I didn't know Murakami's 's work was available in audio, several of the blogs on tor.com refer to him but I've not read any of his stuff.
The deadline is going to be possible, but its bloody anoying to have to do a literature review in a subject I no longer really care about, though at least its possible, hopefully the powers that be will like it.
Since its for the end of the month though I'm still on light entertainment and casual projects. I've played a few incremental games which I'll add to the db, and I've been doing some more Dr. who stuff, most recently last months adventure from big finish lure of the nomad.
This was actually rather good, particularly because it featured apologetic alien octopuses in cybernetic exo skelletons who were a genuinely peace loving species but who's exo skeletons had been hacked by someone else to cause them to go and kill people.
Having them say in quite a regretful tone "We are don't want to harm you, but we are afraid we will have to kill you" was sort of amusing in a black comedy way .
I didn't though like the minimising of a hole new assistant for the 6th doctor, he was a genuinely good and appealing character and twists about him were shocking, but at the same time I really don't like the fact that new who has recently had this habbit of walk on assistants, in the past the doctor's companions were always fully fleshed out characters in their own right, and making them essentially disposable one episode props really doesn't do much for the series.
So, nicely done stunt, hopefully they won't be doing it again too often .
My lady and I are also reading Chocolat by Joana harris. This is sort of a part urban fantasy, part character study about a woman who opens a confectioners in an out of the way French village and clashes with the priest who keeps going on about sin etc.
On the one hand the writing is beautiful, on the other the morality is a bit transparent, my lady is rather irritated because its once again a completely un-nuanced portrayal of no holds bard nasty repressive cardboard villainous christians, which always annoys her for its lack of recognition that there are in fact decent christians out there, and the fact if another belief system or racial group were portrayed as universally nasty people would be up in arms.
I will admit the lack of subtlety is rather annoying, after all "look at the evil repressive priest" type plots were old hat in the fifties, and its a shame an author who has such good writing skills elsewhere seems to have such a blind spot with her villainous characters.
Still we'll see, I'll probably review the book when [email protected] done.
Other than that not a lot going on unfortunately owing to huge amounts of work.
I'm very eager to try out some longer games and muds, both for the db, and personally since 3k, lensmoor, coffee mud all need pages and I'm interested to see whether epitaff has improved its combat spam accessibility since I played, also I do mean to buy The gate, but I don't really have the time or brain space to get into anything more complex than the odd casual round of crazy party so far.
Hope others are having a slightly less hectic June than I am.
With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)