The religion debate continues over on Jay Lake's LJ. Be sure to read the comments as some of the most spirited debate can be found there.
The situation in Haiti is dire and getting worse by the minute. The pictures of the devastation nearly had me in tears. And I'm still trying to figure out why some of our troops and relief (like the hospital ship) won't be there until next week.
Pat Robertson's comments go beyond stupid. The man is truly an ass. If there's truly a backlash against Christians in this country this man would be the reason why.
My local radio station gets involved. My company is raising money and matching contributions as well.
If I'm counting correct I have 20 days to vacation, 14 of them are work days. Maybe I'll have this stupid program done before I go! I'm loving the learning part of it (yes, .NET is cool!). Not liking to fact that it won't do what I want it to do though. Sigh. Guess I have homework this weekend.
Now for the mini-review. I've meant to put together some sort of full-length review of Jay Lake's Trial of Flowers. Which I read two weeks ago. And haven't gotten around to because life keeps kicking my ass. So here is a mini review instead.
Trial of Flowers by Jay Lake.
Remember a few weeks ago when I reviewed Mainspring and said I liked it but wasn't sure I would recommend it? Well I loved, Loved, LOVED this book but I'm still not sure on the recommendation part. The City Imperishable is under attack from foreign invaders without and terrifying creatures within. It is up to three men - Bijaz the dwarf, Jason the factor, and Imago or Lockwood - to save the city. But first they'll have to determine who their enemies really are. To do so each will take a journey into the dark heart of the City Imperishable, a decadent, decaying city built on a foundation of blood and fear.
This book is just flat out amazing. It is fantasy but definitely in the post-modern or New Weird categories of the genre. A little Lovecraft, a little Vandermeer (including some possible shout-outs to City Of Saints And Madmen, maybe?) and totally Lake, the City Imperishable is not a place I would want to live but I find myself fascinated with it just the same. Make no mistake, the city is a character in it's own right here and quite possible the most interesting one in the book. Our three heroes are deeply flawed (as most heroes seem to be these days) but I found myself liking them and rooting for them despite some of their less desirable characteristics. Thank goodness there is a second book out because this is a world I want to revisit again soon.
So why am I unsure about recommending this book? Well, it mostly has to do with some of the subject matter. There is blood, violence, rape and other, um, less savory incidents happening here. If you can handle fiction with such topics - especially fiction that presents them unapologetically as just another part of life - then this is the book for you. The squeamish and prudish might wish to look elsewhere.