Poetry: Against Entropy

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.

More Changes to the Site

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.

What happened to the quotes?

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!

Moving Things Around

I’m tired of main­tain­ing ump­ty-lev­en web sites, so I’m mov­ing things off my sub­sidiary sites and back to this one. There may be some odd­i­ties and bro­ken links here and there for a bit as a result. I’m try­ing to update a lot of things as I go, so it’s going to take some time to com­plete this project.

Review: Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon

Marque and Reprisal (Vatta's War, #2)

Mar­que and Reprisal by Eliz­a­beth Moon

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars


Anoth­er decent, though not amaz­ing, book from Moon. I messed up in not doing my review as soon as I fin­ished, because I moved straight on to vol­ume three in the series, Engag­ing the Ene­my. Obvi­ous­ly, the series did get more engag­ing in book two!



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Review: Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon

Trading in Danger (Vatta's War, #1)

Trad­ing in Dan­ger by Eliz­a­beth Moon

My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars


I want­ed to like Vat­ta’s War as much as I did The Ser­ra­no Lega­cy, but this one near­ly lost me at some points. Maybe it’s intend­ed for a young adult audi­ence? Con­sid­er­ing the age of the main char­ac­ter, that may be the case. Still, I always enjoy Moon’s writ­ing style, and she cre­ates great uni­vers­es. Def­i­nite­ly worth a read.



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Review: The Peter Grant/Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch

Lies Sleeping

Lies Sleep­ing by Ben Aaronovitch

My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars


I just fin­ished Lies Sleep­ing after read­ing the entire series straight through, so this review is about the series as much as about the ulti­mate entry in it.

Wow! I’ve been immersed in the mar­velous world Aaronovitch cre­at­ed for us, and it’s a shock com­ing back. His world lives right next door to ours, changed just a bit so that mag­ic is in use next to cell phones and deities walk and work amongst the “nor­mal” folk. His descrip­tions of Lon­don and its sur­rounds are amaz­ing­ly rich. The slang and British ref­er­ences are occa­sion­al­ly mys­te­ri­ous to this Amer­i­can read­er, but I got enough from con­text to push right on.

I think Lies Sleep­ing might be intend­ed as the last book in the series because it wrapped up pret­ty much all of the plot threads that have been build­ing from Rivers of Lon­don to Lies Sleep­ing. If that’s the case, I’ll miss Peter and the rest of the char­ac­ters. I can hope that Aaronovitch will give us more in the future, though. I will cer­tain­ly be watch­ing to see what he does next!

#LiesSleep­ing #Net­Gal­ley



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