The Crying Of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. Been meaning to try Thomas Pynchon eventually, and this novel seemed suitably slim. A women is called to be an executor of the will of a former lover, and stumbles across a mysterious organisation.
The conspiracy ideas are nicely creative, and the unveiling is fairly effective, though there's a big wodge of info-dump at the end. There's not that much plot though, and most of the humour fell flat for me Duke of Faggio ha ha ha. Might work better as satire if you know more about Sixties California.
Overall, glad I read it, but don't think I'll be rushing out to read the massive doorsteps by the same author.
What I'm Reading 2
The Tale of Sinuhe translated by R.B. Parkinson. Collection of most of the surviving works of Ancient Egyptian literature. Each one has a long scholarly introduction and a copious set of footnotes. Those are very useful as without knowing much about the culture it's hard to follow. Could have done with a broader introduction to the religion and culture too.
There's some interesting imagery, and some of the prophecies of destruction are fairly powerful. However the culture is a bit too alien to immerse yourself in the story. It's interesting to see how Officials and officialdom are glorified.
Not sure what the moral is of the ruler who ordered "Let me be brought twenty women with beautiful limbs, deep-breasted and braided, who are not yet stretched with childbirth" and made them row up and down the Nile wearing fishing nets instead of clothes", except that It's Good to Be the Pharaoh.
Finally got my phone replaced. They'd just that weekend stopped doing the Samsung G5 Neo, so I got an LG G5 since I've replaced fading batteries in the last couple of phones and wanted a replaceable battery. Seems OK. Display is as good as the G5, it's a little faster. It's a bit big and chunky even for me, and you need to fart around with the settings to get it usable. They decided to remove the list of all apps from the default: if you want it back, Google how to do it first thing otherwise you have to rearrange all your home screens afterwards.
Work: hopefully we've finally cleared that bastard release: it's out there now and any more problems will have to be hotfixes. For the second sprint in a row our demo is going to be painfully short though: all our effort's gone into release issues. Worse is that the last release and our current work have different Product Owners, so the current PO is understandably frustrated that we've spent practically a month doing almost nothing for her.
Toddler: Still grumpy and on a hair trigger for tantrums all day, but going to bed sometimes without too much fuss. Was utterly shattered yesterday. He got up at 6AM: I had to get him and me dressed simultaneously. Then I took him to the park but he wouldn't walk and had to be carried. Then it started drizzling and I had to get him reluctantly home. Then made breakfast, after that had to take him to the supermarket to get essentials. Rugby on at Twickenham (we're near the national stadium) so couldn't do much except try to keep him alive and entertained. He was reluctant to nap and had to scramble to do the hoovering and clean the bathroom when he finally conceded. After cooking dinner, bathing him, washing up and then the bedtime struggle I basically just collapsed into bed myself. Not sure how I'm going to cope with 3 days of this.
Random. How Roman Emperors die.
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