I've just started Autumn, a fairly light zombie book. That's my current home-read, after finishing the lastest from Jonathan Maberry, King of Plagues. Highly recommend the Maberry books (specifically, the "Joe Ledger" series). The first Patient Zero got me because it was a zombie book (and had a good rep as such). The follow-ups continue the story but aren't zombies. Heavy on international terrorism and secret societies dedicated to destroying the world, with some serious crazy worked in, too. The first book was a bit flat in the characters, but he's definitely gotten his legs now, and the characters are growing leaps and bounds. I always look forward to a new one of these.
I just finished "Warriors", as well: a compilation of short storries about, well, you guessed it. I figured, hey, how much can it hurt to read a bunch of short stories about swords and sorcery?
Thing is, that's not it at all. There's some excellent sci-fi in here, and even one about a pet dog (and I gotta admit, that one got me right down in the cockles *sniff*). Some fantastic reading here, and if you check out the list of authors involved via the link? It's not a huge suprise that there's some good stories in there, either.
That's all finished up though, so, I've gotta pass it on to my dad (who uses my addiction for books as a library. There will be no intervention), and likely mightydogking too.
Next on the list is one of the classics I just never got to:
Yup. I never read (and I don't know how that happened) Tarzan of the Apes. I snagged a copy out of a box of freebies though, before I turned them over to the charity garage sale people here at work, so, I've got nothing else here at my desk right now, and I'm looking forward to striking another classic off the list. I'm really stunned that I never read this one, of all the classics I have gotten to over the years.
I'm really stressed at work, and about work. This is problematic, because there's no immediate 'fix'. I'm stuck in a situation where, at best, I'm short-contract-to-short-contract. At worst, I'm back to my old job, testing, which I don't want to do anymore: I don't learn anything at it, and I'm bored doing it. But there's a whole bunch of rules/politics/union stuff involved right now, up to and including a complete clusterfuck of a hiring process, and what it's ended up with is that everyone wants me to keep doing my job, but no one can offer any sort of guarentee that I'll be allowed to do so. What it means is, I've had ten contracts in the last fourteen months, as short as three weeks. My pay has been interrupted and topped up four times. It's about to happen again next week. I still don't have an extension for the coming weeks/months, but at the same time, I've not trained anyone. There is no one right now, except me, who has any idea at all how to do the job. I stress out over taking vacation and sick time, because of this, never mind potentially just up-and-leaving because the process is holding everything back.
I have no idea how much I'm going to get paid, on a week to week basis, despite knowing what my salary is.
I've actually laid the situation out to my boss, and her boss: If I don't get to keep doing what I'm doing (and doing well) then I'll be out of the division in six months/first opportunity. They understand this, and I think, are as frustrated by the process as I am. What's worse, as far as I'm concerned, is that I've been given short-term (very short-term!) opportunities at a higher level, and come out looking good. None of this will actually help in the process, because the process is blind (and apparently, stupid, but I won't even get into that).
This leads to me being extremely frustrated, which leads to me being unable to concentrate on anything. I'm definitely doing my university thing: and working deadlines at the last minute. And I'll probably keep getting away with that, but I'd rather go back to doing it 'right' over time, rather than right, at the last minute. Concentration though, that's a bitch.
On top of that, it makes it hard for me to contribute to any gleeful examining of future financial prospects (ie. houses that don't share walls with other people's houses) because I don't know how much I'm gonna be getting paid for longer than three paychecks at a time. ANd if I do go back to my old job, it's nearly an $8000/year pay cut. Needless to say, over two years, I've gotten used to that extra scratch, and started planning around having it.
There is no resolution in sight, and any resolution is completely out of my hands, and worse, seems to have little-to-no bearing in how I've done the job, just "the process demands it".
For years, I've been waiting for the next Song of Ice and Fire book, and I guess we know one of the reasons, at least, why it's been five years since the last one (wherein Martin said in the preface that the next (fifth) book was already completed and should be out in around six months... aaaand now it looks like tentatively, it'll be out July 12th, 2011) Game of Thrones on HBO is ... in a word, fantastic. Heavy on the politics you'd expect from a "game of thrones", but doesn't shy away from the action and violence. There's a ton of sex, which also seems to be an HBO trademark these days (*cough*TrueBlood*cough*) in their serials, but it's not quite as intrustive as some of the reviews have made it out to be. Visually, I think it's pretty much spot-on, and the opening credits are a thing of beauty. Complete wins as far as casting? Tyrion Lannister, for sure, and John Snow, who's more subtle than Tyrion, but an excellent portrayal. The others (Daenarys, especially) are coming into their own. The only downside I can find is that they've over-exaggerated the truly despicable characters which makes them mildly unbelievable. They're definitely heavy-handed in the books, but on-screen, even more so.
More importantly, I got idioglossia caught up on them on Victoria Day Monday, and she's not read the books, so it's fresh and new for her. She practiaclly bounced and clapped at the impromptu duel between the Mountain and the Hound.
Tonight, pizza, and episode 6.
And that should do it for now. Are ya bored yet?