After at least five months, closer to six, of losing interest in the middle and general ambivalence towards everything I’ve finished reading a book. This probably doesn’t mean a ton to the rest of internetland, but holy shit does it feel good to me.
So how was the second half of Edge of Tomorrow? I really enjoyed the part focusing on Rita becoming the Full Metal Bitch. I liked seeing her and Keiji connect and work together, it was kind of nice to see them both having someone who understood what was going on. What I’m not a big fan of was the ending. It isn’t that it was poorly written or that it didn’t fit the rest of the book, in fact if I’m being honest I don’t know that anything else would have really worked properly, but it wasn’t my favorite ending to a novel either. It also struck me that revealing what the Mimics were made them feel a bit less, not threatening, but just less as a thing.
Overall, I enjoyed the book though and would read more by this author. Not sure that I’m gonna go see the movie though.
So, it’s been about a week and , as usual, work and life and not really being able to pull an idea for a post together has kept me from posting the things. Aside from that, I’m about a third of the way through Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s Edge of Tomorrow, originally published as All You Need is Kill here in the US. I picked it up because the blurb reminded me of an older sci-fi work my dad used to tell me about where the soldiers it focused on were revived and forced to keep fighting every time they died in battle and it went on for decades or more. After reading a little of it I got him a copy of it too as a Father’s Day gift.
So far our hero, Keiji Kiriya, has figured out that the time loop only seems to work for him and he’s decided to make the best of that to see if he can eventually survive the second day of the loop. I admit, the first few chapters felt overly repetitive but that’s because they take place before he’s figured it out, when the battle is still just a nightmare. Not sure if I like how solitary the narrative is, I get that he’s the only one to remember the loops (at least as it’s been revealed so far) and is just focusing on making himself better because that’s really all that can be done. It just feels a little weird that all the minor characters are as static as they, purposefully, are and as seemingly unimportant. It’s a book where everyone is a red shirt so far and the big reason that strikes me is because I’m used to the cast being more present in the story, so it’s strange to just get glimpses of side characters and then nothing. It doesn’t hurt the story, I don’t think, it’s just taking some getting used to.
So, this blog has been pretty well dead for so long that I can’t even remember what my plans were for it last time I posted. I’ve been dealing with problems in school and with work and with life in general, and I just kind of let this fall by the wayside. I don’t have a review today, and I won’t tomorrow, but I’m going to start posting things, maybe live blog the book I’m reading or something to that effect. But after all the stuff that’s happened I’m putting down words and staking my place on the net again.