My hands and toes hurt this morning and it makes me ill-tempered. I had to prepare the nursery school snack and cook pasta for Moomin, plus my batch of coffee ran out so washing more dishes and making new coffee. I hope none of you know what i'm talking about and never find out, but joints hurting + morning dishes = grumpy. I require time to unstiffen. Or it hurts! Every morning, not even ones like this, it hurts just to hold the coffee cup.
The mental image of myself with future gnarled fingerjoints and unable to casually spank people newly met in dungeons doesn't help the mood. Note to self: acquire canes and paddles, small ones easy to hold. Also: grow set of useful boneless tentacles.
Moomin is very pleased with the batch of library books I grabbed last night. Mostly lots of Bill P33t and the 4th Ak1ko comic.
I was not so lucky as I grabbed a CJ Cherrrryh book off the "new arrivals" shelf, vaguely thinking of all the times people have said she is good... but OMG this is one of the dumbest, most boring, disappointing books ever! I fucking hate it! Her politics are stuck somewhere far, far up her own ass. Does this story about far-far-future gene wars really need the "dagwood and blondie" marriage dynamic to help it along? Oh - wait, since I can't turn off the "literary analysis" lobe of my brain even for a book as dumb as this - yes, it does need it - as the attitude of the conservative anti-change Earth factions towards the freedom of info exchange and evolution and terraforming, or whatever the fuck, is supposed to change (the main point of the book) from panicked "no way!" patriarch and rebellious punk-haired teenage daughter into slightly less panicked patriarch and rebellious punk-haired teenage daughter. Oh, so boring! The "action" of the book and its endless conversations could be compressed into maybe 10 pages without losing a damn thing. I know it's "Cyt333n" that people always recommend, and I've never read it though i seem to remember trying once as a teenager and hating it with every fiber. What crap!
The book and the gene wars have a perfectly good premise but worst execution... "execution" is a good word for the effect of the muddy prose ... it make me think of that moment when everyone got very excited about "cyberpunk" and the worst crap in the history of SF was written very quickly as everyone tried to jump on that train. I would rather re-read "Super Divine Diaper Baby of Dune" or whatever that worst in the series was than tackle another Cherrrryh! I'd like to pin her eyeballs open and make her read Edgar Rice Burrrroughs for 72 hours straight and then maybe a hint of dramatic tension, style, and maybe irony would creep into the murk. If you're going to overblow your prose, overblow it for real.