Weekend Recap & Book club: Pollen, SWTOR, and Books!

Okay, so this weekend was quite warm, which is very nice, but it also meant that we were plagued by evil pollen, which meant that while we did go out to try and enjoy the weather a bit, we were limited a bit thanks to our allergies. Bleh.

Our hiding at home from the pollen did mean we were able to take advantage of the double XP weekend in SWTOR, though, which is quite nice. I believe that next weekend is the last scheduled double XP weekend, so we’ll be trying to make the best of it. We have a couple characters nearing level 50 (my Sith Sorcerer and Liz’ Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent) that we would like to push through with. Our Sorcerer and Bounty Hunter combo is almost 47 right now and still on Belsavis (with an entire map left to go), so at this rate we’ll be well past 50 by the time we finish the original (non Makeb) story line, which should be nice.

Beyond hiding from pollen and SWTOR, our weekend was very quiet. So quiet that I need some filler for this post, so I’ll talk about the sci-fi/fantasy book club we attend.

Last Thursday we went to June’s book club meeting to discuss the June novel – Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks. There were 7 (8?) of us there, and of those present only 3 people had finished the book, with most people having read at least a third of the book. The general opinion of the book was fairly low… 2 people liked it, one person sorta liked it, and the remainder weren’t exactly fond of it. We found that it was a bit of a slow read, and several people didn’t particularly care for the fact the book alternated between time frames in chapters, one set going forward in time exploring the main character’s current missions, and the other set going backwards in time, talking about his past missions.

The people who finished reading the book did comment on how it’s something you have to get to the end, and once you do, you feel rewarded for the read. Not really my kind of reading experience, but to each their own!

As for the next books we need to read, we’re reading Seraphina for July, and we’ve picked the books for August (sci-fi month) and September (fantasy month). Normally we only pick one book a month, but we’ve been exiled to the Costa for August’s meeting due to a change in staffing, so we opted to choose books for the next couple months to make things easier.

August’s book is “Redshirts” by John Scalzi. From the MacMillan site:

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital ShipIntrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, with the chance to serve on “Away Missions” alongside the starship’s famous senior officers.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship’s senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs.

Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

Sounds great! Should be a lot of fun.

As for September, it’s Tad Williams’ “The Dirty Streets of Heaven”. From Amazon:

Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth. When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad.

Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get—in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.

Seems interesting, I think. Hopefully this means I’ll have 3 book club books in a row that I’ll enjoy for a change! Woo!

Happy Canada Day!

-CP

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2 responses to “Weekend Recap & Book club: Pollen, SWTOR, and Books!”

  1. David Sandiford says :

    No, we don’t want people to enjoy the books! Then the discussions are no fun. Disagreement and slagging things off – that’s what it’s all about.

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