Finished The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge, sequel to the classic "A Fire Upon the Deep".
Pretty disappointed by it. It's set entirely on Tines' World which we saw in the last one: doesn't introduce any exciting new ideas or aliens, doesn't have any grand battles. There's not much development of the plot: the situation at the end is similar to that near the beginning. The Blighter fleet is still stuck in space, the chief human villain still leads a faction, the Deniers haven't been exposed by Greenstalk. The characters, never his strongest point, aren't particularly interesting.
Overall, not really worth reading. Wish he'd written a sequel to "Rainbows End" instead.
What I'm Watching
Saw all three episodes of the second series of Sherlock. The first one was fairly good, despite a couple of silly twists too far near the end and a daft stock character. The second one, the Hound of the Baskervilles, I thought was excellent, with a nice twist on the original.
The third one I thought was a bit of a yawn, as the villain is played by a tiny, camp, screechy guy who lacks any menace, and the whole thing was obviously trudging towards a predictable cliffhanger. Devoting the whole last episode to setting up a tune-in-next-series is annoying enough when there are twenty episodes per series, let alone three.
Some good mini-mysteries and observational gimmicks throughout though.
Maybe I'm missing something about the casting though though, as Eddie Izzard keeps getting cast as a villain too. Maybe short, camp men are deeply terrifying to most people?
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