Monthly Archives: July 2011

CBRIII Maneuver #28 – Look to Windward

Target: Iain M. Banks’ Look to Windward

Profile: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Expanded Continunity.

Summary: Edited from “The Twin Novae battle had been one of the last of the Idiran war, one of the most horrific. Desperate to avert defeat, the Idirans had induced not one but two suns to explode, snuffing out worlds & biospheres teeming with sentient life. They were attacks of incredible proportion–gigadeathcrimes. But the war ended & life went on.

Now, 800 years later, light from the first explosion is about to reach the Masaq’ Orbital, home to the Culture’s most adventurous & decadent souls. There it will fall upon Masaq’s 50 billion inhabitants, gathered to commemorate the deaths of the innocent & to reflect, if only for a moment, on what some call the Culture’s own complicity in the terrible event. Also journeying to Masaq’ is Major Quilan, an emissary from the war-ravaged world of Chel. In the aftermath of the conflict that split his world apart, most believe he has come to Masaq’ to bring home Chel’s most brilliant star & self-exiled dissident, the honored Composer Ziller.

But the Major’s true assignment will have far greater consequences than the death of a mere political dissident, as part of a conspiracy more ambitious than even he can know–a mission his superiors have buried so deeply in his mind that even he can’t remember it.” Read the rest of this entry

Back in the Office (Sort of)

Well, I’m back from Europe (like last week) and it was every bit as productive reading-wise as I was hoping.  Reading and trains are a match made in heaven.  I’m a rather large number of books ahead of the curve now, but hideously behind on the reviews.

I’m also in the middle of a giant road trip from the east coast to home in Colorado.  Plus side: no more reading for a while.  Minus side: still not writing reviews.  Ideally, I won’t be using hotels, but the houses (couches) of friends and family as I go, which also cuts into productive time (which, I should note I am currently using some of to watch TNG which just got added to Netflix insta-watch).

Such is life.  or; Derp.