The Void is slightly less mysterious now

22 06 2012

After I have been busy reading again the Martin’s books from of the series “A Song of Ice and Fire“, and using Murakami’s 1Q84 as one of the best traveling companions, I admit I put the latter on hold when I got the ordered trilogy by Hamilton about the Void.

I am a huge SF reader, more than fantasy or anything else, even if I do read a bit of everything! But Hamilton works got me at once as probably among the most brilliant SF books and ideas ever thought. He is one of those master that maybe in 1000 years people will celebrate for the “far sight” in imagining stuff than then become every day stuff. Like the other masters celebrated nowadays for their “dreams”, as Asimov, Bradbury (RIP), Huxley, etc. Of course I read a little bit or a little bit too much from all the above mentioned, and others!

Hamilton though, since I read the “The Night’s Dawn Trilogy“, my introduction in his work, became *the* most interesting author at the present time. Saying that this trilogy contains so many different elements, mixing history to humor to brilliant SF idea, is still too little. Every words, from the beginning captures you, and keep you reading for the whole 3 times more than thousand pages per book!

The Void trilogy was slightly smaller in pages, but still very fascinating.

I wonder now what will come out next from his mind!!\

Now that this obsession is over, I can finish Murakami’s 1Q84 and the re-reading of book 4 of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” – A Feast for Crows and then start the freshly purchased Book 5 (and yet not read!) A Dance with Dragons.

Also it is time to buy some new books from Amazon China (cheap and fast delivery): any suggestions dear friends??

Dragon Boat festival holidays

22 06 2012

3 days holidays for the Dragon Boat festival, 端午節 (Duānwǔ jié), but the funny part is that this in truth means (when compared to the rest of the world), 1 day free from work, today! Then it comes the weekend, usually off in a 5-working days week (as for my and most of the people I know in China as well). But of course overtime and weekend at works are in general a normality over here (I got already one scheduled for July for a system installation and tuning).

Tradition during these days is eating 粽子, Zòngzi, sticky rice stuffed with different stuff and wrapped in bamboo leaves. The funny thing is that the very first time I got one of those (in Norway) I tried to bite all, leaves included!! And that had been very funny to my Chinese friends! For me as well, on a second thought!

No plans for my holidays..

Actually until 7pm yesterday night I would have been supposed to work (yeah, overtime during holidays.. Welcome to China!) but then yesterday overtime did not lead to any good results and we lost the reasons to work these days.. But no plan had been made.. so I am in Hefei..

The weather is good, actually great: sunny but there is a nice breeze, especially when sitting here at the 13th floor writing this. I plan to write a bit more on the blog and update some pics. Or just get out and enjoy weather and free time.. which one?? 😉

Happy Dragon Boat festival everyone!