Grey, damp, cool.
It was another National Day yesterday when the new emperor stepped up to the microphone and apologised to the crowd for the delay, but he was going to have to move his Audi A6, which was blocking the entrance to Zhongshan Park. (The next day it was reported as ‘Grateful nation gives Emperor Audi A6’.)
When I did venture out, the day, which seemed to have been dry, turned damp, and when I did a similar journey at lunchtime today, the same thing happened, and we’re now enjoying steady light rain.
I finished reading A Brief History of the Future, which I reviewed on my LJ blog (link). Overall, I was disappointed because once again, Clarke has shown that when he strays away from France, his skill as an entertaining writer desert him. This had the feel of a book which got initially got no further than a first draft, got revised once, and then published. I don’t know who thought this was a good idea, but I assume the publishers were hoping for people like me, who had enjoyed Clarke’s Merde series to buy this book without considering that it might be, well, a bit naff.
The problem for me is that I’m generally unaware of what has appeared in print until I go to Swindon Books or Page One in Hong Kong, or I might be in some civilised country where books in English are more than just 19th century prose fiction. In Hong Kong, I don’t have the luxury of noting titles and then toddling off to the Internet to peruse the reviews, which will be one of the reasons why I’m intending to buy one of those notebook things next year to take with me on my travels. Unlike real bookshops, Amazon isn’t so easy to browse because only a few of the titles have that Look Inside option. Besides, I want that 3D thing in my hands.