The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch. Latest entry in the Peter Grant / Rivers of London series about policeman learning magic in a special police unit to combat supernatural threats.
The series started out well, and there's still some appeal in the way it mixes magic with apparently accurate police jargon and methodologies. But again this entry is lacklustre. The new characters aren't that interesting. There aren't any intriguing new locations or magical systems. The ongoing plot doesn't really go anywhere, and the novel-level plot just repeats previous books.
I didn't bother buying this one, just caught it at the library. Not sure if I'll keep going. Mildly entertaining on its own, but disappointing that the series just seems to be spinning its wheels.
What I'm Watching
Saw the Keanu Reeves action movie John Wick on the small screen. For me it sort of fell between two stools, not plausible enough to be involving, not exaggerated enough to be impressive. Lots of the fight scenes are very similar as Keanu mows through fields of henchman, but nothing really stood out in memory.
In my last week of dieting. Weight loss seems to have plateaued, though I've now started jogging again so it's conceivable that I've been losing fat at about the same rate I'm putting on lower body muscle.
I stopped running years ago as it was hard on my knees. This time I'm trying to stick to running on grass instead of tarmac, just doing early morning circuits of a small local park. Still some knee pain though: apparently sometimes it goes away as you build muscle, will keep an eye on it. Been doing only slow jogging so far. According to a step counter app the last time I did 5.3km at 9.2kph, or 3.22 miles at 5.7mph. Ideally I'd like speed up to a proper running pace, then work on increasing the distance, but will see what my knees allow. Considering getting some new super-cushioned trainers but they're pricey.
Been shifted teams for one week, then shifted again onto another team. Not Scrum Mastering at the moment. It's vastly less stressful at the moment as we're just at the start instead of struggling against deadlines and there's less responsibility. It will definitely ramp up though as it's yet another Super Important Super Urgent blah blah blah.
Socioeconomics. What Google Bros Have in Common With Medieval Beer Bros. Teaching ‘grit’ is bad for children, and bad for democracy. Linguistic data analysis of 3 billion Reddit comments shows the alt-right is getting stronger. What the evidence says about the Google memo.
Politics. Centrists attack the left, but they are the true ideologues. Who are the antifa? Parallels between minor SF kerfuffles & real world politics are both trite & true. Traingate again. Jon Snow: Grenfell proved it: the British media are part of a disconnected elite. Exxon treated climate change very differently in internal docs.
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