Archive for November, 2010


Posted in Books on 12:05, November 29th, 2010

I’m continuing to read the vast bibliography of my favoriteВ author. This time it’s “Inversions” written back in 1998. The novelВ containsВ two stories which are going simultaneously and not connected to each other but have oneВ narrator, but both stories have kinda similar unpredictable plot andВ sympathizingВ main characters. Banks used very clever move there: those who have read his other novels with M in the author’s name will be very pleased. Even if you think that medieval setting could be boring, this book isn’t the case. The next book I started today is “Drood” by Dan Simmons.

Peaceful Snow

Posted in Music on 13:53, November 22nd, 2010

The day we got proper first snow here I’ve got latest Death In June album “Peaceful Snow”. Quite a coincidence, eh! The music is very calm like the first snowy morning in late November. The album is good sounding because of piano in all the songs, and of course the presence of the cozy Douglas P voice. I didn’t think piano music will hook me so much, but last 3 days I listen to this CD all the time. Very attractive sounding calm songs. Second CD of the album consists of piano covers of the old DIJ songs which is also good to hear in this aspect. Very well done album!

The City & The City

Posted in Books on 10:16, November 11th, 2010

As everything what China MiГ©ville writes is unusual and weird, this detective also has some weird feeling to it. The book’s written in interesting language style where english mixes with some eastern european words sometimes which adds to atmosphere of the book. All the action happens in a weird place where two foreign cities collapse with their culture and languageВ differences. It’s like old Berlin with the wall, but without wall and two different countries crosshatching one city. On this background lies quite fast developing and interesting detective which starts from the simple murder and ends with total chaos. Worthy book to read, considering I never read detectives. I’ve also bought Kraken but it’s in queue after Banks’ and Simmons’ books.

New Quake level…wait, what?

Posted in Levels on 14:16, November 4th, 2010

Yes, maybe it’sВ NovemberВ with its proper gloomy days and constant twilight, or maybe I got proper rest on vacation (slept unusually much there). But here it is, new Quake map that took me about 4 days to make. The initial goal was to make small map and don’t go epic so I actually finish it. Enjoy! On dedicated page you’ll find more info.