February 3rd, 2006

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Yesterday was partly a day of small annoyances. Got an electricity & gas bill - going to have to put up the monthly payment for that, which is annoying as I'd rather they wrote to me and made a suggestion about amount for monthly payment rather than let us get substantially adrift over a quarter and seem like they're happy to ignore it. Looked at uswitch but the best deals they showed up were merely cutting 2.5-5% off the annual bill, and I wasn't convinced enough by the assumptions that uswitch make that the estimates were accurate to within that sort of degree Collapse )

The other annoyance was that I'm going to have to go back into town today because something I bought had an expiry date that I wasn't aware of (to check) till I got home, and it has expired so it's not much use. So today I get to go into the shop again and make a fuss (politely, of course ;) ).

I did pick up a bunch of books in the library (mostly book N of a series where N != 1, and I've not read the first book), and bought myself the next book in the Dresden Files ("Fool Moon" by Jim Butcher). Which I've finished already :) I liked the way it's beginning to set up a series arc rather than this being not quite connected episodes with a common cast of characters, which seems the default with PI series. I did want to shake Harry sometimes and tell him to just trust people with a bit more of the information, but that is at least a plot-point in itself rather than a mechanism for setting up the plot if you see what I mean. Good book.

The other book I finished before I went to town - "Blue Genes" by Val McDermid - wasn't as good. I'd got it free with a copy of Cosmo a few years ago, and while I was cataloguing stuff a couple of days ago I realised I'd not ever read it, so I did. Straight-forward thriller/PI story set in Manchester in the present day (of when it was written, over 10 years ago now). I think it just all felt a bit unreal - the plot just worked its way out with no feeling of suspense, our heroine always had someone to give her the information/teach her the skills she needed/set up the meet she wanted. From in story references she was supposed to be someone with great integrity and sense of justice, but that didn't feel adequately conveyed by the characterisation - she trotted through the story breaking the law on a whim, using other people as suited her needs and never seeming to consider anything to be an action she wouldn't take because it was against her ethical system or what have you.

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