Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Rincewind is Eskarina's Son

Having just finished Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel I've been puzzled as to who Eskarina Smith's son could be.  We found out that she had a son in the story I Shall Wear Midnight after her character had not been present for most of the series.  Although Pratchett didn't spell it out, I like to think that her son is Rincewind the Wizzard.

From the few lines we get about her son in her appearances in the Tiffany Aching books we know that she wants to protect her son and Rincewind does have an uncanny way of surviving some rather precarious situations.  Also at the end of Equal Rites it was shown that Eskarina and her partner Simon were researching how the most powerful magic is the one you don't use.  I find this interesting since Rincewind is a wizard who can't do magic.  What if this was by the design of his mother?

Other tidbits point in this direction too, such as Rincewind stating that his mother abandoned him before he was born.  Eskarina, with her time traveling was could certainly have done this.  But there are things that don't quite fit as well, which I shall choose to ignore for my own enjoyment.

Anyway, that's the theory I like the best.  Also it ties the last Discworld book back to the first in a nice circle.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ender in Exile

Ender in ExileEnder in Exile by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was deeply disappointed in this book. The cover of this book proudly proclaims that it is "the all-new direct sequel to Ender's Game", which it is not. A more accurate description would be that this is a retcon of Ender's Game to make it fit into the Ender's Shadow story.

What I found astounding is that almost 30 year's since the publication of Ender's Game that Orson Scott Card could lose touch with the characters in his inaugural tale. Ender, Valentine, Graff... all of them were not the same characters from the original story. Whoever Card was when he wrote Ender's Game, he is not the same author now.

I found it amusing and disturbing that in the afterward tacked on at the end of the book, Card takes the time to dismiss the contradictions in his earlier tale. His answer to the problem is that his previous epilogue was wrong and he shouldn't be tied to the decisions made by that author back in the 80's. His plan will be to release a revised version of the first novel to solve this quibble. I find that upsetting considering it's painfully obvious that Card's earlier self is the better writer.

There are other things wrong in this book. Funnily enough in the afterward Card notes that he didn't reread his previous works before writing this one... and it shows. He relied on his fans to help him. I'm sure they did their best and with zealous enthusiasm. I don't fault their efforts, but I think for this book in particular it would've been better to have the author spend a little more time rereading the old material.

Let me sum up my troubles and let them go. The early Ender books were written by a young man with life ahead of him and a questioning spirit. The Ender's Shadow series, which I consider Ender in Exile to be a part, is written by a matured man with a spirit that no longer questions but preaches. Card has filled his most recent books not with ideas of how things might be, but with beliefs of how things are. And to quote an excellent film called Dogma, "You can change an idea, changing a belief is trickier."

So I am saddened by how things have turned out in the Enderverse. But there's money to be made, so can the author be blamed for cashing in? If there is blame to be thrown it's that I spent my money, thoughts, and time on a book that didn't make my life better.

Time to go read a book by Terry Pratchett to make up for it. Going Postal, anyone?

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

One Year with Less Cat

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Still miss ya buddy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Preschool Pictures 2011

Preschool Pictures 2011
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So here are my children. They'll be 3 and 5 in a couple months. Where does the time go?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

The Fifth Elephant (Discworld, #24)The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't read any spoilers on this one and thought it would deal more with the discworld cosmology. Instead it turned out to be a story of political intrigue in the distant lands of uberwald. It progressed the story of commander Vimes who is now the duke of anhk morpork. Other highlights are some details in Angua's family and the lives of the dwarves. Another wonderful installment in the disc world of Terry Pratchett.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Great White Paw

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Thought I'd point out that I did an update on the GreatWhitePaw. That would be our family blog. Changed up the header graphic a bit.

For those that don't know, is the home of the main blog for all the family stuff. Granted it doesn't get posted to all that often. Facebook is the place of choice for most posts. It's a nice place to find all the wishlists for our family members though.

If you're wondering, the name comes from our cat's white paw. Once we became a couple my wife and I needed a place that was uniquely us. Our cat Satine had a habit at the time of batting things from under closed doors. So one of us would be walking down the hall, and then exclaim "Look! It's the Great White Paw!" if we saw that flash of white fur from under the door.

Anyway, now you know.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Connor the Cat

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My wife saved Connor from the shelter the October before I started seeing her. So he had been along for the ride since the beginning. We still joke about the first night he was in my home and knocked a jar off the top of the fridge in the middle of the night.

"That was glass!" was my reaction upon suddenly waking. I have a gift for stating the obvious.

Of the two cats that became a part of my life, Satine being the other one, Connor was both the main source of love and pain. He was constantly wanting love and attention. While Satine will accept a head scratch, Connor would wallow in your lap. Sometimes it would be hard to sleep with him purring by my side at night.

This was good and bad as he could be very annoying at times. Though you always knew he valued you, at least as the provider of food and attention. Too bad we were feeding him the wrong food.

Turns out that dry food isn't the best for cats (especially him it turns out). You think you're being nice by keeping his bowl full, but really you're just enabling him to eat himself to death. In the end much of the bad behavior, for which there was a lot, could be attributed to his diet slowly killing him. At least Satine will benefit from the knowledge gained by his demise. She's getting her food out of a can now.

So on November 10, 2010 we lost our orange lump of a cat. For all the trouble, he was a good kitty and I will miss him.