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text 2017-07-19 00:24
Reading progress: on to Chapter 7
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi

Well, at least now there is a drill sergeant so presumably starting basic training.  

 

Mentally, I just got myself stuck by hearing the sergeant's voice as being exactly the same as Sergeant Carter's from the Gomer Pyle tv show.  I now cannot unhear that.

 

 

and before that voice:

 

 

Feel free to join the booklikes Virtual Speculation Book Club read of Old Man's War at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation .

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text 2017-07-14 18:18
Finished Chapter 6
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi

I like John, the protagonist.  I still like the writing and enjoy the way it reeks of some favorite classic SF writers.  A bit hokey and convenient with the sudden friendships (which of course include those who are "in the know" aka infodump potential), but that can happen with recruits.

 

Overall, lighter and funnier than I was expecting (admittedly, not yet into basic training or combat).

 

But also creepier.

 

Seriously, these CDF powers-that-be seem squicky.  It's good that they do reveal to the recruits some realities like 75% not making it through their term of enlistment, that the two-year term signed up for with caveat that if needed could be up to ten years was going to be the full ten years, that there are few allies in the discovered intelligent aliens … better that such had been revealed before signing on the dotted line.

 

The casual talk of need for colonies meaning that already inhabited by intelligent aliens planets would be invaded -- none of the recruits seem to even blink.

 

It even creeps me out that the first thing all recruits do with their new bodies is have sex, with strangers, mostly in public places because of roommate situations.  Not that I don't think most wouldn't -- particularly if old age and health issues had impacted things like getting an erection or just plain old having a dry spell.  But everyone?  All of them?  The first thing everyone does with a renewal of health and youth?

 

It just creeps me out wondering what the CDF did to the ones who would never consider public sex, who had other sexual traumas causing issues, whose belief systems (and they did mention that representative clergy from the earth religions were on board and available for counseling) or personal preferences prohibited such hookups ... did they just not make the transition to new bodies or were their brains modified?  Didn't anyone want to do other  enjoyed activities age and ill health had caused them to give up?

 

Yeah, I know, overthinking an actually brief part of the book.

 

Feel free to join the booklikes Virtual Speculation Book Club read of Old Man's War at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation 

 

 

Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline CareyThe Blinding Knife - Brent Weeks  Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me The Blinding Knife while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey;  the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation
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text 2017-07-13 11:51
Reading progress update: I've read 838 out of 838 pages.
Anna Karenina - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy

Done!

 

I'm exhausted. I'll roll, post, and take a nap. Then I'll see whether I dare to coble a review from the multitude of post and notes I have.

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text 2017-07-13 10:17
Reading progress update: I've read 780 out of 838 pages.
Anna Karenina - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy

Onto the final stretch, and wow is Anna around the bend.

 

Her though process has always been flighty, and annoyed me with it's weak tendency towards full denial and looping, but it's turned scary now, like a cornered, wounded wolf is scary, all teeth and desperation.

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