Above is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Campaign Begins In Earnest" from yesterday.
China Mieville's Embassytown is a new book that just came out -- and one I loved so much I read it in two sittings.
The children of the embassy all saw the boat land. Their teachers and shiftparents had had them painting it for days. One wall of the room had been given over to their ideas. It's been centuries since any voidcraft vented fire, as they imagined this one doing, but it's a tradition to represent them with such trails. When I was young, I painted ships the same way.
I looked at the pictures and the man beside me leaned in too.
"Look," I said. "See? That's you." A face at the boat's window. The man smiled. He gripped a pretend wheel like the simply rendered figure.
"You have to excuse us," I said, nodding at the decorations. "We're a bit parochial."
"No, no," the pilot said. I was older than him, dressed up and dropping slang to tell him stories. He enjoyed me flustering him.
"Anyway," he said,"that's not . . . It is amazing though. Coming here. To the edge. With Lord knows what's beyond." He looked into the Arrival Ball.
There were other parties: seasonals, comings-out, graduations and yearsends, the three Christmases of December; but the Arrival Ball was always the most important. Dictated by the vagaries of trade winds, it was irregular and rare. It had been years since the last.
Hopefully that hooked you. This is a science fiction book (I love sci fi) about a planet where humans live in an outpost and so do some aliens. This is really a page turner.
The living situation is communal.
The book has so much to say including about wars.
I really love this book.
Tonight, we're all pulling a book at random and blogging about that. This is a great book that will provide both wonderful reading and wonderful dreams.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
the associated press
ayas hossam acommok