23) Joel Shepherd – Crossover. A good action SF. Cassandra Kresnov is a bio-engineered super-soldier, who’s gone AWOL and is trying to live a quiet civilian life. Needless to say, things don’t quite work out that way.
22) Neal Stephenson – Snowcrash. Still one of Stephenson’s best. Not unflawed – the action crashes to a halt a few times for pages of utterly nonsensical infodumps – but just skim over those and the rest is a great roller-coaster of a techie action story.
21) Sean McMullen – Glass Dragons. This is the sequel to _The Voyage of the Shadowmoon_. You don’t have to have read that one to enjoy this one. It’s a good read. Yes, sorcerors have discovered another world-threateningly dangerous super-magical-weapon and our heroes have to save the world. But strangely, that’s almost in the background. The story is more about the characters, most of whom are continually developing and changing through the book. Very interesting.
20) Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Duplicate Effort. A retrieval artist novel.
Another series that has disappointingly gone downhill. I don’t plan to read any more of these.
I’m annoyed. or confused. or something.
I was annoyed yesterday that I had gained a couple of pounds. I had been within a couple pounds of my target, now I was twice as far from it.
This morning I’m a pound under it. I should be pleased, but instead I’m wondering, where did all that weight go? Will it magically reappear later today?