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May 16th, 2004
09:33 pm


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Pattern Recognition
William Gibson's latest was a serious page-turner....I'm sure I annoyed prettypammie, taking it with me everywhere. I read it to sleep. I read it in the morning. I read it in the car--in the back seat, while she drove. This may have contributed to the migraine-esque (I say migraine-esque because true migraine sufferers would probably just call it a "pretty bad headache") pain-in-my-head.

So any-hoo, it's a great read--and because Gibson set it in the "near-present," it's classified as fiction as opposed to "Science Fiction." One of the things I felt as I read it was that so many things that were "staples" of science fiction stories of my youth are routine today. If you think about it, about the only thing we don't have are:

  1. "peace on earth" and a benevolent world government;
  2. crewed travel between star systems--or even planets and moons;
  3. "fix anything" health-care
  4. universal prosperity; elimination of poverty
I'm sure I could think of others...we do have:
  1. enormous access to information, on demand;
  2. near-instantaneous message communication
  3. "personal communicators" [beam me up, Scotty]
Anyway, he made use of these elements, as well as his usual whip-saw travelling characters...As his protagonist puts it, she feels like her soul is constantly trailing behind her, unable to keep up with transonic jets, only to be reeled in by her body. What an interesting description of jet lag, eh?

Okay, in other news of the night--Quinn was so into his computer game that he urinated on the floor...d'oh! He then complained of a hurting stomach and followed our suggestions to try a little potty-time. Yay! Poop! In the potty! I have mentioned I don't like poopy diapers, right? Well I don't like poopy training potty bowls, either--but I managed to dump and rinse successfully without ralphing. Go me.

Current Mood: pleased

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Date:May 16th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh! So the _book_ is to blame! _That's_ why we didn't get the yard work done!....

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Date:May 16th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)

* whistles innocently *

* toe grind *
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Date:May 16th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
I liked the first 2/3 of the book--then it seemed like he was trying to glom everything together at the end.

I want a flying car though, dammit.
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Date:May 16th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)

Oh, right!

I forgot to list flying cars in my first list.

Yes, I did get that feeling...rather than "rising action; climax; denouement" it was like "okay, hold on to your seat now and try to keep up!" (and then it's over).
Date:May 17th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
I should read it then, I'm having a difficult time getting through Stephenson's new books (The Baroque Cycle) when I usually go through a 800 page book in about 5 hours non-stop......maybe I just need Gibson.
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Date:May 17th, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)

there ya' go..

swing by and borrow! ;)
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Date:May 19th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)

Skipping the literary good stuff...

Congrats to you on progress on the potty front. It's amazing how quickly they pick it up once they get the initial idea. At least, the clever children I've known do, and I *know* Quinn is bright!
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Date:May 19th, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Skipping the literary good stuff...

Oh, he knows what to do...he's just too busy to stop and do it...
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