Friday, August 12, 2011

A Quick Post, In Passing...


This picture is contrary to my current mood/life condition... fear not, things aren't gloomy and/or storm-tossed. Things are still wonderful - in sort of an unprecedented way. I just liked the picture, that's all...

In fact, this is quite a time of transition for me, in many ways. Changes are afoot. I've mentioned in the past couple posts about how I've been spending less and less time on the computer... this blog has been paying the price for that. Less frequent posts are trending toward still-less frequency. I know that, ultimately, it won't be that big a deal for the handful of you that still read this. I mean, if this blog fizzled to a stop, I'm sure you'll shrug your shoulders and move on, no biggie. For me, I'm torn. I enjoy this blog tremendously, and have, over the years. But for the first time ever, I'm enjoying spending time with my wife more. I'm sure you all understand that. However, I cannot stress strongly enough how different, unexpected and heretofore thought IMPOSSIBLE this is. Wifey and I have always seemed to be counter-posed magnets repelling one-another... and now somehow we have been re-configured so that we've snapped together... it is wonderful, unexpected, unexplainable... and I don't want it to end... ever... I have half a mind to just move forward and not look back.

But this blog has been a great journey for me, and I likely won't just cut it off. But for the time being, it looks like my activity here will be tapering off.

Just thought I'd let you know....

I like the view from up here!

Now, on to today's business...

I've been reading things lately... I finished reading Hunter's Run, which was a great bit of sci-fi story-telling. However, I can't really talk about it, even in the most general of terms, with spoiling the story in ways that will ruin the discovery, should you wish to read it yourself. I will, however, post a quick summary for those of you that won't ever read it, in case it tickles your interest... but if you plan on reading it at some point (Logan!), then skip down to the Adrenaline Video below...

Hunter's Run, by G. Dozois, GRRM and D. Abraham: A Summary
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Ramon Espejo is a prospector on a planet called Sao Paolo, and is not a very savory character. Violent, foul-mouthed, stubborn, given to drinking and fits of anger, he kills a man in a street fight that ends up being someone important, so he must flee the city for a while, so things can blow over. Out into the great unknown wilderness he goes, to hopefully find mineral deposits that will bring him the fortune he has forever been pursuing. Once way out beyond civilization, he accidentally uncovers a hiding alien race... and they want to remain hidden. Now he must flee, on foot, and hope to escape the aliens who are hunting him... and they are using a very unique tool to track him...

This story is part adventure, part self-discovery tale, part buddy tale, and all grit. If profanity bothers you, pass on this one, since it is loaded with it. But if watching a bad man transform into someone honorable and redeem himself in satisfying ways is your cup o' tea, then give it a go. The book is well-written, and reads fast, and hooked me solidly, keeping me for the duration of the tale, until the satisfying conclusion.

Summary of the summary: Solid sci-fi adventure, well written and fun to read. 4.25 out of 5 stars.



Another great adrenaline video is HERE. It has Frenchies in it!

I've read two other short titles lately (which I picked up for my Kindle App for .99cents each). A post-apocalyptic tale called The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole, which is patterned after (and full of references to) the classic Hemingway book The Old Man and the Sea. And I also read a sci-fi piece called The Frozen Sky by Jeff Carlson. Both were quite good, though each had little things that bugged me. I won't review them here, since I'm running out of time for writing this post. But both were worth reading. I also grabbed a butt-load of free samples. I'll let you know if I find anything terrific..

Now go out there and conduct yourselves accordingly!

I'll try to check back in soon. I had other stuff to say, but I'm out of time...

Adios,

Dave the Late

PS Dave O has updated his blog, after all this time... go check it out, if you get a minute. Dave-O is The Man.

7 comments:

Abbie Josephsen said...

well, it seems like things are going pretty quiet on the blog realm, but since it is for good reasons, I'm not mad :) glad things are going well, and thanks for the update on Dave O!! will check that out next.
Take care!
Abbs

Dave-O said...

Dave my brother, god speed in what lies ahead of you, as for me I think strengthening my blog is what is called for, however, i hope you the best in your en-devours and look forward to you stops in to comment when you can, another great post once again. I can always appreciate your writings either long or short. Oh, before you sign off though, the first one to leave a comment on my last post is non other that my machine gun mom De'on Miller...... Aaron's mother, oh you know, the one you call St. Aaron, LOL yes none other than her, and she is a writer as well, but anywho, take care my friend and i hope your journey is at least half as fun as mine.

Drydoryssus said...

Love the opening pic.
Moody weather lifts my spirits.
Understandably so, what with the lots of suffocating sunlight I get every day.

Paula Titus said...

Very good news :)

Paula Titus said...

Ooops. Forgot to say Happy Birthday tomorrow!

Rob said...

Dave,awesome pictures, profound words. Glad to hear everything is going great with you.

David Wagner said...

Abbie: Thanks for checking in!

Dave-O: You are always The Man. I'll go drop a comment in now...

Dry: Glad I could help!

Paula: Thanks, it was a great birthday...

Rob: Thanks as well for dropping by.