January 30, 2005
SF Chronicle Appearance, and Men's Packages (Largely Unrelated Topics)
Ooh, look, a review in today's San Francisco Chronicle:
Scalzi skillfully upends Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers," creating a cadre of old souls in young bodies who must learn to become killing machines. He sidesteps most of the clichés of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise. All in all, "Old Man's War" is a solid, somewhat old-fashioned adventure story, with just enough touches of humor and genuine feeling to make it stand out from the pack.
Neat. The review also mentions that I am a "popular Web blogger," which is the first time I've heard it put that way -- usually it's "Weblogger" or "blogger." Is this the birth of a new if slightly etymologically redundant neologism? Stay tuned! Also reviewed: Charlie Stross's The Family Trade ("Stross brings to fantasy the same kind of sly humor and clear-eyed extrapolation that he previously brought to space opera and horror"), Steven Gould's Reflex ("After a satisfying conclusion, though, the door is left open for further sequels, and many readers will gladly welcome Davy and Millie back for a third or fourth adventure") and Jeff Smith's Bone graphic novel omnibus ("'Bone' is one of the rare recent comics suited to the widest possible range of ages"). Good company, and I'll note that OMW, Family Trade and Reflex are all Tor books, so rock on, Tor's publicity department!
Many thanks to Mythago for the link. Also, in an entirely unrelated development, guys, you'll want to check out her recent commentary, in which she unloads the real truth about what women want when it comes to the size of a guy's package, followed by reader commentary.
I have my own opinions on the matter, which may or may not be relevant, coming as they do from a fellow who has been happily and heterosexually married for nearly ten years. However, one thing I think is true is that there'd be a lot more happy women out there if men spent as much time working on various ways to please their partners as they do obsessing on whether they've got a Vienna Sausage or a Dodger Dog. This is my philosophy, anyway. Women, please let me know if I'm on the wrong track here.
Posted by john at January 30, 2005 02:10 PM
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