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By TheophileEscargot (Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 08:18:50 AM EST) ODGF, Reading (all tags)
ODGF. Reading: Pandora's Star.

Operation Don't Get Fatter
Failure. Gained about 4 pounds in 3 weeks what with Italy, Xmas and visiting the parents. Not too unexpected: unpleasant to feel my belly wobbling when I break into a run again though. Should be able to lose it in a month or so if I concentrate.

Really needed the break from healthiness though: it was beginning to do my head in.

LHusiBeers, Saturday Jan 6th, Anchor, 6 PM
Or if you're a serious drinker, turn up earlier and save us wimps a table.

What I'm Reading
Started reading Pandora's Star and "Judas Unchained" by Peter F. Hamilton: old school space opera.

I think the reason I liked his "Night's Dawn" trilogy more than his other stuff is that I had the advantage of reading the books out of order. He has a horrible tendency to start his huge books with hundreds and hundreds of pages of scene-setting, where nothing actually happens but you're introduced to vast cast of nearly indistinguishable characters, and things are explained to you in the style of If all stories were written like science fiction stories.

Especially when the female characters are introduced, the prose is almost embarrassing to read.

For an arms dealer, Rachael Lancier wasn't inconspicuous. She wore a bright scarlet dress with a low front. Long chestnut hair was arranged in an elaborate wave, with small luminescent stars glimmering among the strands. Her rejuvenation had returned her to her early twenties, when she was very attractive.
The Chief Investigator's thick raven hair had been brushed straight so that it hung well below her shoulder blades. She always allowed it to sweep in front of her face, partially obscuring her features. Given her notoriety that was understandable. But when she did use a hand to brush those strands aside men would look up from their desks and stare, not just because of the legend she was. The Human Structure Foundation on Huxley's Haven which had so carefully developed her genome had selected a mix of Filipino and European genes as a baseline, giving her a natural beauty which was utterly beguiling. A rejuvenation five years previously made it look as if she was now in her early twenties.
She was wearing a bikini top and some tight shorts, showing off a trim, tanned teenage body. 'Hi, I'm Amanda.'
Liz took a while in their bathroom getting ready for bed. She had a shower and used some of the smaller, more expensive bottles of scent, dabbing the chilly drops on her skin and massaging them in until the flesh seemed to glow. Then she took out the special cream silk lingerie that she knew Mark really liked. Her jet-black hair was combed out until it hung loosely down below her shoulders. Then she put on her gold gown, carefully arranging it so it was almost falling open at the front.
April Gallar Halgarth was sitting on the settee, looking as woebegone as if she'd just been told her parents had undergone complete bodyloss. Even dressed in baggy green jeans and a crumpled old russet T-shirt, she was quite beautiful. A tall twenty-year-old with smooth light-ebony skin, thick wavy hair, and sweet features that belonged on an even younger face.
Mellanie was standing silhouetted in the light from the lounge, her auburn hair dried and straightened so it fell down her back, the tiny dress exposing vast amounts of toned young flesh.
Fortunately things get better later on, when he assumes you're up to speed on women's hair and starts blowing shit up.
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Waist gain by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 08:51:44 AM EST
Before holidays I needed a belt to hold my 38" trousers up. Mince pies have solved that problem for me.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
weight gain by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 09:06:50 AM EST
think I've picked up 2 lbs in the past month. I just need to get back on some cardio exercise.

When I'm imprisoned as an enemy combatant, will you blog about it?

Weight by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 09:20:57 AM EST
I weighed in at 171 yesterday, my first time above 170 in over 5 years.  I was fueling for a bike workout and had a full bladder, but that's about it.  It must be some combo of liquid weight and more muscle mass since I was 164 just a few months ago and my 32" jeans still require a belt.

Author quality by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 12:14:45 PM EST
I believe that author quality is corellated with the number of unattractive female characters in their prose.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Does this make . . . by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 02:40:40 PM EST
Robinson Crusoe some sort un-evaluatable null or something right?

Your literary theory is too complicated for me.

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Oh, good point by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 04:18:45 PM EST
Perhaps it should be "percentage" not "number".
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
[ Parent ]
I did a mini-review of the same book by cam (4.00 / 2) #5 Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 12:35:27 PM EST
under the bad:

Every woman's clothing was described in great detail with much tanned skin, long legs and cleavage. Men's clothing was not mentioned.

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Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 06:17:43 AM EST
I read those last year.  I enjoyed Pandora's Star a great deal, but I felt Judas Unchained was a little weak.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
I hated Pandora's Star by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 02:26:08 AM EST
And will never attempt any more of his books. I've got the same reasons you've got: awful descriptive writing, and why so fucking long? I only read a couple of chapters though, I just couldn't bare it.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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