February 5th, 2001


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Well, I thought it was about time I actually wrote something in here as I'd set it all up on Friday.

Today's been a bit of a 'blah' day so far - at the moment I should be working at home writing my thesis up (I'm just finishing my PhD course in Biochemistry), but I had to go into the lab to do an experiment for a paper I'm putting together. It's the same experiment I was trying to get to work all last week, and it didn't work again today, so now I have to go into the lab Tuesday and Wednesday too. *bleh* That wouldn't be such a bad thing except that I live in Ipswich and the lab's in Norwich, so it means getting up at 6am, and since xmas I'd kinda been getting used to having lay-ins and not getting up till 8am *gasp*

Still, I'm actually doing less work at the lab than I'd be doing writing my thesis (I'm leaving early, but getting home too late to face working so I lose a coupla hours each day) - and that's not necessarily a bad thing ;)

But on the bright side I've been virtuous this evening - mailed my boss about some time off, mailed round the Snowplains admin about potential t-shirts, tried to mail some deathmatch logs to the guy compiling the stats (but I don't have his email addy coz it got outlookised on the way out of J's work email account). And written in here, and not yet played the rest of my Call to Power II game :)
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"Second Chance at Eden" by Peter F. Hamilton

Thought I'd try and keep some sort of track of the books I've read, and what I thought of them - and this seemed a good place to do so (maybe I'll even try and keep count!) :)

This book is a collection of short stories by Peter F. Hamilton which are all set in the same universe as his 'Night's Dawn' trilogy (which I've just finished). I was a bit worried about how good the short stories would be, coz the trilogy was about 3600 pages long in total. So I wasn't sure how well his story telling style would cope with the limited space of short story. But it was good :)

The stories are a series of snapshots of his future history of the Confederation up until a couple of decades before the start of "The Reality Disfunction". Some fill in things you'd want to know if you've read the trilogy (like the last story which tells what happens to Joshua Calvert's father on his last space voyage, or the title story which is about events at the start of the Edenist culture), others are just little snapshots of the culture of the 'time' (like the first story "Sonnie's Edge").

I'm not sure how well they stand alone (without having read the trilogy, I mean) as obviously I read the trilogy first. They did all keep the attention, and the twists were not immediately obvious which is always a plus point! There was only one that stuck in my mind as below par, "Candy Buds" confused me a bit, I'm not sure if I missed something or if the story lacked something.

All in all I liked it, and I'll probably buy it (got this out the library) sometime.