Astrid to Sam: He’s one kind of person, you’re another. When life is going along normally, you’re sort of the same. But when life turns strange and scary, when there’s a crisis, suddenly you’re completely different people. It’s not Quinn’s fault, really, but he’s not brave. He’s not strong. You are.
Tag: science fiction series
Self has apocalypse on the brain.
She’s reading the first novel of the Gone series, by Michael Grant. Because she’s so ornery, she began with Book 4, then worked backwards. She’s now on Book 1. If she’d begun in proper order, she’d have known it was all about a nuclear power plant in the fictional town of Perdido Beach, California. Thank God for this series, which she discovered in June, when she saw a stack of these books sitting on a table in the lower level of the London Review Bookshop.
She’s also decided to arrange all her literary journals by year. She starts with Granta. She pulls out Issue 133, starts reading the Introduction by Sigrid Rausing. And — damn? Here, see for yourself:
There is an apocalyptic feeling in the air. I write the day after the news that the IS have blown up parts of the ancient site of Palmyra. They had already beheaded the eminent archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad and, according to reports, hung his body from the monuments. Refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean and living in makeshift camps at Calais and in Budapest; the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov has been charged with terrorism offences by the Russian authorities in Crimea and sentenced to twenty years in prison. “Hang on in there, Oleg,” someone writes. It’s not Darkness at Noon but maybe it should be.
The God was right on them. The one accelerator canon the Magdans could bring around in time, now they had weapons control again, chewed a nasty scar along the salvage vessel’s hull. Damage control said it was all cosmetic, and they’d given up winning beauty contests a long time ago.— eyes of the void, pp. 512 – 513
The bugs in question are the Hanni, same creatures as the Vulture God’s crew member Kittering. The planet is a “dry world” named Ittring.
There are no landing pads. The control tower has a gravitic engine. You maneuver your spacecraft close enough to let “the invisible hands of docking control” latch onto the ship.
Then Solace, Kit and Kris walked gingerly down the ramp with nothing but a three-hundred metre drop through empty air beneath them.— Eyes of the void, p.300
Further, because the writer is Adrian Tchaikovsky, and he is incapable of creating a universe without also describing each and every inhabitant’s life cycle, here’s the life cycle of the bugs (Hanni):
All Hanni were male, until they finally went home and settled down. Which consisted entirely of fertilizing the eggs of a female. They then became female themselves and laid their own eggs. After which they died.— eyes of the void, p. 303
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Much excitement to come.
So far this summer, self has read 13 books.
Six of those were Dr. Ruth Galloway mysteries (Thank you, Elly Griffiths!)
Two were Gone novels.
One was Becky Chambers’s latest, a continuation of her Wayfarers series.
One was biography (self’s current read, Steve Jobs)
She read Where the Crawdads Sing because of the movie (which she still hasn’t seen)
Sam: “How are you doing, Dekka?”
Dekka: “Stop asking, Sam.”
Sam: “You have to — “
Dekka: “What? What do I have to do, Sam? They’re eating me from the inside, what do you want me to say?”
Toto: “She’s telling the truth — “
Dekka: “Shut your stupid mouth, you freak!”
Sam has a plan to rescue the town of Perdido Beach, California from killer bugs AND baddie Drake.
You GO, Sam! That’s right, never give up!
As he thinks aloud, Toto stands helpfully by his right shoulder, very forthcoming with the ad libs.
Sam: Could Jack do it? If he doesn’t want to, I could do it.
Toto: Yes, Sam would.
Sam: Dekka can fly, that’s her superpower.
Toto: That is true.
Sam: I can find a car with at least a gallon of gas and go tearing for Perdido Beach and maybe beat the bugs.
Toto: Sam believes he can, it’s true.
Everyone ignores Toto, but the kid stands just to the side, saying to himself, “That’s not true” or “That’s true.” Do not ask me HOW this scene works, but it is HILARIOUS.
There is a climactic confrontation between teens and killer bugs on a lake!
- “Be dead, be dead,” Sam muttered under his breath.