November 27th, 2013

Book with cat: space

Book #47: Three short stories set in the Chaos Walking world

Book #47 of 2013: Three short stories set in the Chaos Walking world, by Patrick Ness. Technically not a book, and probably shorter than a real book, but I'm going to count it in the year's count anyway. All stories are free to download once you register with the publisher (and optionally opt in to Ness's newsletter).

After each of the three Chaos Walking books (the final one reviewed by me yesterday), Ness wrote a short story. Each story was meant to be read after each book, but I ended up reading them all at once at the end of the trilogy.

The New World: A story about how the female main character of the series came to arrive on the new planet. I was surprised at how much I disliked this. The character was younger and a typical teenage girl. I've said before how little I enjoy reading about typical teenagers. All she did was whine and not appreciate what her parents and others were doing for her, let alone not appreciating that she was going to be one of the first people on the new world. Whine whine whine, woe is me, whine whine whine.

The Wide, Wide Sea: I liked this story the best, by leaps and bounds. Even when humans go to a new planet to live, they don't leave their prejudices and hatreds behind. A friendship or love story (depending on how you read it -- it was a love story, but younger readers would probably miss the clues and see it as friendship), between one of the planet's aliens and one of the newly arrived humans.

This story also illustrated something I really like about Ness's writing: He can be subtle. He writes adult themes (same sex relationships, physical sexual relationships), that could be missed by younger folks but that adults can see.

Snowscape: I didn't like this one much for two reasons. 1) It showed the aliens could be human too (mean, cruel, heartless), but did it in a heavy-handed way. 2) [Mention about the trilogy's ending, minorly spoilerly]It wrapped up something in the ending of the last book. I like open endings so much better. I was really, really disappointed to read the more tidy conclusion.

So, counting this as a book, that means I have three more to read to make 50 for the year. It's possible I'll make it, though unlikely. (Though for the hundredth time, I remind myself that I'm not officially in 50bookchallenge and I'm not really trying to hit 50. Even if I totally am.)

Game of Thrones theme, saunas, hot tubs

This will be the most unique version of the Game of Thrones theme you'll ever hear (unless you've heard this online already!). I haven't watched South Park in years, so I only just saw this today. NWS song lyrics, video is safe.

It's annoyingly catching. I keep singing it to myself.

Two wieners along side yet another wiener...
Wiener wiener, wiener wiener, wiener wiener
Wiener party
Wiener wiener, wiener wiener
Soft wieners, nice and soft, not erect, wieners...

And in pool-related news:
I had no idea how dangerous saunas were. Another person collapsed at the pool today. (This time I wasn't the closest person.) 911 was called, but this time only two medics and a cop came. I'm not sure what happened with her, I was done while they were still talking.

Hot tubs! Oh my god, how have I lived my life without ever having been in one? The pool water has been colder than usual lately, so today I thought I'd step in just to see if it was a good way to warm up (the sauna's death toll keeps rising the sauna was full of people). I swear, I nearly melted. I don't know if they use salt water as well, but I was very floaty, and the jets were so strong they kept nearly pushing me off the seat (even with one not directly behind me). It was the most wonderful thing ever. I didn't want to get out! But I also didn't want to be the next person to collapse on the deck, so I did get out sooner than I wanted to. While I felt comfortable while in it, I felt overheated for the next hour, so maybe I did stay in too long.

I'm going to make time for the hot tub after I swim every day!

Unfortunately I pulled something pretty bad in my knee, so my plans of being good and swimming tomorrow are out the window. I have no idea what I pulled, but I made it worse by swimming today. (But I don't want to not exercise when something hurts, because then my brain will go HEY WAY TO GET OUT OF EXERCISING and I'll never go again.)

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah everyone!