Worldwide Photo Walk

19 07 2009

Yesterday (July 18th) I took part in the “Worldwide Photo Walk”. The Adelaide walk started from Plain Tree Drive, thru the Botanic Gardens, along North Terrace to King William Street, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Torrens and on to the Cathedral pub in North Adelaide.

I took 143 pics on the SLR and 18  on the compact on the 2.5-3hr walk.

Somehow I have to select 2 or 3 for the Adelaide competition…  hard!

Will post a selection of the rest in the next few days.

The Catcher in the Rye

19 07 2009

by J.D.Salinger
ISBN 978-0140237504
c 1946

This is the tale of Holden Caufield’s journey home at term break. It’s told in the “first person” from Holden’s perspective.

He’s been expelled and hopes to get home before his parents get the official letter.

He’s having a run of bad luck, and something in the past has left him jaded. He isn’t getting along with his teachers, and the school, tagging them as phony.

He comes from a privileged New York family (father is a lawyer). Cashed up with $100-ish he rents a hotel room and goes out for a night on the town. Naive in many respects, he is lucky to survive the experiences. I don’t think the story would be realistic in today’s New York.

The story is very well written. It is quite detailed, painting a rich canvas of life in the vicinity of Central Park.

A good read.

Strange, but I don’t remember reading it at school, so it’s my first read. Doesn’t enthuse me to read other works by the author.

I picked it up because Christopher Barzak’s novel “One For Sorrow” was said to be as timeless. Maybe..!! – jury is out! Both have some elements that do age – New York has changed since the 1940’s – Small town USA, today, has all these new technologies that can’t help but influence Barzak’s tale.

Barzak’s tale has some supernatural elements, whereas Salinger’s is a clean/direct/realistic narrative.

Read them both – make your own decision.

books by christopher-barzak

Robert Buettner: Jason Wander Series

12 07 2009
Robert Buettner: Jason Wander / Orphan Series

Robert Buettner: Jason Wander / Orphan Series

1) Orphanage
2) Orphan’s Destiny
3) Orphan’s Journey
4) Orphan’s Alliance
5) Orphan’s Triumph
ISBN 0446614297, 0446614300, 0316001732, 1841497525 & 1841497624 (Orbit)

Very easy, enjoyable reads

Have just taken 5 days to read the last 2 novels.

Book 1: Orphanage
In homage to Robert Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers”, Buettner recreates the story his way.

Book 2: Orphan’s Destiny
At twenty-five, General Jason Wander has fought and won man’s only alien conflict. Now, after long years in space, he’s coming home…but to what? Earth’s desperate nations, impoverished by war damage and military spending, are slashing defense budgets. There’s just one problem with this new worldwide policy-the first alien invasion was merely Plan A.

Suddenly, the real assault begins: Earth is attacked by a vast armada. To block their invasion, mankind has only one surviving craft and a single guerrilla strike force…a suicide squad led by Jason Wander.

Book 3: Orphan’s Journey
In the years since the last Slug War, Jason’s command style hasn’t made him any friends in the Army. Now, in an effort to keep him out of trouble, the Army has sent Jason to the vast, Earth-orbiting resort called New Moon. At the core of this enormous space station is a starship, a relic from the last war.

When a test run of the ship goes wrong, Jason, along with a handful of others, will be torn from orbit and thrust outof known space. Now, stranded on an alien planet, Jason realizes that not only are his friends are looking to him for rescue, but an entire planet sees him as their only hope.

Book 4: Orphan’s Alliance
As intraplanetary conflicts rage around him, and the personal stakes get ever higher, Jason finds that playing planet-hopping politician can be harder than commanding armies.

When united mankind squares off to battle the Slugs for a precious interstellar crossroad (Mousetrap), Jason will discover that the most dangerous enemy may be the one he least expects.

Book 5: Orphan’s Triumph
Jason Wander is ready to lead the final charge into battle. The Powers That Be want him to retire. Jason stows away as the armada takes the battle to the Slug home world.

The enemy is waiting at the final jump and the fleet all but annihilated. Jason sneaks thru in a small fighter, landing on the home planet. The enemy communicates with him as he monitors the doomsday weapons’ countdown.

– bk5 pg29: Moosetrap :) – gotta find at least one typo!

Similar books to read
– John Scalzi: Old Man’s War trilogy
– Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers
– Orson Scott Card: Ender Series


The Best of Lucius Shepard

5 07 2009

Best of Lucius ShepardISBN 978-1596061330 (Subterranean)
Hardback, 2008

Lucius Shepard (1947- ) is an American writer. Classified as a science fiction and fantasy writer, he often leans into other genres, such as magical realism.

This collection of short stories is just one of many that I have bought recently.

Shepard is a writer new to me. He writes richly. In earlier stories of war, and the jungle, in Vietnam and South America he delivers strange/rich stories – that magical realism…

It is not a book I could dedicate continuous reading time to. For the last few months a few other books have provided a distraction (see earlier reviews). But, for the last couple of weeks I have been determined to finish it. The last 3 tales definitely worth the effort.

Jailwise: an interesting twist on Jails without jailers
Dead Money: Poker with the recently dead
Stars Seen Through Stone: An extra dimension invasion? Why has the occurance of brilliance increased in the smalltown of Black William, Pennsylvania?

On the whole, worth the time to get a taste of Shepard’s style.

Verdict: 4 stars

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