Recent read

My library has what seems to be to be a fairly good selection of ebooks.  Just as they closed, I borrowed The Last Best Hope, a Star Trek: Picard novel.  I haven’t watched the series yet (maybe next weekend?), but I believe the book is set before the show.  It was enjoyable, a nice visit to a couple of the Enterprise crew, but it ended in a somewhat awkward/sad/bad place, I assume as a lead in to the series.  Or maybe not:  I have only ever read one other ST:NG novel, so I don’t really know how to judge the content.

Also borrowed Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, based on the recommendation of an original fiction writer from AO3, who was “trying” traditionally published romance maybe for the first time and recommended it.  Uh, all I can say is that while I have liked some of the recommender’s writing, I definitely do not have congruent reading taste, because the narrator of RWRB struck me as a twit and the first couple of chapters read as pedestrian-at-best YA/New Adult.  DNF.

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Work has not really improved this week.  Primarily this is a function of my director, who is desperately trying to add value and seems unable to get out of the way of her staff.  She emailed me today to put me in charge of a project that is already in mid-swing.  I hate this.  I’m still trying to untangle a different project that was organized by someone else is a Project Manager by training but has no practical/substantive experience in the underlying project.  Meaning that he created a timeline that is completely unrealistic; promised an outcome/product that is unlikely; and completely ignored data access constraints, the tools required, and the expertise needed to do with work.

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  1. I tried to read RWRB and gave up after about 50 pages. The writing is so, so bad and the characters were … whatever the opposite of interesting and well-imagined is.

    We are watching ST:P, and it’s fine, perfectly acceptable timepass. It would have been better with less fan-service, for me at least, and it’s more obviously formulaic than I thought it would be given Michael Chabon is the showrunner and the headline writer of the ones we’ve seen so far. But maybe that’s just the nature of fan-service-oriented shows now.

    • I only made it to page 24, so you were a more tolerant reader than I was.

      I am probably not going to be the more discerning viewer of ST:P. It’s my favorite series in that family, and all of the characters have huge nostalgia value. 😊

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