Friday, December 10, 2010
I started to write something about finals, since I'm mired in them right now, and then had the feeling that there was a speculative fiction story somewhere called "Final Exam".
A few minutes of searching through the personal library found not the actual story, but a copy of The Issue at Hand, a collection of essays, critiques and reviews by James Blish under the pseudonym of William Atheling, Jr. The "Final Exam" in question is dissected in the essay titled "One Completely Lousy Story, With Feetnote". Atheling's take on it is both scholarly and scathing, and will scare anyone off using too many euphemisms for "said".
It's also an easier read than anticoagulant therapy, which is why I was thinking of that rather than the hematology exam on Monday.
But on a more pleasant note, there's a wonderful writeup on Before the Storm by Maldivian Book Reviewer, who enjoyed the book's heroine.
Beautiful, capable, strong and with a mind of her own, Alexis is a heroine I loved right from the very beginning.
The book got an A-. Cross your fingers that I'll do at least as well in the finals.
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