Archive for December, 2014

The Birthday Party

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on December 29, 2014 by Aaron

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Normally I like to let photos speak for themselves however I love this picture and feel inspired to explain why it is more than a family candid photo to me. I love the movement, and the stories that are happening independently of each other, the way my eyes discover new stories as I look around the picture, and the framing and depth to the room.

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Why Did The Turkey Cross The Road?

Posted in Photography with tags , , on December 22, 2014 by Aaron

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Leviathan Wakes and Deadhouse Gates

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2014 by Aaron

I used to read a ton of books, all at the same time. I would be between five or six books, reading the book I most wanted to, or even the one that was closest. Sometimes I would come across a classic like Frank Herbert’s Dune, or Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land that would grab me and I would put everything else aside until I finished it. Other times I would fall into a series that felt like one long book and I would stop reading other things. Series like George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game books, and even Anne Rice’s Vampire chronicles (for a while anyway).

I don’t read as much as I used to so to be reading more than one book at time probably means I am not that invested in one of the books. I am in the middle of reading two books right now, Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, and Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson. I am also at page 123 and 115 respectively. I though this would be a good place to write my thoughts about the two books. Both of these books found their way to me by way of another person as gifts.

Leviathan Wakes takes place in a not too distant future when humans have colonized the solar system but don’t yet have the means to go further. It is the first book in a series. The story follows two main characters viewpoints. One of them is a executive officer of an ice transport who comes across something very strange. The other is a private security detective on one of the major asteroid colonies who is looking for a missing woman (who happens to have been at the very strange occurrence). Without giving anything away, whatever is going on seems to be related to a power struggle between three main powers, Earth, Mars, an underground resistance force in the outer colonies, and a possible unknown fourth power. The book is clear, gripping, and has plenty of mysteries to keep me wanting to read more. The only reason I put it down just now was because I wanted to write here.

Deadhouse Gates takes place on a different world in a different universe. There is plenty of magic and even many different kinds of creatures, gods walk the world. It is the second book in a series, I read the first one a couple years ago. This story starts with a glossary of characters (there are a ton) broken out by who they are allied to. As far as I can tell, there is an empress who is trying to consolidate her power as she recently took control of the empire. It seems like the main storyline follows a physically disparate group of people who are trying to assassinate her amid a brewing revolution. A lot of the time when I am reading it I find myself not being sure who, where, or even what side the characters are on. Part of this is my fault for not giving the book enough attention due to its density.

These two books are both very good. I bet you weren’t think I would say that after the last paragraph. They are very different from each other. Leviathan Wakes is an opera that is written very simply but in a compelling way. it takes place in our world, in about five thousand years. Deadhouse Gates is also written fairly straightforward, but it drops you into a foreign world with little explanation. The characters there don’t explain the mundane (and confusing to a non-native) things because they are not important to them.

Leviathan Wakes is a great book in that the plotline it is creating is really interesting. The characters are memorable and three dimensional and all the words in the book are directed at pushing that story. There is a mystery unfolding before my eyes.

Deadhouse Gates is a great book in that it has built a world that is really interesting. There is a hidden set of rules that govern it as it is so different from our own. Discovering and figuring that out can sometimes get in the way of appreciating the plot, but discovering that world is part of the story.

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One Notices You

Posted in Photography with tags , , on December 15, 2014 by Aaron

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Getting A Good View

Posted in Photography with tags , , on December 8, 2014 by Aaron

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Rows Of Brown And Green

Posted in Photography with tags , , on December 1, 2014 by Aaron

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