Thursday, July 10, 2008
Inspired by CyberPetra and T-Bird (and Dinah, as always), I thought I'd better update my reading list. Or, read (as in 'red' not 'reed') list. I have just finished reading the ninth book this year. But first, the eighth book:
Star Trek Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers by James Swallow.
What a fantastic read! I very nearly didn't bother with this book, depite absolutely loving Deep Space Nine. You see, I didn't think I'd like all the Cardassian-occupation-of-Bajor stuff that happened before Starfleet got involved, and only bought it because I was at a loose end (not Piggy's). However, James Swallow has really come up trumps with this book. There's so much detail and thought given to the subject - The beginnings of The Occupation and the characters involved - that I found myself hooked almost immediately. I must admit, that when watching DS9, I hadn't given much thought to how the Cardassians came to annex the Bajor system in the first place. I just thought it was a full-on invasion. However, the reality is much more insidious and scheming, in keeping with the Cardassian ethos.
I'm currently reading the second book in the trilogy, Night of the Wolves, set about half way through the 50 year occupation of Bajor, which describes the efforts of the Bajoran Resistance. I'll let you know how that goes, soon. But for now, a big double-jointed thumbs up to Day of the Vipers!
And now for something completely different. The ninth book is Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes: Scientific Progress goes "Boink".
I just fancied a quick break from reading Night of the Wolves and settled on this collection of Calvin & Hobbes comic strips from 11th September 1989 to 7th July 1990.
Calvin & Hobbes is the best cartoon EVAH! I just love everything about it; Calvin and Hobbes themselves, complete with Calvin's alter egos Spaceman Spiff: Interplanetary Explorer Extraordinaire, and Stupendous Man: Friend of Freedom, Opponent of Oppression and Lover of Liberty; Calvin's long suffering mother who doubles as Stupendous Man's arch-nemesis Mom-Lady; His sarcastic dad whose explanations of the theory of relativity and black & white photographs are genius, despite totally screwing Calvin up; Calvin's other nemesis the no-nonsense baby sitter, Rosalyn, aka the fiendish Baby Sitter Girl; His neighbour and subject of torment Susie Derkins and their love/hate relationship. Just everything! If you haven't seen any of these comic strips, I suggest you get reading. I can't recommend them enough. Plus, Hobbes is so cute and patient (mostly) - The best friend anyone could ever have!