawing room?

When self started this trip, she thought she’d be unloading books as quickly as she went, leaving them behind after she’d done reading them. But oops, she found herself wanting to re-read Emma (Jane Austen). Then Autonomous (Annalee Newitz). Then All Systems Red (Martha Wells). And now, Dead Letters.

What. Is. Going. On.

Stay tuned.

The Morning After: WOO HOO!!!

It’s November 7. And self is in a good place.

So different from the day after Election Day, November 2016.

So boo-hoo Florida went with de Santis instead of Gillum. (Slate Headline: Ron DeSantis beats Andrew Gillum in Florida After Boost from Racists)

And Beto came close but Texas hung on to Ted Cruz. (Cyrus McQueen: I can’t believe over 3 million people in Texas voted for Ted Cruz . . . that’s literally like choosing to eat a slug instead of a hot slice of pizza)

But now Mueller can unleash!

#bigmood

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

2018 Election: Never Forget

5:36 a.m. in Annaghmakerrig, self stumbled around the dark room, looking for her MacBook.

Open.

Beto O’Rourke down three points to Ted Cruz in Texas.

Upper Chamber of Maine legislature (Senate) flips to Democrats.

Real-Time Seat Forecast:

U.S. Congress: Democrats + 33

U.S. Senate: Republicans + 3


On Twitter, first tweet self read is from Karl Taro Greenfeld and he says : “. . .  seeing Nancy Pelosi . . . ”

What? What? We’re still in business?

Stay tuned.

ALL SYSTEMS RED, p.32

Murderbot just saved two humans on his team from being eaten by a monster that lived in a crater.

The whole crew tries to be kind, but Murderbot is in a hurry to get away so he can continue watching vid in his room.

Mensah (the Leader of the Crew): Try to pinpoint any missing information. When we have a partial list, I’ll call DeltFall and see if they can send us the files.

Murderbot Interior Monologue: That sounds like a great plan, in that it didn’t involve me.

Murderbot (out loud): Dr. Mensah, do you need me for anything else?

lol

Stay tuned.

Paladin Tries Social Interaction With a Humint In a Bar

Autonomous, p. 147:

After ordering tea, the man slouched so far over the bar that Paladin could see a pale stripe of skin showing above the waistband of his pants. It was time to try his opening gambit. Offer a piece of personal information, and humans will be sure to offer some of their own.

“I have never been here before, and it is not what I expected,” Paladin vocalized, turning his torso and face towards the man, who looked up with an expression of vague surprise. He hadn’t expected anyone to talk to him, least of all a giant robot.

lol

lol everywhere.

Stay tuned.

Robot Wants To Learn About Humint Sexual Practices: AUTONOMOUS, P. 96

Paladin. Is. An. Adorable. Robot.

Makes a pass (unprogrammed!) at his human handler, Eliasz, in a very subtle way, which does not fool Eliasz, not one bit.

Trigger Warning: Homophobia

Paladin: Some of the robots said they were learning about human sexuality. Do you think military robots need to do that?

Eliasz (Flushing): I don’t know anything about that. I’m not a faggot.

Paladin begins searching his database for uses of the word “faggot.”

He is so absorbed that even in defensive mode (activated because of an attack), 20% of his mind is still pre-occupied with searches for the word. So while shooting people in the face, data comes in and “he could start to build a taxonomy. Each use of ‘faggot’ could be categorized, and he began assigning them to subcategories.”

lol

Stay tuned.

 

 

Paladin and His Minder: AUTONOMOUS, p. 40

Paladin and Eliasz go “undercover” to catch Jack the Smuggler, purveyor of the (illegal) Homework Drug (Which has an actual name, but please: self is teaching on-line. Does she have time to look up things? She just keeps thinking: Adderall. Adderall all the time)

  • Paladin noticed that Eliasz had changed his posture subtly, slouching and pulling his bangs over his eyes in a way that made him seem younger. He could pass for a postgraduate, and it was clear these drunk bio hackers were already responding to him as a peer. Paladin briefly admired this bit of HUMINT artistry, then considered that some of the records associated with Eliasz’s prints placed him at twenty-nine years old. Perhaps those records were accurate, at least in respect to the man’s age.

There is some really dry wit happening in the head of Paladin (who is AI). There is something really fetching about androids, robots, synths and such. Wouldn’t you agree? So much analyzing, so many surprises!

Stay tuned.

At Last, Emma Opens Her Eyes!

EMMA, Vol. III Chapter XI

  • Why was it so much worse that Harriet should be in love with Mr. Knightley, than with Frank Churchill? Why was the evil so dreadfully increased by Harriet’s having some hope of a return? It darted through her, with the speed of an arrow, that Mr. Knightley must marry no one but herself!

Breaking News: Highbury

EMMA, Vol. III Chapter X

Mr. Weston shows up one day to fetch Emma, telling her only that she is needed at Randalls, something has happened.

Emma goes with Mr. Weston at once, and pleads with him to tell her what has happened.

“Do not be impatient, Emma; it will all come out too soon.”

“Good God! Mr. Weston, tell me at once. Something has happened in Brunswick Square. I know it has . . . Mr. Weston, do not trifle with me.”

Brunswick Square is the London address of the Knightleys. Emma’s sister and brother-in-law and their children are there. More importantly, Mr. Knightley (George) has just left for Brunswick Square, alone, on horseback (How very dashing! How self wishes she, too, could leap on a horse and say, at a moment’s notice: Headed to London! Ta!)

Mr. Weston hastens to reassure Emma: “Upon my honour . . . It is not in the smallest degree connected with any human being of the name of Knightley.”

Indeed? The plot thickens!

Stay tuned.

More From Self’s “Residents of the Deep”

Self’s story is set in some unknown century. The explorer who is the MC is something like Captain Cook (Oceania! What a fantastic exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts!):

  • From the lack of authentic records, ascending into remote antiquity, the origin of most very ancient cities is involved in obscurity. Who would have supposed that a very old civilization existed on the ocean floor, one that had escaped the notice of man for centuries, equaling — nay, in some cases exceeding — the grandeur of ancient Rome.

In self’s story, the Residents of the Deep accomplish all their daily tasks in one-quarter time. That is, they appear human, but their behavior is just a little “off.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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