Archives for May 2016

We Hate People Episode 14: Life, The Universe and Wogan

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300We go a bit rogue even for us this episode, with a lot of time spent on comics, with some Game of Thrones and a book review thrown in for good measure.

The Show Notes

– Eurovision 2016
– Captain America gets a new (crap) twist (link)
– General diatribe against Marvel and DC for their short-sighted retconning obsession
– An unexpected book review – Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves
– David’s failed attempt at a novel
– Will The Black Flash make an appearance in Season 3 of the TV series (link)
– Game of Thrones Season 6 discussion on developments to date (spoilers!)

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Review: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Ancillary_Mercy_CoverWhen you get to the last installment of a trilogy, you expect big things. This is the installment¬†that ties up loose ends, and completes a character’s journey.

In Ancillary Mercy, Anne Leckie manages to do both of these. The action here picks up a few weeks after 2014’s Ancillary Sword, with much of the first few chapters dealing with the immediate aftermath of that novel. It then moves into a holding pattern, with various other tasks at hand, as the novel waits for the Empire at war with themselves to arrive.

That’s not to say that this makes the novel uninteresting. As a world building exercise, this novel certainly expands the universe that the Ancillary Trilogy lives in, and Leckie should be congratulated for creating such a vivid, true enviroment for the characters to inhabit. During all this, the confusion of Breq with gender continues, and despite the idea of journey the character never seems to be any hurry to try remedy this situation. Since the story is told from Breq’s view, everyone being referenced in the female can make it feel like this is a world only of women.

The climax ¬†is something that seemed like it was going to be massive. Without going into spoilers, it isn’t. Overall Leckie has certainly shown herself to be a talent to look for in the future, and one that I will certainly read when her name comes across my desk. As for this novel ? Well, I would say it is a satisfactory ending to the trilogy, with enough room for this universe to be revisited.

We Hate People Episode 13: It’s On!

logo-withtagline-blogsize300x300We get a bit political again with an Aussie election on the way and the US election season grinding on. But don’t worry we also talk everything from Tesla to Taxis.

The Show Notes

– Election called in Australia and outcome predictions (for the record, David claims LNP ends up with 79/150 seats)
– Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and the US Presidential Election
– Is Apple the new HP? Should they get Elon Musk in to run the show?
– Lyft and GM to launch a self drive taxi service (link)
– Free Comic Book Day
– Vale Prince
– Carpool Karaoke (link)
– Assorted ranting, rambling and banter

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Euclideon Keeps On Keeping On

Long-term readers will know we’ve been following Bruce Dell and his company Euclideon for essentially the whole of their commercial life.

Here’s a very recent presentation from Bruce Dell on the upcoming launch of the Holoverse VR centre in Brisbane. It also has a useful interview section at the end. Have a watch:

The cynics still abound in regard to Euclideon and their claims, but it appears there’s ongoing progress and growth – whether they end up world dominators is far from certain, but I doubt anyone could argue they’re not trying damn hard to do something great.

What’s your take?

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