Everything Belongs to the Future. Science fiction by Laurie Penny, set in a near-ish future where the rich have rejuvenation technology.
Was looking forward to this as I've liked her non-fiction a lot, but as fiction it was poor. It shoehorns an awful lot of Issues into too small a space which got a bit too left-wing didactic (bear in mind I've enjoyed most of China Mieville's novels, even "Iron Council".) It didn't seem to have many compensating virtues: the characters are flat and interchangeable, the plot is revealed in flashback without surprises, and the world-building is sketchy. Not great,
What I'm Reading 2
Men Explain Things To Me. Short collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit. The title one is the most interesting, but it's been over the Internet already. The others are moderately interesting, but didn't really say much that's new. Did make a good point about the slow progress of feminism, that considering its trying to make up for thousands of years of patriarchy even slow progress is impressive.
What I'm Reading 3
Night School by Lee Child. The latest Jack Reacher thriller again goes back to his army days, with him called in to work alongside the CIA and the FBI investigating a disturbingly large currency transaction from a terrorist group. I liked this one: has a lot of tension, some good interplay between the terrorist groups, and the usual action. Thought it could have made a bit more use of the other agency guys who fade conveniently into the background. Overall though, pretty solid.
What I'm Watching
Saw the Ghostbusters remake. Decent comedy remake with a decent balance between tribute and a original content.
Slightly less surprised at the hostility from the misogynist nerd brigade as (perhaps due to the pre-production hatred) it aims a hollow laser right at them with mockery of YouTube comments, and an overentitled self-pitying nerd villain who's all but wearing a Gamergate T-shirt.
Not bad, worth a look.
Things have thankfully quietened down after the horrific release schedule. Pressure will be back soon as we try to cram stuff into the next release, but it's OK at the moment.
Toddler has a slight temperature so I've taken the day off to look after him: he's clingy/needy/irritable but asleep at the moment.
He wanted to go on the Piccadilly Line (he's obsessed with trains0 so took him on a long trip into town, and he agreed to a quick look around the British Museum. I would have like more time in Prints and Drawings but he was getting cranky by then.
Socioeconomics. "Real life is lived in time lags and in disequilibria". Neoliberalism & productivity.
Random. Tintin's law.
Random. Small mobile phone, see reviews.
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